Weekly jobless claims and Philly Fed index on tap before open
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U.S. stock futures were heading lower on Thursday, as investors digested the latest Federal Reserve minutes and President Donald Trump's decision to disband a pair of his advisory business panels.
Later in the morning, attention turns to earnings from retail heavyweights Alibaba and Wal-Mart, as well as jobless claims data.
Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were down 11 points, or 0.1%, to 22,000, while those for the S&P 500 index fell 2.75 points, or 0.1%, to 2,464.75. Futures for the Nasdaq-100 index traded 13.75 points, or 0.2%, lower at 5,910.50.
The small losses come after stocks closed moderately higher on Wednesday (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dow-heads-for-4-day-win-streak-ahead-of-fed-minutes-2017-08-16), with the Dow ending in positive territory for a fourth straight session, up 0.1%. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite Index closed higher by 0.1% and 0.2%, respectively.
Stocks have lost a little momentum after a dovish set of Fed minutes lowered expectations of another rate hike this year and after Trump said he is dissolving two business councils (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-business-councils-disband-amid-wave-of-ceo-exits-2017-08-16).
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"The abrupt break up of Trump's manufacturing and strategic councils, coming as pressure mounted from U.S. business leaders (including the CEOs of Blackstone, Pepsi and GM) over Trump's inadequate response to events in Charlottesville, has exposed cracks in corporate American's confidence in the president," said Henry Croft, research analyst at Accendo Markets, in a note.
"With business-friendly policy measures including tax reform and sector deregulation still yet to be enacted by the administration, it appears patience in the Republican leader is wearing thin," he added.
Trump has faced a furor after he repeatedly blamed "both sides" for the violence last weekend at a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va..
Fed in focus: The dollar on Wednesday declined after Fed minutes from the July meeting (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/fed-eyes-september-debt-drawdown-some-want-patient-on-rates-2017-08-16) suggested the central bank is worried about sluggish inflation.
"This kind of uncertainty leads to fresh doubts over whether the Fed will be able to raise rates again this year and clearly investors are growing more nervous," said Konstantinos Anthis, researcher at ADS Securities in a note.
"Looking ahead, the dollar's price action might be dictated by any fresh news on the North Korea front as President Trump is rumored to have asked his military advisors about credible military options," he added.
The greenback rebounded a little on Thursday, with the ICE Dollar Index up 0.1% at 93.647.
Economic news: On the data calendar on Thursday, weekly jobless claims and the Philly Fed's manufacturing index for August are up first, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.
Industrial production and capacity utilization for July are expected at 9:15 a.m. Eastern, followed by leading economic indicators for July at 10 a.m.
See:MarketWatch's economic calendar (http://www.marketwatch.com/economy-politics/calendars/economic)
Stock movers: Shares in Cisco Systems Inc.(CSCO) lost 3% ahead of the bell after the networking-equipment company late Wednesday reported earnings that missed forecasts (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/cisco-shares-fall-after-company-predicts-another-drop-in-sales-2017-08-16) and predicted a drop in revenue next quarter.
L Brands Inc. (LB) slumped 5.3% in thin premarket trade after the Victoria's Secret parent late Wednesday cut its forecast (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/victorias-secret-parent-l-brands-shares-fall-after-company-cuts-full-year-view-2017-08-16) for third-quarter and full-year earnings.
NetApp Inc.(NTAP) could also move after late Wednesday reporting earnings that came in ahead of expectations (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/data-storage-company-netapp-shares-edge-up-on-first-quarter-earnings-beat-2017-08-16).
On the earnings docket for Thursday, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.(BABA) is slated to release results ahead of the open, along with Wal-Mart Stores Inc.(WMT) .
And after the market closes, Gap Inc.(GPS) , Ross Stores Inc.(ROST) , and Applied Materials Inc.(AMAT) are expected to report.
Other markets:Asia markets closed mixed (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/asian-stocks-broadly-bounce-higher-on-tech-gains-2017-08-16) as investors there digested the Fed minutes.
European markets (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/european-stocks-veer-lower-as-fed-rate-hike-doubts-hurt-bank-shares-2017-08-17) were broadly lower, after a three-day winning streak.
Oil prices (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/oil-prices-rebound-after-eia-fueled-selloff-2017-08-17) continued lower, adding to Wednesday's losses that came after data showed U.S. oil production has jumped to an over two-year high. Most oil prices, including , traded in positive territory.
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August 17, 2017 05:40 ET (09:40 GMT)