Wall Street Sees Lower Open Ahead of Holiday Weekend

U.S. stocks were set for a lower open on Friday as traders took a breather in a light day for economic data, and ahead of a long holiday weekend.

Oil prices eased with global benchmark Brent Crude down 0.54% recently, and U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate down 0.51% after official data showed U.S. crude stockpile grew by 9.5 million barrels last week, which overshadowed a potential extension of OPEC's deal to curb production.

At 10:00 a.m., data are expected to show leading economic indicators rising 0.4% in January compared to December's 0.5% gain.

Federal Reserve President Loretta Mester is scheduled to give a speech in Singapore.

In equities, shares of Top Ships ( TOPS ) were 46% higher pre-bell after the company reported improved financial results for 2016.


-Dow Jones Industrial down 0.36%

-S&P 500 futures down 0.36%

-Nasdaq 100 futures down 0.23%

-Nasdaq 100 pre-market indicator down 0.17%


Nikkei down 0.58%

Hang Seng down 0.31%

Shanghai Composite down 0.85%

FTSE-100 up 0.14%

DAX-30 down 0.46%


(+/-) Large cap tech: mixed

(+/-) Chip stocks: unchanged

(-) Software stocks: unchanged to lower

(-) Hardware stocks: unchanged to lower

(+/-) Internet stocks: mixed

(-) Oil stocks: unchanged to lower

(+/-) Biotech stocks: mixed

(+/-) Drug stocks: mixed

(-) Financial stocks: unchanged to lower

(-) Retail stocks: unchanged to lower

(-) Industrial stocks: unchanged to lower

(+/-) Airlines: unchanged

(-) Autos: unchanged to lower


(+) RGSE (+20%) Completes offerings, regains Nasdaq listing compliance

(+) LMIA (+49.6%) Agrees to $14/share buyout offer, cuts 2016 guidance

(+) AZN (+1.6%) Meets primary endpoint in phase 3 trial of Lynparza in BRCA-mutated metastatic breast cancer


(-) AAPL (-0.3%) Said to start assembling iPhone SE in India

(-) GIS (-4%) Cuts 2017 outlook

(-) TSLA (-1.9%) Bloomberg says United Auto Workers sends organizers to help employees at Tesla's Fremont, California plant to unionize

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