U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Friday after worse-than-expected quarterly results from computer maker Dell and homebuilder D.R. Horton underscored that the road to recovery would not be smooth.
D.R. Horton Inc
The homebuilder's results came in the same week data showed new housing starts fell to their lowest level in six months in October.
Investors have been watching the technology sector closely, as it is considered one of the first groups to emerge from a recession. Technology shares were pummeled in Thursday's session after a bearish analyst comment on semiconductors.
There's a great deal of concern about the customer out there, and Dell only heightens that, said Tom Schrader, managing director of U.S. equity trading at Stifel Nicolaus Capital Markets in Baltimore.
The other weak results we've seen aren't going to bode well for the market either.
S&P 500 futures fell 7.8 points and were below fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures dropped 66 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures slid 8.75 points.
Also weighing on stock futures was the dollar, which gained 0.6 percent against a basket of currencies <.DXY>.
Everyone is looking at the dollar right now, said Kim Caughey, senior equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh. Low interest rates are supposed to make investors want to take risks, but that's not happening. People remain very nervous about the economy.
The dollar pushed December crude oil futures down nearly 1 percent, extending Thursday's decline.
Also Friday, food company JM Smucker Co
Dow component General Electric Co
(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)