U.S. stock index futures signaled losses on Friday as investors awaited consumer sentiment and retail sales data to get a better reading on the economy.
The Labor Department is scheduled to release the July Consumer Price Index at 8:30 a.m. Economists in a Reuters survey expected an 0.2 percent increase, compared with an 0.1 percent decrease in June.
July retail sales data will be released at the same time. Economists look for an 0.5 percent rise, compared with an 0.5 percent drop in June.
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At 9:55 a.m. EDT, Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers reports the preliminary August consumer sentiment index. Economists forecast a reading of 69.3, compared with 67.8 in the final July report.
S&P 500 futures edged down 3.3 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 dipped 12 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures fell 6.25 points.
Futures gave up initial gains spurred by data showing better-than-expected gross domestic product growth in Germany and France.
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U.S. stocks ended down for a third straight day on Thursday, setting the stage for the biggest weekly decline in six weeks, as an unexpected rise in jobless claims and a sobering revenue outlook from Cisco Systems Inc
(Reporting by Angela Moon; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)