Stock index futures pointed to a mixed start on Wall Street on Friday ahead of U.S. CPI figures and earnings news from Abercrombie & Fitch
At 0900 GMT, futures for the were up 0.1 percent, the were down 0.04 percent and the were down 0.1 percent.
European shares rose in early trade on Friday, amid growing confidence of a global economic rebound, with banks and miners the major gainers. At 0900 GMT, the FTSEurofirst index was up 0.4 percent at 951.98 points.
Abercrombie & Fitch is due to report an earnings per share loss of 0.03 cents in the second quarter, compared to a gain of 87 cents a year earlier, according to a Reuters survey of 27 analysts.
JC Penney is due to report an earnings per share loss of 0.01 cents in the second quarter, compared to a gain of 52 cents a year earlier, according to a Reuters survey of 13 analysts.
At 1230 GMT is the release of U.S. CPI figures for July. Economists in a Reuters survey expect CPI to be unchanged compared with a 0.7 percent increase in June. Excluding volatile food and energy items, CPI is expected to rise 0.1 percent versus a 0.2 percent increase in June.
The Federal Reserve releases industrial production and capacity utilization data for July at 1315 GMT. Economists in a Reuters survey expect a 0.3 percent rise in production and a reading of 68.3 percent for capacity utilization. In June, production fell 0.4 percent and capacity utilization was 68.0 percent.
At 1355 GMT is the release of the Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers preliminary August consumer sentiment index. Economists in a Reuters survey expect a reading of 68.5 compared with 66.0 in the final July report.
Shares of retailer Nordstrom
King Pharmaceuticals Inc
Shares of Elizabeth Arden Inc
A group of employees in General Motors investment management unit Promark Global Advisors, where top earners make $2 million to $3 million a year, are coming under sharp scrutiny by the Obama administration's pay czar, Kenneth Feinberg, reported the New York Times.
It has been 15 years since Marc Andreessen developed the Netscape Internet browser that introduced millions of people to the Internet. Now a prominent financier, Andreessen is backing a start-up called RockMelt, that is building a new Internet browser, reported the New York Times.
U.S. stocks rose on Thursday as better-than-expected earnings by Wal-Mart Stores Inc
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 36.58 points, or 0.39 percent, to 9,398.19. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> gained 6.92 points, or 0.69 percent, to 1,012.73. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> added 10.63 points, or 0.53 percent, to 2,009.35.
(Reporting by Joanne Frearson; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)