U.S. Set For Lower Open On Weak Economic Data

by: SA Editors

At 8:50 AM EDT:

U.S. Futures

S&P 500: -2.20; 1,370.70
NASDAQ: -6.00; 1,713.25
Dow: -23.00; 12,040.00

International Indexes

NIKKEI 225: -0.15%; 16,350.02 (-25.24)
HANG SENG: +1.42%; 18,714.78 (+261.13)
S&P/ASX 200: -0.13%; 5,409.40 (-7.00)
BSE SENSEX 30: +0.45%; 13,091.12 (+58.08)

FTSE 100: -0.01%; 6,149.10 (-0.50)
CAC 40: -1.25%; 5,303.96 (-66.90)
XETRA-DAX: -0.43%; 6,264.99 (-26.91)

Commodity Futures (Reuters/Jefferies CRB)

Oil: -0.94%; $58.16 (-$0.55)
Gold: -0.08%; $618.80 (-$0.50)
Natural Gas: +0.74%; $7.77 (+$0.06)
Silver: -0.24%; $12.445 (-$0.03)

Asian Headlines (via Bloomberg.com)

Nomura to Acquire U.S. Agency Broker Instinet From Buyout Firm Silver Lake

China May Delay Rate Increase as Loan Curbs Cool Investment, Survey Shows

Asian Stocks: Hong Kong, India and Indonesia Climb to Records; Japan Drops

Australia's Trade Gap Widens, Retail Sales Growth Slows as Economy Falters

Westpac Reports Record Profit on Home, Card Loans; Stock Falls on Margins

European Headlines (via Bloomberg.com)

ECB Leaves Benchmark Rate at 3.25 Percent, May Signal December Increase

European Factory Growth, German Jobless Drop Suggest Higher Interest Rates

Credit Suisse's Third-Quarter Profit Declines on Slump at Securities Unit

Unilever Net Drops; Shares Rise Most in Three Years on Stock-Buyback Plans

Smith & Nephew in Talks With U.S. Competitor Biomet About Possible Merger

EU Calls Off Emergency Meeting to Save Turkey's Bid to Join European Union

U.S. Headlines (via Bloomberg.com)

Wal-Mart Expects Unchanged November U.S. Sales, Worst Results in Six Years

U.S. Productivity Was Unchanged Last Quarter; Labor Costs Up 3.8 Percent

Initial Jobless Claims Rose More-Than-Forecast 18,000 to 327,000 Last Week

CBS Earnings Climb 26 Percent on Increased TV Revenue, Outdoor Advertising

Nomura to Acquire Instinet, U.S. Provider of Electronic Trading Services