Stocks set for lower open after disappointing China data

|By:, SA News Editor

The stock market looks set for a lower start, as a disappointing HSBC Services PMI report from China weighs on sentiment; Dow -0.3%, S&P and Nasdaq -0.4%.

Major European indexes trade mostly higher, as markets are supported by upbeat earnings even as regional PMI readings were mixed; Asian markets ended mostly lower, with Japan's Nikkei loing for a fourth straight session.

Earnings reports are still coming in thick in the U.S., but the biggest news is a warning from Target (-4.8% premarket) citing expenses related to the data breach that took place at the end of last year; also, Gannett (+3.2%) said it will spin off its publishing business and confirmed it will buy full ownership of Cars.com for $1.8B.

Treasurys hold modest losses, with the 10-year yield up 2 bps at 2.50%.

Still ahead: factory orders.