U.S. stock index futures signal lower open

U.S. stock index futures signal lower open

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 06:51 hrs

PARIS, Feb 15 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wall Street on Friday, with futures for the S&P 500 down 0.14 percent, Dow Jones futures down 0.04 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures off 0.19 percent at 1049 GMT.

* U.S. markets will be watching for news from a meeting in Moscow of finance officials from the G20 major economies, which looked likely to be dominated by sparring over Japan's expansive policies that have driven down the value of the yen.

* CBS Corp will be in the spotlight after it reported a 6 percent gain in fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, boosted by political advertising on its TV networks and higher revenue from cable channel fees.

* Medical device maker Agilent Technologies Inc cut its outlook for 2013 after reporting first-quarter results below analysts' estimates as sales of its electronic instruments declined, sending its shares down 8 percent after the bell.

* Airbus will drop Lithium-Ion batteries and switch to traditional nickel-cadmium batteries for its new A350 passenger jet following battery problems on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, the European planemaker said on Friday.

* DirecTV warned that Venezuela's recent currency devaluation will crimp its results this year and said it was still considering buying Brazilian telecom operator GVT.

* Procter & Gamble Co said it will take one-off charges of between $200 million and $275 million after tax in 2013 due to Venezuela's latest currency devaluation, resulting in lower profits.

* AT&T won a ruling from a federal appeals court on Thursday in a lawsuit against liquid crystal display panel makers alleging a price-fixing conspiracy.

* Occidental Petroleum Corp has started looking for someone to replace Chief Executive Stephen Chazen, the fourth-largest U.S. oil company said on Thursday, after the 66-year-old spent less than two years in the top job.

* Business software maker Qlik Technologies Inc's quarterly results beat analysts' estimates on higher license sales mainly in the Americas, sending its shares up as much as 18 percent in extended trading.

* Hedge fund heavyweights from Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors to Barry Rosenstein's Jana Partners threw in the towel on Apple Inc in the fourth quarter, while other managers found discount retailers Dollar General Corp and Dollar Tree Inc attractive, regulatory filings showed on Thursday.

* Prominent hedge fund manager John Paulson continued to hold significant gold investments in the fourth quarter of 2012, even as other investors pulled out.

* Investors in U.S.-based funds poured $2.4 billion into stock mutual funds in the latest week, the fifth consecutive week of inflows, but all the cash went into international equities, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday.

* On the macro front, investors awaited the Empire State

Manufacturing Survey for February, due at 1330 GMT, industrial production and capacity utilization data for January, due at 1415 GMT, as well as Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's preliminary February consumer sentiment index, due at 1455 GMT.

* On the earnings side, investors awaited results from Kraft Foods Group Inc as well as from Campbell Soup Company


* European stocks were mostly flat in morning trade, while investors braced for the likelihood of more conflicting comments on currencies from the G20 meeting.

* The S&P 500 eked out a small gain for a third straight session on Thursday, helped by a flurry of merger activity, though investors see no catalysts to lift the market further with major averages near multi-year highs.

* The Dow Jones industrial average dipped 9.52 points, or 0.07 percent, to 13,973.39. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index rose 1.05 points, or 0.07 percent, to 1,521.38. The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 1.78 points, or 0.06 percent, to 3,198.66.

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