Friday, February 14, 2014

Stocks: Looking for a spark

sp 2 14 NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Investors may not be giving the markets much love Friday with little in the way of major corporate or economic news to provide a spark.

U.S. stock futures were little changed, with only the Nasdaq edging higher after six straight days of gains.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will release data on import and export prices at 8:30 a.m. ET Friday. The Federal Reserve publishes its monthly report on industrial production at 9:15, while the latest edition of the consumer sentiment index from the University of Michigan and Thomson Reuters is out at 9:55.

In corporate news, firms including Campbell Soup (CPB, Fortune 500) and Hyatt Hotels (H) are set to release quarterly results before the opening bell.

U.S. stocks finished higher Thursday.

Kraft Foods (KRFT, Fortune 500) shares rose in after-hours trading Thursday following quarterly results that beat expectations.

European markets were firmer in morning trading, drawing some support from slightly stronger than expected fourth quarter growth figures. GDP data for the eurozone as a whole will be released at 5 a.m.

Asian markets ended mixed, with gains in Shanghai and Hong Kong but another hefty fall on Tokyo's Nikkei. To top of page

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