Wall St. futures point to mixed open, data eyed

* Futures for the Dow Jones industrial average (DJc1: ) and
for the S&P 500 (SPc1: ) both eased 0.1 percent while futures for
the Nasdaq 100 (NDc1: ) rose 0.2 percent, pointing to a mixed open
on Wall Street on Friday.

* U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was scheduled
to speak at 1215 GMT at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
“Revisiting Monetary Policy in a Low-Inflation Environment”
conference.

* At 1230 GMT the U.S. Commerce Department will release
September retail sales numbers. Economists expected a 0.4
percent increase, a repeat of the August rise. Excluding
automobiles, sales were forecast to rise 0.4 percent, compared
with a 0.6 percent increase in August.

* Google (GOOG.O: ) eased fears that big spending would erode
margins as its results blew past Wall Street targets, and the
web search leader revealed for the first time the strength of
its fledgling mobile and online display ad businesses.
Frankfurt-listed shares in Google (GOOGa.F: ) were up 9 percent.
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* Major U.S. companies reporting results on Friday include
General Electric (GE.N: ) and Mattel (MAT.O: ).

* The Labor Department releases at 1230 GMT the September
consumer price index (CPI). Economists in a Reuters survey
expect CPI to rise 0.2 percent compared with a 0.3 percent
increase in August.

* Wal-Mart (WMT.N: ), the world’s largest retailer, is
competing with Russian group X5 (PJPq.L: ) to buy up-for-sale
grocer Kopeika, business daily Vedomosti reported on Friday.
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* Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of
Consumers release preliminary October consumer sentiment index
at 1355 GMT. Economists in a Reuters survey expect a reading of
69.0 compared with 68.2 in the final September report.

* Other macroeconomic releases on Friday include U.S.
business inventories for August at 1400 GMT and Economic Cycle
Research Institute’s weekly index of economic activity for Oct.
8.

* European shares turned negative in morning trade, with
miners and oil majors lower after commodity prices edged down.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 (.FTEU3: ) index slipped 0.1
percent.

* Japan’s Nikkei average fell 0.9 percent on Friday, hurt by
broad profit-taking after a rally on Thursday and as financial
stocks tracked their Wall Street peers lower on worries about a
widening U.S. foreclosure crisis.

* The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI: ) dipped 1.51
points, or 0.01 percent, to 11,094.57 on Thursday. The Standard
& Poor’s 500 (.SPX: ) dropped 4.29 points, or 0.36 percent, to
1,173.81. The Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC: ) shed 5.85 points, or 0.24
percent, to 2,435.38.
(Reporting by Atul Prakash; Editing by Michael Shields)

Wall St. futures point to mixed open, data eyed