Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published December 4, 2013 at 6:34 AM | Page modified December 4, 2013 at 7:36 AM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (0)
  • Print

Stock futures slip despite strong employment report

Stock futures slid for the third straight day despite a strong employment report on hiring in the private sector and a narrowing U.S. trade deficit.


Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
No comments have been posted to this article.
Start the conversation >

advertising

NEW YORK —

Stock futures slid for the third straight day despite a strong employment report on hiring in the private sector and a narrowing U.S. trade deficit.

Trading volume was light Wednesday, as it has been all week, ahead of the big employment report from the Labor Department that is due Friday.

Dow Jones industrial futures fell 22 points to 15,869. S&P futures lost 4.7 points to 1,786.70. Nasdaq futures fell 6.75 points to 3,469.

A gloom has been cast over the markets this week by weak retail sales, which imply that Americans are still unsure about economic stability. Though unemployment is falling, it remains high. Home sales and prices have also slowed in what has been an upward climb this year.

American exports rose to an all-time high, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday, thanks to spiking oil sales. The trade gap narrowed to $40.6 billion in October, 5.4 percent lower than the previous month.

There is a lot more economic data due Wednesday.

The U.S. reports on new home sales for October.

Economists expect sales rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 435,000, up from 421,000 in August. The Commerce Department will also report numbers from September, which had been delayed due to the government shutdown.

That's still well short of the 700,000 sales that would indicate a healthy market.

The Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for October. The sector employs 90 percent of all Americans. Economists expect there was a slight downturn in growth, though the sector has been recovering throughout the year. The index hit an eight-year high in August.

The Federal Reserve issues the Beige Book later in the day, its anecdotal snapshot of business conditions in America.



News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

Subscribe today!

Subscribe today!

Get 8 weeks of digital access to The Seattle Times for $1

Advertising

Advertising


Advertising
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►