July 25, 2012 / 8:40 AM / 5 years ago

U.S. stock index futures signal mixed Wall St open

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) - * U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Wall Street on Wednesday, with futures for both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones rising 0.2 percent, while futures on the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 were down 0.8 percent following Apple’s disappointing results.

Apple earnings fell short of Wall Street’s expectations as the European economy sagged and consumers held off on buying its flagship iPhone ahead of a new version expected in the fall. Apple shares fell 5.6 percent late on Tuesday while its Frankfurt-listed stock shed 6 percent on Wednesday.

* Ford, the second-largest U.S. automaker, is expected to report sharply lower quarterly earnings, hurt by sliding demand in Europe. Last month, Ford said economic conditions in Europe had deteriorated sharply since the beginning of the year.

* Other major companies announcing results include Visa , PepsiCo, Caterpillar, Eli Lilly, WellPoint, Boeing Co and Bristol-Myers Squibb


* The Commerce Department releases new home sales for June at 1400 GMT. Economists forecast a total of 370,000 annualized units, compared with 369,000 in May.

* The Mortgage Bankers Association releases the Weekly Mortgage Market Index for the week ended July 20 at 1100 GMT. The index read 935.4 and the refinancing index was 5,314.4 in the previous week.

* European shares inched up after early losses on Wednesday as European Central Bank Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny said there were arguments for giving Europe’s permanent rescue fund a banking licence.

* Wall Street stocks fell on Tuesday, hit by signs the euro zone crisis is worsening and evidence that Europe’s slowdown is hurting U.S. companies, including bellwether UPS.

* The Dow Jones industrial average was down 104.14 points, or 0.82 percent, at 12,617.32. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was down 12.21 points, or 0.90 percent, at 1,338.31. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 27.16 points, or 0.94 percent, at 2,862.99. (Reporting by Atul Prakash; Editing by John Stonestreet)

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