January 10, 2019 / 2:03 PM / 8 months ago

CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall St heads for lower open as trade talks, retailers disappoint

(Corrects to say Macy’s cut its forecast for the full year, not the holiday quarter in paragraph 6)

* Retail stocks hit by Kohls, Macy’s disappointing holiday numbers

* Airline stocks fall after American Airlines’ forecast cut

* Ford inches higher after announcing Europe turnaround plan

* Powell set to speak at noon

* Futures down: Dow 0.34 pct, S&P 0.50 pct, Nasdaq 0.61 pct

By Sruthi Shankar

Jan 10 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were set to open lower on Thursday after a solid four-day rally, as lack of details on U.S.-China trade talks and disappointing holiday-season reports from retailers weighed on the mood.

Beijing said the talks with Washington were extensive and helped establish a foundation for resolution, but gave no details at the end of their three-day meeting aimed at resolving a tariff dispute that has battered financial markets.

Oil prices also edged lower on lack of any clear resolution from the talks, while weak factory-gate inflation data from China and worse-than-expected industrial figures in France rekindled worries about global growth.

“Right now, the market is down given there is a lack of positive news and the fact that nothing clear came out (of trade talks) doesn’t necessarily help,” said Andre Bakhos, managing director at New Vines Capital LLC in Bernardsville, New Jersey.

“Investors are thinking if they want a risk-on ahead of earnings season.”

Shares of Kohl’s Corp fell 9.1 percent in premarket trading after reporting anemic comparable sales growth during the final two months of 2018, and Macy’s Inc slumped 18.5 percent after cutting same-store sales forecast for the year.

Target Corp dropped 3.7 percent as it maintained full-year earnings forecast. Nordstrom Inc declined 8.7 percent, while Walmart Inc was off 1.5 percent.

Technology stocks that had led the recent surge were also lower. Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp shed 0.8 percent, while Amazon.com Inc declined 0.8 percent.

At 8:45 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were down 80 points, or 0.34 percent. S&P 500 e-minis were down 13 points, or 0.50 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 40.5 points, or 0.61 percent.

The retreat came after the S&P 500’s four-day rally, its longest in nearly four months, took the benchmark index more than 10 percent above the 20-month lows hit around Christmas.

Those gains were on hopes of a trade deal, strong U.S. jobs data and recent indications that the U.S. Federal Reserve is in no rush to raise interest rates.

Minutes from the Fed’s most recent meeting, released on Wednesday, showed policymakers want to be patient. Investors will tune into Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s speech before the Economic Club of Washington to see if the same tone continues.

American Airlines Group Inc fell 7.7 percent after the No.1 U.S. airline cut its forecast for fourth-quarter growth in unit revenue, a closely watched performance metric. That weighed on other airlines as well.

Among the bright spots, Ford rose 0.3 percent after announcing thousands of job cuts, plans to exit unprofitable markets and discontinue loss-making vehicle lines as part of a turnaround effort in Europe.

One retailer trading higher was Bed Bath & Beyond Inc , which jumped 10.7 percent after the home furnishing company reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and gave upbeat earnings forecast. (Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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