Sponsored by: Investment Center

Something new in your business?  Click here to submit your business press release

Chamber Corner | Main Street News | Job Hunt | Classifieds | Calendar | Illinois Lottery 

US stocks head for moderately lower open

Send a link to a friend

[August 19, 2008]  NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks headed for a moderately lower open Tuesday ahead of economic readings on home construction and inflation at the wholesale level as well as earnings reports from several retailers.

The Commerce Department's report on July housing starts will likely draw attention as investors look for any sign of a bottoming in the housing sector. And an indication that the market's decline is easing could help lessen worries about the troubled financial sector, which is still reeling from soured mortgage debt.

But economists aren't optimistic. They expect, on average, construction of new homes and apartments will have fallen to an annual rate of 950,000 units for July, according to Thomson/IFR.

Wall Street also will be awaiting release of the Producer Price Index. Economists expect inflation pressures faced by companies will increase for July as they did for the consumer, according to figures released last week.


The PPI is seen as rising 0.5 percent for July, according to Thomson/IFR.

Both reports are due at 8:30 a.m. EST.

Investors also will examine quarterly reports due from retail names like Home Depot Inc., Target Corp. and Saks Inc. Beyond retailers, technology company Hewelett-Packard Co. is expected to report results.

Ahead of the reports, Dow Jones industrial average futures fell 31, or 0.27 percent, to 11,468. Standard & Poor's 500 index futures declined 3.50, or 0.27 percent, to 1,278.60, while Nasdaq 100 index futures fell 6.75, or 0.35 percent, to 1,936.75.

[to top of second column]


Bonds rose. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite its price, fell to 3.80 percent from 3.82 percent late Monday. The dollar was mixed against other major currencies, while gold prices fell.

Light, sweet crude fell 98 cents to $111.89 a barrel in premarket electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Overseas, Japan's Nikkei stock average fell 2.28 percent. In morning trading, Britain's FTSE 100 fell 1.19 percent, Germany's DAX index lost 1.17 percent, and France's CAC-40 fell 1.41 percent.


On the Net:

New York Stock Exchange: http://www.nyse.com/

Nasdaq Stock Market: http://www.nasdaq.com/

[Associated Press; By TIM PARADIS]

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Computer Repair


< Recent articles

Back to top


News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching & Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries

Community | Perspectives | Law & Courts | Leisure Time | Spiritual Life | Health & Fitness | Teen Scene
Calendar | Letters to the Editor