Premarket futures were hinting at a mixed open for U.S. stocks Thursday, as the government weighed a program to help troubled homeowners and traders sized up a large mass of quarterly corporate earnings statements. Futures for the S&P 500 were down 1.5 points at 901 but were 5.3 above fair value. Nasdaq futures were down 9 points at 1239 and were 1.4 short of fair value. On Wednesday, stocks sold off steadily as many companies reported mixed third-quarter results and cautioned investors not to expect much in coming months thanks to what looks to be a tough economic environment. To prop up troubled homeowners, the Bush administration is mulling a $40 billion program to prevent foreclosures, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Separately, the Journal reported that Goldman Sachs ( GS) is planning on cutting its work force by 10% as it copes with the credit crunch. Following the close of Wednesday's session, another spate of earnings hit investors. Online retailer Amazon.com ( AMZN) beat estimates, but shares dropped in aftermarket trading as the company lowered its forecast for the fourth quarter. Electronics maker Sony ( SNE) slashed its fiscal 2009 outlook in half in part because a strengthening yen would hurt currency conversions from overseas sales. In the biotech arena, Amgen ( AMGN) announced solid earnings and lifted its forward guidance. Ahead of the new session, investors will hear from fellow biotech firm Celgene ( CELG), and pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly ( LLY) Among chemicals companies Dow Chemical ( DOW) reported third-quarter earnings rose as sales jumped 13%. Fertilizer concern Potash ( POT) saw earnings surge in its most recent quarter.