Stock Futures Dip Following Data on Retail Sales, Jobless Claims

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. stock futures were trading slightly lower Thursday after a modest showing for economic data and amid flaring geopolitical risks.

U.S. retail sales rose by a less-than-expected 0.3% in May, though April's large upward revision to 0.5% should help maintain expectations of an acceleration in the contribution from the consumer to second-quarter GDP growth.

Jobless claims rose slightly by 4,000 to 317,000 in the week ended June 7. The data aren't expected to hurt the outlook on the job market recovery. Import prices ticked up just 0.1% in May, keeping inflation concerns in check.

Business inventories for April will be released at 10 a.m. EDT.

Risk appetite Thursday could be impacted by escalating geopolitical uncertainty sparked by developments in Iraq, where al-Qaeda affiliates are reportedly taking over key northern cities and are on their way to Baghdad.

S&P 500 futures were down 0.75 points, or 0.26 points above fair value, to 1,943.25, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were lower by 3 points, or 16.12 points above fair value, to 16,852, and Nasdaq futures were down 1.5 points, or 1 point below fair value, to 3,796.8. The S&P 500 suffered its biggest daily decline in three weeks on Wednesday after the World Bank slashed its global economic outlook.

Potential stock movers for Thursday include (AMZN), Twitter (TWTR), Lululemon Athletica (LULU), Intel (INTC), and Infosys (INFY).Infosys, the Indian outsourcing giant, appointed a new chief executive to help revive the company's flagging fortunes. Chipmaker Intel on Thursday lost its challenge against a record 1.06 billion euros ($1.44 billion) European Union fine handed down five years ago, as Europe's second highest court said regulators didn't act too harshly, Reuters reported. Lululemon Athletica posted adjusted fiscal first-quarter earnings of 34 cents a share, topping Wall Street estimates by 2 cents.

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