U.S. stock index futures edged lower Tuesday, hurt by Walmart cutting profit guidance ahead of a wave of corporate earnings reports this week.
- Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average
fell 113 points, or 0.4%, to 31854.
- Futures on the S&P 500
dropped 9.75 points, or 0.3%, to 3960.
- Futures on the Nasdaq 100
decreased 38 points, or 0.3%, to 12317.
On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
rose 91 points, or 0.28%, to 31990, the S&P 500
increased 5 points, or 0.13%, to 3967, and the Nasdaq Composite
dropped 51 points, or 0.43%, to 11783.
What’s driving markets
late Monday cut its profit outlook, saying inflation on food has caused it to conduct more markdowns in apparel. The opposite side of that coin was Unilever
as the maker of Hellmann’s mayonnaise and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream said price rises were able to offset reduced volume.
“It was a steady start for most markets to a big earnings week, until Walmart issued a warning after hours. The stock lost 10% and there was negative read-across for the rest of the U.S. consumer sector,” said Ian Williams, strategist at U.K. broker Peel Hunt.
The Federal Reserve starts its two-day interest-rate-setting meeting Tuesday, and the U.S. economic calendar also includes the S&P Case-Shiller May house price index, the Conference Board July consumer confidence, and June new-home sales reports.