NEW YORK — Stock futures are mixed as telltale signs from retailers show how hesitant Americans are to spend money, at least in ways that they had before.
Retailers are releasing comparable store sales numbers Thursday. There are also reports due from the government on factory orders and employment.
FILE- In thisTuesday, July 16, 2013, file photo, a covered vehicle sits in part of the new paint shop at Chrysler's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. The Commerce Department issues its second of three estimates of how fast the U.S. economy grew in the July-September quarter of 2013 on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Analyst forecast that third-quarter growth will be revised to a 3.1 percent annual rate, faster than the initial estimate of 2.8 percent. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
Dow Jones industrial futures are down 9 points to 15,877. S&P futures have lost 0.2 points to 1,791.60. Nasdaq futures are up 5.75 points to 3,488.25
Big store chains like Aeropostale are reporting losses for the quarter as they discount aggressively. L Brands, the owner of Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works and other retailers says that comparable store sales dropped 5 percent last month.
Also on Thursday, the Commerce Department will release the second of three estimates on third quarter U.S. economic growth.
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