(AOF) – U.S. markets are expected to decline slightly. Retail sales are the focus of this session. Index futures pared losses on news of a stronger-than-expected rise in retail sales in October. However, the message that Target is delivering along with its quarterly results paints an opposite picture of the American consumer. Industrial production will provide new information about the health of the economy. Minutes before open, futures on the S&P 500 are down 0.14% and those on the Nasdaq Composite are down 0.25%.
Yesterday on Wall Street
US stock markets ended the session in the green. The move remained bullish following the release of producer prices, which rose less quickly than expected in October. They buoyed indices and calmed the outlook for inflation in the United States, with annualized inflation falling back below 8% last month. Listed assets, Walmart has topped the Dow Jones on the back of its strong quarterly results. The Dow Jones rose 0.17% to 33,592 points and the Nasdaq rose 1.45% to 11,358 points.
Retail sales in the United States rose 1.3% in October. They were expected to rise 0.9% while remaining stable in September. Ex-autos retail sales rose 1.3% versus expectations for a 0.6% increase.
US import prices fell 0.2% in October after falling 1.1% in September, a revised figure of -1.2%.
Industrial production and manufacturing capacity utilization for October are due at 3:15 p.m. and the NAHB Homebuilder Confidence Index for November is due at 4:00 p.m.
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Target, whose stock is down 14% in transactions before Wall Street opened, expects a tough time ahead of the holiday season. High inflation, “dramatic changes” in consumer behavior… The American discounter is planning a savings plan of two to three billion dollars over three years. For the third quarter ended October, Target posted adjusted earnings per share of $1.54, up almost half. Net income fell 52% to $712 million.