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*Cisco down in premarket after results, outlook. NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Thursday as investors found few reasons to buy following a sharp rally in the previous session and amid signs of weakness in Europe and ongoing uncertainty over Ukraine.
Aug 14- Department store chain Kohl's Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as costs fell, sending its shares up 3.4 percent in premarket trading. Kohl's, which caters to price-sensitive middle-class shoppers and competes with Macy's Inc, J.C. Penney Co Inc and Nordstrom Inc, said net sales fell 1.1 percent to $4.24 billion.
*Cisco shares down in premarket after results, outlook. NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Thursday, with investors reluctant to make big bets following a sharp rally in the previous session and amid signs of weak conditions in Europe. *Cisco Systems Inc fell 1.3 percent to $24.87 in premarket trading.
Cramer often look inside the market for insights on broad sentiment. And certain things happened on Wednesday that suggest trouble.
NEW YORK, Aug 13- U.S. stocks ended higher on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average returning to positive territory for the year, as surging biotech shares helped investors shrug off disappointing retail sales data.
A weak retail sales report for July and an earnings miss by retail giant Macy's has raised fears about the state of the consumer.
Macy's Inc quarterly earnings missed analysts' estimates and the department store operator slashed its full-year same-store sales forecast, driving the stock down 5.5 percent to $56.47. Other major retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc, are expected to report results on Thursday. Wal-Mart shares slipped 0.3 percent to $74.03.
U.S. stocks closed higher for the third time in four days as a rally in tech, airlines and biotech firms helped lead gains.
Stocks have hit an air pocket, floating higher as investors for now look past all the worries of the last couple of weeks.
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There's decent economic data, but a number of companies are still not getting much traction. Macy's is a good example of this.
*Amazon boosts Nasdaq after introducing card device. NEW YORK, Aug 13- U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, with the Dow returning to positive territory for the year as signs of easing tensions in Ukraine overshadowed weak readings on consumer spending.
WASHINGTON, Aug 13- U.S. retail sales unexpectedly stalled in July, pointing to some loss of momentum in the economy early in the third quarter. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday that retail sales, which had increased 0.2 percent in June, were in part held back by a second straight month of declines in receipts at auto dealers.
Take a look at some of Wednesday's midday movers:
Macy's reported quarterly earnings that missed analysts' expectations and said the full year would be weaker than expected.
*Amazon introduces card device, shares rally. NEW YORK, Aug 13- U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, with the Dow turning positive for the year as investors sought bargains amid signs of easing tensions in Ukraine and Iraq, which overshadowed some weak reads on the retail sector.
Aug 13- Macy's Inc cut its full-year same-store sales forecast, after second-quarter sales failed to make up for weakness in the first quarter when harsh weather kept shoppers away. Many customers still are not feeling comfortable about spending more in an uncertain economic environment, "Chief Executive Terry Lundgren said in a statement on Wednesday.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open early with investors focused on corporate releases and continued tensions in Ukraine and Iraq.
Aug 13- Macy's Inc cut its full-year same-store sales forecast, saying a 3.3 percent rise in second-quarter sales would not make up for weakness in the first quarter when harsh weather kept shoppers away. Shares of the company, which also owns the high-end Bloomingdale's chain, were down 5 percent at $56.77 in premarket trading.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.