U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Wall Street on Friday as investors took profits on Thursday's gains fueled by mostly positive economic data.
Brent crude futures backed off from Thursday’s 11-month highfollowing news the reports of a Saudi pipeline explosion were said to be false, easing fears of supply disruption.
Job numbers for February will be out a week later than usual, making Friday a light day for economic data.
Alcoa slipped even after Nomura started coverage of the aluminum producer with a "neutral" rating and a target price of $12.
Fellow Dow component Travelers also declined after Morgan Stanley cut its rating on the insurance company to "equal weight" from "overweight."
Big Lots posted better-than-expected results, but shares slumped after the retailer forecast first-quarter profit largely below analysts' expectations.