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US stock futures struggle for gains amid Fed speakers

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U.S. stock index futures pointed to narrowly mixed open Friday as traders eyed a host of Fed speakers. On Thursday, Fed Chair Janet Yellen gave testimony before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. Yellen, like many other Fed speakers, reaffirmed that a rate hike is coming soon.

Kansas City Fed President Esther George is set to speak in Houston at a joint conference of the Federal Reserve Banks of Dallas and Kansas City at 9:30 a.m. ET, with Dallas Fed President Rob Kaplan speaking there at 1:30 p.m. ET, while New York Fed President Bill Dudley will hold a press briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Chicago Fed President Charles Evans and Fed Governor Jerome Powell are also slated to speak.

On Friday morning ET, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said he is leaning towards supporting a rate hike next month and argued on Friday that the real question now is the Fed's rate path in 2017.

On the data front, Friday will see leading indicators released at 10 a.m. ET.

On the earnings front, Foot Locker posted mixed results, beating earnings estimates and missing on revenues as comparable store sales rose 4.7 percent. Abercrombie & Fitch is also set to report before the bell.

In Europe, the pan-European Stoxx-600 index was around 0.26 percent lower on Friday. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite in China closed 0.47 percent lower, while the Nikkei in Japan closed 0.59 percent higher.

—CNBC's Patti Domm contributed to this report.