US futures mixed ahead of earnings, economic data

NEW YORK -- Futures are mixed ahead of a bevy of corporate earnings reports that had been postponed due to the hurricane, and a number of economic indicators on consumers, manufacturing, construction and jobs.

Dow Jones industrial futures are down 2 points to 13,028. The broader S&P futures have fallen 1.2 points to 1,405.60. Nasdaq futures are up 2.75 points to 2,643.25.

Also on Thursday, retailers begin posting sales figures for October. With 70 percent of the U.S. economy driven by consumer spending, data from the private Conference Board on consumer confidence and the numbers posted by retailers are going to be closely eyed for clues about the health of the economy.

At 8:30 a.m. Eastern, the Labor Department posts jobs numbers for last week and economists expect little change.