NEW YORK (AP) -- Stock futures are mixed as telltale signs from retailers show how hesitant Americans are to spend money, at least in ways that they had before.
Retailers are releasing comparable store sales numbers Thursday. There are also reports due from the government on factory orders and employment.
Dow Jones industrial futures are down 9 points to 15,877. S&P futures have lost 0.2 points to 1,791.60. Nasdaq futures are up 5.75 points to 3,488.25
Big store chains like Aeropostale are reporting losses for the quarter as they discount aggressively. L Brands, the owner of Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works and other retailers says that comparable store sales dropped 5 percent last month.
Also on Thursday, the Commerce Department will release the second of three estimates on third quarter U.S. economic growth.