U.S. equity futures traded lower to end the week following disappointing results from Apple and Amazon.

The major futures indexes indicate a decline of 0.8% on the Nasdaq and a loss of 0.1% on the Dow.

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Heavy selling of some technology shares in after-hours trading cast a shadow. Apple was more than 3% lower in premarket trading after the company’s fiscal fourth-quarter revenue fell short of Wall Street’s estimates. Amazon.com were lower by more than 4% in premarket trading after its third-quarter earnings missed analysts’ forecasts.

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A busy week for third-quarter earnings wraps up with big-energy titans Exxon Mobil and Chevron reporting ahead of the opening bell, along with refining giant Phillips 66.

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More than half of the S&P 500 have posted their July-through-September numbers, and so far, the results are well ahead of forecasts:

On the economic calendar, the Commerce Department will post personal income and spending numbers for September. Economists surveyed by Refinitiv anticipate spending to rise 0.5% month-over-month, trailing a gain of 0.8% in August. Personal income, meantime, is expected to decline 0.2% following a 0.2% increase in August. 

Core personal consumption expenditures, which remove volatile food and energy prices, are anticipated to rise 0.2% in September. The Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation, the year-over-year change in core PCE, is expected to inch up to 3.7%, which would be the highest reading in more than 30 years.

Also watch for the Employment Cost Index. It likely increased 0.9% in the third quarter, slightly above the 0.7% rise in the second quarter. 

The ECI is regarded as the most comprehensive gauge of labor costs. A higher-than-expected reading could raise inflation fears and put pressure on bonds and stocks.

Other reports include the Chicago Purchasing Managers’ index for October and the University of Michigan’s final index of consumer sentiment for October. 

In Europe, London's FTSE was off 0.3%, Germany's DAX fell 0.9% and France's CAC declined 0.3%.

In Asia, Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.3%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng dipped 0.7%, while China's Shanghai Composite added 0.8%.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq reached new highs Thursday, as the market more than made up for modest losses a day earlier.

Ticker Security Last Change Change % I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 35730.48 +239.79 +0.68%SP500 S&P 500 4596.42 +44.74 +0.98%I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 15448.117688 +212.28 +1.39%

The S&P 500 rose 1% to 4,596.42, posting its third all-time high this week. 

The Nasdaq rose 1.4%, nudging the tech-heavy index to 15448.12, above its previous record high set Sept. 7. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.7% to 35,730.48, leaving it just shy of the all-time high it set on Tuesday.

Outside of earnings, investors got a mixed bag of economic updates Thursday.

Hampered by rising COVID-19 cases and persistent supply shortages, the U.S. economy slowed sharply to a 2% annual growth rate in the July-September period, according to the Commerce Department. That marks the weakest quarterly expansion since the recovery from the pandemic recession began last year.

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The Labor Department released a more upbeat report on the nation's unemployment situation. The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to a pandemic low last week, another sign that the job market and economy continue to recover from last year’s coronavirus recession.

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Oil prices are set for the first weekly drop since August.

Benchmark U.S. crude added 13 cents to $82.98 a barrel. Brent crude, the international standard, slipped 5 cents to $84.27 a barrel.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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