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U.S. stock indexes were headed for a lower open Friday as investors awaited the latest batch of inflation data and sorted through another batch of earnings from high-profile companies.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures fell 107 points, or 0.31%, while S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures dropped 0.58% and 1.02%. All three of the major averages on Thursday ended just below all-time highs. 

The June reading on core personal consumption expenditures will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET with analysts expecting prices to have increased 0.6% versus May and 3.7% annually. Core PCE is the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation measure.

In stocks, Amazon Inc.'s quarterly revenue topped $100 billion for the third straight quarter but was below analyst estimates for the first time in three years. The e-commerce giant’s revenue growth forecast for the current quarter came in well below what was expected with CFO Brian Olsavsky blaming difficult year-over-year comparisons due to the pandemic. 

Chevron Corp. reported its second straight quarterly profit as demand for oil products bounced back amid a reopening of the economy and crude prices rose. The oil major reinstated its share buyback program, stating it would purchase shares in the current quarter at a rate of $2 billion to $3 billion per year.  

The rebound in demand and oil prices also benefitted ExxonMobil Corp., which reported its largest quarterly profit in over a year. The company’s bottom line was helped by the cost cuts that were implemented during the pandemic.   

Caterpillar Inc., a bellwether for global economic activity, reported equipment sales spiked 31% from a year ago amid strong demand in North and Latin America. The heavy-equipment maker said demand is likely to remain strong in the current quarter, but that supply chain disruptions will weigh on its operating profit.  

Proctor & Gamble Co. beat on both the top and bottom lines but warned rising commodity and freight costs would take a bite out of its bottom line during the current fiscal year. The consumer goods producer already announced plans to raise prices for some of its products in September. 

Restaurant Brands International Inc. said digital sales surged nearly 60% from a year ago as its Burger King and Tim Hortons brands reported strong same-store sales growth. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen posted a small same-store sales decline after facing tough comparisons from last year.     

In commodities, West Texas Intermediate crude oil slid 23 cents to $73.39 a barrel and gold fell $3.70 to $1829.50 an ounce. 

Overseas markets were weaker across the board. 


European bourses were all lower with Britain’s FTSE 100 falling 0.81%, Germany’s DAX 30 declining 0.77% and France’s CAC 40 slipping 0.16%.   

In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 tumbled 1.8% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index and China’s Shanghai Composite lost 1.35% and 0.42%, respectively.

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