Another downer day on Wall Street
Few major corporate, economic reports on agenda
Investors were bracing for another weak day on Wall Street Friday.
U.S. stock futures were lower as jitters from the previous day's market mayhem spilled over.
Japan's Nikkei, which plunged 7% Thursday, finished a rocky trading day with a 0.9% gain.
"In Tokyo we've seen an attempt at a recovery," said Nick Beecroft, senior market analyst at Saxo Capital Markets. "That's a pretty normal profile for market action in a correction such as this."
U.S. stocks closed slightly lower Thursday, after clawing back from declines of nearly 1% earlier in the day.
Shares of Dow component Procter & Gamble rose in premarket trading after the company ousted CEO Bob McDonald and replaced him with his predecessor A.G. Lafley. The company had been under pressure from activist investor Bill Ackman to make the move.
Pandora jumped more than 12% after the music site reported better-than-expected revenue and a slightly smaller-than-forecast loss after the close Thursday.
But there were bad quarterly results that sent other stocks sharply lower. Sears Holding and Abercrombie & Fitch both plunged more than 10% as the retailers reported larger than expected losses in the most recent quarter.
Shares in Salesforce.com slid nearly 7% as the company offered a weak 2014 outlook. Gap shares also fell on weak guidance.
In economic news, new orders for durable goods rose 3.3% in April, following a drop of 5.9% in March, according to the Commerce Department. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com had predicted a 1.6% rise.
European markets staged a mild recovery in early trade after falling by roughly 2% Thursday, but by mid-session had turned mixed, with the region's strongest performers of late -- London's FTSE 100 and Germany's DAX 30 -- dropping by about 0.6%.
Meanwhile, Chinese markets ended with mixed results. The Shanghai composite index rose by 0.6% while Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped by 0.2%.
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