US STOCKS-Futures slip ahead of retail sales, claims data

jueves 13 de febrero de 2014 08:56 GYT

* Cisco falls after results, outlook

* Comcast to buy Time Warner

* Whole Foods drops after cutting forecast

* Futures down: Dow 59 pts, S&P 8 pts, Nasdaq 18.25 pts

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, Feb 13 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures declined on Thursday, after a disappointing outlook from Cisco Systems and ahead of data on retail sales and the labor market.

* Cisco fell 4 percent to $21.94 in premarket trading after the network gear maker forecast a drop of 6 to 8 percent in revenue in the current quarter.

* Investors will eye retail sales data and weekly initial jobless claims due out at 8:30 a.m. EST (1330 GMT). Retail sales are expected to be flat in January after a 0.2 percent decline in December. Initial claims are expected to come in at 300,000, a slight drop from the 331,000 reported in the prior week.

* Comcast Corp said it would buy Time Warner Cable Inc for $45.2 billion in an all-stock deal that combines the two largest U.S. cable operators.   Continuación...