US STOCKS-Wall St to edge lower at open; UMich on tap

viernes 14 de febrero de 2014 10:02 GYT

* Export prices rise for third straight month

* Euro zone growth edges higher on France, Germany

* Jos. A. Bank to buy Eddie Bauer

* Futures: Dow up 4 pts, S&P off 0.25 pt, Nasdaq up 2.5 pts

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, Feb 14 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were set for a slightly lower open on Friday, with the S&P 500 on track for its first two-week winning streak of the year, ahead of data on consumer confidence.

* U.S. export prices rose 0.2 percent in January, the third straight monthly increase in a potentially positive sign for global economic demand and the outlook for American manufacturers.

* Industrial output data is due at 9:15 a.m. EST (1415 GMT). Expectations are for a rise of 0.3 percent.

* Investors will also eye the preliminary February Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers at 9:55 a.m. (1455 GMT). Expectations are for a reading of 80.6 against the 81.2 reading in the prior month.   Continuación...