US STOCKS-Futures flat after indexes close at record highs
* Futures up: Dow 9 pts, S&P 1 pts, Nasdaq 1.5 pts
By Yashaswini Swamynathan
Aug 12 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Friday, a day after all three main indexes closed at record highs for the first time since 1999.
* Strong department store earnings, coupled with a sharp rise in oil prices and robust labor market data, were major catalysts for Thursday's rally.
* The S&P 500 index has notched 14 record highs since July, but analysts have expressed skepticism over the length of the rally in what is traditionally a low-volume period.
* * J.C. Penney shares fell 1.4 percent in premarket trading after the department store chain operator reported quarterly revenue that missed analysts' estimates.
* A report by the U.S. Labor Department is expected to show that producer price index edged up 0.1 percent in July, after rising 0.5 percent in June. The data is due at 8:30 a.m. ET (1230 GMT).
* Retail sales likely rose 0.4 percent in July after a 0.6 percent increase in June, a report is expected to show. The data is also due at 8:30 a.m. ET.
* Oil touched $46 per barrel for the first time in three weeks on the prospects of exporters working out ways to prop up the market. Continuación...