Stock futures little changed ahead of open

The Associated Press Published:

U.S. stock futures barely budged in pre-market trading Wednesday as positive earnings news from U.S. companies was offset by a disappointing economic report from China.

KEEPING SCORE: Standard & Poor's 500 index futures eased two points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,872 as of 9:11 a.m. Eastern time. Dow Jones industrial average futures edged up one point to 16,459. Nasdaq composite futures eased five points, or 0.2 percent, to 3,579.

FLYING HIGHER: Delta Air Lines rose $1.80, or 5.2 percent, to $36.75. Its first-quarter earnings climbed after it filled more seats on its planes and paid less for fuel. Boeing rose $3.25, or 2.5 percent, to $130.80. The company's quarterly earnings beat expectations as it boosted airplane production.

CHINA: A preliminary survey of Chinese manufacturers by HSBC showed slight improvements in prices and demand, but contractions in new export orders and employment in April.