U.S. Stock-Index Futures Pare Losses Before Manufacturing Data

U.S. stock-index futures pared losses, leaving contracts expiring in December little changed, as investors awaited data on industrial activity.

S&P 500 futures slid 0.2 percent to 1,973.6 at 9:18 a.m. in London. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures dropped 17 points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,889.

A report at 9:15 a.m. Washington time may show industrial production in the world’s largest economy expanded 0.3 percent in August after rising 0.4 percent in July, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg. An earlier release may show the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Empire State Index, a gauge of manufacturing activity, increased to 16 this month.

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