Stocks: Steady ahead for now

August 30, 2013: 6:51 AM ET
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

U.S. stock futures were treading water early Friday at the end of a week overshadowed by the threat of a U.S. led-military strike on Syria.

Friday is expected to be a quiet trading day before the three-day Labor Day weekend, but investors are waiting for a few economic reports.

Data on U.S. personal income and spending in July will be released at 8:30 a.m ET, and the University of Michigan will release its latest consumer confidence survey at 9:55 a.m.

Concerns over Syria have for now receded, contributing to a relatively placid mood in the markets. The possibility of military action sparked market volatility earlier.

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General Electric (GE) shares rose 1.2% in premarket trading Friday after The Wall Street Journal reported that the firm is preparing to spin off its retail lending business.

Salesforce.com (CRM)shares were up 7.7% premarket after the company reported better-than-expected quarterly sales and income Thursday afternoon. Krispy Kreme (KKD) shares were down 11% after the donut maker missed earnings estimates and lowered its full-year guidance Thursday.

U.S. stocks closed higher Thursday on better-than-expected readings on U.S. gross domestic product and initial jobless claims.

European markets were shifting lower in midday trading, with Germany's Dax and France's CAC 40 dropping by nearly 0.6%. The United Kingdom's FTSE 100 was down 0.4%.

Asian markets ended the week with some tepid moves. Both the Hang Seng and Shanghai Composite index were essentially flat at the close. Japan's Nikkei lost 0.5%.

Markets
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Index Last Change % Change
Dow 17,164.95 -251.90 -1.45%
Nasdaq 4,635.24 -48.17 -1.03%
S&P 500 1,994.99 -26.26 -1.30%
Treasuries 1.68 -0.08 -4.34%
Data as of 12:49pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 15.15 -0.28 -1.81%
Apple Inc 117.16 -1.74 -1.46%
Microsoft Corp 40.40 -1.61 -3.83%
AT&T Inc 32.92 -0.04 -0.12%
General Electric Co 23.89 -0.19 -0.79%
Data as of Jan 30

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