US STOCKS-Futures lower, pointing towards worst week since June

Fri Aug 9, 2013 7:24am EDT
 
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* Stock indexes poised for worst week since June

* Priceline gains on results, headed towards $1,000 a share

* BlackBerry open to going private, sources tell Reuters

* Futures down: Dow 46 pts, S&P 6.4 pts, Nasdaq 6.25 pts

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Aug 9 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were lower on Friday, putting major indexes on track for their worst week since June, as investors found few reasons buy with equity prices near record levels.

* Wall Street has struggled this week, notching small moves in light volume as an absence of trading incentives kept buyers at bay. Comments from Federal Reserve officials, which underlined confusion over when the central bank's stimulus policy would start to slow, further added to uncertainty.

* In the latest comments from a Fed official, Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, reiterated that the central bank will probably begin cutting back on its massive bond-buying stimulus next month, as long as economic data continues to improve.

* While many investors are concerned that economic growth will stall without the Fed's help, shares have been supported by some strong earnings and encouraging data overseas.   Continued...