LONDON Feb 27 U.S. stock index futures pointed
to a mixed Wall Street open on Wednesday, with futures for the
S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 indexes slipping 0.1
percent, while futures for the Dow Jones rose 0.1 percent
by 0933 GMT.
* U.S. durables goods and homes data due out at 1330 and
1500 GMT respectively should provide further clues on the health
of the world's largest economy.
* The Pentagon program chief for the F-35 warplane slammed
its commercial partners Lockheed Martin and Pratt &
Whitney on Wednesday, accusing them of trying to "squeeze every
nickel" out of the U.S. government and failing to see the
long-term benefits of the project.
Pratt & Whitney is 99 percent sure the fan blade problem
that grounded the Pentagon's 51 new F-35 fighter jets was not
caused by high-cycle fatigue, which could force a costly design
change, according to two sources familiar with an investigation
by the enginemaker.
* Airbus parent EADS predicted higher profit this
year on the heels of stronger than expected 2012 earnings and a
clampdown on costs, with the development of its A350 jet
remaining the biggest wild card in its bid to match rival Boeing
* Partner Communications, Israel's second-largest
mobile phone operator, reported weaker-than-expected quarterly
profit and said it could have weak earnings throughout 2013 due
to fierce competition that has slashed calling
* The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up
0.1 percent at 1,151.69 points by 1010 GMT on Wednesday while
the euro zone's Euro STOXX 50 index also advanced
0.1 percent, although concerns over Italy's political stalemate
were likely to cap gains.
* The Dow Jones industrial average gained 115.96
points, or 0.84 percent, to 13,900.13 at the close on Tuesday.
The Standard & Poor's 500 Index rose 9.09 points, or 0.61
percent, to 1,496.94. The Nasdaq Composite Index
advanced 13.40 points, or 0.43 percent, to close at 3,129.65.