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Market Snapshot: S&P 500 ends just shy of record; Dow limps lower

U.S. stock futures slipped Friday as investors assumed a cautious posture ahead of a reading of second-quarter U.S. economic growth and another raft on earnings.

Disappointment over Bank of Japan’s latest easing action also weighed on sentiment.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average YMU6, -0.25% dropped 33 points, or 0.2%, to 18,343, while those for the S&P 500 index ESU6, -0.18% fell 2.45 points, or 0.1%, to 2,161.25. Futures for the Nasdaq-100 index NQU6, +0.08% rose 4.75 points, or 0.1%, to 4,724.25, propelled higher by solid tech earnings.

Headed into July’s last trading day, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.16% and Dow industrials DJIA, -0.09% were both looking at monthly gains of more than 3%.

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