Market Snapshot: Wall Street stocks set to struggle as investors brace for more data

U.S. equities were facing a moderately weaker open on Thursday, as stock futures edged lower a day after the S&P 500 suffered its biggest loss in months and the Dow industrials backed further away from 20,000.

Weekly jobless claims and trade-balance data will be in focus for investors on Thursday.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH7, -0.02% fell 12 points to 19,763, while those for the S&P 500 index ESH7, +0.06% eased 0.3 point to 2,245. Nasdaq-100 futures NQH7, -0.01% slipped 3.25 points to 4,920.50.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.84% saw the biggest one-day and percentage drop since October 11 on Wednesday, falling 0.8% , or 18.96, to 2,249.92, while Dow industrials DJIA, -0.56% fell 111.36 points, or 0.6%, to 19,833.68, the biggest drop since Dec.

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