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Market Snapshot: Stock futures flat after North Korean missile launch, but on track for weekly gains

U.S. stock-index futures struggled for direction on Friday, signaling a muted open in the wake of North Korea firing another missile over Japan, although major indexes were on track for a week of solid gains.

The latest economic data failed to provide much clarity. U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in August, dropping 0.2% in their second decline of the past three months. Separately, the Empire State factory gauge hit 24.4 in September, down slightly.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ7, -0.04% edged down by 5 points, or less than 0.1%, to 22,167.00. They had been lower by as many as 44 points, according to FactSet data.

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