Market Snapshot: Stocks inch higher as Microsoft results overshadow ongoing trade uncertainty

U.S. stock-index futures struggled for direction on Friday, as investors wrestle with escalating tensions between the U.S. and major trading partners, though investors also focused on quarterly results from General Electric and Microsoft.

What are the main benchmarks doing?

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average YMU8, -0.50% fell 82 points, or 0.3%, to 24,978.00, and futures for the S&P 500 futures ESU8, -0.28% slipped 5.80 points to 2,799.25, a decline of 0.2%. Nasdaq-100 futures NQU8, +0.05% however, rose 19.75 points, or 0.3%, to 7,387.25

The Dow DJIA, -0.53% S&P 500 SPX, -0.40% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.37%closed lower Thursday.

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