US STOCKS-Wall St draws little cheer from big bank earnings

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* JPMorgan, Citi kick off Q3 earnings season * September PPI rises 0.4 pct, in line with expectation * Futures down: Dow 20 pts, S&P 3.75 pts, Nasdaq 5.5 pts (Adds details, comments, updates prices) By Sruthi Shankar Oct 12 (Reuters) - Wall Street looked set to open slightly lower on Thursday as results of major banks JPMorgan and Citigroup failed to fuel the optimism that has driven indexes to record highs. JPMorgan JPM.N and Citigroup C.N , which had already talked down expectations earlier this month, reported earnings that were better than Wall Street estimates. Both reported steep declines in trading revenue but Citi's came in smaller than expected. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N1MN3YL JPMorgan's shares were up 0.5 percent and Citi 0.7 percent. "What we're seeing is after a long stretch of consecutive highs in the market, with earnings, even if they are slightly disappointing, or an even an aspect of earnings like bond trading at JPM, is more an excuse to selloff," said Scott Clemons, chief investment strategist for Brown Brothers Harriman in New York. Clemons said earnings will probably heighten volatility, with lack of any other major developments to drive the market. With the S&P 500 up 14 percent in 2017, investors are betting on strong earnings growth across the S&P 500. Bank of America BAC.N and Wells Fargo WFC.N are scheduled to report earnings on Friday. At 8:36 a.m. ET (1236 GMT), Dow e-minis 1YMc1 were down 20 points, or 0.09 percent, with 15,593 contracts changing hands. S&P 500 e-minis ESc1 were down 3.75 points, or 0.15 percent, with 99,623 contracts traded. Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQc1 were down 5.5 points, or 0.09 percent, on volume of 16,707 contracts. A Labor Department report showed U.S. producer prices rose in September as the price of gasoline recorded its biggest increase in more than two years. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL2N1MM27H The PPI index for final demand rose 0.4 percent in September, after rising 0.2 percent in August. The data comes as the Federal Reserve policymakers debate about a stubbornly-low inflation as they decide on when to raise interest rates next. However, the more crucial reading of inflation will come from consumer price data on Friday. Many analysts have warned the data will be muddied by recent hurricanes. The economic data also comes as the hunt for Janet Yellen's successor to chair the Fed gathers steam. Reports on Wednesday that Fed Governor Jerome Powell, seen as a safe pick for financial markets, was being pushed as a successor helped Wall Street close at fresh record highs. Powell and fellow governor, Lael Brainard, are scheduled to speak later in the day. Among stocks, AT&T T.N fell 1.41 percent after the company said its third-quarter results took a hit from the string of hurricanes. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N1MM5PY J.Jill JILL.N plunged 45 percent after the women's fashion retailer slashed its third-quarter forecast. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N1MM5GJ (Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza) ((sruthi.shankar@thomsonreuters.com; within U.S. +1 646 223 8780; outside U.S. +91 80 6749 6328; Reuters Messaging: sruthi.shankar.reuters.com@reuters.net)) Keywords: USA STOCKS/

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