U.S. stock index futures were largely unchanged Monday after news that Spain slipped into a recession and as investors looked to take a breather following a four-day rally that sent the S&P 500 over its 1,400 milestone.
Spain fell back into technical recession but the figure for first-quarter economic performance was better than expected. This comes after Standard & Poor's downgraded the country's sovereign debt last week lowered the credit rating of 16 Spanish banks. European shares were trading lower .
On the economic front, household income climbed 0.4 percent in March, the biggest gain in three months , according to the Commerce Department. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected a gain of 0.3 percent. But consumer spending only edged up 0.3 percent, slightly below an expected gain of 0.4 percent.
This comes after a report that showed U.S. economic growth cooled in the first quarter to 2.2 percent, bolstering the Federal Reserve's case that interest rates should be kept near zero at least though late 2014.
Barnes & Noble skyrocketed after Microsoft said it will invest $300 million in the bookstore chain's digital and college businesses. The new deal will give Microsoft a 17.6 percent stake in the new unit.Page 1 of 3 | Next Page