US futures are slightly lower as investors weighed economic data. According to the Commerce Department, retail sales rose less than expected as retailers continue to slump following poor earnings out of Macys and Nordstrom. Other data included CPI which rose 0.2 percent and later this morning we will get data for consumer sentiment. Oil prices try to stabilize as Brent and crude prices are both slightly higher. Asian markets closed mixed with the Nikkei closing down while the Shanghai index finished higher. European markets are trading slightly higher.