U.S. stocks were set for a muted opening on Monday as a sharp drop in crude oil prices weighed on energy companies, while a robust report from Bank of America reinforced expectations of a strong earnings season.
Brent crude prices tumbled 2.9 percent as concerns about supply disruptions eased and Libyan ports reopened, while traders eyed potential supply increases by Russia and other oil producers.
Shares of Chevron and Exxon slid nearly 1 percent in premarket trading, the most among the components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Energy companies also led the losses on the S&P 500 stocks premarket, led by Concho Resources' 2.4 percent drop.
This follows mixed earnings reports from three of its Wall Street peers on Friday, which dragged down bank stocks but could not stop the S&P 500 from closing at its highest level in more than five months.
"What will be interesting in this earnings season apart from what we know, is what the guidance will sound like, with the trade wars going on and tariffs being put in place," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at B. Riley FBR in New York.
"We are probably going to have some cautious guidance as a lot of the multinational companies would've priced in the bad news."
The Commerce Department said U.S. retail sales increased 0.5 percent in June, boosted by increases in purchases of motor vehicles and a range of other goods.
Data for May was revised higher to show sales rising 1.3 percent instead of the previously reported 0.8 percent gain. But the unchanged reading in core retail sales last month likely does not change views that consumer spending accelerated in the second quarter.
Toymaker Hasbro slid about 3 percent after BMO downgraded the stock to underperform.
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