By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch

U.S. stock futures pointed to slight losses Friday, clouding the Dow industrials' chance of a new closing high, as the surging dollar prompted worries about exporters.

The fresh strength in the dollar comes after Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen signaled Thursday that a December interest-rate hike ( was likely to go ahead.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures slipped 25 points, or 0.1%, to 18,844, while S&P 500 futures eased 4.3 points, or 0.2%, to 2,179.75. Nasdaq-100 futures slipped 4.5 points to 4,823.75.

Wall Street finished a wobbly session slightly higher after Yellen's remarks on Thursday. The Dow ended up 0.2% at 18,903.82, just 20 points short of the all-time closing high, set Tuesday.

On Friday, the ICE Dollar Index ( , which measures the currency against a basket of six rivals, shot to a fresh 13-year high. The greenback was trading at levels not seen in months against the Japanese yen .

"In a high growth environment, it is likely we will see investors moving into the U.S. as a source of capital appreciation," said Joshua Mahony, market analyst at IG, in a note to clients.

"However, the hesitancy seen in U.S. stock markets is a clear nod to the fact that with such dollar appreciation comes an environment which is progressively more difficult for U.S. exporters," he added.

In a continuation of Thursday's action, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose 1 basis point to 2.31%.

Fed speakers ahead: Investors might look for guidance from more policy makers on Friday. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said at a conference in Frankfurt that he's leaning towards the likelihood of an interest-rate hike in December, according to a report from CNBC (

Dallas Fed President Rob Kaplan will speak at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time in Houston, while Kansas City Fed President Esther George is set to talk at the Dallas Fed at 9:30 p.m. Eastern.

Also on the docket is Fed governor Jerome Powell, who is scheduled to appear at the San Francisco Fed at 9:45 p.m. Eastern.

The only major data release of note on Friday is a report on leading indicators, due at 10 a.m. Eastern.

Stocks to watch: Abercrombie & Fitch Co.(ANF) and Foot Locker Inc.(FL)are due to report earnings ahead of the market's open. Inc.(CRM) could add to Thursday's late-session gains, which came after the cloud-computing company posted rising revenue and boosted its outlook ( But shares of Applied Materials Inc.(AMAT) fell in after-hours trading after the chip-equipment maker missed expectations for new orders (

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Gap Inc.(GPS) shares may see pressure. The stock fell in late trade after the retailer posted a weak outlook. (

Other markets: European stocks ( pulled back on Friday, led by banking and commodity names. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi ( signaled Friday that the central bank's stimulus will be extended for the region, whose economy remains clouded by risks.

Asian markets ( had a mixed day, though yen weakness gave a boost to the Nikkei 225 index , which rose 0.6%.

The dollar's move higher took a toll on gold ( , which dropped $11.80, or 1%, to $1,205.30 an ounce. Oil ( slipped 11 centsto $45.28 a barrel.

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

November 18, 2016 06:38 ET (11:38 GMT)

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