Futures mixed leading up to Fed's policy gathering

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FILE -- In an Aug. 3, 2012 file photo trader Dan Tandy, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.   U.S. stocks closed mixed Monday Aug. 27, 2012, on one of the quietest trading days of the year.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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FILE -- In an Aug. 3, 2012 file photo trader Dan Tandy, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock …

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures are essentially flat as traders await any hints about the status of the economy from the Fed's annual meeting this week in Jackson Hole.

Dow Jones industrial futures are up a point to 13,108. The broader S&P futures are flat at 1,408.30 and the Nasdaq futures are up a point at 2,783.75.

There are no major earnings reports or government economic data being released, leaving investors to speculate what U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke might say during a much anticipated speech Friday.

The Conference Board, a private research group, will release its monthly consumer confidence index at 10 a.m. Eastern. Economists expect that the August reading will show the feeling of U.S. consumers about the economy is largely unchanged from July.

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