First look... Stock futures are pointing to a mixed open this morning with tech stocks headed lower after an earnings miss from Apple (AAPL). Ford (F) could give a boost to the rest of the market after the company posted better than expected earnings for the second quarter. Global markets managed to pick up some support from comments by European Central Bank policymaker Ewald Nowotny, who said it may be justified to take steps that would boost the firepower of the euro zone's new bailout fund. European markets remain mostly higher, though gains were held in check by weak U.K. and German data. Comments from the European Central Bank added support and the euro moved higher on hopes the euro zone's financial defenses could receive a boost. A preliminary estimate showed the U.K. economy contracted 0.7% between April and June compared with expectations for a 0.2% contraction while the German Ifo survey showed that business confidence fell for the third straight month. The Ifo's monthly indicator of business confidence was down to 103.3, versus the previous month's 105.2 and expectations for a reading of 104.5. Asian markets fell on concerns over Europe's debt crisis and the disappointing Apple earnings pushed down technology manufacturers in Asia. Below-expectation earnings from one of the world's most famous consumer electronics companies had follow on effects on electronics companies in Asia, which was felt hardest in technology-heavy markets such as South Korea and Japan. Crude oil futures are little changed in early trading with WTI just 0.2% higher at $88.67 while Brent is nearly flat trade at $103.41 with natural gas lower at $3.14. Precious metals are mixed so far this morning with gold adding 1% at $1,597.20 and silver at $27.15. The dollar fell against the euro but gained against the British pound and versus the Japanese yen. In pre-market trading Ford Motor Company (F), Symantec Corp (SYMC), Broadcom Corp (BRCM), Caterpillar Inc (CAT), and Boeing Co (BA) are up, while Apple Inc (AAPL), Netflix Inc (NFLX), International Game Technology (IGT), WellPoint Health Networks (WLP), and TripAdvisor Inc (TRIP) are down. [MarketIntelligenceCenter.com]