US STOCKS-Wall St set for muted open on simmering U.S.-China tensions

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US STOCKS-Wall St set for muted open on simmering U.S.-China tensions
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* Stocks set for weekly gains on recovery hopes

* Alibaba (NYSE: BABA ) slips despite upbeat earnings report

* Splunk jumps after forecasting higher cloud demand

* Futures mixed: Dow up 0.09%, S&P up 0.09%, Nasdaq off 0.10%

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By Ambar Warrick and Pawel Goraj

May 22 (Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes were set for a near-flat open on Friday as investors weighed hopes of more stimulus to revive an ailing economy against simmering Sino-U.S. trade tensions.

China on Friday unveiled details about its plan to impose a national security law in Hong Kong that could see mainland intelligence agencies set up bases in the global financial hub, raising fears of more pro-democracy protests. of the law on Thursday had drawn fire from President Donald Trump, toppling Wall Street's main indexes from multi-month highs that were hit on optimism around a revival in business activity with the easing of coronavirus-led lockdowns.

"Market sentiment is really vulnerable to expensive valuation at the moment," said Andrea Cicione, head of strategy at TS Lombard.

"After the shock of the COVID-19 lockdown, we have to go through a regular recession with high unemployment, low capex, low demand and that's not what's priced in at the moment."

At 8:37 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis 1YMcv1 were up 21 points, or 0.09%. S&P 500 e-minis EScv1 were up 2.5 points, or 0.09% and Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQcv1 were down 9 points, or 0.1%.

A swathe of mixed retail earnings from Walmart (NYSE: WMT ) Inc WMT.N , Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY ) BBY.N and Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) HD.N earlier in the week had shown online shopping gaining traction due to the stay-at-home orders.

On Friday, Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group BABA.N reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, but its shares slipped 1.6%. Smaller rival Pinduoduo Inc's U.S.-listed shares PDD.O gained 1.2% after its own upbeat quarterly earnings report. Packard Enterprise HPE.N fell 7.3% after missing second-quarter revenue and profit estimates, hit by global lockdowns since February. analytics software maker Splunk Inc SPLK.O rose 5.8% after saying it expects higher demand for its cloud services as people around the world take to working from home.

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