A Peek Into The Market Before The Trading Starts
Pre-open movers US stock futures are higher this morning, as investors are waiting weekly jobless claims and sales data from retailers. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 35 points to 12,972.00 and S&P 500 index futures rose 3.50 points to 1,367.90. Nasdaq 100 futures surged 11 points to 2,634.00.
A Peek Into Global Markets European markets were higher today. The STOXX Europe 600 Index gained 0.66%, London's FTSE 100 Index moved up 0.68%, French CAC 40 index rose 0.79% and German DAX 30 index climbed 0.72%.
Asian markets ended lower, with Japan's Nikkei Stock Average declining 0.16%, China's Shanghai Composite dropping 0.10% and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 moving down 0.96%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 1.35% and India's Sensex declined 0.95%.
Broker Recommendation Analysts at FBR Capital downgraded Aircastle Limited (NYSE: AYR) from “outperform” to “market perform.” The target price for Aircastle is set to $15.
Aircastle shares gained 0.67% to close at $13.61 yesterday.
- VIVUS Inc (NASDAQ: VVUS) announced yesterday the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 9,000,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $22.50 per share. To read the full news, click here.
- Callidus Software Inc (NASDAQ: CALD), the leader in sales effectiveness and cloud computing, announced today that it has signed a partnership with SESTRA, to market the CallidusCloud™ suite in Mexico and Central America. To read the full news, click here.
- Ventana Medical Systems Inc, a member of the Roche Group (OTC: RHHBY), announced today that the FDA has approved the application of its INFORM HER2 Dual ISH DNA Probe cocktail assay (HER2 Dual ISH) on the VENTANA BenchMark ULTRA automated slide staining platform for commercialization in the United States. To read the full news, click here.
- The Principal Financial Group Inc (NYSE: PFG) today announced a definitive agreement to purchase a 60 percent indirect ownership of Claritas Administração de Recursos Ltda. / Claritas Investments, Ltd. (Claritas). To read the full news, click here.
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