US Stock Futures Up; All Eyes On ECB Meeting
US stock futures are higher this morning, as investors are awaiting a policy decision by the European Central Bank. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 66 points to 13,116.00 and S&P 500 index futures rose 7.90 points to 1,411.40. Nasdaq 100 futures gained 15 points to 2,782.50.
US stocks closed mixed on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising 0.09% to 13,047.48, the S&P 500 index falling 0.11% to 1,403.44 and the Nasdaq 100 index dropping 0.19% to 3,069.27.
The ADP national employment report for August will be released at 8:15 am ET, while data on weekly jobless claims will be released at 8:30 am ET. The ISM non-manufacturing index for August will be released at 10:00 am ET.
Hovnanian Enterprises (NYSE: HOV) is expected to report a Q3 loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $386.18 million. UTi Worldwide (NASDAQ: UTIW) is projected to report its Q2 EPS at $0.23 on revenue of $1.28 billion.
Layne Christensen Co (NASDAQ: LAYN) is estimated to report its Q2 EPS at $0.43 on revenue of $292.72 million. Quiksilver (NYSE: ZQK) is estimated to post its Q3 earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $527.18 million.
Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance (NASDAQ: ULTA) is expected to post its Q2 earnings at $0.51 per share on revenue of $473.80 million. Smith & Wesson Holding (NASDAQ: SWHC) is expected to post its Q1 EPS at $0.18 on revenue of $128.74 million. Met-Pro (NYSE: MPR) is expected to report its Q2 earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $26.48 million.
VeriFone Systems (NYSE: PAY) reported downbeat fiscal third-quarter revenue and issued weak adjusted sales forecast for fiscal fourth-quarter.
Zillow (NASDAQ: Z) announced its plans to sell 3.2 million shares in a secondary offering.
OCZ Technology Group (NASDAQ: OCZ) lowered its sales forecast for the second quarter.
European markets were higher today. The STOXX Europe 600 Index rose 0.70%, French CAC 40 index gained 0.91%. London's FTSE 100 Index moved up 0.55% and German DAX 30 index rose 1.23%.
Asian markets ended higher, with Japan's Nikkei Stock Average gaining 0.01%, China's Shanghai Composite rising 0.70% and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 moving up 0.79%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index gained 0.34% and India's Sensex rose 0.19%.
Nymex crude-oil futures gained 1.1% to trade at $96.43 a barrel.
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