US Stock Futures Signal Higher Start On Wall Street
US stock futures are higher this morning. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 52 points to 13,497.00 and S&P 500 index futures rose 6.10 points to 1,456.50. Nasdaq 100 futures gained 14 points to 2,835.00.
US stocks closed higher on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising 1.55% to 13,539.86, the S&P 500 index gaining 1.63% to 1,459.99 and the Nasdaq 100 index rising 1.33% to 3,155.83.
The Federal Reserve announced its plans to buy $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities every month.
Data on August retail sales and consumer-price-inflation will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. Data on August industrial-production will be released at 9:15 a.m. ET, while the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index for September will be released at 9:55 a.m. ET.
Shares of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) surged to new highs on Thursday, a day after the company unveiled iPhone 5.
Analogic (NASDAQ: ALOG) reported stronger-than-expected FQ4 revenue.
Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) lowered its revenue forecast for the fiscal first quarter and initiated a quarterly dividend.
Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) issued downbeat earnings forecast for the third quarter.
Textainer Group Holdings Limited (NYSE: TGH) priced an underwritten public offering of 7,500,000 of its common shares at a price of $31.50 per share.
European markets were higher today. The STOXX Europe 600 Index surged 1.39%, French CAC 40 index gained 1.95%. London's FTSE 100 Index moved up 1.53% and German DAX 30 index rose 1.44%.
Asian markets ended higher, with Japan's Nikkei Stock Average rising 1.83%, China's Shanghai Composite gaining 0.64% and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 moving up 1.16%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index gained 2.90% and India's Sensex rose 2.32%.
Nymex crude-oil futures gained $1.39 to $99.70 a barrel in electronic trade, while gold futures rose $2.20 to trade at $1,774.30 an ounce.
The dollar index (DXY) declined 0.26% to trade at 79.07, down from 79.254 in North American trade late Thursday. The euro gained 0.61% against the dollar to trade at $1.3067, versus $1.2992.
The US dollar surged 0.79% versus the Japanese yen to trade at ¥78.10, versus ¥77.53.
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