A Peek Into The Market Before The Trading Starts
Pre-open movers US stock futures are mostly flat this morning, as investors are awaiting non-farm payrolls data. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 2 points to 13,163.00 and S&P 500 index futures rose 0.50 points to 1,423.70. Nasdaq 100 futures gained 0.50 points to 2,685.25.
A Peek Into Global Markets European markets were mostly lower today. The STOXX Europe 600 Index climbed 0.18%, London's FTSE 100 Index rose 0.02%, French CAC 40 Index dropped 0.16% and German DAX 30 index gained 0.01%.
Asian markets ended higher, with Japan's Nikkei Stock Average rising 1.17%, China's Shanghai Composite gaining 0.60% and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rising 0.08%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index surged 1.33% and India's Sensex gained 1.04%.
Broker Recommendation Analysts at Jefferies downgraded Exelon (NYSE: EXC) from “buy” to “hold.” The target price for Exelon has been lowered from $39.50 to $34.
Exelon shares rose 0.06% to $33.60 in after-hours trading.
- Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that it has acquired assets of privately-held Vico Software of Boulder, Colorado, a recognized leader in 5D virtual construction software and consulting services. To read the full news, click here.
- Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE: BITA) today announced that certain existing pre-IPO shareholders of the Company entered into definitive agreements with AutoTrader Group (NASDAQ: ATG) operator of the largest digital automotive marketplace in the United States. To read the full news, click here.
- Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU) today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Providence Equity Partners pursuant to which Baidu will purchase shares of iQiyi.com held by Providence for an undisclosed amount. To read the full news, click here.
- MarketAxess Holdings (NASDAQ: MKTX) has agreed to acquire Xtrakter Limited, a leading provider of regulatory transaction reporting, financial market data and trade matching services to the European securities markets. To read the full news, click here.
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