US Stock Futures Up; DR Horton, Beazer Homes Earnings In Focus
US stock futures are higher this morning. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 29 points to 12,793 and S&P 500 index futures rose 3 points to 1,378.70. Nasdaq 100 futures gained 9.25 points to 2,589.75.
US stocks closed higher on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising 0.03% to 12,815.39, the S&P 500 index gaining 0.17% to 1,379.85 and the Nasdaq 100 index surging 0.32% to 2,904.87.
DR Horton (NYSE: DHI) is projected to report its Q4 earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $1.35 billion. Beazer Homes USA (NYSE: BZH) is estimated to post a Q4 loss at $1.22 per share on revenue of $335.11 million.
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced the resignation of Chris Kubasik as vice chairman, president and chief operating officer after an ethics investigation found he had a personal relationship with a subordinate employee.
Star Scientific (NASDAQ: STSI) reported its Q3 net profit of $0.4 million, versus a year-ago net loss of $6.6 million.
European markets were mixed today. The STOXX Europe 600 Index dropped 0.01%, London's FTSE 100 Index rose 0.15%, French CAC 40 Index declined 0.10% and German DAX 30 index gained 0.12%.
Asian markets ended mostly lower, with Japan's Nikkei Stock Average falling 0.93%, China's Shanghai Composite gaining 0.49% and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dropping 0.28%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 0.21% and India's Sensex declined 0.07%.
Japan's gross domestic product declined 0.9% during the third quarter. The country's GDP dropped 3.5% on an annualized basis.
Crude oil for December delivery dropped $0.21 to trade at $85.86 a barrel on Globex.
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