US Stock Futures Slightly Higher Ahead Of Weekly Jobless Claims Data
US stock futures are slightly higher this morning, as investors are awaiting weekly jobless claims data. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 11 points to 13,035.00 and S&P 500 index futures rose 0.70 points to 1,409.00. Nasdaq 100 futures gained 0.75 points to 2,638.25.
US stocks closed mixed on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining 0.64% to 13,034.49, the S&P 500 index rising 0.16% to 1,409.28 and the Nasdaq 100 index falling 0.77% to 2,973.70.
Data on latest weekly jobless claims will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD) is estimated to report its Q2 earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $3.30 billion. UTi Worldwide (NASDAQ: UTIW) is projected to report its Q3 EPS at $0.25 on revenue of $1.22 billion. Titan Machinery (NASDAQ: TITN) is estimated to report its Q3 EPS at $0.65 on revenue of $512.76 million.
Esterline Technologies (NYSE: ESL) is expected to post its Q4 EPS at $1.60 on revenue of $523.70 million. Layne Christensen Co (NASDAQ: LAYN) is projected to report its Q3 EPS at $0.40 on revenue of $295.49 million.
H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) is expected to post a Q2 loss at $0.40 per share on revenue of $130.47 million. Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ: LULU) is expected to report its Q3 EPS at $0.37 on revenue of $305.05 million.
Broadcom (NASDAQ: BRCM) lifted the lower end of its Q4 revenue forecast.
Sigma Designs (NASDAQ: SIGM) posted a wider-than-expected fiscal third-quarter loss.
Synopsys (NASDAQ: SNPS) reported a 27% drop in its fiscal fourth-quarter profit.
European markets were higher today. The STOXX Europe 600 Index rose 0.53%, London's FTSE 100 Index gained 0.20%, French CAC 40 Index surged 0.46% and German DAX 30 index rose 1.01%.
Asian markets ended mixed, with Japan's Nikkei Stock Average rising 0.81%, China's Shanghai Composite falling 0.13% and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dropping 0.27%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell 0.09% and India's Sensex climbed 0.49%.
Nymex crude oil futures gained $0.22 to trade at $88.10 a barrel, while gold futures rose $1.10 to $1,694.90 an ounce.
The dollar index (DXY) fell 0.05% to trade at 79.78, down from 79.886 in North American trade late Wednesday.
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