US Stock Futures Flat Ahead Of Factory-Orders Data
US stock futures are mostly flat this morning, as investors are awaiting factory-orders data. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 3 points to 13,933.00 and S&P 500 index futures fell 0.40 points to 1,506.30. Nasdaq 100 futures climbed 1.25 points to 2,757.75.
US stocks closed higher on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining 1.08% to 14,009.79, the S&P 500 index rising 1.01% to 1,513.17 and the Nasdaq 100 index climbing 1.18% to 3,179.10.
Data on December factory orders will be released at 10 a.m. ET.
Humana (NYSE: HUM) is projected to report its Q4 earnings at $1.07 per share on revenue of $9.73 billion. Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC) is estimated to post its Q4 earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $3.38 billion. Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) is estimated to post its Q4 earnings at $0.82 per share on revenue of $4.12 billion.
Sysco (NYSE: SYY) is projected to report its Q2 earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $10.70 billion. The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) is estimated to report its Q2 earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $1.27 billion. Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD) is projected to report its Q4 earnings at $0.48 per share on revenue of $2.43 billion.
Gannett Co (NYSE: GCI) is projected to report its Q4 earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $1.49 billion. Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG) is expected to post its Q4 earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $872.66 million. Life Technologies (NASDAQ: LIFE) is projected to post its Q4 earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $989.50 million.
Brown & Brown (NYSE: BRO) reported a 16.8% surge in its net income for the fourth quarter.
Cowen Group (NASDAQ: COWN) announced its plans to buy privately held investment bank Dahlman Rose & Co.
European markets were mostly lower today. The STOXX Europe 600 Index rose 0.05%, London's FTSE 100 Index dropped 0.32%, German DAX 30 Index fell 0.11% and French CAC 40 Index declined 0.42%.
Asian markets ended mixed, with Japan's Nikkei Stock Average rising 0.62%, China's Shanghai Composite surging 0.38% and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 Index dropping 0.26%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index declined 0.16% and India's Sensex dropped 0.15%.
Nymex crude-oil futures declined $0.58 to trade at $97.19 a barrel in electronic trade, while gold futures fell $4.90 to $1,664.50 an ounce.
The ICE dollar index (DXY) rose 0.23% to trade at 79.39. The euro declined 0.47% against the dollar to trade at $1.3588.
The US dollar gained 0.28% against the Japanese yen to ¥93.04.
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