US Stock Futures Up Ahead Of Jobless Claims
US stock futures traded higher in early pre-market trade. Data on weekly jobless claims will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET, while the Conference Board's index of leading indicators will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 40 points to 14,887.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures rose 6.70 points to 1,642.70. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index gained 17.25 points to 3,079.75.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were higher today, with the Spanish Ibex Index rising 1.78%, London's FTSE 100 index gaining 0.82% and STOXX Europe 600 Index surging 0.90%. German DAX 30 index rose 1.09% and French CAC 40 Index surged 1.04%. Euro-zone flash composite purchasing managers' index rose to 51.7 in August, from 50.5 in July. German preliminary composite PMI climbed to 53.4 in August, from 52.1 in July.
Asian markets ended mostly lower today. China's flash manufacturing PMI surged to 50.1 in August, from 47.7 in July, according to HSBC. China's Shanghai Composite fell 0.28%, while Japan's Nikkei Stock Average declined 0.44%. Australia's ASX/S&P500 dropped 0.46%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.36% and India's Sensex jumped 2.27%.
Analysts at ISI Group downgraded Target (NYSE: TGT) from “strong buy” to “buy.” The target price for Target has been lowered from $76 to $70.
Target's shares closed at $65.50 yesterday.
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