US Stock Futures Up Ahead Of GDP, Jobless Claims
US stock futures gained in early pre-market trade, ahead of economic data. Data on GDP growth for the second quarter and weekly jobless claims will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 20 points to 14,826.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures rose 2.40 points to 1,634.60. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index gained 9 points to 3,077.25.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were mostly higher today, with the Spanish Ibex Index dropping 0.02%, London's FTSE 100 index rising 0.55% and STOXX Europe 600 Index gaining 0.43%. German DAX 30 index rose 0.13% and French CAC 40 Index surged 0.36%. German jobless claims increased by 7,000 on the month in August. However, economists were expecting a fall of 5,000.
Asian markets ended mostly higher today. Japan's retail sales dropped 0.3% y/y in July. China's Shanghai Composite fell 0.19%, while Japan's Nikkei Stock Average climbed 0.91%. Australia's ASX/S&P500 gained 0.10%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index surged 0.84% and India's Sensex jumped 2.25%.
Analysts at Deutsche Bank downgraded AutoNavi Holdings (NASDAQ: AMAP) from “buy” to “hold.” The target price for AutoNavi Holdings has been lowered from $15.10 to $11.90.
AutoNavi's shares closed at $12.54 yesterday.
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