US Stock Futures Flat; Apple Shares Drop In Pre-Market Trading
US stock futures were mostly flat in early pre-market trade, ahead of wholesale trade data. Data on wholesale trade for July will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET. Shares of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) fell 2.61% in pre-market trading as the company unveiled two new iPhones yesterday. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 4 points to 15,177.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures fell 0.40 points to 1,682.00. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index dropped 6.75 points to 3,176.00.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were mostly higher today, with the Spanish Ibex Index surging 0.67%, London's FTSE 100 index dropping 0.07% and STOXX Europe 600 Index climbing 0.31%. German DAX 30 index rose 0.51% and French CAC 40 Index gained 0.07%. UK unemployment rate dropped to 7.7% between May and July, versus 7.8% in the period from February to April.
Asian markets ended mostly higher today. China's Shanghai Composite rose 0.15%, while Japan's Nikkei Stock Average gained 0.01%. Australia's ASX/S&P500 gained 0.61% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index dropped 0.17% and India's Sensex rose 0.36 points.
Analysts at Bank of America downgraded Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) from “buy” to “neutral.” The target price for Apple is set to $520.
Apple's shares closed at $494.64 yesterday.
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