US Stock Futures Up; ADP Report, Fed Decision In Focus
US stock futures gained in early pre-market trade, ahead of the ADP jobs report. The ADP national employment report for October will be released at 8:15 a.m. ET, while the consumer price index for September will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. The FOMC is scheduled to announce its policy decision at 2:00 p.m. ET. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 49 points to 15,665.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures gained 4.60 points to 1,772.00. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index rose 14 points to 3,398.00.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were higher today, with the Spanish Ibex Index gaining 0.63%, London's FTSE 100 index rising 0.48% and STOXX Europe 600 Index climbing 0.55%. German DAX 30 index rose 0.40% and French CAC 40 Index climbed 0.50%. Germany jobless claims rose 2,000 in October from September.
Asian markets ended higher today. Japan's Nikkei Stock Average rose 1.23%, China's Shanghai Composite surged 1.48% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index jumped 2%. Australia's ASX/S&P500 rose 0.27% and India's Sensex jumped 0.50%. Japan's industrial production climbed by 1.5% in September.
Analysts at Bank of America downgraded SanDisk (NASDAQ: SNDK) from “buy” to “neutral.” The target price for SanDisk is set to $75.
SanDisk's shares closed at $70.80 yesterday.
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