US Stock Futures Edge Higher Ahead Of Jobs Data
US stock futures rose in early pre-market trade, ahead of economic data. Data on nonfarm payroll employment for October, and personal income and outlays for September will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. The Reuter's/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index for September will be released at 9:55 a.m. ET. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to speak at 3:30 p.m. ET. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 6 points to 15,573.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures rose 2.60 points to 1,747.80. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index surged 9.50 points to 3,329.00.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were lower today, with the Spanish Ibex Index falling 0.76%, London's FTSE 100 index dropping 0.47% and STOXX Europe 600 Index declining 0.80%. German DAX 30 index fell 0.70% and French CAC 40 Index declined 1.05%. Germany's trade surplus rose to 18.8 billion euros ($25.2 billion) in September, versus a revised EUR15.8 billion in August.
Asian markets ended lower today. Japan's Nikkei Stock Average tumbled 1%, China's Shanghai Composite dropped 1.09%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index declined 0.60% and India's BSE Sensex tumbled 0.75%. China's exports climbed 5.6% y/y in October, versus a 0.3% fall in September.
Analysts at Goldman Sachs downgraded Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) from “buy” to “neutral.” The target price for Whole Foods Market has been lowered from $66 to $57.
Whole Foods Market's shares closed at $57.26 yesterday.
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