US Stock Futures Signal Higher Start On Wall Street
US stock futures surged in early pre-market trading. The Gallup Economic Confidence Index for February will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 163 points to 16,311.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures rose 19.10 points to 1,862.20. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index climbed 41.25 points to 3,710.00.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were higher today, with the Spanish Ibex Index rising 1.62%, London's FTSE 100 index surging 1.70% and STOXX Europe 600 Index gaining 1.77%. German DAX 30 index jumped 2.24% and French CAC 40 Index climbed 2.33%.
Asian markets ended mostly higher today. Japan's Nikkei Stock Average gained 0.47%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.70%, China's Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.18% and India's BSE Index jumped 1.26%. South Korea's consumer price index climbed 1% y/y in February versus a 1.1% rise in January.
Analysts at Credit Suisse upgraded Abercrombie & Fitch Company (NYSE: ANF) from “neutral” to “outperform.” The price target for Abercrombie & Fitch has been raised from $36 to $52.
Abercrombie & Fitch's shares closed at $39.07 yesterday.
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- Bloomin' Brands (NASDAQ: BLMN) today announced that certain of its stockholders intend to offer for sale in an underwritten secondary offering approximately 18 million shares of its common stock pursuant to the Company's shelf registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. To read the full news, click here.
- AutoZone (NYSE: AZO) reported a gain in its fiscal second-quarter profit. AutoZone's quarterly profit surged to $192.8 million, or $5.63 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $176.2 million, or $4.78 per share. To read the full news, click here.
- R. R. Donnelley (NASDAQ: RRD) announced today that it has been awarded a $250 million multi-year agreement by Dex Media for directory production that renews and significantly expands the companies' relationship through 2020. To read the full news, click here.
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