US Stock Futures Edge Lower Ahead Of Wholesale Trade Data
US stock futures declined in early pre-market trading, ahead of wholesale trade data. The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index for February will be released at 7:30 a.m. ET, while wholesale trade data for January will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 8 points to 16,405.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures fell 1.30 points to 1,875.90. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index declined 0.25 points to 3,707.25.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were mostly lower today, with the Spanish Ibex Index dropping 0.03%, London's FTSE 100 index falling 0.37% and STOXX Europe 600 Index declining 0.07%. German DAX 30 index rose 0.17% and French CAC 40 Index declined 0.39%. German exports climbed 2.2% on the month in January, while imports rose 4.1%. UK's industrial production increased 0.1% in January versus December.
Asian markets ended mostly higher today. Japan's Nikkei Stock Average gained 0.69%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.02%, China's Shanghai Composite Index climbed 0.10% and India's BSE Index declined 0.12%.
Analysts at Pacific Crest upgraded Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) from “sector perform” to “outperform.” The target price for Apple is set to $635.
Apple's shares gained 0.60% to $534.12 in pre-market trading.
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