US Stock Futures Up Ahead Of Manufacturing PMI
US stock futures gained in early pre-market trading. The Chicago Fed National Activity Index for February will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET, while the Markit PMI manufacturing index (flash) for March will be released at 9:45 a.m. ET. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 21 points to 16,242.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures rose 3.40 points to 1,860.40. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index gained 9.25 points to 3,648.25.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were lower today, with the Spanish Ibex Index falling 0.95%, London's FTSE 100 index dropping 0.39% and STOXX Europe 600 Index slipping 0.56%. German DAX 30 index declined 0.60% and French CAC 40 Index tumbled 0.71%. German preliminary composite PMI dropped to 55.0 in March, versus 56.4 in February.
Asian markets ended higher today. Japan's Nikkei Stock Average jumped 1.77%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1.91% and China's Shanghai Composite Index surged 0.91% and India's BSE Sensex gained 1.39%. The preliminary HSBC's China manufacturing PMI declined to 48.1 in March, versus a reading of 48.5 in February.
Analysts at Deutsche Bank downgraded Loews (NYSE: L) from “buy” to “hold.” The target price for Loews has been lowered from $53 to $51.
Loews shares closed at $44.23 on Friday.
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