US Stock Futures Gain Ahead Of Durable-Goods Orders Data
US stock futures climbed in early pre-market trading, ahead of economic data. Data on durable goods orders for February will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET, while the Markit PMI Services Flash data for March will be released at 9:45 a.m. ET. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 43 points to 16,341.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures rose 4.30 points to 1,863.60. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index gained 13.25 points to 3,637.00.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were higher today, with the Spanish Ibex Index rising 1.10%, London's FTSE 100 index gaining 0.54% and STOXX Europe 600 Index jumping 0.75%. German DAX 30 index climbed 1.26% and French CAC 40 Index surged 0.93%.
Asian markets ended mostly higher today. Japan's Nikkei Stock Average rose 0.37%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index surged 0.72% and China's Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.18% and India's BSE Sensex climbed 0.18%.
Analysts at Wunderlich downgraded Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA) from “buy” to “hold.” The target price for Panera Bread Company has been lowered from $205 to $190.
Panera Bread's shares closed at $185.82 yesterday.
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