US Stock Futures Edge Higher Ahead Of Economic Data
US stock futures traded higher in early pre-market trade, ahead of economic data. The Challenger job-cut report for April will be released at 7:30 a.m. ET, while data on initial jobless claims and consumer spending for March will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. The Markit PMI manufacturing index for April will be released at 9:45 a.m. ET, while the ISM manufacturing composite index for April and construction spending data for March will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET. Data on motor vehicle sales for April will also be released today. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 5 points to 16,516.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures rose 0.90 points to 1,878.80. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index surged 8.50 points to 3,581.75.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were mixed today, with the Spanish Ibex Index falling 0.02%, London's FTSE 100 index gaining 0.24% and STOXX Europe 600 Index gaining 0.09%. German DAX 30 index rose 0.20% and French CAC 40 Index declined 0.23%.
In Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei Stock Average gained 1.27%. Other markets in the region were closed for holidays. China's official PMI rose to 50.4 in April from 50.3 in March.
Analysts at Piper Jaffray upgraded Yelp (NYSE: YELP) from “neutral” to “overweight.” The target price for Yelp is set to $80.
Yelp's shares closed at $58.32 yesterday.
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- Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB) reported a 4% rise in its second-quarter profit. Viacom's quarterly profit surged to $502 million, or $1.13 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $481 million, or $0.96 per share. To read the full news, click here.
- Kratos Defense & Security Solutions (NASDAQ: KTOS) announced today that it has received an indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) C4ISR Training Support Multiple Award Contract (MAC). To read the full news, click here.
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