US Stock Futures Up Ahead Of Jobs Report
US stock futures traded higher in early pre-market trade, ahead of April jobs data. Data on nonfarm payroll employment for April will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET, while factory orders data for March will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 15 points to 16,503.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures rose 2.50 points to 1,880.20. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index gained 4.25 points to 3,591.00.
A Peek Into Global Markets European markets were mixed today, with the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.23%, London's FTSE 100 index gaining 0.14% and STOXX Europe 600 Index dipping 0.02%. German DAX 30 index dropped 0.09% and French CAC 40 Index declined 0.53%.
Asian markets ended mostly lower today. Japan's Nikkei Stock Average lost 0.19%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index gained 0.30%, China's Shanghai Composite rose 0.57% and India's BSE Index dropped 0.06%.
Analysts at Bank of America upgraded OpenTable, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPEN) from “neutral” to “buy.” The target price for OpenTable has been set to $87.
OpenTable's shares closed at $68.27 yesterday.
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