US Stock Futures Decline After China Data
US stock futures traded lower in early pre-market trade, after China's manufacturing data. The Markit PMI services index for April will be released at 9:45 a.m. ET, while the ISM non-manufacturing index for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 60 points to 16,387.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures fell 6.70 points to 1,867.70. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index dropped 14.25 points to 3,565.00.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were lower today, with the Spanish Ibex Index falling 0.98%, STOXX Europe 600 Index dropping 0.83%. German DAX 30 index fell 1.33% and French CAC 40 Index declined 1.12%. Euro-zone producer prices declined 0.2% in March from February.
In Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index tumbled 1.28%, China's Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.05% and India's BSE Sensex rose 0.18%. China HSBC PMI came in at 48.1 in April, versus a flash reading of 48.3.
Analysts at Bank of America upgraded Informatica (NASDAQ: INFA) from “underperform” to “neutral.” The target price for Informatica is set to $37.
Informatica's shares closed at $35.91 on Friday.
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