US Stock Futures Flat Ahead Of GDP, Durable-Goods Orders Data
US stock futures traded mostly flat in early pre-market trade, ahead of economic data. Data on durable goods orders for May and GDP growth for the first quarter will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. The Markit PMI Services Flash data for June will be released at 9:45 a.m. ET. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1 point to 16,751.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures rose 1 point to 1,944.20. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index declined 1.25 points to 3,793.25.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were lower today, with the Spanish Ibex Index dropping 0.69%, STOXX Europe 600 Index declining 0.60%. German DAX 30 index fell 0.37%, French CAC 40 Index tumbled 0.72% and London's FTSE 100 Index dropped 0.55%. French business sentiment declined to a reading of 98 in June versus 99 in May.
In Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei Stock Average fell 0.71%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index dropped 0.07%, China's Shanghai Composite Index declined 0.41% and India's BSE Sensex fell 0.22%.
Analysts at Jefferies upgraded Walgreen Co (NYSE: WAG) from “hold” to “buy.” The target price for Walgreen has been raised from $69 to $87.
Walgreen's shares closed at $72.48 yesterday.
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- OraSure Technologies (NASDAQ: OSUR) announced today continued progress under its agreement with Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE: TMO) to develop and supply homogenous fully-automated oral fluid drugs of abuse assays to be used with a new version of the Company's Intercept® oral fluid specimen collection device. To read the full news, click here.
- Shares of General Mills (NYSE: GIS) fell more than 3% after the company reported a weaker-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter profit. To read the full news, click here.
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