US Stock Futures Edge Higher Ahead Of Fed Minutes, Alcoa Earnings
US stock futures traded slightly higher in early pre-market trade. The Federal Open Market Committee will issue minutes of its latest meeting at 2:00 p.m. ET. Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) is projected to post its Q1 earnings after the closing bell. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 10.50 points to 17,795.50, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures surged 1.40 points to 2,069.15. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index rose 1.20 points to 4,335.20.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were mostly lower today, with the Spanish Ibex Index falling 0.46%, STOXX Europe 600 Index surging 0.18% and German DAX 30 index falling 0.49%. French CAC 40 Index slipped 0.15% and London's FTSE 100 Index rose 0.54%.
In Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei Stock Average rose 0.76%, China's Shanghai Composite Index jumped 0.84%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index climbed 3.80% and India's BSE Sensex gained 0.67%.
Analysts at Barclays upgraded Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) from Equal-weight to Overweight and raises the price target from $107.00 to $121.00.
Visteon shares fell 0.25% to close at $98.16 yesterday.
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