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A Peek Into The Markets: US Stock Futures Climb; Crude Oil Up 1%

A Peek Into The Markets: US Stock Futures Climb; Crude Oil Up 1%

Pre-open movers

U.S. stock futures traded higher in early pre-market trade as the FDA authorized the emergency use of BNT162b2, the mRNA vaccine candidate developed by Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and its partner BioNTech SE – ADR (NASDAQ: BNTX), for use in individuals aged 16 years and older. Investors are awaiting earnings from Qudian Inc. (NYSE: QD) and Vince Holding Corp. . (NYSE: VNCE).

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 200 points to 30,233.00 while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index futures traded rose 20.75 points to 3,682.00. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index rose 48 points to 12,416.00.

The U.S. has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world, with total infections in the country exceeding 16,256,810 with around 299,180 deaths. India reported a total of at least 9,884,100 confirmed cases, while Brazil confirmed over 6,901,950 cases.

Oil prices traded higher as Brent crude futures rose 1.1% to trade at $50.52 per barrel, while US WTI crude futures rose 1% to trade at $47.05 a barrel. The total number of active U.S. oil rigs rose by 12 to 258 rigs this week, Baker Hughes Inc reported Friday.

A Peek Into Global Markets

European markets were higher today. The Spanish Ibex Index rose 1.5% and STOXX Europe 600 Index gained 0.8%. The French CAC 40 Index gained 0.8%, while German DAX 30 gained 0.9% and London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.3%. German wholesale prices declined 1.7% year-over-year in November but rose 0.1% month-over-month.

Asian markets traded mostly higher today. Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.3%, China’s Shanghai Composite gained 0.66%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index dropped 0.44% and India’s BSE Sensex rose 0.3%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 traded higher by 0.3%. Japan’s industrial production grew at 4% month-over-month in October, while the Tankan Large Manufacturing Index climbed to -10 for the fourth quarter. China’s house prices grew 4% year-over-year in November.


Broker Recommendation

Analysts at KeyBanc upgraded Inogen, Inc. (NASDAQ: INGN) from Sector Weight to Overweight and announced a $60 price target.

Inogen shares fell 3.3% to close at $38.46 on Friday.


Breaking News

  • Pluralsight Inc (NASDAQ: PS) agreed to be acquired by private-equity firm Vista Equity Partners in an all-cash transaction for $20.26 per share..
  • Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ: EA) reached an agreement to acquire Codemasters in a $1.2 billion deal, outshining an earlier offer from rival Take-Two Interactive Software Inc (NASDAQ: TTWO).
  • AstraZeneca plc (NASDAQ: AZN) announced plans buy Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) for $39 billion..
  • Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ: HBAN) and TCF Financial Corp (NASDAQ: TCF) agreed to merge in an all-stock deal with a total market value of around $22 billion.

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