US Stock Futures Edge Up; Euro Rises Against Dollar
US stock futures are slightly higher this morning. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 15 points to 12,965.00 and S&P 500 index futures rose 1.20 points to 1,408.30. Nasdaq 100 futures gained 4.25 points to 2,674.25.
US stocks closed lower on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping 0.46% to 12,965.60, the S&P 500 index declining 0.47% to 1,404.64 and the Nasdaq 100 index falling 0.27% to 3,002.20.
AutoZone (NYSE: AZO) is estimated to report its Q1 earnings at $5.39 per share on revenue of $2.02 billion. Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) is projected to post a Q3 loss at $0.24 per share on revenue of $1.14 billion.
Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOL) is estimated to post its Q4 earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $566.74 million. Pandora Media (NYSE: P) is expected to post its Q3 EPS at $0.01 on revenue of $117.07 million.
NCI Building Systems (NYSE: NCS) is expected to post its Q4 EPS at $0.08 on revenue of $354.80 million. Mattress Firm Holding (NASDAQ: MFRM) is projected to post its Q3 EPS at $0.46 on revenue of $271.59 million.
Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) announced its plans to pay three upcoming quarterly dividends on December 21.
Geron (NASDAQ: GERN) announced its plans to end development of GRN1005, an experimental brain cancer drug. It also announced its plans to cut 43 jobs.
Pep Boys-Manny Moe & Jack (NYSE: PBY) posted a loss in the fiscal third quarter.
European markets were higher today. The STOXX Europe 600 Index rose 0.33%, London's FTSE 100 Index gained 0.19%, French CAC 40 Index surged 0.82% and German DAX 30 index rose 0.16%.
Asian markets ended mixed, with Japan's Nikkei Stock Average falling 0.27%, China's Shanghai Composite gaining 0.78% and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dropping 0.62%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.15% and India's Sensex climbed 0.22%.
Australia's central bank lowered its key cash rate by a quarter percentage point to 3% on Tuesday.
Gold for February delivery declined $14.60 to trade at $1,706.50 an ounce. However, crude oil for January delivery gained 0.03% to $89.12 a barrel on the NYMEX.
The ICE dollar index (DXY) fell 0.16% to trade at 79.76, down from 79.909 in late North American trade Monday. The euro gained 0.18% versus the dollar to trade at $1.3077, versus $1.3054.
The US dollar dropped 0.34% versus the Japanese yen to trade at ¥81.9750, down from ¥82.19 on Monday.
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