US Stock Futures Flat Ahead Of Economic Data
US stock futures were mostly flat in early pre-market trade, ahead of consumer sentiment and retail sales data. The producer price index for August and retail sales data for August will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. The Reuters/University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index for September will be released at 9:55 a.m. ET, while business inventories data for July will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 3 points to 15,249.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures fell 1.30 points to 1,677.00. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index declined 2.50 points to 3,176.00.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were lower today, with the Spanish Ibex Index falling 0.17%, London's FTSE 100 index dropping 0.28% and STOXX Europe 600 Index declining 0.15%. German DAX 30 index fell 0.11% and French CAC 40 Index declined 0.18%.
Asian markets ended mostly lower today. China's Shanghai Composite fell 0.86%, while Japan's Nikkei Stock Average rose 0.12%. Australia's ASX/S&P500 dropped 0.45% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index declined 0.17% and India's Sensex dropped 0.25%.
Analysts at JP Morgan downgraded Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (NYSE: TEVA) from “overweight” to “neutral.” The target price for Teva has been lowered from $45 to $43.
Teva's shares closed at $38.88 yesterday.
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