US Stock Futures Nudge Higher Ahead Of Jobs Data
US stock futures gained in early pre-market trading, ahead of jobs data. Data on nonfarm payroll employment for March will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 20 points to 16,521.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures rose 2.70 points to 1,885.70. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index gained 7.75 points to 3,638.50.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were mostly higher today, with the Spanish Ibex Index falling 0.05%, London's FTSE 100 index gaining 0.45% and STOXX Europe 600 Index rising 0.16%. German DAX 30 index surged 0.35% and French CAC 40 Index rose 0.25%. German manufacturing orders rose 0.6% in February.
Asian markets ended mostly lower today. Japan's Nikkei Stock Average fell 0.05%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index declined 0.24% and China's Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.74% and India's BSE Sensex dropped 0.66%
Analysts at Bank of America upgraded Gamestop (NYSE: GME) from “neutral” to “buy.” The target price for Gamestop has been raised from $43 to $56.
Gamestop's shares closed at $44.39 yesterday.
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