U.S. stock futures traded higher in early pre-market trade, after posting gains in the previous session. Investors are awaiting earnings results from AT&T Inc. T, Kimberly Clark Corp KMB, Union Pacific Corporation UNP and American Airlines Group Inc AAL. Data on initial jobless claims for the latest week will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET, while the index of leading economic indicators for June is scheduled for release at 10:00 a.m. ET. The Kansas City manufacturing index for July is scheduled for release at 11:00 a.m. ET.
The U.S. has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world, with total infections in the country exceeding 3,970,900 with around 143,190 deaths. Brazil confirmed over 2,227,510 cases, while India reported a total of at least 1,238,790 confirmed cases.
Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 109 points to 26,993 while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index futures traded rose 12.4 points to 3,278.00. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index surged 90.25 points to 10,894.50.
Oil prices traded higher as Brent crude futures rose 1% to trade at $44.72 per barrel, while US WTI crude futures rose 0.9% to trade at $42.29 a barrel. The Energy Information Administration’s weekly report on natural gas stocks in underground storage will be released at 10:30 a.m. ET.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were higher today, with the Spanish Ibex Index rising 0.2% and STOXX Europe 600 Index gaining 0.4%. The UK's FTSE index was trading higher by 0.6%, while French CAC 40 Index rose 0.5% and German DAX 30 gained 0.6%.
In Asian markets, Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.58%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rose 0.82%, China’s Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.24% and India’s BSE Sensex rose 0.5%.
Analysts at RBC Capital upgraded Synovus Financial Corp. SNV from Underperform to Sector Perform and raised the price target from $16 to $19.
Synovus shares fell 1.2% to close at $20.40 on Wednesday.
- Tesla Inc TSLA reported better-than-expected results for its second quarter on Wednesday.
- Microsoft Corporation MSFT reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.
- Midatech Pharma plc MTP reported the termination of its formal sale process.
- Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. CMG reported upbeat earnings for its second quarter.
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