A Peek Into The Markets: US Stock Futures Mostly Lower Ahead Of Earnings, Economic Reports

Pre-open movers

U.S. stock futures traded mostly lower in early pre-market trade after the Dow Jones jumped around 575 points in the previous session. Investors are awaiting earnings results from HP Inc. HPQ, Salesforce, Inc. CRM and Victoria's Secret & Co. VSCO.

The S&P Corelogic Case-Shiller home price index and FHFA house price index for March will be released at 9:00 a.m. ET. The Chicago PMI for May is scheduled for release at 9:45 a.m. ET, while the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET. The Dallas Fed manufacturing index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.

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Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 77 points to 33,081.00 while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index futures fell 8 points to 4,147.75. Futures for the Nasdaq index gained 10.25 points to 12,688.00.

Oil prices traded higher as Brent crude futures rose 2% to trade at $119.93 per barrel, while US WTI crude futures rose 1.7% to trade at $119.15 a barrel.

The U.S. has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world, with total infections in the country exceeding 85,730,590 with around 1,031,280 deaths. India reported a total of at least 43,158,580 confirmed cases, while Brazil confirmed over 30,977,660 cases.

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A Peek Into Global Markets

European markets were lower today. The STOXX Europe 600 Index fell 0.2%, London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.4% while Spain’s IBEX 35 Index slipped 0.1%. The French CAC 40 Index fell 0.6%, while German DAX dropped 0.4%. Italy’s gross domestic product expanded by 0.1% on the quarter during the three months leading to March. Household spending in France declined by 0.4% from a month ago in April. The annual inflation rate in France accelerated to 5.2% in May, while the country’s economy shrank by 0.2% on quarter during the first three months of the year.

Asian markets traded mixed today. Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 0.33%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index climbed 1.38% and China’s Shanghai Composite Index rose 1.19%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 fell 1% and India’s S&P BSE Sensex fell 0.2%. The consumer confidence index in Japan rose to 34.1 in May from 33.0 in the prior month, while housing starts increased by 2.2% year-over-year in April. Japan’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.5% in April, while retail sales climbed 2.9% year-over-year in April. The NBS Composite PMI Output Index in China surged to 48.4 in May, with manufacturing PMI increasing to 49.6. Australia's business inventories increased by 3.2% quarter-on-quarter in the March quarter, while current account surplus shrank to AUD 7.5 billion in the first quarter.

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Piper Sandler downgraded NetScout Systems, Inc. NTCT from Neutral to Underweight and lowered the price target from $35 to $33.

NetScout shares fell 1.9% to $36.95 in pre-market trading.

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Breaking News

  • Bob Iger, the former CEO of Walt Disney Co DIS, has acquired a stake in Australian design company Canva, according to CNBC.
  • Natuzzi S.p.A. NTZ reported an operating profit of €1.5 million for the first quarter, down from €3.3 Million in the year-ago period. Its consolidated revenue rose 16.8% to €118.5 million.
  • Terraform Labs (TFL) founder Do Kwon is reportedly working on another decentralized stablecoin for its new blockchain Terra 2.0 LUNA/USD.
  • “Top Gun: Maverick” obliterated the competition at the U.S. box office this weekend, bringing in $124 million from 4,735 theaters. The Paramount PARAA release also soared globally, bringing in $248 million in worldwide ticket sales – excluding the Chinese and Russian markets, where the film is not scheduled for release.
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