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U.S. Index Futures Dip Ahead of Key Earnings Reports, Oil Prices Climb

Fernanda T
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February 07 2024 1:17AM

In Wednesday’s pre-market, U.S. index futures show a negative trend, reflecting investor uncertainty as they await a new round of quarterly reports from renowned companies.

At 5:49 AM, Dow Jones futures (DOWI:DJI) fell 38 points, or 0.10%. S&P 500 futures dropped 0.07%, and Nasdaq-100 futures were stable. The 10-year Treasury bond yield was at 4.121%.

In the commodities market, West Texas Intermediate crude oil for March rose 0.67%, to $73.80 per barrel. Brent crude for April increased by 0.61%, to around $79.07 per barrel. Iron ore with a 62% concentration, traded on the Dalian exchange, rose 1.12%, to $132.75 per ton.

In today’s US economic agenda, investors await the 7:30 AM release of the Trade Balance data for December. The LSEG consensus anticipates a $62.2 billion deficit in this indicator. Later, at 10:30 AM, the weekly report on oil inventories will be announced. According to LSEG projections, an increase of 2.133 million barrels is expected.

Asian markets closed mixed today, with Chinese exchanges continuing to rise in response to measures taken by Beijing to stem losses in local markets. Yesterday, a major investment fund and China’s securities regulator intervened to stabilize the country’s exchanges, which were suffering from concerns about economic recovery. Meanwhile, the Shanghai SE (China) rose 1.44%, the Nikkei (Japan) fell 0.11%, the Hang Seng Index (Hong Kong) retreated 0.34%, the Kospi (South Korea) advanced 1.30%, and the ASX 200 (Australia) gained 0.45%.

European markets are currently operating without a clear direction, reflecting the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the possibility of interest rate cuts. This uncertainty was sparked by comments from the US Federal Reserve Chairman, Jerome Powell, last week, suggesting that investors may need to wait longer than initially expected for changes in central bank interest rate policy. The UK’s FTSE 100 and Germany’s DAX are recording slight declines. Meanwhile, France’s CAC 40 and Italy’s FTSE MIB are posting modest gains. The STOXX 600 index, which encompasses a broad range of European companies, is experiencing a slight decline.

On Tuesday, US markets closed slightly higher. The Dow Jones increased by 0.37%, the S&P 500 by 0.23%, and the Nasdaq by 0.07%. Concerns about a possible interest rate cut in March diminished, while companies such as Palantir (NYSE:PLTR) and Spotify (NYSE:SPOT) had notable performances. The airline sector recovered, and semiconductor stocks fell.

For Wednesday’s quarterly results, financial reports are scheduled to be presented by Alibaba Group (NYSE:BABA), Uber (NYSE:UBER), CVS Health (NYSE:CVS), Roblox (NYSE:RBLX), Hilton (NYSE:HLT), Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM), among others, before the market opens.

After the close, numbers from PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL), Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS), Arm (NASDAQ:ARM), Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN), Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT), McKesson (NYSE:MCK), Confluent (NASDAQ:CFLT), and more are awaited.