Dow Jones Industrial Average Takes Aim at Ninth Straight Gain

What This Rare Snap-Back Signal Could Mean for Stocks

Jul 20, 2016 at 9:07 AM
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Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) futures are solidly above fair value -- and on track to extend the index's impressive winning streak and string of record highs -- as stocks rally pre-market on another strong round of earnings. In particular, Dow stock Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is up 5% pre-market after the tech giant bested the Street's quarterly expectations, as sales doubled on its Azure cloud platform. Meanwhile, oil prices could swing with this morning's release of weekly inventories data, but at last check, August-dated crude futures were 1.2% lower at $44.12 per barrel.

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Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) are roughly 54 points above fair value.

5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. Hong Kong markets bucked the regional trend lower in Asia, while upbeat earnings are lifting European stocks.
  2. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 820,937 call contracts traded on Tuesday, compared to 549,197 put contracts. The resultant single-session equity put/call ratio slid to 0.67, while the 21-day moving average remained at 0.65.
  3. Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) was the latest big bank to beat earnings expectations, posting a per-share profit of 75 cents versus the consensus view of 59 cents. MS stock is nearly 3% higher pre-market.
  4. Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) announced a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss of 14 cents per share, while the energy giant's revenue topped the consensus estimate. HAL's net loss was largely attributable to the $3.5 billion termination fee for its failed merger with Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI).
  5. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the tablet form of Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:PGNX) Relistor constipation treatment; Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX) boasts the exclusive development and commercialization rights. While PGNX is set to soar 24%, the news has sent shares of VRX 5% higher ahead of the open, turning up the heat on at least one high-profile short seller.

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Earnings and Economic Data

The weekly crude inventory report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) will highlight today's economic calendar. Stepping up to the earnings plate will be American Express (AXP)Intel (INTC), Canadian Pacific (CP), eBay (EBAY), F5 Networks (FFIV), IMAX (IMAX), Mattel (MAT), Newmont Mining (NEM), QUALCOMM (QCOM), St. Jude Medical (STJ), and Tractor Supply (TSCO)To see what else is on this week's schedule, click here

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