Dow Jones Industrial Average Futures Flat After Jobs Report

2 Apple Suppliers Screaming 'Buy'

May 5, 2017 at 9:09 AM
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Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) futures are trading below fair value this morning, but are well off their pre-market lows, while the Nasdaq Composite (COMP) and S&P 500 Index (SPX) are both poised to open higher. Stocks are reacting to this morning's nonfarm payrolls report, with the U.S. economy adding 211,000 jobs in April, versus 185,000 expected -- more than doubling the number of jobs added in March, and bolstering expectations for a June rate hike. Also, the unemployment rate dropped to 4.4%, the lowest point since 2007. Still, the Dow has been trading in a tight range all week, and with the next round of the French election coming on Sunday, traders may exercise caution yet again. 
Continue reading for more on today's market, including:

  • 2 Apple suppliers screaming "buy." 
  • How we helped options traders triple their money on this energy stock.  
  • Call buyers are zeroing in on Snap Inc (NYSE:SNAP) before its inaugural earnings release.  
  • Plus, analysts predict higher highs for Activision; Universal Display blows past estimates; and a surging fiber optics stock. 

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Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) are 2.5 points below fair value. 

5 Things You Need to Know Today
  1. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 848,531 call contracts traded on Thursday, compared to 651,056 put contracts. The resultant single-session equity put/call ratio moved up to 0.77, while the 21-day moving average edged up to 0.68.
  2. Video game stock Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) has been one of the best SPX stocks in 2017, adding 47% to trade at $53.10, while hitting a record high of $53.39 earlier this week. The stock was last seen edging higher in pre-market trading, following the company's strong first-quarter results. Analysts are cheering the report, as Jefferies raised its price target to $68 from $55, and Cowen upped its target to $59. 
  3. Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ:OLED) has been another big winner in 2017, and it looks like more gains are ahead. The shares are set to add 15.5% this morning, thanks to the company's first-quarter earnings beat and solid full-year sales outlook. As of last night's close at $89.95, OLED stock had already rallied roughly 88% since its 52-week low in October, hitting a record high of $92.30 on April 27 -- a level it should easily top today. 
  4. Another pre-market winner is Applied Optoelectronics Inc (NASDAQ:AAOI), with the fiber optics specialist up 6.8% in electronic trading, thanks to much better-than-expected first-quarter results. At $46.81, AAOI stock has pulled back some since hitting a record high of $60.19 on March 27, but still boasts a 12-month gain of over 340%. 
  5. Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), Cigna (CI), E.W. Scripps (SSP), and MSG Networks (MSGN) are on the earnings slate today. Next week, Walt Disney (DIS) and NVIDIA earnings highlight the schedule. 

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Overseas Trading

Asian stocks settled a low-volume session in the red, with markets in Japan and South Korea shuttered for holiday. Specifically, China's Shanghai Composite and Hong Kong's Hang Seng both gave back 0.8%, amid pressure from declining commodity prices.

European markets are mixed ahead of Sunday's presidential election in France, with traders keeping a close eye on bouncing energy and mining stocks. The French CAC 40 was last seen trading up 0.07% -- on track for its highest close in more than nine years. Elsewhere, the German DAX is off 0.3%, and London's FTSE 100 is trading down 0.03%.


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