Stock Futures Higher Amid Easing Trade Tensions

The Nasdaq and S&P are set to resume their quest for record highs

Managing Editor
Aug 28, 2018 at 9:14 AM
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Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) futures are trading above fair value this morning, as investors continue to toast yesterday's U.S.-Mexico trade deal, which will overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Next up is the pursuit of a similar deal with fellow NAFTA member Canada, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin telling CNBC he is hopeful a deal with get done, but is prepared to move forward with Mexico. S&P 500 Index (SPX) and Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) futures are cautiously higher as well, with both indexes looking to resume their quest for record highs.

Continue reading for more on today's market, including:

  • Keep a wary eye on VIX futures traders, warns Schaeffer's Senior V.P. of Research Todd Salamone.
  • Ford and GM bulls emerged after the Mexico trade agreement.
  • The weed stock swarmed by options traders before earnings.
  • Plus, Twitter cracks down on suspicious accounts; Campbell Soup could be ditching sale efforts; and Tiffany cheers a beat-and-raise.

Stock Futures Chart Aug 28

5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1.20 million call contracts traded on Monday, compared to 632,416 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio fell to 0.53 -- the lowest since June -- and the 21-day moving average remained at 0.63.
  2. Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) stock is up 0.6% in electronic trading, after the social media entity suspended 770 accounts for coordinated manipulation and policy violations. The company has started to make a conscious effort in the past year to crack down on suspicious accounts. TWTR stock scored a record high of $47.79 on June 15, but gapped lower in late July following a poorly received earnings report. Since then, the shares have bounced into the $36 region. 
  3. Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) stock is down 4.1% ahead of the bell, amid reports the company will announce it has no plans to sell itself. Activist Daniel Loeb was pushing for a sale of the food processing name. CPB rallied hard off its early June lows above $32, but has still shed 15% in 2018. 
  4. Shares of Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) are up 6.7% in electronic trading, after the high-end retailer reported second-quarter earnings and revenue that exceeded analyst expectations. The company also upped its full-year guidance for 2018. Tiffany stock has pulled back since touching a record high of $141.64 in late July, but could test those levels once again today.
  5. Today will be a busy day on the economic front, with data on international trade, retail and wholesales inventories, consumer confidence, the Richmond Fed manufacturing survey, and the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller housing price index. For earnings, Best Buy (BBY), Box Inc (BOX), Hain Celestial (HAIN), H & R Block (HRB), Lannett (LCI), Shoe Carnival (SCVL), and Tilray (TLRY) will report.

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Global Trade Optimism Lifts Asian, European Markets

Stocks in Asia closed mostly higher, taking their cues from Wall Street after Monday's U.S.-Mexico trade deal. Japan's Nikkei briefly surged past 23,000 for the first time since mid-June, and closed up 0.06%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 0.3% on the back of gains in tech and energy, South Korea's Kospi picked up 0.2%, and China's Shanghai Composite lagged the group with a 0.1% loss.

Optimism over an improving global trade outlook sent resource stocks soaring, with the mining sector pushing European markets higher at midday. London's FTSE 100 resumed trading after a long weekend on a positive note, and alongside France's CAC 40, is up 0.3% at midday, while Germany's DAX is trading up 0.1%, at last check. 


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