Stock Futures Turn Lower, Winning Streaks In Jeopardy

A Fed-watched inflation gauge hit a six-year high

Managing Editor
Aug 30, 2018 at 9:13 AM
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Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) futures are signaling a pullback this morning, as markets appear ready to take a breather after a four-day winning streakS&P 500 Index (SPX) and Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) futures are in the red as well, putting both indexes' streak of record highs in doubt. Investors will be eager for trade developments between the U.S. and Canada, after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed optimism yesterday that a deal could get done by the deadline on Friday. Elsewhere, fresh inflation data hit Wall Street in the form of the Fed-watched personal consumption expenditures (PCE) index, which jumped 2.3% year-over-year in July, to a six-year high.

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Stock Futures Chart Aug 30

5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1.09 million call contracts traded on Wednesday, compared to 597,557 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio climbed to 0.55, and the 21-day moving average fell to 0.61.
  2. Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG) stock is down 2.3% in electronic trading, in the wake of the firm's second-quarter earnings results. While the discount retailer reported same-store sales that exceeded expectations, the company's full-year outlook fell short of forecasts. DG is fresh off a record high of $109.05 on Monday, but now could test its 20-day moving average, and is one of the worst stocks to own during Labor Day week.
  3. Salesforce.com, Inc. (NYSE:CRM) stock is down 2.7% ahead of the bell, after the cloud services provider reported second-quarter earnings and revenue above estimates, but gave weaker-than-expected third-quarter guidance. Nevertheless, no fewer than eight brokerages issued price-target hikes, including to $185 from $160 at Raymond James. CRM scored a record high of $154.97 just yesterday, and boasts a 51% lead in 2018. 
  4. Shares of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) are up only 0.1% in electronic trading, but that amount is still enough for the FAANG name to open above $2,000 for the first time. AMZN stock nabbed a record high of $1,998.69 yesterday, thanks to a bull note from Morgan Stanley, which predicted a $1.2 trillion market cap
  5. Weekly jobless claims are due out today. For earnings, Ambarella (AMBA), American Outdoor Brands (AOBC), Burlington Stores (BURL), Campbell Soup (CPB), Ciena (CIEN), Dollar Tree (DLTR), Lululemon Athletica (LULU), and Ulta Beauty (ULTA) are scheduled.

stock market news aug 30

South Korea Stocks Snap Winning Streak

Stocks in Asia finished mostly lower as investors continued to digest the current global trade climate. Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.9%, China's Shanghai Composite suffered a steep 1.1% loss, and South Korea's Kospi ended down 0.07% -- snapping its nine-day win streak. Japan's Nikkei eked out its seventh straight win, closing 0.09% higher and briefly toppling 23,000 in intraday action.

European markets are lower in afternoon trading. At last glance, London’s FTSE 100 is down 0.6% as easing concerns over a "no-deal Brexit" boost the pound, Germany’s DAX is 0.5% lower, and France’s CAC 40 is sporting a 0.4% loss.

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