Stock Futures Up as Economic Data Pours In

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by Karee Venema

Published on Sep 14, 2018 at 9:16 AM
Updated on Sep 14, 2018 at 2:35 PM

U.S. stock index futures are trading modestly above fair value ahead of a busy day on Wall Street. Already today, traders were hit with weak retail sales -- which grew at their slowest pace in six months in August -- while import prices fell 0.6% last month, their biggest drop since January 2016. There's plenty more on tap, too, with a Fed speech currently underway and several economic reports still slated for release. At last check, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) and S&P 500 Index (SPX) are up, with the latter coming off its fourth straight win and closing last night fewer than 13 points from its Aug. 29 record intraday high.

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1.34 million call contracts traded on Thursday -- the most since July 20 -- compared to 669,873 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio fell to 0.50, and the 21-day moving average edged down to 0.60.
  2. Marijuana stocks are set to take a big hit today, after a Politico report indicated the U.S. could ban Canadians who work or invest in cannabis companies from crossing the border. While shares of Tilray Inc (NASDAQ:TLRY) are down 12.3% ahead of the bell -- pulling back from yesterday's record high -- Cronos Group Inc (NASDAQ:CRON) is off 7.2%.
  3. Dave & Buster's Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ:PLAY) reported a second-quarter profit of 84 cents per share on $319.2 million in revenue -- more than analysts were expecting. The restaurant chain also raised its full-year outlook, announced a quarterly dividend payment, and boosted its current share repurchase program. PLAY stock is up 3.6% in pre-market trading, and could take aim at a new annual high.
  4. Nio Inc (NYSE:NIO) stock is set for a third day of volatile trading, up 13.2% in electronic trading. The Chinese electric carmaker -- which some are calling China's Tesla -- priced its initial public offering (IPO) at $6.26 on Tuesday, before opening at $6 on Wednesday and trading as low as $5.35. Yesterday, NIO hit a record high of $12.69 before closing at $11.60.
  5. Business inventories, the preliminary University of Michigan consumer sentiment index, and the Baker-Hughes rig count will be released today. Additionally, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans will speak ahead of next week's onslaught of economic reports.

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Data Weighs on China Stocks

It was mostly a positive day for Asian equities, as traders showed confidence in the U.S.-China trade outlook and tech stocks gained. The one negative outlier, however, was China's Shanghai Composite, which finished down 0.2%, despite flirting with positive territory earlier in the session. Chinese investors considered a round of economic data that included disappointing fixed asset investment numbers for the first half of the year. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Hang Seng popped 1% and Japan's Nikkei ended up 1.2%, thanks mostly to a strong session for chip stocks. South Korea's Kospi also closed with a nice gain, up 1.4%.

Over in Europe, stocks are cautiously higher halfway through the day, mostly due to positive global trade developments. As such, the French CAC 40 and German DAX are sporting 0.2% gains, and London's FTSE 100 is up 0.3% at last check.

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