Dow Futures Rise as Trade Fear Recedes

Beijing said it will retaliate with more tariffs on U.S. goods

Karee Venema
Sep 18, 2018 at 9:07 AM
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Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) are trading above fair value, as the blue-chip index stabilizes following yesterday's late-day "sell the rumor" drop. Specifically, stocks sold off ahead of President Donald Trump's after-the-close trade announcement, but are set for a positive open today after Trump confirmed a fresh round of tariffs on Chinese goods. This latest measure has "brought new uncertainty to the bilateral negotiations," according to a statement from China's Ministry of Commerce, which said it will likely announce retaliatory tariffs.

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

  • How to play trade war risk, courtesy of Schaeffer's Senior V.P. of Research Todd Salamone.
  • Apple stock options are cheap right now.
  • Nomura set a 27% upside price target for this chip stock.
  • Plus, Oracle revenue disappoints; the drug stock set to double; and Tilray takes aim at another record high.

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 917,979 call contracts traded on Monday, compared to 583,455 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio rose to 0.64, and the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.60.
  2. Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) reported stronger-than-expected fiscal first-quarter earnings of 71 cents per share, but cloud revenue of $6.61 billion and total revenue of $9.19 billion missed estimates. After closing last night at $49.18, ORCL stock is down 4% ahead of the bell, and could test recent support near $47.50.
  3. Viking Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:VKTX) said its non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) liver disease drug met its goals in a mid-stage study. VKTX stock has surged 130% in pre-market trading, and is on track to open at a new record high.
  4. The shares of Tilray Inc (NASDAQ:TLRY) are pointed 11.1% higher in pre-market trading -- set to hit another record high -- after U.S. regulators approved the import of the company’s cannabis drug for a clinical study. TLRY stock popped yesterday on Coca-Cola’s (KO) interest in cannabis-infused drinks, and has soared 291% in just the past month. In fact, the shares secured a record closing high of $120.19 yesterday, and are more than 600% higher than their mid-July initial public offering (IPO) price of $17.
  5. The NAHB housing market index and Treasury International Capital (TIC) data are due out today. AutoZone (AZO), Cracker Barrel (CBRL), and General Mills (GIS) will report earnings.

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China Stocks Outperform After Tariff News

Asian equity benchmarks were able to bounce back despite another round of U.S. tariffs on China . In fact, China's Shanghai Composite was the best performer throughout the region, closing up 1.8%. The rally was headlined by a big move in infrastructure stocks, with some traders expecting the Chinese government to increase construction spending to offset the effects of the trade feud. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.6%, and Japan's Nikkei had an impressive day, closing up 1.4% as the yen weakened. Finally, South Korea's Kospi rose 0.3%.

In Europe, equity indexes are modestly higher at midday. Sharp gains from some of the top advancers are helping overshadow weakness out of the tech and retail sectors. For example, chemical giant Clariant is soaring higher, and supermarket chain Ocado is also a major winner thanks to strong sales growth. At last check, London's FTSE 100 was barely higher, up 0.01%,  while the French CAC 40 and German DAX are both up 0.2%.


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