Stock Futures Slip With Tesla, Kavanaugh Vote in Focus

Futures on the Dow are pointed lower on the final trading day of the third quarter

Sep 28, 2018 at 9:22 AM
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Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) are trading below fair value this morning. It's been a strong quarter and month for the the Dow and S&P 500 Index (SPX), though both are headed for weekly losses. The Nasdaq Composite (IXIC), on the other hand, is bracing for a September loss, even as it paces toward a weekly win on strength in tech stocks.

In focus today is a round of economic reports, with early data showing August consumer spending rose 0.3% -- its slowest pace since February -- and the core personal consumption expenditures (PCE) index was unchanged at 2%. Wall Street will also be watching Tesla (TSLA) stock, which is plunging ahead of the bell on news the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a lawsuit against the carmaker's CEO Elon Musk, while keeping a close eye on the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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  • Plus, a fresh "buy" rating for Lowe's; a brow-raising Nvidia price target; and a sinking software stock.

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 860,657 call contracts traded on Thursday, compared to 521,525 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio rose to 0.61, and the 21-day moving average edged up to 0.60.
  2. Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) was upgraded to "buy" from "hold" at SunTrust Robinson, with the brokerage firm boosting its price target on the home improvement retailer to $137 from $110. Telsey Advisory also lifted its LOW price target to $126 from $123. The shares of Lowe's -- one of the best stocks to own in the fourth quarter -- are up 1.1% ahead of the bell, after closing last night at $114.50.
  3. Evercore ISI raised its price target on Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) by $100 to $400 -- a 50% premium to last night's close at $267.40, and the highest on Wall Street. NVDA stock's recent pullback from its Sept. 4 record peak of $285.22 was contained by its 40-day moving average, and the shares are set to open up 1.4% today near $271.
  4. Progress Software Corp (NASDAQ:PRGS) reported a stronger-than-expected fiscal third-quarter adjusted profit of 60 cents per share -- though revenue of $95.8 million fell short, and the company's full-year forecast came in below estimates. A price-target cut to $38 at Wedbush is only increasing headwinds, with PRGS stock down 13.5% in electronic trading -- on track to open near $36.50, its lowest level since July.
  5. The Chicago purchasing managers index (PMI), the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index, and the Baker-Hughes rig count are due out today. BlackBerry (BB) and MiMedx (MDXG) will report earnings. Looking ahead to next week, several Fed speeches are scheduled following this week's rate hike.

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European Bank Stocks Sink on Italian Budget Deficit Concerns

It was a largely positive session for Asian stocks today, highlighted by a multi-decade intraday peak for Japan's Nikkei on the back of strong economic data. By the close, Tokyo's equity benchmark was up 1.4%. China's Shanghai Composite also rallied, adding 1.1%, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.3%. South Korea's Kospi underperformed its regional peers, however, giving up 0.5% as Korea Aerospace cratered by nearly one-third after failing to win a U.S. Air Force contract.

European markets are broadly lower at the session's halfway point, with Italian banks selling off after Rome set the country's budget deficit target at a higher-than-recommended 2.4% through 2021. Those worries are rippling through the European finance sector; BNP Paribas is down 4.3% in Paris, while Deutsche Bank has shed 3.7% in Frankfurt. At last check, the German DAX has shed 1.7%, the French CAC 40 is down 1.4%, and London's FTSE 100 is 0.9% lower.


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