Stock Futures Dip as Oil Rebounds

Bond markets are closed in the U.S. for Veterans Day

Managing Editor
Nov 12, 2018 at 9:09 AM
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Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI)S&P 500 Index (SPX), and Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) are lower today, ahead of a likely a low-volume session, with bond markets and banks closed as the U.S. marks Veterans Day. However, investors are still eyeing a rebound in oil prices, after Saudi Arabia announced it would cut its output in December. At last check, December-dated crude futures were up 1.5% to trade at $61.03 per barrel. Black gold is on track to snap a 10-day losing streak, its worst skid in over 30 years. 

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1.05 million call contracts traded on Friday. This is compared to 836,858 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio jumped to 0.80, and the 21-day moving average rose to 0.67.
  2. Just one day after shedding 26% because of an earnings missYelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) stock is down 1.1% in electronic trading, after SunTrust Robinson downgraded the online review name to "hold" from "buy." Friday's drop took YELP below its year-to-date breakeven level, to a new annual low of $29.35.
  3. Following a flurry of negative headlines on Friday, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) added one more over the weekend. Hedge fund Third Point Capital trimmed its stake in the FAANG name to 1.3 million shares from 2 million. In response, NFLX is down 1.1% ahead of the bell. Nevertheless, the stock still boasts a 58% lead in 2018. 
  4. Shares of Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) are down 4.9% in electronic trading, after a Wall Street Journal report indicated the Food and Drug Administration is considering a ban on menthol cigarettes in the U.S. Altria stock has been a solid climber on the charts since its May 15 bottom below $54, but appears to have found a ceiling at the $66 level. 
  5. U.S. banks are closed for Veterans Day, and there are no major data points set for release. Eventbrite (EB) and Veritone (VERI) will report earnings.

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Oil Prices Lift Asian Markets, European Tech Sector Sells Off

It was a mostly higher finish for Asian stocks today, with investor sentiment boosted by bouncing oil prices. China's Shanghai Composite outpaced its regional peers, adding 1.2% after the People's Bank of China removed a phrase that would allow markets to influence the yuan in its third-quarter monetary report and Premier Li Keqiang signaled more support for the private sector. Hong Kong's Hang Seng and Japan's Nikkei also finished on the plus side -- adding about 0.1% apiece -- while South Korea's Kospi closed down 0.3%.

European markets are in the red at midday, pressured by a sharp sell-off in the tech sector -- with German names Infineon and Sap two notable decliners. Volatile energy prices are also sparking the risk-off session, with the German DAX down 1.3%, the French CAC 40 off 0.5%, and London's FTSE 100 0.3% lower.

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