Boeing Pressures Dow Futures; Oil Prices Surge

The S&P typically underperforms the day after Easter

Apr 22, 2019 at 9:06 AM
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Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) futures are signaling a lower start, under pressure from Boeing (BA). The blue-chip stock is off 1.2% in electronic trading, after a New York Times article over the weekend suggested "shoddy production" at a factory that makes BA's 787 Dreamliner. Futures on the S&P 500 Index (SPX) are pointed lower, too, ahead of a historically down day for the index. Traders are also returning from the long holiday weekend focused on surging oil prices, with May-dated crude futures up 2.2% at $65.43 per barrel on reports the U.S. will terminate sanction wavers for certain countries that have imported Iranian oil.

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  • Plus, Kimberly-Clark eyes new highs; Halliburton's earnings impress; and a downgrade for D.R. Horton.

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1.2 million call contracts traded on Thursday, compared to 740,227 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio jumped to 0.62, while the 21-day moving average remained at 0.61.
  2. Kimberly-Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) stock is 3.6% higher in electronic trading, after the Kleenex maker reported first-quarter adjusted earnings of $1.66 per share on $4.6 billion in revenue -- more than analysts were expecting. After closing Thursday at $123.55, KMB stock is set to open in territory not seen since July 2017.
  3. Oilfield services operator Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) said first-quarter adjusted profit arrived at a better-than-expected 23 cents per share, while revenue of $5.7 billion also beat estimates. HAL stock has swung 3.1% higher in pre-market trading, poised to build on its 17.1% year-to-date gain.
  4. KBW downgraded D. R. Horton Inc (NYSE:DHI) to "market perform" from "outperform," pointing to valuation concerns following the homebuilding stock's 34% year-to-date rally. DHI shares are flat in electronic trading, after closing at an eight-month high of $46.42 on Thursday.
  5. The Chicago Fed National Activity index and existing home sales data will be released today. (BIDU), Steel Dynamics (STLD), Whirlpool (WHR), and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) will report earnings.

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Asian Markets Eye Booming Brent Futures

It was a mixed finish in Asia today, with oil prices and energy stocks in focus as Brent crude futures advanced more than 2%. By the close, China's Shanghai Composite fell 1.7%, South Korea's Kospi edged up 0.02%, and Japan's Nikkei gained 0.08%. Hong Kong's stock market was closed for holiday. European markets are also closed for the Easter holiday, and will resume trading tomorrow.


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