Stock Futures Try to Climb Despite Weak Jobs Report

Stocks will try to keep pushing to new highs

by Josh Selway

Published on Jan 10, 2020 at 9:06 AM

U.S. stock futures are pointing to a positive open this morning, though they've pared some gains after a downbeat jobs report. Specifically, the nonfarm payrolls report for December showed 145,000 jobs added, compared to economists' expectations of 160,000. As such, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI), S&P 500 Index (SPX), and Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) will need to overcome these headwinds to continue their push into record-high territory. Meanwhile, it's been another busy morning on the analyst front with a number of updates on big-name tech stocks, while investors are also considering M&A news out of the healthcare space.

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1.49 million call contracts traded on Thursday, compared to 723,324 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio moved up to 0.40, while the 21-day moving average was 0.53.
  2. Bullish brokerage attention could help Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) touch new highs today. FB shares received a new "outperform" rating from Bernstein, along with a $250 price target, with the firm suggesting the company can unlock new advertising opportunities in Instagram and WhatsApp. The social media giant yesterday notched its highest-ever close at $218.30.
  3. One name seeing bearish analyst attention today is Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL), after Susquehanna dropped its rating to "neutral" from "positive," and moved its price target down to $41 from $47. FL shares have been struggling to overcome the $40 level recently, last seen at $38.54.
  4. On the M&A front, traders are digesting news that Eli Lilly and Co (NYSE:LLY) is buying Dermira Inc (NASDAQ:DERM) for $1.1 billion. This caps off a blistering rally in DERM shares, which were trader near $5 in mid-October before surging to yesterday's close of $18.34.
  5. Today's economic calendar will include nonfarm payrolls, the unemployment rate, and wholesale inventories. Infosys (INFY) will post its quarterly report before markets open, as well. 


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Apple Suppliers Lead Gainers in China

Markets in Asia were mostly higher, with Apple suppliers surging after a Reuters report showed iPhone sales in China rose more than 18% in December. Japan's Nikkei gained 0.5%, despite dismal full-year guidance from Fast Retailing yesterday. South Korea's Kospi paced the region with a 0.9% gain. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.3%, but China's Shanghai Composite bucked the broad market trend and finished 0.1% lower.

In Europe, stocks are mixed at midday. Global market sentiment concerning the Middle East has improved, despite the reports that the Ukraine-bound flight leaving Tehran was shot down by Iran by mistake. London's FTSE 100 is off by 0.1%, unable to capitalize off a big day from airline stocks Ryanair, EasyJet, and IAG. The French CAC 40 is flat as protests for pension reform sweep the country. Meanwhile, the German DAX is 0.2% higher, with utility company RWE a notable winner.

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