Stock Futures Eye Extended Rally Despite Second-Wave Fears

FAANG and tech stocks appear ready for more gains

Assistant Editor
Jun 17, 2020 at 9:21 AM
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Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) are up over 100 points this morning, despite mounting second wave evidence of COVID-19 in China -- where Beijing has raised its emergency level -- as well as regional spikes in the U.S. Nasdaq-100 (NDX) and S&P 500 (SPX) futures are also modestly above fair value, as Wall Street looks to extend its rally, with FAANG stocks providing a big boost to pre-market trading. Meanwhile, investors await the second day of Congressional testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. 

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

    • Schaeffer's Senior Quantitative Analyst Rocky White looks at 20 stocks due for a short-term surge. 
    • See what had Weight Watchers stock popping yesterday.
    • Plus, Southwest Airlines' socially distant plan; Nikola's new coverage; and DraftKings announces a hefty share offering.
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    5 Things You Need to Know Today

    1. The Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1.5 million call contracts traded on Tuesday, compared to 689,302 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio fell to 0.45, and the 21-day moving average dropped to 0.49.
    2. Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV) is down 0.4% in electronic trading, after announcing it will limit ticket sales to two-thirds of capacity through Sept. 30 while keeping middle seats empty. However, an encouraging sign is Southwest's operating revenue, which fell by a slimmer-than-expected margin year-over-year. Southwest stock is up almost 63% since its May 14 six-year bottom of $22.46.
    3. Nikola Corporation (NASDAQ:NKLA) is up 4.1% before the open, after Cowen initiated coverage with an “outperform” rating, citing the company's intellectual property in software and firmware it has developed with other companies. Year-over-year Nikola has gained a whopping 521.8%.
    4. The shares of DraftKings Inc (NASDAQ:DKNG) are down 5.1% ahead of the bell, after the company announced it was offering 33 million share offering valued at $1.3 billion. DraftKings stock has more than doubled since the company went public as a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) in late April, and is now up 302% in the last six months.
    5. Today will bring housing starts and building permits, while Carnival will step into the earnings confessional. OPEC will also release its monthly report.

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    Stocks Mostly Rise Despite Growing Tensions

    Stocks in Asia were mostly higher today, despite news that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the global economy is in a position to experience a more significant contraction than analysts originally estimated. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.6% for the day. Meanwhile, China’s Shanghai Composite and South Korea’s Kospi both tacked on 0.1%, with scrutiny surrounding the latter’s mounting tensions in the wake of news that North Korea reportedly destroyed a South Korean liaison office. Elsewhere, Japan’s Nikkei lost 0.6%, after regional economic data showed the country’s exports spiraled 28.3% year-on-year.

    European stocks are rising as investors latch onto optimism surrounding a potential economic recovery, but investors are keeping a close eye on the aforementioned geopolitical tensions between North and South Korea. Currently, France’s CAC 40 is up 1.1%, the German DAX was last seen 0.6% higher, and London’s FTSE 100 had risen 0.4%.

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