Stock Futures Mixed as Tech Sector Takes Spotlight

Investors are digesting a blowout quarterly report from Zoom as well

Digital Content Manager
Sep 1, 2020 at 9:15 AM
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Stock futures are a mixed bag to kick off September, as Wall Street looks to build off a historic August. Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) and S&P 500 Index (SPX) futures are nestled right around breakeven or slightly below, while a resurgent tech sector has the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) futures confidently above fair value. Investors will have manufacturing data to unpack later this morning, while keeping an ever vigilant eye on any coronavirus-based updates. 

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

  • Fresh highs for this Apple supplier ahead of earnings.
  • Will a return to sports slow down market momentum?
  • Plus, Tesla's $5B stock sale; a notable oil merger to watch; and Zoom reports blowout earnings.

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE) saw over 1,673,711 million call contracts traded on Monday, and 758,138 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio rose to 0.45, and the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.44.
  2. Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) is up 0.6% in pre-market trading, after the company announced it will sell up to $5 billion in stock amid its record rise. A handful of big-name banks will sell shares at the directive from Tesla. The announcement comes just one day after the stock's five-for-one stock split went into affect. Year-to-date, the security is up almost 500%. 
  3. Schlumberger NV (NYSE:SLB) is down 0.2% before the bell, after the oil services name announced it will merge its North American fracking business with Liberty Oilfield. Schlumberger will hold a 37% stake in the new company. SLB is down 52% year-to-date.
  4. Zoom Video Communications Inc (NASDAQ:ZM) is up a whopping 35% in electronic trading, after the conferencing platform reported second-quarter earnings and revenue that topped analyst estimates. Zoom also upped its yull-year guidance, prompting no fewer than 10 brokerages to raise their price targets, the highest coming from Baird to $465. Even prior to today’s breakout, ZM was up 377% in 2020.
  5. It'll be a slow start to the week, with no economic data to report today. Meanwhile, the aforementioned Zoom Video (ZM) is the only notable name stepping into the earnings confessional

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Upbeat Chinese Data Gives Asian, European Markets a Boost

Stocks in Asia were mostly higher following today’s session, after a private survey of Chinese manufacturing activity in August was growing at its fastest rate since January 2011. Reaping the benefits of this news, China’s Shanghai Composite gained 0.4% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose marginally. However, it was South Korea’s Kospi that ended the day with the biggest win, tacking on 1%. Elsewhere, Japan’s Nikkei finished flat.

European markets are mostly higher this morning as well, also taking cues from the positive Chinese manufacturing data. London’s FTSE 100 was last seen down around 1.3%, while the German DAX has gained 0.6%. Rounding out the region, the French CAC 40 is up 0.3%.

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