Stock Futures Mixed Amid Corporate Earnings, Murky Stimulus Talks

Apple is leading the tech sector just ahead of its highly anticipated iPhone launch

Assistant Editor
Oct 13, 2020 at 9:28 AM
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Stock futures are mixed this morning, brushing off last night's momentum, as investors sift through corporate earnings and stimulus negotiations. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average's (DJI) are down roughly 70 points, while S&P 500 Index (SPX) futures are lower as well. Meanwhile, futures on the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) are trading comfortably above fair market value, with renewed focus on the tech sector as stimulus talks remain murky.

Apple (AAPL), specifically, is in focus, just ahead of the tech giant's highly anticipated iPhone launch. Meanwhile, JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Delta Air Lines (DAL) are helping to kick off another earnings season, with the former's earnings beat boding well for bank stocks, and the latter's miss painting a dismal picture for the travel sector. 

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

  • This new Dow stock's pullback signals good things ahead.
  • Analysts are taking notice of AMC's struggles.
  • Plus, there's a lot happening at Johnson & Johnson; Amazon kicks off its Prime Day event; and Tesla lowered the price of one of its cars.

Futures Chart October 13

5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE) saw more than 1.8 million call contracts traded on Monday, and 730,382 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio fell to 0.41 and the 21-day moving average slipped to 0.50. 
  2. A few things are sticking out this morning, concerning Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). First, the company bested Wall Street's earnings and revenue estimates for the quarter, citing a faster-than-expected recovery in procedures utilizing its medical devices. Second, J&J paused a clinical trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate after one participant's unexplained illness. The stock is essentially unchanged, despite the polarizing news, up just 0.3% before the open. Year-over-year, JNJ is up roughly 15%. 
  3. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is up 0.6% in pre-market trading, as the company kicks off its two-day Prime Day shopping event. The event is usually held in the summer, but was delayed due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, the equity is up 98.8% year-over-year.
  4. Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) reduced the price of its Model S "Long Range" sedan by 4% in the U.S. This brings the new price to $71,990 from $74,990, and as a result TSLA is down 0.02% ahead of the bell. Longer term, Tesla stock boasts a 428.7% lead in 2020.
  5. Today investors await the core consumer price index (CPI). Meanwhile, Citigroup (C), Fastenal (F), First Republic Bank (FRC), and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) are on the earnings docket. 

Buzz Chart Oct 13

Hong Kong's Market Suspended Due to Typhoon

Stocks in Asia were little moved after today’s session, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng suspending trading due to Typhoon Nangka. China’s Shanghai Composite added 0.04%, after China’s exports rose 9.9% year-over-year in September, just below the expected 10%, while imports surged 13.2%, far above the predicted 0.5%. Elsewhere, the South Korean Kospi fell 0.02%, while Japan’s Nikkei added 0.2%.

In Europe, shares are struggling for an upside today, as investors await several major U.S. banks’ earnings reports. London’s FTSE 100 is down 0.2%, the French CAC 40 has dipped 0.4%, and the German DAX has lost 0.6%.


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