Positive Economic Data Pushes Stock Futures Higher

More corporate earnings from the tech space are helping investor sentiment as well

Assistant Editor
Oct 29, 2020 at 9:30 AM
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Stock futures are looking up this morning, rising slightly amid optimism brought on by some positive economic data as well as a plethora of corporate earnings. After turning in the worst quarter in history during the second quarter, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) rose 33.1% in the third quarter -- the fastest pace ever and better than what was expected by economists. Additionally, U.S. weekly jobless claims came in at 751,000 this morning, well below the aticipated 778,000.

As a result, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) are relatively static this morning. Meanwhile, S&P 500 Index (SPX) futures are also trading flat, while Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) futures are trading firmly above fair market value, with several FAANG names, including Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), and Facebook (FB), higher ahead of their expected earnings reports -- due out after the close this evening. 

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  • Plus, Spotify reported wider-than-expected losses this quarter; Tiffany and LVMH agreed to a revised takeover deal; and Exxon opts out of dividend hike.

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE) saw more than 1.3 million call contracts traded on Wednesday, and 874,810 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio rose to 0.65 and the 21-day moving average climbed slightly to 0.48. 
  2. Spotify Technology SA (NYSE:SPOT) reported third-quarter losses which were slightly wider than expected. Revenue, however, was in line with estimates, as premium subscriber growth rose by a whopping 27%. SPOT is up 2.5% in pre-market trading, and 103.1% year-over-year.
  3. Tiffany & Co (NYSE:TIF) is down 0.4% before the open, after the company and LVMH agreed on a revised takeover deal. LVMH will pay $131.50 per share, down from the original $135, after accusing Tiffany of mismanaging its business during the pandemic. TIF, meanwhile, has tacked on 12.2% this quarter.
  4. For the first time since 1982, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) did not raise its dividend. The energy giant kept its fourth-quarter dividend at 87 cents per share, and is up 1.4% ahead of the bell, as a result. Longer term, the equity is down 54.8% in 2020.
  5. On the docket today are pending home sales. Also, Comcast (CMCSA), Moderna (MRNA), Shopify (SHOP), Starbucks (SBUX), and Twitter (TWTR) will step into the earnings confessional.

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European Stocks Continue to Struggle Amid New Lockdown Restrictions

Stocks in Asia were mostly lower after today’s session. Bucking the selloff, China’s Shanghai Composite was today’s only winner with a 0.1% gain. Elsewhere, the South Korean Kospi fell 0.8%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 0.5%. Following data that Japan’s retail sales fell 8.7% year-over-year in September, while the Bank of Japan (BoJ) kept its monetary policy steady – a widely expected move, Japan’s Nikkei lost 0.4%.

In Europe, shares are continuing to struggle amid new lockdown restrictions. Ahead of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) monetary policy decision, the French CAC 40 has dipped 1%, the German DAX is down 0.5%, and London’s FTSE 100 is 0.3% lower.

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