Stock Futures Poised to Resume Rotten Week

The Dow is eyeing another triple-digit move lower

Assistant Editor
Oct 30, 2020 at 9:12 AM
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After all three benchmarks turned in wins during yesterday's sessions and the Dow snapped a lengthy losing streak, stock futures are set to begin today deep in the red once more. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) are down over 280 points, while S&P 500 Index (SPX) and Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) futures are also trading well below market value, as investors sift through a slew of FAANG quarterly reports.

The usual suspects are to blame for today's negative price action: rising COVID-19 cases and little hope for a new stimulus deal in the near future. As October comes to a close, the Dow and SPX are on track for their second straight monthly losses. Elsewhere, U.S. personal income rose by 0.9% in September, which was higher than the 0.4% estimated increase.

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

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  • Plus, Apple's topsy-turvy quarterly report; Twitter's slow user growth weighs; and Chevron reports revenue miss. 

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE) saw more than 1.5 million call contracts traded on Thursday, and 779,432 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio fell to 0.52 and the 21-day moving average climbed stayed at 0.48. 
  2. Tech-giant Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings and revenue that topped Wall Street's forecasts, despite iPhone sales falling 21%. Apple, down 4.2% in pre-market trading, delayed launching its new iPhone 12 until October. Longer term, AAPL has tacked on 89.6% year-over-year.
  3. Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) is down an incredible 17.5% before the open, despite the social media company reporting third quarter earnings that more than tripled estimates. Revenue was also above forecasts, though Twitter reported its slowest user growth in about three years. In 2020, TWTR has added 63.6%.
  4. Blue-chip energy giant Chevron (CVX) reported third-quarter profits of 11 cents per share, after Wall Street predicted loses of 27 cents. Revenue, however, was below estimates. CVX is down 0.6% ahead of the bell and 42.9% year-to-date.
  5. On the docket today are pending home sales. Also, Comcast (CMCSA), Moderna (MRNA), Shopify (SHOP), and Starbucks (SBUX) will step into the earnings confessional.

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Asian Markets Fall Alongside Apple Suppliers

Stocks in Asia fell sharply after today’s session, with the regions Apple suppliers dropping after the company failed to offer a current-quarter outlook. Japan’s Nikkei and China’s Shanghai Composite fell 1.5%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 2%, and the South Korean Kospi ended with a steep 2.6% loss.

In Europe, shares are a mixed bag after the Euro zone gross domestic product (GDP) data climbed to a better-than-expected 12.7%, in the third quarter. At last check, the French CAC 40 is up 0.3%,at last check. Meanwhile, London’s FTSE 100 is down 0.2%, and the German DAX has dropped 0.3%.

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