Dow Futures Poised for Third-Straight Pop Amid Extended Vaccine Optimism

The U.S. hit a grim milestone of 10 million COVID-19 cases earlier this week

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Nov 11, 2020 at 9:28 AM
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Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) are up 160 points this morning, looking to extend gains for a third consecutive day as Wall Street continues to enjoy tailwinds from Pfizer's (PFE) coronavirus vaccine update. Meanwhile, futures on the S&P 500 Index (SPX) are slightly higher, while Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) futures are in recovery mode, as technology and stay-at-home stocks bounce back from yesterday's selloff. Elsewhere, traders are celebrating Eli Lilly's (LLY) antibody drug news, which was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday after the U.S. reached a grim milestone of over 10 million COVID-19 cases.

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  • Plus, LYFT stock brushes off quarterly losses; AT&T to lay off WarnerMedia employees; and fashion retailer earns upgrade from Cowen.

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE) saw more than 1.7 million call contracts traded on Tuesday, and 885,642 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio rose to 0.52 and the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.49. 
  2.  LYFT Inc (NASDAQ:LYFT) is up 4.6% in pre-market trading, after the ridesharing giant reported third-quarter losses of $280 million --- more than double the losses from a year ago -- though revenue came in above analysts' estimates. In addition, the company announced it is developing a food delivery service. This quarter, the security is up 30.9%.
  3. AT&T Inc (NYSE:T) is up 0.7% before the bell, after reports came out that WarnerMedia will lay off 1,750 employees, or roughly 7% of its workforce. The owner of HBO, TBS and CNN, as well as the Warner Bros. TV and film studio, is expected to hold a meeting later today with more information. Year-over-year, T is down 26.7%. 
  4. The shares of Tapestry Inc (NYSE:TPR) are up 3.9% in electronic trading, after the parent company of brands Coach and Kate Spade received an upgrade from Cowen to "outperform" from "market perform." The analyst in question cited the company's favorable pricing and profit margin mix, as well as a new outlet marketing strategy. In the last six months, TPR is up 97.1%.
  5. Due to Veteran's Day, no economic data reported will be reported today.

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Asian Markets Mixed as Quarantine-Free Leisure Travel Returns

Stocks in Asia were mixed today, as investors reacted to movement in the tech sector as well as news that quarantine-free leisure travel will commence on Nov. 22 between Hong Kong and Singapore. Beginning with mainland stocks, China’s Shanghai Composite and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 0.5% and 0.3%, respectively. Shares of tech giants Alibaba, Tencent, and JD.com all fell after China State Administration for Market Regulation unveiled measures to curb monopolistic behavior on internet platforms. Rounding out the region, South Korea’s Kospi and Japan’s Nikkei tacked on 1.4% and 1.8%, respectively.

Meanwhile, optimism surrounding a potentially forthcoming COVID-19 vaccine helped European markets notch a win today. London’s FTSE 100 is up 1%, followed closely by France’s CAC 40 which has tacked on 0.6% so far. Rounding out the region, the German DAX as last seen up 0.5%, buoyed by a strong-post-earnings reaction from I.T powerhouse Bechtle.

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