Stock Futures Set To Drop as Investors Digest Disappointing Jobs Data

Jobless claims came in higher-than-expected for the week

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Nov 19, 2020 at 9:26 AM
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Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) are off to a rocky start this morning, extending yesterday’s retreat and pacing for a roughly 54-point drop, although positive news from AstraZeneca (AZN) is keeping some of these earlier losses in check. The company announced its COVID-19 vaccine candidate triggered a comparable immune response in a study of 560 healthy adults. Futures on the S&P 500 Index (SPX) and Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) are also poised for a day in the red, as Wall Street continues to keep its eye on a bleak growth in coronavirus cases, and nation-wide closures due to the pandemic. Also weighing heavy is higher-than-expected jobless claims, which totaled 742,000 for the week.

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

  • Why Nio stock scored a post-earnings upgrade.
  • Bull signal flashing for outperforming clean energy stock.
  • Plus, Macy's stock drops despite earnings beat; AstraZeneca vaccine candidate enters late-stage trials; and Starbucks employees get a raise.

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE) saw more than 1.9 million call contracts traded on Wednesday, and 839,060 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio dropped to 0.42 and the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.50. 
  2.  Macy's Inc (NYSE:M) is down 4.9% in pre-market trading, despite the retail giant posting better-than-expected third-quarter losses and a revenue beat. The company attributed the lackluster results to a 20.2% drop in same-store sales. For 2020, M is down 47.1%.
  3. AstraZeneca plc (NASDAQ:AZN) is up 0.6% before the bell, after the biotech said its vaccine candidate, which is being developed in partnership with Oxford University, had a strong immune response in older adults. The company added it is conducting late-stage trials to confirm those findings. Year-over-year, AZN is up 13.3%.     
  4. The shares of Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) are down 0.3% in electronic trading, after the coffee chain said it would raise U.S. employees' salaries by at least 10% starting Dec. 14, and hike starting pay to attract new workers. In the last six months, SBUX has gained 25.9%.
  5. Plenty of economic data is due today, including the Philly Fed index and existing home sales. Also set to be reported on is last month's leading economic indicators.

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European Markets Drop Amid Talks of Additional Shutdowns

Stocks in Asia finished Thursday a mixed bag, as investors weighed their optimism about a potential COVID-19 vaccine with worries concerning economic shutdowns and recovery. China’s Shanghai Composite rose 0.5%, while South Korea’s Kospi closed marginally higher, ending today up 0.07%. Elsewhere, Japan’s Nikkei lost 0.4% after the country reported over 2,000 new coronavirus cases yesterday, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng ended the session 0.7% lower.

In Europe, stock fell amid fears surrounding the possibility of additional shutdowns due to rising coronavirus cases. Moreover, a vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca was shown to be safe, but failed to lift investor sentiment. As a result, the German DAX and London’s FTSE 100 were both last seen down 0.7%. Rounding out the region, France’s CAC 40 has so far shed 0.6%.


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