Stock Futures Mixed After Congress Passes Relief Package

Revised GDP data showed slightly higher-than-expected results

Deputy Editor
Dec 22, 2020 at 9:25 AM
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Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) futures are slightly lower this morning, while S&P 500 Index (SPX) and Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) futures eye modest gains ahead of the bell. Today's big news comes from Washington D.C., as congress approved their long-awaited coronavirus relief package, with stimulus checks out to individuals within days, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The measure will add $900 billion in pandemic aid to the $1.4 trillion measure to fund the government through September. Meanwhile, revised data showed gross domestic product (GDP) rebounding at a 33.4% annualized rate in the third quarter, which is slightly better than expected. 

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

  • Why bulls should by Target stock's recent pullback. 
  • Two worthwhile trading strategies amid continued coronavirus uncertainty. 
  • Plus, ILMN gets boost on bull note; FUBO continues rally after price-target hike; and KMX brushes off an upbeat quarterly report.

Futures Dec 22

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 854,642 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio rose to 0.47 and the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.41. 
  2. Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) stock is up 1.3% ahead of the bell, after Piper Sandler upgraded the stock to "overweight" from "neutral," with a price-target hike to $415 from $340. The firm is more confident toward the acquisition of cancer testing firm Grail. Year-to-date, ILMN is up 9.3%, coming into today. 
  3. Fubotv Inc (NYSE:FUBO) stock is up 14.6% in electronic trading, after Needham raised its price target to $60 from $30. FUBO is looking to extend yesterday's 26.1% pop after it was announced that the company is considering exclusive sports content deals. In the past week alone, the equity is up 82.2%. 
  4. The shares of CarMax, Inc (NYSE:KMX) are down 3.4% in premarket trading, despite an upbeat fiscal third-quarter report, with comparable used-vehicle sales down 0.8%. Year-to-date, KMX is up 14.6%. 
  5. Today will bring the latest consumer confidence index, and existing home sales data.

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European Stocks on the Rebound

Asian markets were lower today, as the new coronavirus strain that is quickly spreading across the United Kingdom -- leading to lockdowns and travel restrictions -- weighed heavy on investor’s minds. In turn, China’s Shanghai Composite and South Korea’s Kospi fell 1.9% and 1.6%, respectively. Elsewhere, Japan’s Nikkei fell 1%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng settled 0.7% lower.

Meanwhile, European stocks are higher, bouncing back from yesterday’s massive sell-off that happened in response to the new COVID-19 strain. In other news, data showed the U.K.’s GDP grew by a record 16% in the third quarter, though it remains far short of the 18.8% decline in the previous quarter. Regardless, London’s FTSE 100 is 0.4% higher while the German DAX is up 1.1% and France’s CAC 40 was last seen up 1.04%.








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