Dow Futures Dip Amid JNJ Vaccine Pause

Consumer prices are up 2.6% year-over-year

Managing Editor
Apr 13, 2021 at 9:26 AM
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Stock futures are a mixed bag this morning, as Wall Street responds to a variety of headlines. Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) futures are modestly lower, turning south after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended a pause in the Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Covid-19 vaccine, due to six reported cases of blood clots. Futures on the S&P 500 Index (SPX) are flat while Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) futures are modestly higher.

Investors are also weighing the latest inflation data, after consumer prices in March rose 0.6% from last month and 2.6% year-over-year. In response, the 10-year Treasury yield is ticking higher, last seen at 1.67%. Elsewhere, Bitcoin is climbing to a new record high.

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

  • Schaeffer's Senior V.P. of Research Todd Salamone connects the dots on the S&P 500's recent behavior.
  • We're compiling a master list of options trading terminology.
  • Plus, FedEx upgraded; cybersecurity stock gets bleak coverage; and a new Uber rival is going public. 

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE) saw roughly 1.6 million call contracts traded on Monday, and 771,063 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio fell to 0.48 and the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.46.
  2. FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) stock is up 1% in electronic trading, after KeyBanc upgraded the shipping giant to "overweight" from "sector weight." The analyst in coverage sees FDX's potential linked with the return to in-person shopping. Year-over-year, FedEx stock is up 138%. 
  3. NortonLifeLock Inc (NASDAQ:NLOK) stock is down 3.4% ahead of the bell, after Bank of America initiated coverage on the cybersecurity name with an "underperform" rating and $19 price target. NLOK will be facing off with its year-to-date breakeven level today.
  4. The shares of Altimeter Growth Corp (NASDAQ:AGC) are up 1.8% before the open, after the investment company agreed to take  Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing giant Grab public via a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) merger. The deal will be valued at nearly $40 billion.
  5. The consumer price index (CPI) and the core CPI will both come out today. Separately, the National Federation of Independent Business' (NFIB) small-business index will be released.

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Asian Markets Climb on Trade Data

Stocks in Asia were mostly higher after today's session, with the exception of China's Shanghai Composite, which finished the day with a 0.5% dip. Chinese exports for March  were lower-than-expected, rising 30.6% from a year ago, while imports rose 38.1% last month – beating analyst estimates. Elsewhere, the South Korean Kospi led the winners with a 1.1% pop, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng and Japan's Nikkei rose 0.2% and 0.7%, respectively. 

In Europe stocks are mixed midday. London's FTSE 100 is down 0.2%, amid a myriad of economic data. U.K.'s GDP grew 0.4% in February, below analysts' anticipated 0.6%, while manufacturing output rose to a better-than-expected 1.3%, and services output missed expectations with a growth rate of 0.2%. Meanwhile, the French CAC 40 has tacked on 0.2%, and the German DAX enjoys is up 0.09% . 


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