Stock Futures Stay Hot After Upbeat Vaccine News

Pfizer and BioNTech stated that their vaccine effectively neutralizes the omicron variant

Assistant Editor
Dec 8, 2021 at 9:31 AM
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Stock futures are indicating another confident open higher this morning. Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) futures are up 50 points, while futures on the S&P 500 (SPX) and Nasdaq-100 (NDX) also sit modestly in the black. Sentiment regarding the new omicron Covid-19 variant has become increasingly optimistic, helped by this morning's reports that three doses of the Pfizer (PFE) and BioNTech (BNTX) vaccine are effective at providing protection against omicron.

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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 726,147 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio fell to 0.43, and the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.48.
  2. Campbell Soup Co (NYSE:CPB) is up 0.2% before the bell, after the food company reported a third-quarter earnings beat of 89 cents per share, but lower-than-expected revenue. Middling below the $42 level for the past month, Campbell Soup stock is down 15% year-to-date. 
  3. Stitch Fix Inc (NASDAQ:SFIX) is plummeting pre-market, down 25.8%, despite announcing narrower-than-anticipated fiscal first-quarter losses per share and a revenue beat, as its current-quarter guidance and membership numbers disappointed. To follow, Keybanc and Evercore ISI downgraded the e-tail stock to "sector weight" and "in line," respectively, while no fewer than 10 other analysts cut their price targets. 
  4. Recreational vehicle name Thor Industries Inc (NYSE:THO) is up 2.5% in electronic trading, after a strong fiscal first-quarter report, though the company expects "continued supply chain constraints, logistical challenges and cost pressures" ahead. Year-to-date, THO is up 14.4% coming into today. 
  5. Today will bring job openings data. 
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Asian Markets Continue Rally

Markets in Asia rose once again on Wednesday, with Japan’s Nikkei leading the charge with a 1.4% pop, and China’s Shanghai Composite trailing close behind with a 1.2% win. The former is brushing off data showing the country’s economy shrank by a worse-than-expected 3.6% during the third quarter. Meanwhile the Hong Kong Hang Seng failed to gain as much traction, adding only 0.06% as investors eyed a disappointing debut from social media bigwig Weibo on the index and news that trading was halted on debt-ridden real estate developer Kaisa. Rounding out the region, the South Korean Kospi added 0.3%.

Over in Europe the major indexes are mixed, cooling slightly after yesterday’s global market surge. The German DAX is down 0.5%, the French CAC 40 has lost 0.1%, and the London FTSE 100 is up 0.1%.

 

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