Stock Futures Rise Ahead of Tech Earnings, Fed Meeting

A big week of earnings will also bring the Fed's 2-day policy meeting

Deputy Editor
Jul 25, 2022 at 9:06 AM
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Stock futures are eyeing a pop this morning, following an unusually strong week on Wall Street. Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) futures were last seen sporting a 150-point lead, as investors brace for this week's deluge of corporate earnings reports, which will accompany the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting. Meanwhile, futures on both the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) and S&P 500 Index (SPX) are eyeing solid gains of their own, as Alphabet (GOOGL), (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), and Microsoft (MSFT) prepare to report quarterly results.

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  • Plus, unpacking this mining stock's earnings miss; stock scores analyst praise; and why Squarespace stock is selling off today.

Futures Chart July 23_2022

5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE) saw more than 1.42 million call contracts and 1.03 million put contracts traded on Friday. The single-session equity put/call ratio rose to 0.73, and the 21-day moving average remained at 0.67.
  2. Shares of Newmont Corporation (NYSE:NEM) were last seen 3.1% lower in the premarket, after the mining company reported second-quarter earnings that were below analysts' estimates. Digging deeper, a dip in gold prices saw Newmont's profit drop 41% year-over-year, and NEM lost 17.1% in that same span of time.
  3. Chinese e-commerce name JD.Com Inc (NASDAQ:JD) is up 1.9% before the open, as it continues to try to overcome a 9.9% year-to-date deficit. The equity's bump today comes after Morgan Stanley called it a "catalyst driven idea," with the firm citing the potential for better-than-expected revenue growth guidance after its upcoming August earnings report.
  4. Meanwhile, Squarespace Inc (NYSE:SQSP) was last seen down 9% ahead of the open, and is adding to its 64.8% year-over-year losses, after issuing a weaker-than-expected full-year revenue forecast. The news comes despite its second-quarter results beating expectations, but revenue is still seeing an impact from currency-related pressures.
  5. Today's economic data releases include the Chicago Fed national activity index.

OV Buzz July 25

Reports Reveal Plans to Sort U.S.-Listed Companies in China

Asian markets were mostly lower today, with the exception of the South Korean Kospi, which added 0.4%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng inched 0.2% lower, weighed down by tech stocks, while Japan’s Nikkei and China’s Shanghai Composite dropped 0.8% and 0.6%, respectively. Over the weekend, the Financial Times reported that China plans to sort U.S.-listed companies into a three-group system depending on the sensitivity of their data.

Meanwhile, European markets are higher midday, as investors look ahead to a busy week of corporate earnings. It’s also worth noting that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a global health emergency over this past weekend. London’s FTSE 100 is up 0.3% at last glance, while the French CAC 40 rises 0.6%, and the German DAX tacks on 0.4%.


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