Stock Futures Mixed as Earnings Season Kicks Off

Investors are also unpacking worse-than-expected retail sales data

Deputy Editor
Apr 14, 2023 at 9:19 AM
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Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) futures are muted on Friday, despite heavyweight UnitedHealth (UNH) jumpstarting the earnings season with a better-than-expected first-quarter report and raised guidance. Traders are also unpacking retail sales data, which fell 1% in March, compared to the 0.5% dip analysts anticipated. While futures on the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) and S&P 500 Index (SPX) are in the red this morning, all three major benchmarks are on track for weekly wins.

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

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE) saw more than 1.2 million call contracts and 748,652 put contracts exchanged on Thursday. The single-session equity put/call ratio fell to 0.62 and the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.78.
  2. JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) is up 6% premarket, after the banking giant announced record first-quarter revenue of $39.34 billion. Thanks to higher rates, net interest income posted a 50% year-over-year rise, while earnings per also beat estimates at $4.32. Today's early lead could put JPM back above its year-to-date breakeven mark. 
  3. Higher rates also helped Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) turn in a better-than-expected first-quarter report. The bank also increased net income to nearly $5 billion. Last seen 2.9% higher in electronic trading, WFC still carries a 3.9% year-to-date deficit.
  4. BlackRock Inc (NYSE:BLK) is 5.3% lower in 2023, but sports a fractional lead ahead of the bell today after reporting first-quarter results. The investment firm's earnings of $7.93 per share were higher than anticipated, while revenue matched estimates.   
  5. Today brings industrial production data, the import and export price indexes, business inventories, and consumer sentiment data. 

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Encouraging U.S. Inflation Reading Boosts Asian Stocks

Asian bourses once more took their cues from encouraging inflation data stateside. Japan’s Nikkei paced the region with a 1.2% gain, while South Korea’s Kospi shrugged off the latest North Korea missile test to finish 0.4% higher. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.5%, and China’s Shanghai Composite tacked on 0.6%.

Over in Europe, stocks are looking to finish out the week strong. At last check, London’s FTSE 100 is up 0.7%, the French CAC 40 is 0.6% higher, and the German DAX has added 0.5%.


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