Stock Futures Muted Ahead of Fed Meeting Minutes

Stock futures are right around fair market value

Deputy Editor
Aug 16, 2023 at 9:19 AM
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Wall Street is seeking direction this morning, with stock futures muted ahead of the Federal Reserve's July meeting minutes, due out at 2 p.m. ET today. Following a session plagued by another Fitch warning and lackluster Chinese data, futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI), Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX), and S&P 500 Index (SPX) all hover near fair market value.

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

  • Schaeffer's Senior Quantitative Analyst breaks down when to buy the SPX dip.
  • Options bulls profited off this cruise stock's pop.
  • Plus, retail giant's earnings report; more Tesla price cuts; and KDP upgraded.

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE) saw more than 1.4 million call and 1 million put contracts exchanged on Tuesday. The single-session equity put/call ratio rose to 0.75 and the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.65.
  2. All eyes are on Target Corp (NYSE:TGT), as investors analyze retail earnings to gauge the health of the average consumers' wallet. The stock is up 6.4% premarket, despite slashing its full-year forecast and missing revenue estimates. The company posted earnings of $1.80 per share, besting analysts' expectations and looking to overcome a 16.1% year-to-date deficit.
  3. Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) recently announced a price cut to its Model Y in China. Shares of the electric vehicle (EV) maker are down 1.9% ahead of the opening bell -- adding to a nearly 13% August dip -- amid news that it will also cut prices on existing Model S and Model X inventories in the country. 
  4. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc (NASDAQ:KDP) is 1.9% higher before the open after UBS upgraded the beverage maker to "buy" from "neutral." Down 6.1% in 2023, the analyst cited KDP's cheap valuation compared to sector peers.
  5. Investors will dig into housing starts, building permits, industrial production data, and the Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) July meeting minutes today.

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U.K. Inflation Data Captures Investor Attention

Markets in Asia fell on Wednesday, as investors noted the bank sector’s slump stateside. Meanwhile, China’s house price index fell 0.1% year-over-year, falling into contraction territory for the first time since April. The South Korean Kospi came back from holiday with a 1.8% loss, while Japan’s Nikkei dropped 1.5%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 1.4%, and China’s Shanghai Composite shed 0.8%.

U.K.’s consumer price index (CPI) came in at an annual 7.9% in June, below expectations of 8.2%, and down from May’s 8.7%, while U.K. house prices posted their smallest rise since July 2020. London’s FTSE 100 is down 0.4% at last glance, while the French CAC 40 rises 0.1%, and the German DAX tacks on 0.2%.


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