Stock Futures Shake Off Last Week's Losses

Despite the recent downturn, earnings have mostly bested expectations

Deputy Editor
Aug 21, 2023 at 9:09 AM
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Stock futures are higher Monday, as Wall Street returns from a down week. Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) and Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) are both up more than 100 points. S&P 500 Index (SPX) futures are higher as well, as 95% of companies trading on the index have reported earnings, with roughly four-fifths besting analysts' expectations.

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

  • Chip sector stares at fork in the road.
  • Wall Street's August slump drags on.
  • Plus, Palo Alto's earnings, and 2 bull notes to watch.

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE) saw more than 1.6 million call and 1.2 million put contracts exchanged on Friday. The single-session equity put/call ratio dropped to 0.76 and the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.65.
  2. Palo Alto Networks Inc (NASDAQ:PANW) is 12.7% higher before the opening bell, after the tech company's fiscal fourth-quarter earnings topped estimates. Today's pop, should it hold, will put PANW well above the +50% year-to-date level.
  3. HSBC reiterated its "buy" rating and upped its price target to $780 from $600 on artificial intelligence (AI) semiconductor darling NVIDIA Corp (NASDAQ:NVDA). The Wall Street analyst's new target price implies an 80% upside from Friday's close, and Baird named the equity a "top pick," to boot. Up 2.6% in electronic trading, NVDA is closing in on a 200% year-to-date lead.
  4. Boasting a 5.8% gain in premarket trading, Xpeng Inc (NYSE:XPEV) is looking to add to a 50.7% 2023 lead following a bull note. Specifically, Bank of American upgraded the shares of the China-based electric vehicle (EV) maker to "buy" from "neutral," citing the company's partnership with Volkswagen and bettering cost structure.  
  5. A quick look at this week's biggest earnings and economic data.

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China's Central Bank Makes Rate Adjustment 

Asian markets finished Monday on both sides of the aisle, after the People’s Bank of China cut its one-year loan prime rate by 10 basis points to 3.45% but held its five-year rate at 4.2%. Analysts had expected cuts to both rates. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng led the losses with a 1.8% drop, while China’s Shanghai Composite fell 1.2%. Japan’s Nikkei added 0.4%, while the South Korean Kospi tacked on 0.2%.

European bourses are higher at last glance, though homebuilding stocks are weighing after a housing market warning from Crest Nelson. London’s FTSE 100 is up 0.4%, while the French CAC 40 and German DAX rise 1.2% and 0.8%, respectively.



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