Stock Futures Jump Ahead of Fed Comments

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq are on pace to post weekly wins

Deputy Editor
Aug 25, 2023 at 9:24 AM
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Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) sport a triple-digit premarket lead, as investors anxiously await Fed Chair Jerome Powell's appearance at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium in Wyoming. Meanwhile, futures tied to the S&P 500 Index (SPX) and the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) sport more modest leads, with both indexes headed for weekly wins. 

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE) saw more than 1.3 million call and 1 million put contracts exchanged on Thursday. The single-session equity put/call ratio fell to 0.79 and the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.65.
  2. Marvell Technology Inc (NASDAQ:MRVL) stock is 3.6% higher premarket, after the company just barely topped analysts' quarterly earnings and revenue expectations. Year to date, MRVL is up 54.7%.
  3. Affirm Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:AFRM) is up 7.9% in electronic trading, and looking to extend its 42% year-to-date lead. This comes after the online payment concern saw fiscal fourth-quarter earnings and revenue beat forecasts, as well as a stronger-than-expected fiscal first-quarter revenue guidance. 
  4. Popular meme stock AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc (NYSE:AMC) is 83% lower over the last 12 months, but sports a 0.6% lead before the bell. This comes ahead of the company's anticipated stock conversion, which is set for today's trading. 
  5. Consumer sentiment data is coming out today.

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Asian Markets Mimic Yesterday's Stateside Fall

Asian stocks mimicked their Western counterparts today, falling across the board ahead of Powell’s remarks at Jackson Hole. Japan’s Nikkei paced the region with a 2.1% drop, even after the core inflation rate for Tokyo came in lower than analyst expectations. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 0.5%, while South Korea’s Kospi lost 0.7% and China’s Shanghai Composite finished flat.

Over in Europe, markets are inching higher. The DAX is 0.6% higher at last check, despite German business sentiment falling across the board for August. London’s FTSE 100 is up 0.7% and the French CAC sports a 0.9% lead, respectively.


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