Dow Futures Up Triple Digits as Earnings Trickle In

Investors are still monitoring the Israel-Hamas war

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Oct 16, 2023 at 9:15 AM
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Another earnings season is here, with 11% of S&P 500 Index (SPX) names set to enter the confessional this week. Investors are already unpacking a handful of reports, as they monitor the Israel-Hamas war ahead of a ground invasion of Gaza. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) are up triple digits, while SPX and Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) futures are also firmly higher.

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

  • AMC stock shook off "unprecedented" ticket demand.
  • Oil prices and bond yields were in focus last week.
  • Plus, Pfizer slashes forecast; LULU set to join SPX; and Rite Aid files for bankruptcy protection.

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE) saw more than 1.3 million call contracts and 980,305 puts traded on Friday. The single-session equity put/call ratio fell to 0.70 and the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.68.
  2. Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) lowered its full-year earnings and revenue forecast due to declining sales of its Covid-19 vaccine and treatment. While three analysts cut their price objectives on PFE, Jefferies upgraded it to "buy" from "hold" with a price-target hike to $39. PFE is down 1.3% in premarket trading, and 37.3% in 2023.
  3. Lululemon Athletica Inc (NASDAQ:LULU) is up 6.1% before the bell, following news that it will replace Activision Blizzard (ATVI) on the SPX after the latter was acquired by Microsoft (MSFT.) So far this year, LULU has added more than 17%.
  4. Pharmacy concern Rite Aid Corp (NYSE:RAD) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this weekend, amid slowing sales, increasing debt, and opioid-related lawsuits. Despite naming a new CEO and securing a debt restructuring deal, the shares are down 5.6% ahead of the open, and 80.6% so far in 2023.
  5. The Empire State manufacturing survey is due out today

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Asian Markets Fall Ahead of Economic Data

Asian markets started the week lower, as investors look ahead to a busy week of economic data from the region. Japan’s Nikkei led the losses with a 2% drop, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 1%, China’s Shanghai Composite fell 0.5%, and the South Korean Kospi lost 0.8%.

European bourses are modestly higher at last glance, with all eyes focused on Gaza amid the Israel-Hamas conflict. At last glance, London’s FTSE 100 is up 0.3%, while the French CAC 40 rises 0.1%, and the German DAX tacks on 0.07%.


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