Stock Futures Lower Despite Strong Retail Sales Data

Several bank earnings have also trickled in

Digital Content Manager
Oct 17, 2023 at 9:06 AM
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Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) are 87 points lower this morning, while S&P 500 (SPX) and Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) futures are also in the red, despite yesterday's rally. Investors continue to sift through corporate earnings and unpack retail sales data for September, which rose a whopping 0.7% -- easily besting estimates.

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

  • Pessimism has peaked, now what?
  • Bear notes could not stop Netflix stock.
  • Plus, 2 earnings reports to unpack; and Choice Hotels' move to buy out Wyndham.

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE) saw more than 1 million call contracts and 711,539 puts traded on Monday. The single-session equity put/call ratio stayed at 0.70 and the 21-day moving average rose to 0.68.
  2. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is up 1.1% at $159.30 before the open, after the pharmaceutical giant surpassed third-quarter earnings and revenue expectations, while also lifting its 2023 full-year outlook. So far this year, JNJ has shed over 10%.
  3. Higher interest income helped Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) beat top- and bottom-line estimates for the third-quarter. BAC is still down more than 18% in 2023, but sports a 0.8% premarket lead.
  4. Choice Hotels International Inc (NYSE:CHH) is down 6% before the bell, after offering to buy Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (WH) for $90 per share, or about $7.8 billion. Since the start of the year, CHH is up 10.9%.
  5. Industrial production data, capacity utilization, business inventories, and the home builder confidence index are due out today

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Asian Markets Enjoy Sweeping Wins

Asian markets closed higher Tuesday. Japan’s Nikkei paced the gainers with a 1.2% win, while the South Korean Kospi’s 1% gain followed close behind. Elsewhere, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng and China’s Shanghai Composite added 0.8% and 0.3%, respectively.

The major European bourses are mostly lower this afternoon, as investors keep an eye on mounting tension in the Middle East. At last glance, London’s FTSE 100 was 0.4% higher, while France’s CAC 40 was down 0.3%, and Germany’s DAX was off 0.5%.


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