Two U.S. Stock index futures declined slightly before trading began on Wednesday as data showed that retail sales fell by half a percentage point in June, the second straight month of decreasing purchases. However, the fall was only half that of May’s, which was negative by 1.1 percent. Just after 9 a.m. EST, both Dow… Read more.
Traders are moving cautiously, with U.S. stock index futures essentially flat, as investors await the start of “earnings season” next week. On Monday, major American aluminium producer Alcoa will report its quarterly results, kicking off several weeks of key reports from major companies. Futures on the S&P 500 were up by 5 points at 1,072,… Read more.
Futures on the three major U.S. stock indexes rose on Thursday morning, with investors feeling positive after some minor good news in the job markets. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose 35 points to 10,015, while S&P 500 futures climbed 3.6 points to 1,062.90 and Nasdaq 100 futures increased 6.5 points to 1,796. On the… Read more.
After a grim week of trading leading up to the July 4 weekend, stocks opened on a positive note Tuesday morning, with futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining 164 points to 9,760 by 10 a.m. EST. S&P 500 futures gained 19.20 points to 1,033.50, while the Nasdaq 100 gained 32.75 points to 1,754.… Read more.
U.S. stock index futures trended moderately upwards on Friday morning, while data from the Labor Department showed a decrease of 125,000 jobs in payrolls across the nation. Most of the decrease came from 225,000 temporary workers ending their work on the 2010 census, a phenomenon which is likely to continue piecemeal through the rest of… Read more.
Futures on the three major indices fell again after a devastating day of trading yesterday that saw the S&P 500 sink to an 8-month low and the Dow Jones Industrial average slump below 10,000. Job growth remained weak in the U.S., with companies adding only 13,000 jobs in June according to ADP Employer Services. A… Read more.
Traders registered their nervousness about the direction of the global economy on Tuesday morning, as U.S. stock futures extended the downward trend of the past week. The Conference Board, an independent business research association, revised its figures on China’s Leading Economic Index to show a slowing pace of economic expansion. “There is no strong basis… Read more.
Sweeping changes to U.S. financial regulations came one step closer to fruition today, as 20 hours of negotiation between the House and Senate came to a close. The new rules, which still have to be approved in a full House and Senate vote before landing on President Barack Obama’s desk, will affect credit card companies,… Read more.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported a slight improvement in the continuously unsteady job market, with 19,000 fewer initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending June 19, down from the previous week’s figure of 476,000. The four week moving average for seasonally adjusted claims was 462,750, a slight decrease from the previous week. These… Read more.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower opening on Tuesday morning after a turbulent day of trading on Monday. Signs that China would let the yuan float and thus boost American exports and Chinese consumption were replaced with concerns about financial retrenchment and risk aversion. Dow Jones futures were down 5 points and… Read more.