Friday September 11th

11-09-2020

U.S. stock futures rise as tech stocks try to rebound again

U.S. stock index futures traded higher early Friday after a volatile session in which the recent tech sell-off resumed. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures implied an opening gain of 80 points. S&P 500 futures rose 0.5%. Nasdaq-100 futures gained 0.4%. The Dow ended Thursday’s session down more than 1%, along with the S&P 500. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 2%. All three of the major indexes had popped before closing lower. That whipsaw action came as tech — the best-performing market sector year to date — gave up gains earlier Thursday and continued its recent downward trend. Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Alphabet and Microsoft all closed sharply lower on Thursday. Tesla, which was up more than 8% at one point, posted a gain of just 1.4%. Tech stocks were attempting to rebound again in premarket trading Friday. Apple was higher by 1% and Tesla gained 3% in early trading. Peloton and Oracle rose in premarket trading on the back of better-than-expected quarterly results. Peloton gained more than 10% and Oracle climbed 4%. Douglas Busch, founder of ChartSmarter.com, said a “hallmark” of a healthy market is closing near its high after a weak start. “The opposite of that action could be the definition of how the benchmarks fared Thursday,” he said. “Decent early gains quickly faded, and as many stated last week’s lows were critical to hold,” Busch said in a note to clients. “Perhaps, for the first time in a while, we can say advantage bears.” Thursday’s declines put the S&P 500 down more than 2% for the week along with the 30-stock Dow. The Nasdaq, meanwhile, has dropped 3.5% week to date. Another one-week decline would mark the S&P 500′s first back-to-back weekly drop since May. The broader market index was also on pace for its worst week since June 26, when it slid 2.9%. “The next couple of sessions will be crucial in judging the possible extent of the pullback, and bulls will be looking for signs of positive divergences as the major indices approach their 50-day moving averages,” said Ken Berman, strategist of Gorilla Trades. On the data front, the latest reading on the monthly U.S. consumer price index is set for release Friday at 8:30 a.m. Stocks in Asia-Pacific wee mostly higher on Friday as investors watched regional technology stock movements following a decline in the sector stateside. Mainland Chinese stocks were higher by their close, with the Shanghai composite up 0.79% to around 3,260.35 while the Shenzhen component rose 1.57% to about 12,942.95. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index advanced 0.78% to end its trading day at 24,503.31. Elsewhere, Japanese stocks saw gains on the day, as the Nikkei 225 rose 0.74% to 23,406.49 while the Topix index advanced 0.72% to 1,636.64. South Korea’s Kospi finished its trading day little changed at 2,396.69. Oil prices fell for a second day on Friday, pressured by a surprise rise in U.S. stockpiles as the coronavirus pandemic continues to erode demand for fuels. Brent crude was down 12 cents, or 0.3%, at $39.96 a barrel, after falling nearly 2% on Thursday, while U.S. crude dropped was two cents higher at $37.32 per barrel, having fallen 2% in the previous session. Gold prices fell on Friday as the U.S. dollar rebounded, but the precious metal was on track for a weekly gain underpinned by worries over a global economic recovery from the coronavirus-led slump. Spot gold was down 0.5% at $1,943.53 per ounce, after hitting its best level since Sept. 2 at $1,965.94 on Thursday. Gold has gained 0.5% this week. U.S. gold futures fell 0.6% to $1,951.90.