How are stock-index futures trading?
- S&P 500 futures
fell 0.3% to 4,270
- Dow Jones Industrial Average futures
were flat at 33,853
- Nasdaq-100 futures
dropped 0.6% to 13,368.
On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
rose 614.46 points, or 1.9%, to 33,916.39, the S&P 500
gained 103.54 points, or 2.5%, finishing at 4,287.50. The Nasdaq Composite
climbed 382.59 points, or 3.1%, closing at 12,871.53, following a brief foray into negative territory.
The Dow and S&P 500 marked their best daily percentage climbs since March 9, while the Nasdaq saw its best day since March 16, according to Dow Jones Market Data.
What’s driving markets?
Friday marks the last trading day of April, which is on the verge of being the worst month for the S&P 500 — down 5.3% — since March 2020. Down 9.4%, the Nasdaq is also facing its worst monthly return since that pandemic low, according to FactSet.
The month has been consumed by worries on several fronts, including the U.S. economy as well as China’s — as that country sees climbing COVID-19 cases — and also Russia’s continued war in Ukraine.
“The petrified tail-chasing we have seen this week as equity markets swing from ‘we’re all doomed, get me out,’ to ‘I don’t want to miss the absolute bottom of the stock market, get me in’ is perhaps indicative of the state of confusion out there,” Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at Oanda, told clients in a note.
Tech stocks, whose earnings have dominated the week, are expected to drive much of the action on Friday. Apple Inc.
stock fell in late trading after the tech giant topped earnings and set a revenue record, but warned of billions in added costs from supply-chain woes.
And Amazon.com Inc.
reported its first loss in seven years and executives said it would look to cut costs. Those shares also fell in late trading.
Exxon Mobil Corp.
Honeywell International Inc.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
and Colgate-Palmolive Co.
will round off a busy earnings week on Friday.
On the heels of Thursday’s weak U.S. growth data, investor will get an update on the Federal Reserve’s favored inflation gauge — the core personal consumer expenditure price index for March, due at 8:30 a.m., along with personal income and consumer spending. That will be followed by the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for April.
The data will be scoured as investors gear up for next week’s two-day Fed meeting, which many expect will conclude with a 50 basis-point interest-rate increase.
Elsewhere, the dollar
was paring strength after Thursday’s massive rally, with the euro
both clawing back lost ground, though the Japanese yen
continued to slide, a day after the Bank of Japan vowed to maintain a dovish policy stance.
Gold was also a notable gainer, up 1.4% to $1,918.50, while oil prices were also rising modestly. U.S. bond yields
were edging lower.
Which companies are in focus?
- Intel Corp.
shares fell, after the chip maker stuck to its full-year outlook amid expected weakness this quarter.
- Roku Inc.
shares jumped, after the maker of digital media reported forecast-beating fiscal first-quarter revenue and earnings largely in line with projections.
- Robinhood Markets Inc. shares
dropped, after the brokerage missed first-quarter forecasts and said fewer people were trading on its online platform.