US stock index futures were slightly lower in overnight trading Tuesday after the Dow closed at a record high.
Futures contracts linked to the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 33 points. The S&P futures were down 0.2% while the Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.3%.
The move comes after the Dow closed at a record high during regular trading on Tuesday, the eighth record of the 30-stock average this year. The index also hit an all-time high during the day, driven by the strength of Salesforce stocks. The S&P 500 fell 0.06% during a volatile trading session while the Nasdaq Composite fell 0.34%. Apple had the biggest negative impact on the tech-heavy index, down 1.6%.
“If you look at historical norms, valuations are stretched. But we’ve never seen long bonds at 1.3%, and we’re in uncharted waters here, so higher P / E ratios are warranted by lower interest rates,” said Scott Black. Founder and President of Delphi Management. “The other thing is that the Fed is going to be very accommodative … it’s going to keep interest rates low, and so you have the wind on your back.”
Meanwhile, the 10-year government bond yield was 1.30% on Tuesday, a level last hit in February 2020. The 30-year rate also reached its highest level in a year. Some on Wall Street believe that higher interest rates could encourage investors to switch from stocks to bonds while putting pressure on areas of the market, including technology, that have benefited from the low interest rate environment.
However, others, including LPL Financial’s Jeff Buchbinder, believe these fears may be exaggerated.
“Our preference for stocks over bonds – backed by low interest rates – is one of our most convincing recommendations for 2021,” said the equity strategist. “Several segments of the equity market – particularly the energy sector and banking – offer higher returns than traditional high quality bonds and offer attractive capital appreciation potential as interest rates rise,” he added.
In terms of earnings, Hilton will release quarterly results on Wednesday before the market opens, while Owens Corning, Wingstop, Analog Devices and Nabors will be among the names after the closing bell.
Investors will also get a sense of the ongoing economic recovery when January retail sales are released at 8:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday. Economists polled by Dow Jones expect sales to grow 1.2% for the month after an unexpected drop of 0.7% in December.
Elsewhere in the market, bitcoin briefly surpassed $ 50,000 for the first time on Tuesday as the surge to new record highs continued.
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