US stock index futures were unchanged in overnight trading on Wednesday after major averages rose during regular trading and turned positive for the week.
Futures contracts linked to the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 27 points. S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures were slightly higher.
During the session, the Dow gained 286 points, or 0.83%, while the S&P climbed 0.82%. The Nasdaq Composite was the relative outperformer with a gain of 0.92%. Energy was the top performing S&P group, gaining 3.5% as oil prices rebounded.
Wednesday’s gains built on Tuesday’s strong session, and large averages have now offset losses from Monday’s sell-off. The Dow lost more than 700 points earlier in the week as rising Covid cases worldwide depressed sentiment. The 10-year Treasury yield fell to a 5-month low of 1.17% at the beginning of the week, which also led investors to sell stocks. On Wednesday, the 10-year yield rose 8 basis points to 1.29%.
“The truth is that investors have been very spoiled by recent stock market performance,” said Ryan Detrick, LPL Financial’s chief market strategist. “Incredibly, we haven’t seen more than a 5% decline since October. While we firmly believe that this bull market is alive and well, we shouldn’t pretend that trees grow forever in difficult months of August and September. “
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A busy week of earnings continues on Thursday. AT&T, DR Horton, Southwest Air, American Airlines, Abbott Labs and Union Pacific are among others on deck before the opening bell. Intel, Twitter, Snap and Capital One will post quarterly updates after the market closes.
So far, according to Refinitiv, 15% of the S&P 500 has reported gains, with 88% beating earnings estimates. Of the companies that reported, 84% exceeded sales expectations.
Investors will also watch the Labor Department’s weekly number of jobless claims on Thursday. Economists polled by Dow Jones expect the number of initial filings to be 350,000, up from the previous figure of 360,000. Existing home sales figures are also published.
“We expect the sloppy trade to continue in the seasonally weak summer months; however, our baseline scenario remains that the primary trend remains higher for the next 12 months, ”Keith Lerner, Chief Market Strategist at Truist, wrote in a customer note. “The S&P 500, which hit a new record high last week, has had one of the longest periods in the past decade without a 5% decline,” he added.
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