Dow Futures 90 Points Higher; Earnings Impress Ahead of Jobless Claims

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By Peter Nurse – U.S. stocks are seen opening higher Wednesday, buoyed by signs of a strong corporate earnings season ahead of the release of key unemployment data.

At 7 AM ET (1100 GMT), the contract was up 90 points, or 0.3%, traded 10 points, or 0.2%, higher and gained 24 points, or 0.2%.

The major equity indices closed higher Wednesday, with the gaining almost 300 points, or 0.8%, the rising 0.8%, and the rising 0.9%. Adding to Tuesday’s gains, this means Wall Street had erased all of Monday’s substantial losses.

Helping the market recover has been a strong start to the quarterly earnings season. According to data from Refinitiv, 15% of the S&P 500 companies have reported earnings to date, with 88% beating earnings estimates.

Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:) reported a positive second quarter late Wednesday, helped by a more than 40% rise in revenue, but the chipmaker’s stock is seen falling sharply Thursday amid concerns that demand for silicon chips is peaking.

Dow (NYSE:) stock is seen higher premarket after the chemicals company said its second-quarter profit doubled from the prior period, helped by strong consumer and industrial demand as the economy reopened.

Reports from the likes of AT&T (NYSE:), D.R. Horton (SA:) and American Airlines (NASDAQ:) are due before the opening bell, while Intel (NASDAQ:), Twitter (NYSE:) and Snap (NYSE:) are due to offer up quarterly updates after the market closes.

Also of interest Thursday will be the release of the weekly data, at 8:30 AM ET (1230 GMT). These are seen at 350,000, down just 10,000 from the previous week, amid fears that the rise in Covid cases could be slowing the recovery in the jobs market.

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Elsewhere, oil prices traded higher Thursday, continuing Wednesday’s strong recovery despite a surprise build in stockpiles.

The crude market has been very volatile this week, plunging on Monday on worries over rising Covid cases and an agreement between top producers to add supply, before rebounding over the last two days. 

U.S. rose by just over 2 million barrels during the week ended July 16, the Energy Information Administration said late Wednesday, snapping a run of eight weeks of declines. 

At 7 AM ET, U.S. crude futures traded 1.1% higher at $71.09 a barrel, while the contract rose 1.1% to $72.96. Both contracts gained over 4% on Wednesday.

Additionally, fell 0.4% to $1,795.45/oz, while traded largely unchanged at 1.1790.




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