By Benjamin J. Chuckrow
Friday, September 21, 2018 – Stock index futures are indicating a flat opening Friday. The Dow is climbing 0.1%, while the S&P 500 is off less than 0.1% in pre-market action. The Nasdaq 100 is trading less than 0.1% below fair value on the GLOBEX.
The major averages are hovering near the flat line Friday after the Dow and S&P 500 closed at record highs on Thursday. Today, the upcoming GICS sector changes will garner an outsized focus from investors. Trading volume could be considerably higher than normal on Friday, as fund companies and ETF providers rebalance their products to account for the new GICS sector reclassification. In addition, today’s session falls on a “quadruple witching day”, in which futures and options on indexes and individual stocks expire the same day. On the data front, research firm Markit is set to release the latest readings on activity levels in both the services and manufacturing sectors for the month of September.
In earnings news, Micron is falling 4.5% to $44.00 after the chipmaker topped profit forecasts but warned the trade dispute could negatively impact future profits and demand.
European bourses are higher at mid-session. The Euro STOXX 600 is adding 0.3% while the FTSE 100 is up 0.8% in London. In Asia overnight, Japan’s Nikkei 225 advanced 0.8% while the Shanghai Composite jumped 2.5% in China.
Treasuries are little changed, with the yield on the 10-year flat at 3.07%. In commodities, WTI crude is up 0.8% to $71.13/barrel. COMEX gold is off 0.3% to $1204.05/ounce despite a weaker dollar.
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Benjamin J. Chuckrow
Senior Vice President – Branch Manager
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC