By Benjamin J. Chuckrow
Thursday, January 17, 2019 – Stock index futures are indicating a lower open Thursday. The Dow and S&P 500 are both losing 0.3% in pre-market trading. The Nasdaq 100 is trading 0.2% below fair value on GLOBEX.
The major averages are poised to decline as investors digest another round of corporate earnings results. Trade concerns are also weighing on sentiment amid reports U.S. prosecutors are investigating Chinese company Huawei Technologies, and the Trump Administration is considering further automotive tariffs. On the data front, a report showed business activity in the Philadelphia Fed region expanded at a faster pace in January than the prior month. In a separate release, initial jobless claims inched down to 213,000 in the most recent week after coming in at 216,000 the week prior.
In corporate news, Morgan Stanley shares are off 4.5% to $42.51 after the bank reported its trading and wealth management businesses were negatively influence by the fourth-quarter market volatility. Alcoa is down 2.2% to $28.35 after the aluminum maker hinted that supply may outpace demand in 2019. CSX corp. is declining 2.3% to $63.86 as the railroad operator topped Wall Street revenue predictions but missed on the bottom line.
European markets are lower at mid-session. The Euro STOXX 600 losing 0.3% as Financials and automakers lead losses in the region. In Asia overnight, the Nikkei 225 dipped 0.2% while the Shanghai Composite lost 0.4%.
Treasuries are mixed with the yield of the 10-year note down one basis point to 2.72%. In commodities, WTI crude is slipping 2.0% to $51.28/barrel. COMEX gold is losing 0.2% to $1291.70/ounce.
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Benjamin J. Chuckrow
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