Here’s what we’re watching ahead of Friday’s opening bell.
- U.S. stock futures edged up as investors assessed fresh data on how manufacturing and services world-wide are faring in the second quarter.
- Futures tied to the S&P 500 ticked 0.2% higher, and Nasdaq-100 futures edged up 0.2%, pointing to muted gains in technology stocks after the open. Read our full market wrap.
What’s Coming Up
- IHS Markit’s preliminary U.S. manufacturing index for April, due at 9:45 a.m. ET, is expected to rise to 60.5 from 59.1 at the end of March, and the services index is expected to rise to 61.0 from 60.4.
- U.S. new home sales, due at 10 a.m., are expected to rise to an annual pace of 888,000 in March from 775,000 a month earlier.
Market Movers to Watch
shares shot 4.8% higher ahead of the bell. The social-media company’s daily active users reached 280 million, up strongly from a year earlier, though the social-media company posted another quarterly loss.
shares dropped 2.1% premarket. The semiconductor giant’s new chief executive said a global chip-supply shortage could stretch two more years as the company posted weaker quarterly earnings.
just delivered its earnings report, and its stock subsequently dropped and is now down 4.3% premarket.
shares climbed 7.3% premarket. The toymaker raised financial projections for the year, pointing to strong sales trends including its iconic Barbie doll.
shares slipped 3.2% premarket after the card company’s first-quarter revenue came up short of expectations.
shares fell 1.4% premarket after the company posted roughly flat revenue and a smaller profit for the first quarter amid a decline in sales in its aerospace segment.
edged up 0.5% premarket after the Alabama-based regional bank reported first-quarter profit and revenue that rose above expectations, while net interest income came up shy.
- The value of
private-equity portfolio climbed by 15.3% in the latest quarter, far exceeding the 5.8% gain for the S&P 500.
- Copper’s price has soared roughly 90% over the last 12 months, with bulls pointing to robust demand from the world’s transition to green energy and speedy economic growth in China, which accounts for about half of global consumption.
Chart of the Day
- A sudden weekend drop in the price of bitcoin suggests the digital currency’s yearlong rally might finally be running out of steam.
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