U.S. stock futures wobbled Tuesday ahead of a bumper day of earnings reports from blue-chip companies.
Futures on the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average ticked up less than 0.1%. Technology-heavy Nasdaq-100 futures rose 0.1%, a day after faltering tech companies dragged major indexes lower.
Investors are looking to companies’ first-quarter earnings and their outlook for the rest of the year to gauge whether valuations on stocks are justified. Progress in rolling out Covid-19 vaccines and strong economic data has bolstered expectations, and fueled the recent rally that has left the major indexes hovering close to record highs.
“Companies are doing even better than was expected—which in many ways is shocking—but that is also one of the reasons why the market is at an all-time high,” said Andrew Slimmon, a managing director and senior portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. “The earnings season is validating what a lot of companies’ stock prices have already been saying.”
is set to report earnings around 6:45 a.m. ET, followed by Procter & Gamble, Philip Morris International, Lockheed Martin and Abbott Laboratories.
is expected to post its results after markets close.
“The only risk is that expectations across the board are so high, they are going to be very difficult to meet,” said
chief strategist at Principal Global Investors. “We are getting into territory—both with earnings and economic data—where it will be very difficult to have positive surprises.”
Investors are also keeping an eye on the bond market, with yields climbing higher for a third consecutive day. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield edged up to 1.622%, from 1.599% on Monday. Yields rise as prices fall.
Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency created as a joke, extended its gains after climbing more than 8,000% this year. It rose over 7% to 42 cents, according to CoinDesk. Some users of online forums have said they plan to push the cryptocurrency to $1 by Tuesday, in what some have called “Doge Day.”
In commodity markets, Brent crude, the international benchmark for oil, rose 1.3% to $67.93 a barrel.
Overseas, the pan-continental Stoxx Europe 600 fell 0.6%.
In Asia, major stock indexes were mixed by the close of trading. Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell almost 2% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng ticked up 0.1%. The Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.1%.
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