Here’s what we’re watching as markets kick into gear on Tuesday.
- U.S. stock futures wobbled Tuesday as investors sold down government bonds and richly valued technology stocks that had powered higher in a low-yield environment.
- Futures tied to the S&P 500 wavered between gains and losses, indicating that the broad market gauge could be choppy after the New York opening bell. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures edged 0.2% higher. Nasdaq-100 futures retreated 0.5%, suggesting that technology stocks could extend their decline. Read our full market wrap here.
What’s Coming Up
- Athleisure brand Lululemon and pet food retailer Chewy are expected to report after markets close.
- The S&P/Case-Shiller home-price index for January will be out at 9 a.m. ET. It is expected to rise over 10% from a year earlier.
- A gauge of consumer confidence in March from The Conference Board will be released at 10 a.m. and is projected to rise from the previous month.
- International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva will deliver a spring meetings curtain-raiser speech at 11 a.m.
- A bunch of Federal Reserve officials are speaking: Vice Chairman Randal Quarles about the Financial Stability Board at 9 a.m., Atlanta’s Raphael Bostic on the post-Covid economy at 12 p.m., and New York’s John Williams at a virtual event on over-50 entrepreneurs at 2:30 p.m.
Market Movers to Watch
- ViacomCBS is up 1.6% in premarket trading. The media stock plunged on Friday during the Archegos Capital Management fire sale and fell another 5% on Monday.
- Discovery’s Class A shares are also ticking up, rising 1.4%. This reverses the stock’s direction of travel after it also extended Friday’s declines on Monday. Despite the recent volatility, it is still up nearly 40% for the year.
- Online luxury retailer Farfetch is up 3.3%. It was also among the stocks that were sold in block sales on Friday, amounting to more than 10% of its shares outstanding.
- Bank stocks are regaining some ground. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley rose nearly 1% premarket. The Wall Street Journal reported that the American banks moved quickly and were able to limit losses from the Archegos liquidation. Bank of America also climbed 0.7%.
- Credit Suisse lost another 2% in European trading, extending Monday’s tumble after flagging potential damage. Nomura, which warned of up to a $2 billion loss from a single U.S. client, slid 0.6% in Japanese trading.
- GameStop is up 4% premarket. The video game retailer appointed a chief growth officer as part of its plan to try to transform the company.
- Megacap tech stocks are continuing to decline. Tesla fell nearly 2% premarket and Microsoft and Apple slipped nearly 1%.
- Companies that benefited from stay-at-home orders also slumped. Peloton retreated 1.3% and Netflix fell 0.7%.
- Ride-hailing app Lyft slid 1.6%. Filings showed the company’s general counsel sold 5,000 shares.
- McCormick & Company rose 2.1% after the seasonings-maker reported a jump in sales and adjusted earnings per share in the first quarter and raised its full-year outlook.
- Trimble advanced 3.2%. The industrial tech company has risen for the past four trading sessions.
- Bitcoin is climbing again. It is up 9% this week and trading above $59,000.
- The firms that were supposed to benefit from the economy’s reopening have stumbled. The Russell 2000 index of smaller stocks has fallen 8.5% from its March 15 high.
- Morgan Stanley sold 45 million shares of ViacomCBS Sunday night, marketing the blocks to a select number of clients and responding to big investors who called to ask about additional blocks of stock the bank might be unloading, traders said.
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