Stock futures trade mixed to end the week
Market hasn’t seen huge inflation yet despite warnings: Strategic Wealth Partners CEO
Strategic Wealth Partners president and CEO Mark Tepper discusses inflation and gives advice on investing.
U.S. equity futures suggested a mixed open when the Friday session begins on Wall Street.
Dow futures are off by less than 0.1%, while Nasdaq futures were showing a small gain.
GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERE
The big number to watch will be existing home sales for December. The National Association of Realtors was expected to say that sales of previously owned homes slipped 1.5% month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.61 million units, down from December’s stronger-than-expected reading of 6.76 million.
In Asia, the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo sank 0.7%, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong gained 0.2% and China's Shanghai Composite Index added 0.6%.
|I:DJI||DOW JONES AVERAGES||31493.34||-119.68||-0.38%|
|I:COMP||NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX||13865.35594||-100.14||-0.72%|
On Thursday, the S&P 500 fell 0.4% for its third straight daily decline. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.4% to 31,493.34. The Nasdaq Composite tumbled 0.7%.
Stocks retreated after the U.S. government reported 861,000 people applied for unemployment benefits last week. Minutes of the Federal Reserve's latest meeting showed central bank officials believe the coronavirus pandemic still poses considerable risks to the economy.
ANOTHER 861,000 AMERICANS FILED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS LAST WEEK
In Washington, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urged Congress to avoid cutting President Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion aid package. She said the economy is in “a deep hole” despite signs of improvement.
In stocks, Dow component Walmart Inc. reported mixed quarterly results and said it still planned to raise pay for an additional 425,000 workers to above the $15 per hour. The company said sales at U.S. stores were up 8.6% year over year, excluding fuel. Shares fell 6.5%.
GAMESTOP HEARING PUTS HEDGE FUNDS IN THE HOT SEAT
Shares of GameStop fell 11.4% Thursday. Congress conducted a hearing on the recent volatility of companies caught in a tug-of-war between Wall Street institutional investors betting against the companies and the online retail investors who pushed shares higher.
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESS
In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude fell $1.26 per barrel to $59.26 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract lost 62 cents on Thursday to close at $60.52. Brent crude, used to price international oils, retreated $1.13 to $62.80 per barrel in London. It shed 41 cents the previous session to $63.93.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Source: Read Full Article