Dow Futures Point Lower as Investors Await Jobs Report

LONDON -- Stock index futures at 7 a.m. EDT indicate that the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) may open down by 0.22% this morning, while the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC  ) may open 0.28% lower. CNN's Fear & Greed Index has stabilized at 32, or "fear," after closing at 28 yesterday.

European markets fell sharply on opening today after Japan's Nikkei 225 index closed down by 6.4% earlier this morning, plunging the index into a bear market. In London, the biggest faller was bailed-out banking group Royal Bank of Scotland, which was down by 3.9% at 7:40 a.m. EDT following last night's announcement that CEO Stephen Hester is to leave the firm ahead of its reprivatization. However, the FTSE's losses were tempered by gains for the battered resource sector as the morning progressed, with Rio Tinto and Fresnillo among the biggest risers. As of 7:40 a.m. EDT the FTSE 100 was down 0.84%, while Germany's DAX was down 1.4%.

U.S. markets are expected to fall at the open, but the extent of the losses may be affected by several economic reports due before markets open. At 8:30 a.m. EDT, the latest weekly jobless-claims report is expected to show that 350,000 new claims were made last week, up slightly from 346,000 the previous week. Also due at 8:30 a.m. EDT, retail sales are expected to have risen by 0.5% in May, compared to a 0.1% rise in April, while import prices are expected to have fallen by 0.2% in May after dropping 0.5% in April. At 10 a.m. EDT, after markets have opened, April's business inventories are expected to have risen by 0.3% after remaining unchanged during March.

The corporate-earnings calendar is thin again today, but several stocks could be actively traded this morning. Supermarket operator Safeway rose by 21% to $28 in premarket trading this morning after announcing a $5.7 billion cash deal to sell its Canadian operations to Canadian chain Sobeys. Safeway said it would use the proceeds to reduce debt by $2 billion and buy back stock. H&R Block may edge higher this morning after reporting a 37% increase in full-year adjusted earnings per share after the close last night, while SeaWorld Entertainment may also be in demand after announcing last night that it would begin paying a quarterly dividend.

Finally, let's not forget that the Dow's daily movements can add up to serious long-term gains. Indeed, Warren Buffett recently wrote, "The Dow advanced from 66 to 11,497 in the 20th Century, a staggering 17,320% increase that materialized despite four costly wars, a Great Depression and many recessions." If you, like Buffett, are convinced of the long-term power of the Dow, you should read "5 Stocks To Retire On." Your long-term wealth could be transformed, even in this uncertain economy. Simply click here now to download this free, no-obligation report.


Read/Post Comments (0) | Recommend This Article (1)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 2487116, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 11/28/2014 10:57:43 AM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...

Today's Market

updated Moments ago Sponsored by:
DOW 17,875.17 47.42 0.27%
S&P 500 2,072.91 0.08 0.00%
NASD 4,809.31 21.99 0.46%

Create My Watchlist

Go to My Watchlist

You don't seem to be following any stocks yet!

Better investing starts with a watchlist. Now you can create a personalized watchlist and get immediate access to the personalized information you need to make successful investing decisions.

Data delayed up to 5 minutes


Advertisement