LONDON -- Futures markets are expecting the Dow Jones Industrial Average
The first domestic news today will be this week's jobless claims figures and June's import price index, due at 8:30 a.m. EDT. Analysts are expecting a fall in new claims from 374,000 to 365,000, but given the recent run of below-forecast figures, this may not be a reliable guide. The import price index is expected to show a 1.9% fall in prices, a bigger drop than May's -0.3%. Following this comes June's federal budget at 2 p.m. EDT.
If any of these figures prove disappointing, the Dow and the S&P 500 are likely to fall as a result. Tomorrow is due to be a big day for company earnings, with JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo both due to deliver before the markets open. Today's news will be dominated by smaller companies, with Commerce Bancshares, Fastenal, and Progressive all due to release figures.
European news is unlikely to provide much positive impetus today. Markets opened this morning to the news that PSA Peugeot Citroen, France's biggest carmaker, will close a factory and shed 8,000 jobs as it faces the reality of falling demand. Excess capacity in the European car industry has been apparent for some time, and Peugeot's shares unsurprisingly rose by around 1% on the news. Peugeot is currently losing 200 million euros per month, so decisive action was necessary, although the company may well face industrial unrest as it tries to implement the changes.
The gloom in France was made worse by the news that French industrial output fell by 2.1% in May. However, these figures also brought some good news: Overall eurozone industrial output rose by 0.6% in May, fueled by a 1.5% increase in German output and a very welcome 4.1% increase in Portugal. This suggests that the smaller Iberian nation may be having more success implementing its austerity program than its larger neighbour, Spain.
Overall, European markets fell this morning, with the FTSE 100
Finally, yesterday saw shares in Warren Buffett's company Berkshire Hathaway reach a 16-month high, fueled by the rich mixture of capital growth and earnings produced by Buffett's astute investments. The billionaire investor recently spent more than $1 billion expanding his holding in a famous British FTSE 100 stock that fits these criteria perfectly and has global expansion potential. You can get the full details of the deal in this special free report, including the identity of the company and the price paid by Buffett for his shares.
Are you looking to profit from this uncertain economy? "10 Steps To Making A Million In The Market" is The Motley Fool's latest report. We urge you to read it today -- your wealth could be transformed. Click here now to request your free, no-obligation copy. The Motley Fool is helping Britain invest. Better.
Further investment opportunities: