S&P, Nasdaq Futures Scale New Heights on Earnings Boost

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The S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures were astatine grounds highs connected Thursday, propped up by a slew of stellar earnings reports and arsenic investors shrugged disconnected the Federal Reserve’s archetypal steps to statesman paring its pandemic-era support.

Shares of Qualcomm Inc. jumped 8.1 percent successful pre-market commercialized aft the chipmaker forecast better-than-expected nett and gross for its existent 4th connected soaring request for chips utilized successful phones, cars, and different internet-connected devices.

A cheery 3rd 4th net play coupled with upbeat commentary astir aboriginal maturation from firm America has helped Wall Street mostly disregard concerns astir rising prices, proviso concatenation snags, and a mixed macro-economic picture.

A wide expected determination by the Fed connected announcing its program to commencement tapering its monthly enslaved purchases opening this month, portion sticking to the content astir the “transitory” quality of ostentation and waiting for much occupation growth—before raising involvement rates, besides helped sentiment.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq notched grounds all-time closes for their 5th consecutive sessions connected Wednesday, portion the Dow Jones Industrial Average posted a grounds adjacent for the 4th league successful a row.

Data owed astatine 08:30 a.m. ET is expected to amusement the fig of Americans filing caller claims for unemployment benefits fell to a caller 19-month debased past week, suggesting the system was regaining momentum. It volition beryllium followed by a much broad nonfarm payrolls study connected Friday.

“The risks are present skewed towards the (payrolls data) yet aligning with signals elsewhere successful the U.S. economy, aft a fewer months of disappointments,” said Jeffrey Halley, elder marketplace analyst, astatine OANDA.

“A fig northbound of 500K could origin equity markets to reconsider ignoring the implications of the Fed taper. Similarly, a debased people volition support the lower-for-longer monetary enactment successful equities going good into the night.”

At 6:50 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were down 12 points, oregon 0.03 percent, S&P 500 e-minis were up 5.75 points, oregon 0.12 percent, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 70.5 points, oregon 0.44 percent.

Tesla Inc. added 1.9 percent and was acceptable for a grounds open, portion different mega-cap exertion titans Microsoft Corp., Google-owner Alphabet Inc., Amazon.com, and Meta Platforms besides edged higher.

Oil firms including Exxon Mobil and Chevron Corp. roseate 0.9 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively, tracking crude prices.

By Devik Jain

Reuters

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