Stock Index Futures Show Poise Ahead of Monday’s Open
The Dow Jones Industrial Average reached a milestone last week that will be tough to top this week. The index added more than 230 points on Friday to finish above 35K for its first time in history. Friday’s performance brings the Dow’s year-to-date gains to 14% and clinches four consecutive days of finishing in the green. It has been a little over three months since the Dow crossed the 34K threshold for the first time as the bulls continue to flex their muscles.
Stock index futures are basically flat with a slight leaning to the downside on Sunday evening as investors brace for Monday’s trading. Tech earnings are the name of the game this week. The oil price continues to rebound and is moving fractionally higher to above USD 72 per barrel on expectations that supply constraints will persist for the rest of 2021.
Stocks to Watch
Earnings season is in full swing. All eyes will be on Tesla on Monday when it reports its Q2 results after the closing bell. The company already revealed that it had more than 200K deliveries in the quarter, its best ever for a single quarter. Wall Street is largely expecting the EV maker to top analyst estimates with its earnings, which could fuel the stock higher. Tesla chief Elon Musk hinted at Tesla resuming bitcoin payments soon.
Separately, Snap Inc’s value ballooned by more than 23% on Friday on the heels of better-than-expected results on the top and bottom lines. The social media company’s results were fueled by a robust online ads market in addition to more daily active users.
An FOMC meeting will unfold on Tuesday and Wednesday. Policymakers are not expected to roil the markets by shaking up monetary policy despite rising inflation, according to Wells Fargo economists. Meanwhile, investors will get the first glimpse into Q2 GDP on Thursday.