Thursday, July 25, 2024

Stock futures flat ahead of August’s main jobs report


US stock futures were flat on Friday morning as investors waited August’s key jobs report That would give more information about the state of the economy and could set the pace for future Fed rate increases.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose 2 points. S&P 500 futures were essentially flat, and Nasdaq 100 futures lost 0.1%.

The Dow and S&P 500 ended the day higher in the session prior to the start of September, posting four days of losses. The Nasdaq Composite Index plunged, posting its first five consecutive days of losses since February, weighed down by a drop in semiconductor stocks.

The three major averages are set to end the week lower after pulling back in the last days of August, on track to mark the third consecutive negative week. Stocks were affected by hawkish comments from Federal Reserve officials suggesting that interest rate hikes will not fade any time soon. Now, traders are watching to see if stocks will retest their June lows, especially since September is a historically weak month for the market.

“The half-day recovery before we have a jobs number tomorrow may simply be that people don’t want to be as short as they have been over the past two days,” Brian Kelly, founder of BKCM LLC, said on CNBC. “Quick money.”

retailer shares Lululemon Jumped nearly 10% in pre-market trading after Reporting quarterly results that beat Wall Street expectations.



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