Monday November 8th

8-11-2021

Dow futures gain more than 100 points after Friday’s record close and approval of spending package in Congress

U.S. stock index futures rose in early trading after the major U.S. market indexes reached record highs Friday following a better-than-expected October jobs report. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 121 points, or 0.3%. S&P 500 futures ticked up 0.2% and Nasdaq 100 futures traded near the flatline. The moves in futures trading came after the U.S. House of Representatives late Friday passed a more than $1 trillion infrastructure bill, sending the legislation to President Joe Biden for his signature. The package passed by the Senate in August would provide new funding for transportation, utilities and broadband, among other infrastructure projects. Dow 30 mainstay Caterpillar saw its shares rise about 5% premarket as the manufacturer of construction equipment could benefit from the spending package. Heavy equipment producer Deere also got a lift, with shares up more than 2%. Vulcan Materials and Nucor each added more than 5%. Tesla founder Elon Musk rattled investors this weekend, asking in a Twitter poll whether he should sell 10% of his stock as a response to political clamoring to tax unrealized gains from equity holdings. As some 58% of respondents said yes, shares in Tesla dropped more than 4% in premarket trading. The three major U.S. stock averages each closed at record highs Friday to cap off a winning week. The Dow rose 203.72 points, or nearly 0.6%, in its sixth-straight position day. The S&P 500 gained 0.4% for its seventh winning session in a row. The Nasdaq Composite added 0.2% to post its tenth consecutive positive session. The rally came after the October jobs report came in better than economists had expected. U.S. payrolls added 531,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department. Friday’s report also revised up September and August payroll numbers. “The economy is certainly picking up some momentum,” JPMorgan’s David Lebovitz said Friday on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.” “We are expecting economic growth to accelerate here into the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022.” The Federal Reserve earlier last week announced a plan to begin tapering its pandemic-era economic aid by the end of November, putting the central bank on track to end its asset purchase program by the middle of next year. Investors await fresh inflation readings in the week ahead. The producer price index and consumer price index are slated for release on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Economists expect both reports to remain hot for October. Companies including PayPal, Palantir and Disney report quarterly earnings this week. Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Monday as investors reacted to China’s trade data released over the weekend. Mainland Chinese stocks recovered from earlier losses to close higher, with the Shanghai composite up 0.2% to 3,498.63 while the Shenzhen component climbed 0.32% to 14,508.86. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dipped around 0.4% as of its final hour of trading. South Korea’s Kospi closed 0.31% lower at 2,960.20. The Nikkei 225 in Japan slipped 0.35% to close at 29,507.05 while the Topix index fell 0.3% to finish the trading day at 2,035.22. Elsewhere, Taiwan’s Taiex closed 0.68% higher at 17,415.30. Gold rose more than 1% on Friday to a near two-month high as major central banks’ dovish tone on interest rates this week lifted the demand for the safe-haven metal. Spot gold was up 1.2% at $1,813.36 per ounce by 01:45 p.m. ET (1745 GMT), recovering from a 0.3% drop sparked by data showing U.S. employment increased more than expected in October. U.S. gold futures for December delivery settled up 1.3% at $1,816.80 per ounce.