Dow futures slip Tuesday morning as investors turn cautious after tech-driven rally

U.S. stock-index futures on Tuesday headed lower, a day after a solid rally in shares of technology and e-commerce companies propelled the Nasdaq Composite to its 29th record close of 2020. Investors trained their attention on earnings and halting negotiations between Democrats and Republicans over a new round of coronavirus relief for Americans that have been put out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How are equity benchmarks performing

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average
YM00,
-0.15%

YMU20,
-0.15%

traded 68 points, or 0.3%, lower at 26,490, while S&P 500 futures
ES00,
-0.31%

,
ESU20,
-0.31%

declined 14.90 points, or 0.5%, to 3,273.50. Nasdaq-100 futures
NQ00,
-0.30%

NQU20,
-0.30%

were down 52.75 points at 10,990.50, a decline of 0.5%.

On Monday, the Dow
DJIA,
+0.89%

climbed 236.08 points, or 0.9%, to close at 26,664.40. The S&P 500
SPX,
+0.71%

rose 23.49 points, or 0.7%, to 3,294.61. The Nasdaq Composite
COMP,
+1.46%

gained 157.52 points, or 1.5%, to close at 10,902.80.

What’s driving the market?

Market participants were watching Incremental progress between Democrats and Republicans over a fiscal relief package that could deliver trillions more to Americans that have lost their jobs amid the worst pandemic in generations, with a resolution looking unlikely until next week at the earliest if at all.

Late Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that Republicans had “made a little progress” in two-hour discussions to resolve differences, while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said progress was made on providing funding for school safety during the epidemic but impasses remain around issues including state and local aid and the crucial extension of supplemental insurance for the unemployed. There is a “desire to get something done as soon as we can,” Schumer said, speaking to reporters.

Talks have dragged on as the federal unemployment benefits of $600 per week have expired, as has a federal moratorium on evictions. There is growing talk that a deal won’t be reached until September.

Central bankers on Monday said that the talks in Congress represent an important part of avoiding a deeper recession.

“The ball is in Congress’ court,” Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans told reporters in summarizing the current state of economic policy. “Fiscal policy is really fundamental for getting us going,” he said.

Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at SIA Wealth Management said that investors are digesting earnings and developments in Washington ahead of the important jobs report due on Friday.

“US markets have paused this morning while investors consider this week’s developments so far and catch their breath while waiting for a large amount of scheduled news due later in the week,” he said in a Tuesday research.

Looking ahead, Tuesday trade is light on data but reports on vehicle sales will come throughout the morning, with a reading on factory orders for June due at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

Which stocks are in focus?
How are other markets trading?

The 10-year Treasury note yield
TMUBMUSD10Y,
0.530%

fell 3 basis points to around 0.530%. Bond prices move inversely to yields.

Global equity markets were trading mixed. The Stoxx Europe 600 index
SXXP,
-0.45%

declined 0.5%, and the FTSE 100
UKX,
-0.12%

lost less than 0.1%.

In Asian trade Tuesday, China’s CSI 300 index
000300,
+0.09%

gained less than 0.1%, the Shanghai Composite Index inched 0.1% higher. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei index
NIK,
+1.70%

climbed 1.7% after a 2.2% gain on Monday.

In other assets, the greenback rose, with the ICE U.S. Dollar index
DXY,
+0.44%

jumping 0.2%.

Crude futures
CL00,
-1.46%

fell with West Texas Intermediate oil declining 1.7%, or 68 cents, to $40.33, on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Gold futures for December
GCQ20,
+0.36%

rose $5.70, or 0.3%, at $1,992 an ounce.

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