U.S. stock futures are pointing lower in pre-market trading for Tuesday, October 11. The Dow Futures are at 18236.0 for a loss of -23.00 points. The S&P 500 Futures are at 2155.0 for a loss of -4.00 points. The Nasdaq Futures are at 4888.25 for a loss of -5.00 points. The Russell Futures are at 1246.7 for a loss of -3.40 points.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is at 17024.76 for a gain of 164.67 points or 0.98 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index is at 23549.52 for a loss of -302.30 points or -1.27 percent. China’s Shanghai Composite is at 3065.25 for a gain of 17.11 points or 0.56 percent. India’s S&P BSE Sensex is at 28082.34 for a gain of 21.20 points or 0.08 percent. In Europe, the FTSE 100 is at 7117.49 for a gain of 19.99 points or 0.28 percent. Germany’s DAX is at 10664.49 for a gain of 40.41 points or 0.38 percent. France’s CAC 40 is at 4512.29 for a gain of 15.03 points or 0.33 percent. The Stoxx Europe 600 is at 342.29   for a gain of 0.31 points or 0.09 percent.

Tuesday’s Factors and Events

Stocks are lower Tuesday as oil prices are volatile and investors await earnings. On the economic calendar for Tuesday are the following reports: the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index and the Labor Market Conditions Index.

Stocks trading actively in the premarket include the following:

Harris Corp

Dover Corp

Coty Inc

Citizens Financial

Analog Devices

Devon Energy Corp

Southwest Airlines

Endo International

First Solar


Earnings season starts Tuesday with Alcoa reporting its results before the opening bell.

Monday’s Activity

U.S. market indexes were higher Monday. For the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 18329.04 for a gain of 88.55 points or 0.49 percent. The S&P 500 Index was also higher, closing at 2163.66 for a gain of 9.92 points or 0.46 percent. The Nasdaq Composite closed higher at 5328.67 for a gain of 36.27 points or 0.69 percent. The VIX Volatility Index was higher at 13.53 for a gain of 0.05 points or 0.37 percent.


Source: DJIA, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite. Google Finance.

Other notable index closes included the small-caps Russell 2000 Index higher at 1250.66 for a gain of 14.10 points or 1.14 percent; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index higher at 756.64 for a gain of 7.58 points or 1.01 percent; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index at 1545.51 for a gain of 11.55 points or 0.75 percent; the S&P 100 Index at 958.68 for a gain of 3.59 points or 0.38 percent; the Russell 3000 Index at 1280.92 for a gain of 6.32 points or 0.50 percent; the Russell 1000 Index at 1198.90 for a gain of 5.59 points or 0.47 percent; and the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index at 606.82 for a gain of 4.04 points or 0.67 percent.