Dow Futures Opening Update as on 20 April 2018

U.S. stock futures  lower in pre-market trading for Friday, April 20.The Dow Futures is trading at 24,568.00  with a loss of -0.28% percent or -69.00 point. The S&P 500 Futures is trading at  2,687.50 with a loss of -0.20% percent or  -5.50 point.  The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 6,751.75  with a loss of  -0.42% percent or  -28.25 point.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere,Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 22,162.24  with a loss of -0.13% percent or  -28.94 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 30,477.26  with a loss of -0.74% percent or -227.48 point. China’s Shanghai Composite is trading at 3,070.21 with a loss of -1.51% percent or  -46.99 point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 34,375.47  with a loss of -0.15% percent or -52.61  point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 is trading at 7,354.23  up with 0.35% percent or +25.31 point. Germany’s DAX is trading at 12,557.96   with a loss of -0.075% percent or  -9.46 point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 5,389.41  with a loss of -0.041% percent or -2.23 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 381.30 with a loss of -0.17% percent or -0.65 point.

Friday’s Factors and Events

U.S. stock index futures fell ahead of Friday’s open, as investors awaited the latest corporate earnings.

Around 5:30 a.m. ET, Dow futures slipped 86 points, indicating a lower open of 81.89 points down. The Nasdaq and the S&P 500 futures indicated a lower start to Friday’s session for their respective markets.

The moves in pre-market trade came after major indexes on Wall Street finished Thursday’s session lower. Over recent trading days, investors have been keeping a close eye on earnings and the bond market, as rising rates concerns rumble on.

 With little economic data due out Friday, it’s all about corporate earnings for investors.

The major names set to publish results include General Electric, Honeywell, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Citizens Financial, Stanley Black & Decker, State Street, SunTrust, Synchrony Financial and Steve Madden.

Thursday’s Activity

U.S. market were lower on Thursday. For the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 24,664.89  with a loss of -0.34% percent or -83.18 point. The S&P 500 closed at 2,693.13  with a loss of -0.57% percent or -15.51  point. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 7,238.06 with  a loss of -0.78% percent or  -57.18 point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,573.82   with a loss of -0.62% percent or -9.74 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 967.81  with a loss of -0.75% percent or  –7.29 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,913.62  with a loss of -0.48% percent or -9.18 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,181.89  with a loss of -0.45% percent or  -5.37 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,597.25   with a loss of -0.57% percent or -9.21 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,493.45 with  a loss of -0.57% percent or -8.56 point;

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