U.S. stock index futures inched up on Wednesday, with corporate earnings reports rolling in from JPMorgan Chase
while investors await the September consumer price index. How are stock-index futures trading?
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures
rose less than a percent to 34,282
S&P 500 futures
were flat at 4,345
rose 0.3% to 14,697
On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
fell 118 points, or 0.34%, to 34378, the S&P 500
declined 11 points, or 0.24%, to 4351, and the Nasdaq Composite
dropped 20 points, or 0.14%, to 14466.
What’s driving the market? Stock markets have seen choppy action this week have investors have anxiously awaited the start of third-quarter U.S. corporate earnings reporting season, amid concerns supply-chain problems and labor shortages have dented profit margins. Shares of tech giant Apple
fell 0.7% in premarket trading, after Bloomberg reported late Tuesday that the tech giant will cut iPhone 13 production due to global chip supply shortages. The start of the U.S. earnings reporting season was underway, with JPMorgan Chase
beating Wall Street forecasts on earnings per share as it released another $2.1 billion of loan loss reserves. Those shares rose 0.5% in premarket. BlackRock
shares climbed 2% after the bank reported beats on both profit and revenue expectations and more than 20% growth on assets undermangement. Earnings from Delta Air Lines
are still ahead. Analysts expect S&P 500 index earnings to rise 27.6% annually, a pace markedly slower than a 52.8% gain in the first quarter and 92.4% in the second quarter, which both benefited from favorable comparisons with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Bank of America has warned that guidance from companies could be ugly amid a “make or break quarter.” Read: Will bank stocks’ wild rally continue? Here are the numbers to watch in this week’s earnings Opinion: Beating the market would still be tough even if you knew the S&P 500’s earnings before everyone else September U.S. consumer prices are also in the spotlight for Tuesday, with economists forecasting that the monthly number will rise 0.3%, and the annual number steady stable at 5.3%. The numbers are due at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The CPI data will show how a 13% rally in U.S. crude prices has hit inflation, with chances of a stronger number more likely than a softer one, said Ipek Ozkardeskaya, senior analyst at Swissquote, in a note to clients. “And a strong inflation [number] will only reinforce the expectation that the Federal Reserve (Fed) would start tapering its bond purchases by next month, that’s already priced in. Yet, a too strong figure could boost expectations of an earlier rate hike from the Fed, and that’s not necessarily fully priced in,” said the analyst. Later on Wednesday, investors will get the latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes. That could “reiterate the Fed’s willingness to start tapering the bond purchases soon and could give a further insight regarding the need and the possibility of seeing the rate normalization happen before 2023,” said Ozkardeskaya.