Stock futures rise ahead of bank earnings

U.S. stock futures moved higher in early trading and pointed to gains at the open on Tuesday, as investors eye earnings reports from some of the nation’s largest banks. 

Dow futures rose 90 points. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.3% and 0.4%, respectively. 

On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up a 500-point gain to end the day up 10 points. The S&P 500 ended the day down 0.95%, having earlier rallied 1% to briefly trade positive for the year. Monday marked the first time since early June that the S&P 500 traded positive year to date.

The Nasdaq Composite dipped 2.1%, pushed lower by losses in Netflix, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. The technology heavy index rose nearly 2% at its session high on Monday.

The Nasdaq-100, which is made up of the 100-largest nonfinancial companies in the Nasdaq Composite, briefly traded above 11,000 for the first time before falling 2.2%. 

“I think what we’re seeing here is the ongoing push-pull between the rising cases of coronavirus verses the states reopening the economies and the market is grappling with the balance and how that will work out over time,” Susan Schmidt, head of U.S. equities at Aviva Investors, told CNBC. 

Earlier in the session on Monday stocks were helped by news that Pfizer and German biotech BioNTech SE were granted fast track designation by the FDA for two of the companies’ four vaccine candidates against the coronavirus. 

Cases continued to hit record levels across the U.S. over the weekend as a number of hot-spot states continue to see Covid-19 deaths gradually rise, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is ordering some indoor businesses — including restaurants, bars, movie theaters and museums — to reclose statewide as new cases continue to rise. 

Sentiment on Wall Street also got a boost when Pepsico reported better-than-expected earnings on Monday. 

Bank earnings kick off on Tuesday with Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo all set to report before the opening bell.

While corporate profits are expected to fall by 44% in the second quarter, the financial sector is expected to see a more than 52% decline in profits, according to Refinitiv.

“What’s so influential about the banks reporting early in the earnings season in times like these is we’re really counting on banks’ management team’s view on whats going on,” Schmidt added. “Banks are the foundation of our U.S. economy. They are there to provide loans to small businesses and to manage the retail consumers deposits.”

Delta Air Lines and Fastenal also report quarterly earnings results on Tuesday. 

A key indicator of inflation trends, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) will be released by the Labor Department at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Economist polled by Dow Jones are estimating U.S. consumer prices rose 0.5% in June, according to economists polled by Dow Jones. 

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