Dow Jones – Stock Future Rise Ahead of Manufacturing Data
By Anna Hirtenstein
U.S. stock futures rose Monday ahead of manufacturing data that could offer fresh insights into the pace of the global economic recovery.
Futures tied to the S&P 500 advanced 0.4%, pointing to further gains for the broad-market index after closing out its best month since November. Contracts linked to the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.5%.
Investors are cheering signals that economic growth is picking up in most developed countries, with companies’ earnings growth and positive outlook adding to the optimism. At the same time, money managers are assessing the continued spread of Covid-19 in many parts of the world, and trying to gauge the outlook for inflation, which could erode the value of investment returns.
“There is a thin balance between all the positives such as earnings momentum, the reopening, the rollout of vaccines and some limiting factors like [high] valuations and inflation perspectives,” said Luc Filip, head of private banking investments at SYZ Private Banking. “The market will balance between all these positives and negatives, but we believe the positives will outweigh the negatives.”
Two gauges of the health of the U.S. manufacturing sector in April are slated for 9:45 a.m. ET and 10 a.m. The data today will be another indicator of the strength of this momentum, Mr. Filip said. “Economic momentum will improve, but the big question is, what’s already priced in the market?”
Similar purchasing managers’ surveys for manufacturing for the eurozone, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland and Italy broadly showed that activity expanded in April, albeit not as much as analysts were expecting in some countries.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is scheduled to speak at 2:20 p.m. at a virtual conference. Investors are likely to be watching for any fresh insights from Mr. Powell on how the economy is faring.
In bond markets, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note ended last week at 1.632%, posting its biggest weekly rise since mid-March.
Overseas, the pan-continental Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.5%. Markets in the U.K. are closed Monday.
Among European equities, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy slipped almost 4% after the company reduced its guidance for full-year revenue.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 1.3% by the close of trading. India’s Sensex index declined 0.6%, after losing 1.5% last month. Markets in Japan and China were closed for a holiday.
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May 03, 2021 05:06 ET (09:06 GMT)
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