US stock futures edged lower on Thursday, as the street continues to bank on more stimulus, while negotiations remain largely stood still.
The two sides remain “miles apart” said House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.
As time passes, market participants are concerned that the recent expiration of a $600 a week unemployment benefit is likely to dent consumer spending and become a drag on the economic recovery.
Ahead, today's economic calendar includes; Weekly Jobless Claims and Import and Export Prices for July both at 8:30am EST.
Economists expect 1.15 million Americans to have filed for benefits in the week ended Aug. 8, down from 1.186 million in the prior week.
In corporate news; Applied Materials (AMAT), Baidu (BIDU), Tapestry (TPR) and MSG Networks (MSGN) will all report their earnings today.
TODAY'S TOP HEADLINES
Coronavirus: 3.4 Million In England Had Covid-19. (Bloomberg)
Around 3.4 million people in England, 6% of the population, have contracted coronavirus, a major antibody study found.
Today's Economical Announcements.
08:30AM - ★★★ - Weekly Jobless Claims (Previous: 1.186M)
08:30AM - ★★☆ - Export Price Index (Jul) (Previous: 1.4%)
08:30AM - ★★☆ - Import Price Index (Jul) (Previous: 1.4%)
STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Pre-Market Movers & News Related Stocks.
Fossil (FOSL): [EARNINGS] Reported an adjusted quarterly loss of 23 cents per share, compared to the consensus estimate of a $1.71-per-share loss. Revenue easily exceeded estimates for the maker of watches, handbags, and other fashion goods, despite pandemic-related store closures.
Tapestry (TPR): [EARNINGS] Reported an adjusted quarterly loss of 25 cents per share, smaller than the 57-cent loss anticipated by analysts. Revenue was also well above estimates, with e-commerce sales providing a boost even as the pandemic impacted store traffic.
Cisco Systems (CSCO): [EARNINGS] Reported adjusted quarterly earnings of 80 cents per share, 6 cents above estimates, and the maker of networking equipment and services saw revenue beat Wall Street forecasts as well. However, revenue did decline from a year earlier and its guidance was softer than anticipated.
SmileDirectClub (SDC): [EARNINGS] Reported an adjusted quarterly loss of 17 cents per share, 3 cents wider than expected, although the maker of dental aligners did see revenue come in above analyst projections. Revenue was down 82 percent from a year earlier, as the pandemic shut many of the company’s stores and led customers to delay purchases.
Lyft (LYFT): [EARNINGS] Lost 86 cents per share for its latest quarter, smaller than the anticipated 99 cent loss, while the ride-hailing service’s revenue beat estimates. The Covid-19 pandemic sharply cut demand, but Lyft notes that July ridership was up 78 percent compared to April levels.
United Airlines (UAL): [NEWS] Will add 28 daily flights to four destinations in Florida in November, but said it was prepared to cut those flights back if coronavirus case levels in Florida remain high.
3M (MMM): [EARNINGS] Reported a 6 percent increase in July sales compared to a year earlier, noting a broad-based improvement in sales trends across its businesses. 3M had said in late July that sales for the month to that point were up in the low single digits.
Apple (AAPL): [NEWS]' Is readying a series of new subscription bundles called “Apple One,” according to a Bloomberg report. The bundles will allow customers to subscribe to multiple Apple digital services at a discount. The report also said Apple may be readying a new exercise app that would compete with Peloton (PTON). The exercise-equipment maker’s stock is under pressure following that report, possibly setting it up for a 6th consecutive daily loss.
Aspen Technology (AZPN): [EARNINGS] Earned an adjusted $1.54 per share for its fiscal fourth quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.17 per share, with the maker of asset optimization software also seeing revenue come in above Wall Street forecasts. Aspen said customers continued to invest in its products despite pandemic-related challenges to their own businesses.
Vroom (VRM): [EARNINGS] Reported a wider than expected loss in its first quarter as a publicly traded company, although the online used-car seller did see revenue come in above estimates. The pandemic was a key factor as sales tumbled more than 60 percent from a year earlier, but Vroom did see a surge in its e-commerce business. Vroom also gave a lower than expected current-quarter revenue forecast.
Walt Disney (DIS): [NEWS] Actors at the Walt Disney World theme park have resolved a dispute over Covid-19 testing, with Disney agreeing to provide a virus-testing area outside the park that will be run by the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The actors had argued that the company’s proposed safeguards were inadequate.
Simon Property (SPG), Brookfield Property (BPY): [NEWS] Simon and Brookfield are in advanced talks to jointly purchase J.C. Penney’s retail business, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke to the Wall Street Journal. The shopping center operators are two of the bankrupt retailer’s biggest landlords.
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