U.S. stock futures traded mostly flat in early pre-market trade, ahead of earnings from JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU), American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL), Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) and The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG). Data on initial jobless claims for the latest week will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET, while rhe index of leading economic indicators for December is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET. The Kansas City Fed manufacturing index will be released at 11:00 a.m. ET.
Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 14 points to 29,126 while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index futures traded rose 0.95 points to 3,320.75. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index climbed 6.5 points to 9,202.25.
Oil prices traded lower as Brent crude futures fell 1.3% to trade at $62.39 per barrel, while US WTI crude futures fell 1.6% to trade at $55.85 a barrel. The Energy Information Administration’s weekly report on natural gas stocks in underground storage is schedule for release at 10:30 a.m. ET, while the EIA’s weekly report on petroleum inventories in the U.S. will be released at 11:00 a.m. ET.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were mixed today, with the Spanish Ibex Index rising 0.3%, STOXX Europe 600 Index falling 0.1% and German DAX 30 index dropping 0.3%. The UK's FTSE index was trading lower by 0.3%, while French CAC 40 Index gained 0.1%.
In Asian markets, Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average fell 0.98%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index declined 1.52%, China’s Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.75% and India’s BSE Sensex rose 0.66%.
Analysts at CIBC upgraded Hudbay Minerals Inc (NYSE: HBM) from Neutral to Outperformer and raised the price target from $5 to $8.
Hudbay Minerals shares rose 1.5% to $3.46 in pre-market trading.
- Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
- Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
- Teradyne, Inc. (NASDAQ: TER) reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter and issued strong Q1 forecast. Teradyne raised its quarterly dividend from $0.09 to $0.10 per share and reported a $1 billion buyback plan.
- HB Fuller Co (NYSE: FUL) reported weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Wednesday.