US stock market futures pointed to a positive start on Tuesday, with investors turning their attention to employment data at the end of the week. Meanwhile, stocks in Asia fluctuated after weak Chinese data exposed the impact of Covid-19 restrictions and regulatory raids.
What does the future of the US indicate?
Dow Industry Futures
showed up around 70 points;
S&P 500 futures
indicated an opening less than 0.2% higher;
Nasdaq 100 futures
suggested the tech-heavy index would open 0.3% into the green.
fell 55 points on Monday to close at 35,399, trailing the S&P 500
which is up 0.4%, and the Nasdaq
which increased by 0.9%.
What is driving the markets?
Analysts noted that investors are paying attention to the US employment data coming later this week. Friday's August job report will give markets their next big chance to gauge when and how the Federal Reserve will begin slowing pandemic-era measures to bring liquidity to the markets.
“This will take center stage after (Fed Chair) Powell's speech in Jackson Hole, in which he said there has been 'clear progress towards maximum employment' and that he is in favor of the Fed's bond purchases in this one Year to throttle. "Said Henry Allen, analyst at Deutsche Bank.
"Our US economists expect the hiring pace to slow somewhat after the strong report in July, but the +700,000 non-farm workforce they forecast should be more than enough to keep the Fed going." to announce the throttling at the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in November, ”added Allen.
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In Asia, markets spent much of the day in the red after weak Chinese manufacturing and non-manufacturing data from China's purchasing managers' index (PMI) rocked stocks. The manufacturing PMI underperformed slightly, but stayed in expansion mode at 50.1, while the non-manufacturing PMI surprised this month, slipping from 53.3 to 47.5.
"Covid-19 lockdowns in various cities and critical ports have slowed domestic consumption and consumers have postponed travel as a result," said Jeffrey Halley, an analyst at broker OANDA.
"However, it is likely that continued government action in several sectors, particularly student education and technology, is having an impact on both employment concerns and broader consumer confidence as fears of wider intervention grow," Halley added.
The focus in Europe is on the Eurozone Flash Consumer Price Index for August, which is up 3% yoy over the expected 2.8%.
The US economic data on Tuesday includes the case-Shiller national house price index for June, as well as the Chicago PMI for August and the consumer confidence index for that month.
It's a bright day on the corporate earnings front, with NetEase, CrowdStrike and H&R Block reporting results.
Asian stocks managed to make gains with Tokyo's Nikkei 225
up 1.1% like the Hong Kong Hang Seng Index
rose 1.3% and the Shanghai Composite
angular 0.5% higher
In Europe the FTSE is 100
declined 0.1% while the pan-European Stoxx 600
increased by 0.2%; Paris CAC 40
rose by 0.2% and the Frankfurt DAX
moved by 0.6% into the green
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