US. Thursday's shares were slightly higher on this most exciting day of this earnings season, after the US Federal Reserve signaled that monetary tightening would be pausing for the foreseeable future.
How do benchmarks work?
Futures for the Nasdaq-100
NQH9, + 0.50%
climbed 33 points to 6,870.50, up 0.5%, while those for the S & P 500 index
ESH9, + 0.07%
increased 2.25 points or 0.1
Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average
yielded 44 points or 0.2% to 24.924.
On Wednesday the Dow
DJIA, + 1.77%
surged 434.90 points or 1.8% to close at 25,014.86, bouncing back from a high of 25,109.10. The S & P 500 index
SPX, + 1.55%
rose 41.05 points or 1.6% to 2,681.05 and the Nasdaq Composite Index
COMP, + 2.20%
climbed 154.79 points or 2.2% to 7.183,08.
All three benchmarks closed at Dow Jones Market Data at their highest level since at least December 6th.
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What drives the market?
The US Federal Reserve said it would be "patient" after concluding its two-day meeting on Wednesday, suggesting that it could be at the end of its rate hike campaign. The central bank further surprised investors by issuing a separate statement on the $ 4 trillion balance sheet, suggesting that the winding-up of this asset portfolio could end earlier than expected. The central bank cited market turmoil as one of the main causes of its softer political tone.
Read: How a dovish Fed triggered a stock market rally and instigated the US dollar.
The dynamic points taken together – at least for the moment – by Fed Chairman Jerome Central Bank of Powell. This tone should encourage investment in risk-weighted assets, unless it is feared that other unforeseen factors, including a sluggish global economy, will challenge policymakers. Thursday's Thursday's trading session will be preceded by an important reading on the health of the labor market, as the Non Farm Payrolls report for Friday reports, which could give market observers more evidence of the health of the labor market – a perennial source for the labor market Strength during this run into stocks.
Meanwhile, the publication of the quarterly results for the company continues to be driven forward. About three dozen S & P 500 components will deliver results reports on the busiest day of the busiest week of the earnings season.
In the market, market observers watched the developments between the US and China as officials there tried to set the framework for resolving wage disputes on the last day of this final round of negotiations. President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that no final deal would be made "until my friend President Xi and I meet in the near future to discuss and agree on some of the many years and more difficult issues."
What do strategists say?
"The Fed Chairman, Jerome Powell, today gave investors a belated Christmas gift with a moderate tone in the way of interest rates and flexibility plans in terms of balance sheet outflow," he wrote to Lindsey Bell, investment strategist at CFRA Investment Strategist, in a message to Thursday.
"Powell admitted that financial conditions in Q4 worsened and that concerns about global economic growth called for monetary policy to be taken into account," she said.
Which stocks are in focus
Facebook Inc .
FB, + 4.32%
Equities hit 11.4% on Thursday after the company released a profit report on Wednesday evening that posted a record-breaking profit as the company added 1 million daily users USA and Canada.
Shares of General Electric Co.
GE, + 2.25%
rose in a premarket action on Thursday after the industry conglomerate reported a fourth-quarter anticipated profit However, expectations had missed revenue that beat. The stock gained 8.8% before the bells Thursday.
Shares of PayPal Holdings Inc. .
PYPL, + 1.43%
declined 4.6% before Thursday's bells after the payment company posted a poor outlook for the current quarter.
DowDuPont Inc. .
DWDP, + 1.30%
said sales remained flat in the last quarter as consumer demand for home appliances and automotive products was lower and the decline in oil prices weighed on the manufacturer's lead. Investors have asked the stock down 8.9%.
The shares of [USVP]
rise on Thursday after the logistics company by 4.8%, a profit above the consensus profit before the market was opened.
Altria Group Inc. .
MO, + 4.12%
The stock is in focus on Thursday after the company reached consensus estimates for fourth quarter earnings and revenues. The stock has risen by 1.8% before the bell Thursday.
Northrop Grumman Corp. .
NOC, + 0.25%
Equities fell 3.4% on Thursday after the defense company reported earnings in the fourth quarter that exceeded expectations but promised to outperform.
Charter Communications, Inc. .
CHTR, + 0.04%
shares are up 8% in pre-IPO trading after broadband and cable industry revenues exceeded expectations in the fourth quarter.
Shares of ] ConocoPhillip's
COP, + 0.60%
are in focus on Thursday after the energy company reported gains in the fourth quarter that exceeded Wall Street expectations. The stock gained 1.4% after falling 6% in the last three months.
Shares of Raytheon Co .
RTN, + 0.13%
plummeted 3.1% before Thursday's bell, after the company's earnings in the fourth quarter were below consensus expectations.
Sprint Corp .
S, + 0.17%
shares rise 1.3% in pre-IPO trading after the communications company achieved higher than analysts' third-quarter fiscal revenue Amazon.com Inc. .
AMZN, + 4.80%
SYMC, + 1.96%
and Aflac Inc.
AFL, + 0.57%
all report to the bell Thursday.
Meanwhile Blackstone Group LP
said Thursday that its Blackstone Infrastructure Partners unit has agreed to a controlling stake in Tallgrass Energy for around 3 To acquire $ 3 billion in cash.
What data is available?
A report on weekly jobless claims is due at 8:30 am (Eastern time). Simultaneously, a reading on employment costs is due.
A report on manufacturing in Chicago is due to be released at 9:45 am, and a November new home sales report is scheduled for 10:00 am.
How are other markets traded?
Asian stocks mostly closed on Thursday The Japanese Nikkei 225 Index rose 1.6% and the Shanghai Composite Index closed the day down 0.4%.
In Europe, shares traded mixed with the Stoxx Europe 600
less than 0.1%, while the FTSE 100
UKX, + 0.53%
CLH9, + 0.11%
prices rose while gold prices rose
GCH9, + 0.99%
rebounded more than 1% and the US dollar
yielded to its trading partners.
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