US stock index futures edged higher on Monday after a week of volatile trading spurred on by mixed quarterly results from big technology companies, while Peloton jumped on media reports of interest from potential buyers including Amazon.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq had a volatile start to February after Facebook owner Meta Platforms lost $200 billion (Sh22.7 trillion) from its market value on disappointing results last week, while Amazon.com Inc gained just as much on plans of hiking its Prime subscription rate.
“Markets finished out pretty decently last week after a tough month of January, so it does seem that you had capitulation on that Monday, and since then the market is trying to work its way up,” said Thomas Hayes, managing member at Great Hill Capital LLC in New York.
“Higher earnings are helpful in the sense that estimates finally ticked up.”
Hasbro Inc gained 1.9 per cent premarket after the toymaker delivered a strong forecast-beating quarter, bolstered by a recovery in its television production business and price hikes.
Tyson Foods Inc climbed 5.6 per cent on beating Wall Street estimates for quarterly revenue and profit driven by higher meat prices.
Of the 278 companies in the S&P 500 that have posted earnings as of Friday, 78.4 per cent reported above analysts’ expectations, according to Refinitiv.
At 8:08 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were up 65 points, or 0.19 per cent, S&P 500 e-minis were up 13.25 points, or 0.29 per cent, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 66.25 points, or 0.45 per cent.
Despite the earnings-driven seesaw in technology stocks, all three major stock indexes ended the first week of February higher.
An unexpectedly strong jobs report last week raised concerns about aggressive policy tightening by the U.S. Federal Reserve ahead of key inflation data for January that is due on Thursday.
Robust inflation data – which hit its highest annual level in nearly four decades in December – could further bolster the case for a hawkish Fed and extend the climb in yields, hurting the nascent recovery in equity markets.
Markets are now pricing in a one-in-three chance the Fed might hike by a full 50 basis points in March and the prospect of rates reaching 1.5 per cent by year end.
Market liquidity in US stocks has fallen to levels last seen during the COVID-19 selloff two years ago, adding to volatility in an already-nervous market. [Reuters]
Peloton Interactive Inc jumped 31.6 per cent on media reports that Amazon and Nike are exploring a potential buyout offer for the exercise bike maker.
Budget airline Frontier Group Holdings fell 3.2 per cent after agreeing to buy rival Spirit Airlines in a $2.9 billion (Sh329.6 billion) deal, creating the fifth-largest US airline to compete better with larger rivals, tap a rebound in air travel, and expand their flying routes.
Spirit Airlines surged 12.1 per cent, while shares of United Airlines Holdings Inc, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines Group Inc rose more than 1 per cent each.
US-listed shares of China’s Alibaba Group Holding fell 3.5 per cent after the company registered an additional 1 billion American depositary shares, raising speculation that it could allow large shareholder SoftBank Group Corp to sell its stake more easily.