U.S. stock futures traded lower in early pre-market trade. Data on durable goods orders for August will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET, while the pending home sales index for August is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET. Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari is set to speak in Minneapolis at 9:15 a.m. ET, while St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard will speak in Kirksville, Missouri at 1:30 p.m. ET. Boston Federal Reserve Bank President Eric Rosengren is set to speak in New York City at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 30 points to 22,268.00, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index futures fell 3.25 point at 2,501.25. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index declined 14 points to 5,926.50.
Oil prices traded higher as Brent crude futures rose 0.71 percent to trade at $58.31 per barrel, while US WTI crude futures gained 0.96 percent to trade at $52.64 a barrel. The Energy Information Administration’s weekly report on petroleum inventories in the U.S. will be released at 10:30 a.m. ET.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were mostly lower today, with the Spanish Ibex Index falling 0.22 percent, STOXX Europe 600 Index slipping 0.05 percent and German DAX 30 index gaining 0.32 percent. The UK’s FTSE index was trading lower by 0.22 percent, while French CAC 40 Index rose 0.06 percent.
In Asian markets, Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average rose 0.47 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 0.80 percent, China’s Shanghai Composite Index dropped 0.17 percent and India’s BSE Sensex rose 0.39 percent.
Analysts at Citigroup downgraded Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) from Buy to Neutral.
Archer-Daniels Midland shares fell 2.90 percent to $41.8 in pre-market trading.
- BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ: BBRY) reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter and reported signing of first BlackBerry secure licensing deal.
- Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO) reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
- McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
- Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) posted a narrower-than-expected loss for its second quarter. The company’s comparable sales rose 1.8 percent during the quarter.
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