Futures gain into earnings season

US markets are set for a higher open ahead of Alcoa reporting results later in the day.

By Benzinga Jul 8, 2013 8:35AM

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U.S. equity futures rose in early premarket trade heading into the unofficial start of earnings season when Alcoa (AA) reports second quarter results after the bell.


In other news, the Troika finished its review of Greece's progress under the bailout program and said that they reached an agreement with the government, paving the way for the next bailout tranche to be paid to the Greek government.


Reports out of China began to circulate that the government is considering cutting off credit facilities to industries threatened by overcapacity. If this is the case, it would speed up any economic adjustment but would also make them much more painful.


The U.S. and the E.U. kicked off trade talks in what could be the largest trade deal ever. If leaders reach an agreement, the deal could add millions of jobs globally and nearly $400 billion to global GDP.

  • S&P 500 futures rose 6.7 points to 1,628.20.

  • The EUR/USD was higher at 1.2845.

  • Spanish 10-year government bond yields fell 2 basis points to 4.64%.

  • Italian 10-year government bond yields fell 3 basis points to 4.4%.

  • Gold rose 1.11% to $1,226.20 per ounce.

Asian markets

Asian shares were mostly lower overnight on weaker than expected Japanese service sector data and also on some reports that China is set to shrink the availability of credit to certain sectors. The Japanese Nikkei 225 Index declined 1.4% and the Topix Index fell 1.35%. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index dropped 1.31% and the Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.44% in China. Also, the Korean Kospi fell 0.9% and Australian shares dropped 0.67%.


European markets

European shares gained strongly in early trade following hints at more easing from the European Central Bank and Bank of England last week. The Spanish Ibex Index gained 1.32% and the Italian FTSE MIB Index rose 1.02%. Meanwhile, the German DAX rose 1.62% and the French CAC 40 Index rose 1.52% while U.K. shares added 0.93%.


Commodities

Commodities were mixed as energy futures dropped on relaxed Middle Eastern tensions while metals rose as the dollar weakened. WTI crude futures fell 0.3% to $102.91 per barrel and Brent crude futures fell 0.61% to $107.06 per barrel. Copper futures rose 0.38% to $307.65 per pound. Gold was higher and silver futures gained 1.01% to $18.93 per ounce.


Currencies

Currency markets were rather quiet overnight although the dollar was slightly weaker across the board. The EUR/USD was higher at 1.2845 and the dollar gained against the yen to 101.31. Overall, the Dollar Index fell 0.03% on weakness against the euro, the pound, and the Canadian dollar.


Premarket movers

Stocks moving in the premarket include:

  • Xerox (XRX) shares gained 5.08% premarket as the company announced a new round of cost-cutting measures.

  • Alcoa (AA) shares gained 0.51% premarket ahead of its earnings report.

  • Halliburton (HAL) shares fell 1.37% premarket on lower oil prices.

Earnings

Notable companies expected to report earnings Monday include:

  • Alcoa (AA) is expected to report second quarter earnings per share of $0.08 vs. $0.06 a year ago on revenue of $5.92 billion vs. $5.96 billion a year ago.

  • WD40 Company (WDFC) is expected to report third quarter earnings per share of $0.56 vs. $0.57 a year ago on revenue of $89.45 million vs. $87.02 million a year ago.

Economics

On the economics calendar Monday, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is set to speak, and the Treasury will hold the weekly 3- and 6-month auctions. Also, the TD Ameritrade investor movement index and consumer credit data are due out. Overnight, the Chinese inflation report and British industrial production data are expected.


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