Futures flat ahead of durable goods data

Investors expect the report to show some weakness, and are cautious ahead of the long holiday weekend.

By Benzinga May 24, 2013 7:46AM

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On Thursday the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) erased a loss of more than 120 points to end close to flat on the day, suggesting a buy on the dip mentality. Let's not forget that this is a market that found a way to attract buyers on a day the Nikkei was down more than 7% and most global markets sold off as well.

This morning, g around the world were steady with most major averages near the flatline.

Morning news

  • S&P 500 futures are down nearly 3 points to 1647.25
  • The EUR/USD was up at 0.38% to 1.2984
  • German 10-year government bond yields are unchanged at 1.466%.
  • Italian 10-year government bond yields rose nearly 1 basis point to 4.014%.
  • Gold was down 0.47% to $1,386.60 per ounce.
  • St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard told CNBC that inflation needs to move closer to target before quantitative easing is tapered.
  • The Nikkei saw extreme volatility once again but rebounded from its 7.3% plunge the day before. It was up more than 2% after its open but closed up just shy of 1%.
  • European Central Bank president, Mario Draghi said that the eurozone was more stable than one year ago and that the region needed more integration with the U.K. as a part of that, according to CNBC.
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Asia Pacific markets

The Nikkei rebounded from Thursday's plunge by gaining at the open but couldn't find the continued buying interest. It ended up 0.89% to close at 14612.45.

Other markets were mostly up. The Kopsi was up 0.22%, the Shanghai composite was up 0.57%, and the ASX 200, the Australian index, was down 1.56%.

European markets

European markets were up this morning. The Spanish Ibex Index was unchanged and the Italian FTSE MIB Index was up 0.35%. Meanwhile, the German DAX was up 0.15% and the French CAC 40 was up 0.62% while the U.K. market was down 0.19%.


Commodities followed other market cues and remain mostly flat. WTI crude futures fell 0.07% to $94.28 per barrel while Brent crude futures were up 0.05% to $102.49 per barrel. Copper futures were up 0.30% to $331.40 and silver futures were down 0.12% to $22.48 per ounce.


The Japanese yen was stronger against the dollar gaining 0.34% at101.66. The GBP/USD was down 0.02% at 1.5104, and the EUR/USD was up 0.38% to 1.2984

Earnings reported Thursday

  • Sears Holdings (SHLD) reported loss per share of $1.29 with revenues of $8.45 billion. Analysts expected loss per share of $0.65.
  • Gap (GPS) reported earnings per share of $0.71 with revenues of $3.73 billion
  • Salesforce.com (CRM) reported earnings per share of $0.10 with revenues of $839 million.
  • Marvell Technology (MRVL) reported earnings per share of $0.19 with revenues of $734 million.
  • Pandora (P) reported loss per share of $0.10 on revenues of $125.05 million.

Friday's earnings

  • Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) is expected to report loss per share of $0.05 with revenues of $942.86 million.
  • Foot Locker (FL) is expected to report earnings per share of $0.87 with revenues of $1.63 billion.

Premarket movers

Markets are clearly taking a breather this morning prior to the open, following the cue of world markets.

  • Procter & Gamble (PG) was up 1% on news that A.G. Lafley is taking over as CEO.
  • Comerica (CMA) was up 0.67%. The company was recently downgraded by Oppenheimer.
  • Gap (GPS) was down 2.08% on disappointing earnings


On Friday, durable goods will be reported at 8:30 a.m. ET.

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