Stock market index futures moved higher on Friday as investors bet on more government stimulus to drive a post-pandemic economic revival, even as COVID-19 cases saw another record rise, plus stocks to watch today in the Money & Markets Opening Bell.
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Investors continued to hold out hope for more fiscal support to aid the U.S. economy rocked by the coronavirus pandemic.
The program that offers additional weekly $600 checks for the unemployed ends this month, leaving millions of gig workers and self-employed among others without income.
As the second-quarter earnings season gets underway, investors continue to look for clues on a path to economic recovery. Stimulus measures and improving economic data have helped the S&P 500 move to within 5% of its February record high.
As of 9:15 a.m. EDT, Dow Jones futures were up 0.43%. S&P 500 futures moved up 0.57% and Nasdaq futures were 1.05% higher.
Stocks to Watch Today
JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. (Nasdaq: JBHT) — The transportation and logistics company reported quarterly earnings of $1.14 per share — above the $0.80 forecast by Wall Street. Revenue also exceeded expectations. Shares of JB Hunt were up 2.4% in premarket trading.
Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) — The media streaming company traded down 8.7% in premarket trading after posting earnings of $1.59 per share — well below Wall Street expectations of $1.81. The company said it added 10.1 million new subscribers in the quarter.
BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK) — The global investment management corporation reported earnings of $7.85 per share — a 22.5% jump from the same period a year ago. The increase was attributed to $100 billion in client inflows. Shares of BlackRock were up 0.3%.
Active Fund Managers Trail the S&P 500 for 9th Straight Year
A report issued by S&P Dow Jones Indices found that active fund managers continue to trail their benchmarks in returns.
The report, disclosed by The Wall Street Journal, said that 64% of large-cap funds lagged the S&P 500 last year — the ninth straight year fund managers have fallen short.
After 10 years, 85% of large-cap funds underperformed the S&P 500, and after 15 years, nearly 92% are trailing the index.
Wirecard Issues Spread to Banks
Some banks that lent now insolvent German fintech Wirecard AG (Over-the-Counter: WCAGY) money are now having issues trying to recover the money.
Some of Europe’s largest lenders are struggling to recover even 20% of the nearly $2 billion they are owed, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Wirecard’s debt includes a $2 billion revolving credit facility. Lloyds Banking Group PLC (NYSE: LYG) is one of the 15 lenders to that facility and said it’s owed a little more than $137 million. It sold the holding at around $0.18 on the euro to distressed debt hedge funds.
British Airways Shuts Down 747 Fleet … Permanently
The largest operator of Boeing Co.’s (NYSE: BA) 747-400 passenger jet is retiring its entire fleet immediately.
The airliner used the jet — which could seat 345 passengers — to fly to destinations like Beijing, New York, San Francisco, Cape Town and Lagos. British Airways had already planned to phase out the fleet by 2024.
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Here are the companies releasing earnings reports today:
Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY)
BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK)
Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF)
State Street Corp. (NYSE: STT)
Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERIC)
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