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Market Snapshot: U.S. stock futures tick higher after last week’s rally

U.S. stock futures were pointing to a softer start on Monday, consolidating last week's gains as a slate of major tech company earnings await. Read More...

U.S. stock futures were pointing modestly higher on Monday, consolidating last week’s gains as a slate of major tech company earnings await.

What’s happening
  • Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average YM00, +0.82% rose 140 points, or 0.4%, to 31,263.
  • S&P 500 futures ES00, +0.79% were up 16.50 points, or 0.4%, at 3780.50.
  • Nasdaq-100 futures NQ00, +0.54% advanced 30.50 points, or 0.3%, to 11,389.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +2.47% rose 4.9% last week, while the S&P 500 S&P 500 SPX, +2.37% advanced 5% for their largest such gains since the week ended June 24. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.81% gained 5.2% last week, its biggest rise since the week ended July 29.

What’s driving markets

A report in The Wall Street Journal that the Federal Reserve would debate whether to consider trimming the size of rate hikes in December helped contribute to Friday’s showing. Two regional Fed presidents, Charles Evans and Mary Daly, warned that rates could go too high. No comments are expected this week ahead of the Fed’s two-day rate-setting meeting that ends Nov. 2.

Markets also are gearing up for a wave of earnings, including from tech giants Alphabet GOOGL, +1.16%, Microsoft MSFT, +2.53%, Meta Platforms META, -1.16%, Apple AAPL, +2.71% and Amazon AMZN, +3.53% this week.

See: Stock-market investors brace for busiest week of earnings season. Here’s how it stacks up so far.

Ipek Ozkardeskaya, senior analyst at Swissquote Bank, points out that the correlation between S&P 500 stocks is at the highest levels since July 2020, which “makes this week’s Big Tech results even more crucial for the overall market mood, as Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet and Amazon, together, stand for 20% of the S&P 500’s total valuation.”

U.S.-listed Chinese companies including Alibaba BABA, +0.22% are expected to see pressure after a tumble overnight in the Hang Seng HSI, -6.36%, after Chinese President Xi Jinping stacked the Chinese Communist Party leadership with close allies. Tesla Inc. shares TSLA, +3.45% felt pressure after Bloomberg reported the electric vehicle maker cut prices in China.

More positively, the pound GBPUSD, -0.02% and U.K. gilts rose after former Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not run for prime minister, making ex-hedge-fund manager and former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak the likely next leader of the world’s number-six economy.

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