U.S. PRE-MARKET INDICATORS
-Dow Jones Industrial futures up 6 points.
-S&P 500 futures up 2 points.
-Nasdaq 100 futures up 8 points.
-Nasdaq-100 Pre-Market Indicator Up 6.73 at 2,329.21
Nikkei down 1.6%
Hang Seng down 1.6%
Shanghai Composite down 1.4%
FTSE-100 down 0.7%
PRE-MARKET SECTOR WATCH
(-,+) Large cap tech: mixed
(-,+) Chip stocks: mixed
(+,-) Software stocks: mixed
(+,-) Internet stocks: mixed
(-,+) Drug stocks: mixed
(+) Financial stocks: firmer
(+,-) Retail stocks: mixed
(+,-) Industrial stocks: mixed
(-,+) Airlines: mixed
(+,-) Autos: mixed
(+) AFFX (+3.5%) upgraded.
(+) SSI (flat) reports flat May sales.
(+) JOYG (+3.3%) beats with results, hikes outlook.
(+) PIR (+3.7%) reports upbeat May sales, guides for earnings beat.
(+) CHRS (+11.4%) beats with earnings.
(+) MAGS (+8.1%) inks new deal.
(+) NVTL (+1.4%) gets patent.
(+) YGE (+1%) secures new loan.
(+) APOL (+9%) gains on Dept. of Ed ruling.
(+) COCO (+19%) gains on Dept. of Ed ruling.
(+) ESI (+14.5%) gains on Dept. of Ed ruling.
(+) STRA (+11.5%) gains on Dept. of Ed ruling.
(+) FSII (+5.2%) upgraded.
(+) GOOG (+0.5%) gains slightly as more details emerge on Gmail password issue.
(+) COST (+0.5%) gains after May results.
(-) ANDS (-15%) started with Hold rating.
(-) LTD (-1.8%) says May sales up 6%.
(-) TGT (-0.3%) says May sales up 2.8%.
(-) GPS (-2.4%) says May sales down 4%.
(-) JCP (-1.7%) says May sales down 1%.
Already modestly firmer stock futures hold gains after a report
shows a drop in the weekly tally, as well as the less-volatile four-week
average, of jobless benefits claims. Disappointing private-sector jobs
data jarred Wall Street Wednesday. Investors look ahead to Friday's
monthly employment report from the Labor Dept.
The Labor Department said 422,000 people nationwide requested
jobless benefits in the week ended May 28. The prior week's number was
revised up to 428,000 from an originally reported 424,000. Economists
surveyed by MarketWatch had expected initial claims to decline to a
seasonally adjusted 418,000 in the week ended May 28.