Join        Login             Stock Quote

Futures Point To Higher Open; Express Scripts (ESRX) Rises

 February 19, 2013 09:03 AM

(By Balachander) U.S. stock-index futures pointed to a modestly higher opening on the Wall Street as investors weighed a set of corporate earnings reports and await economic readings.

Mini Dow Industrial Average futures rose 19 points to 13,967. The Nasdaq futures advanced 7.75 points to 2,769. Standard and Poor's 500 futures gained 3.10 points to 1,520.20.

At 10 am ET, the National Association of Home Builders' market sentiment index is expected to show a reading of 48 for February after a January reading of 47.

Other reports of interest due to be released over the week include: the FOMC minutes, the housing starts,existing home sales, data on consumer and producer price inflation,  the Conference Board's leading economic indicators and the weekly jobless claims.

[Related -Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX): Should You Own ESRX in 2014?]

Germany's economic confidence index recorded a stronger-than-expected increase to 48.2 in February, data from the Center for European Economic Research/ZEW showed.

On Friday, U.S. stocks ended on a mixed note after a report showed that Wal-Mart's monthly sales were negatively impacted by payroll tax rise. The G20 summit in Moscow and eurozone growth concerns too weighed on the sentiment. Markets were closed for a holiday on Monday. 

Hot Stocks Of The Day: DELL, MDT, ODP, OMX, ESRX, WIN

Office Depot Inc. (NYSE: ODP) and OfficeMax Inc. (NYSE: OMX) are reportedly in advanced talks to merge. ODP and OMX shares jumped 28.54 percent and 21.58 percent, respectively, in premarket.

[Related -Can Abbvie Inc (NYSE:ABBV) Trump Gilead Sciences, Inc.'S (NASDAQ:GILD) HCV Lead?]

Medtronic Inc. (NYSE: MDT) shed 1.66 percent in premarket after the company posted its results for the third quarter and backed its 2013 guidance.

Express Scripts Holding Co. (NASDAQ: ESRX) rose 4.28 percent in premarket after the company posted better-than-expected quarterly results.

Windstream Corp. (NASDAQ: WIN) gained 3.02 percent in premarket after the company swung to a quarterly profit due to higher revenue. However, on a pro forma basis, results missed Wall Street expectations.

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) reports its quarterly numbers after the market closes. The PC maker is expected to earn 39 cents for the fourth quarter on revenue of $14.12 billion. 

Global Markets

European markets traded higher, with Germany's DAX up 1.16 percent to trade at 7,716.03. France's CAC40 added 1.41 percent to trade at 3,717.63. The U.K.'s FTSE 100 rose 0.53 percent to trade at 6,351.83.

Asian markets ended mixed. The Shanghai Composite Index declined 1.60 percent to end at $2,382.91. Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped 0.31 percent to end at 11,372.34. Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 1.02 percent to close at 23,143.91. India's Sensex closed at 19,635.72, up 0.69 percent. 

Commodity & Currency Scan

Ahead of the opening bell, crude oil futures traded 0.03 percent lower at $95.83 per barrel. Gold futures inched 0.25 percent higher to $1,613.50 per ounce.

In the currency market, the euro slid 0.03 percent against the U.S. dollar to 1.3347, and the British pound fell 0.01 percent to 1.5463. The dollar dropped 0.49 percent against the Japanese yen at 93.5000.



Post Comment -- Login is required to post message
Alert for new comments:
Your email:
Your Website:

rss feed

Latest Stories

article imageAutomating Ourselves To Unemployment

In this current era of central planning, malincentives abound. We raced to frack as fast we could for the read on...

article imageFed: Waiting For June… Or Godot?

The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged yesterday, as widely expected. But the possibility of a read on...

article imageThe Single Best Place To Invest Your Money For Retirement

It was never supposed to be this daunting. At least that's what we were read on...

article imageNegative Blowback From Negative Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve is widely expected to leave interest rates unchanged today. But perhaps standing pat read on...

Popular Articles

Daily Sector Scan
Partner Center

Fundamental data is provided by Zacks Investment Research, and Commentary, news and Press Releases provided by YellowBrix and Quotemedia.
All information provided "as is" for informational purposes only, not intended for trading purposes or advice. iStockAnalyst.com is not an investment adviser and does not provide, endorse or review any information or data contained herein.
The blog articles are opinions by respective blogger. By using this site you are agreeing to terms and conditions posted on respective bloggers' website.
The postings/comments on the site may or may not be from reliable sources. Neither iStockAnalyst nor any of its independent providers is liable for any informational errors, incompleteness, or delays, or for any actions taken in reliance on information contained herein. You are solely responsible for the investment decisions made by you and the consequences resulting therefrom. By accessing the iStockAnalyst.com site, you agree not to redistribute the information found therein.
The sector scan is based on 15-30 minutes delayed data. The Pattern scan is based on EOD data.