Dow Futures Up, Market Rally Continues; Jobs Data in Focus
The positive momentum in Dow Jones futures ahead of Tuesday’s opening was mirrored by upward movement in S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures during overnight trading, indicating a buoyant start to the trading session.
This week, the ongoing vigor of the market rally remains a focal point as investors turn their attention towards the eagerly awaited Friday jobs report, a pivotal event in the closing week of August. The implications of this report are far-reaching, potentially influencing expectations around interest rate shifts. A strong report wouldn’t necessarily translate to an imminent rate hike, while a less robust report, with payroll gains hovering around 100,000, could potentially take the possibility of a rate hike off the table. Simultaneously, market watchers are gearing up for the release of the Commerce Department’s data on personal income and spending for July, an influential indicator of inflation favored by the Federal Reserve, scheduled for Thursday.
In terms of earnings, Salesforce.com (CRM), a key player within the Dow Jones, is poised to disclose its second-quarter earnings on Wednesday. Notably, this leaves just Nike (NKE) and Walgreens (WBA) as the remaining components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average yet to announce their earnings reports.
In addition, several software companies are slated to release their earnings, including MongoDB (MDB), Nutanix (NTNX), Samsara (IOT), as well as security software entities such as CrowdStrike (CRWD) and Okta (OKTA).
Reflecting on the previous day’s market performance, the Dow Jones Industrial Average showcased a commendable 0.6% increase, while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite demonstrated gains of 0.6% and 0.8% respectively, indicating broad-based market positivity.
Major players in the technology sector exhibited noteworthy movement, with electric vehicle behemoth Tesla (TSLA) recording a modest 0.1% increase on Monday. Notably, Nvidia (NVDA) experienced a substantial rebound of 1.8%, reflecting renewed investor confidence. Meanwhile, prominent tech giants on the Dow Jones index, Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT), both registered positive strides. Apple’s shares rose by 0.9%, and Microsoft’s shares climbed by 0.2%.
Further highlighting influential market leaders, Alphabet (GOOGL) and Meta Platforms (META) made noteworthy gains, with GOOGL’s stock increasing by 0.9% and Meta’s shares surging by 1.7%.
Among the stocks garnering attention within the ongoing market correction are Baker Hughes (BKR), Cadence Design Systems (CDNS), Fastly (FSLY), and Tidewater (TDW), alongside Dow Jones stalwarts IBM (IBM), Merck (MRK), and Visa (V), identified as pivotal stocks to watch during this period of market flux.