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Stock futures are flat as Wall Street awaits Fed Chair Powell’s comments: Live updates



U.S. stock futures were little changed on Monday night as traders await Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s latest comments on the state of the economy.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures fell by 6 points, or 0.02%. Futures tied to the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 dipped 0.02% and 0.08%, respectively.

WW International shares leapt in extended trading. The firm, which is also known as WeightWatchers, said it’s acquiring Sequence, a subscription telehealth platform with a focus on chronic weight management.

During the regular session Monday, the Dow closed slightly higher, rising about 40 points, or 0.12%. The S&P 500 added 0.07%, while the Nasdaq Composite dipped 0.11%.

Stocks were higher to start the day after Goldman Sachs initiated coverage of Apple with a buy rating, lifting both the iPhone maker and the broader market. Apple makes up about 7% of the S&P 500. Other mega-cap tech stocks such as Alphabet and Microsoft also advanced.


However, the major averages gave up most of those gains following a slight rise in bond yields. Investors have been troubled by moves in the bond market after the 10-year Treasury yield recently topped a key 4% threshold.

“It really just felt like back to kind of those 2020 days where a handful of the FANG names were doing a lot of the heavy lifting, and to us, that suggests this rally is feeling a bit on its last legs,” BTIG’s Jonathan Krinsky said Monday on CNBC’s “Closing Bell.”

On deck Tuesday and Wednesday is congressional testimony from Fed Chair Powell who will give remarks on where he sees the U.S. economy, and what he expects for interest rates to go from here.

The January wholesale inventories data is set to release Tuesday after the opening bell, giving investors insight into the consumer economy. Economists polled by Dow Jones expect a decline of 0.4%, compared to a rise of 0.1% in the prior reading.

Consumer credit data expected Tuesday afternoon is forecasted to show a rise of $22 billion in January, according to consensus estimates from Dow Jones. That would follow a $11.6 billion increase the prior month.

Source: CNBC


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