Market Snapshot: U.S. stock futures slip ahead of a busy day for Fed speakers


U.S. stock index futures were trading lower on Wednesday, as investors looked for fresh catalysts to move the market higher and waited to hear from a cluster of Federal Reserve speakers.

How are stock-index futures trading?
  • S&P 500 futures ES00, -0.47% slipped 0.3%, or 14.5 points, to 4,161.75
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average YM00, -0.34% futures fell 0.3, or 107 points, to 34,099
  • Nasdaq-100 futures NQ00, -0.45% dipped 0.1%, or 21.50 points, to 12,755.25

On Tuesday, the Dow industrials DJIA, +0.78% surged 265.67 points, or 0.8%, to 34,156.69, the S&P 500  SPX, +1.29%  gained 52.92 points, or 1.3%, to finish at 4,164, and the Nasdaq Composite  COMP, +1.90% jumped 226.34 points, or 1.9%, to end at 12,113.79.

What’s driving the markets?

Stocks rallied Tuesday in volatile trade after Fed Chairman Jerome Powell predicted a sharp decline in inflation this year, but also said more interest-rate hikes will be needed.

“The downside risk to Powell’s comments is that while inflationary pressures are easing in the goods economy, the services sector, which has more sticky inflation components, could underpin high inflation for much longer than anticipated,” said Peter Garnry, head of equity strategy at Saxo Bank, in a note to clients.

Investors will get fresh insight from Fed officials on Wednesday, kicking off with an appearance by New York President John Williams at 9:15 a.m. Eastern, followed by Fed Gov. Lisa Cook at 9:30 a.m., Vice Chair Michael Barr and Atlanta President Raphael Bostic at 10 a.m., Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari at 12:30 a.m., then Fed Gov. Christopher Waller at 1:45 p.m.

Ten TMUBMUSD10Y, 3.659% and 2-year TMUBMUSD02Y, 4.462% bond yields were slipping, while the dollar DXY, -0.12% was falling and oil prices CL.1, +1.26% were higher.

Read: The bond market is flashing a warning that U.S. stocks could be headed lower

Elsewhere, late Tuesday in his State of the Union address late Tuesday, President Joe Biden called for a quadrupling of the tax on corporate stock buybacks, as well as pledging to cut the deficit by $2 trillion.

Read: Why Biden’s 4% buyback tax could boost stock prices and dividends

Uber Technologies Inc. UBER, +2.95% was among the companies reporting ahead of the open, with shares climbing 6% in premarket trading after the ride-hailing company lifted its outlook.

Walt Disney Co. DIS, +1.60%, Wynn Resorts Ltd. WYNN, +0.58%, Robinhood Markets Inc. HOOD, -0.47%, among others, will report after the close.

Companies in focus

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