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  0.31 0.19% 160.81 161.10 158.14 158.30 1,057,341 23:05:49

Paccar, United, Travelers: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today

21/01/2021 1:26pm

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By Joe Wallace 

Here's what we're watching ahead of the opening bell Thursday.

-- Futures tied to the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.3% and 0.2% respectively, suggesting both indexes may eke out further gains after closing at record highs Wednesday. Nasdaq-100 futures added 0.4%.

The dollar and oil prices are down. Read our full market wrap here.

What's Coming Up

-- Earnings are due before the bell from railroad operator Union Pacific. Intel, IBM and CSX will report after markets close.

-- Weekly data on claims for jobless benefits will show whether the labor market is starting to stabilize or deteriorating further. Economists reckon around 925,000 workers filed for benefits, holding steady after claims jumped at the start of the year. The figures are due at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Market Movers to Watch

-- Baker Hughes shares dropped 4.8% after the oilfield-services company reported a surprise adjusted loss.

-- Shares of Paccar jumped 4% ahead of the bell after the truck maker said it would work with autonomous vehicle startup Aurora Innovation to develop self-driving heavy-duty trucks. It is the latest in a string of deals aimed at bringing automation to the business that moves most of the freight in the U.S.

-- Kinder Morgan shares gained 2.8% in premarket trading after the Houston-based energy-infrastructure firm said it expects a significant increase in profits in 2021, following a year with large impairments associated with its natural-gas pipelines.

-- United Airlines shares were off 2.3%. The airline late Wednesday reported a net loss of $1.9 billion for the fourth quarter and said it expects the pandemic will continue to weigh on travel demand this year.

-- Travelers shares rose 1.1%. The property-casualty insurer logged an increase in profit in the fourth quarter.

-- Ford Motor gained 4.8% before the bell, extending Wednesday's rise of more than 8%.

Market Fact

So far in January, special-purpose acquisition companies have raised nearly $15 billion, eclipsing a then-record total from all of 2019, Dealogic figures through Tuesday show. They accounted for nearly half of all money raised in initial public offerings last year at $82 billion. The boom was part of a red-hot stretch in the broader IPO market.

Chart of the Day

We keep being reminded that the stock market isn't the economy. But then, is it possible for the market to go into a long bear run even if the economy booms? Yes, although there is little record of it ever happening, writes Heard on the Street columnist Justin Lahart.

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January 21, 2021 08:11 ET (13:11 GMT)

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