Dow futures trade lower, earnings in focus

By Oliver Gray - U.S. stock futures fell during Sunday’s evening trade, after major benchmark averages finished the week mixed as better-than-expected economic data boosted expectations of higher interest rates from Federal Reserve officials, while market participants remain focused on a busy week of earnings results.

By 18:35 ET (23:35 GMT) Dow Jones futures were down 0.2%, S&P 500 futures fell 0.3%, and Nasdaq 100 futures lost 0.4%.

In the week ahead, traders will remain focused on a slew of earnings results from companies including Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Take-Two Interactive Software (NASDAQ:TTWO), BP (NYSE:BP), Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG), Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS), CVS Health (NYSE:CVS), Uber Technologies (NYSE:UBER), PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ:PYPL), PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP), and Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM).

On the economic calendar, closely watched events will include December’s trade balance, wholesale inventories, jobless claims and Michigan’s consumer expectations and sentiment surveys. In addition, speeches from the Fed’s Powell and Waller, as well as FOMC member Williams will also be monitored for clues into the future path of interest rates.

During Friday’s regular session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 127.9 points or 0.4% to 33,926, the S&P 500 lost 43.3 points or 1% to 4,136.5, and the Nasdaq Composite dipped 193.9 points or 1.6% to 12,007. For the week, the Dow lost 0.1%, the S&P 500 added 2.2% to fresh 6-month highs, and the Nasdaq rallied 4.3% to finish at 5-month highs.

On the bond markets, United States 10-Year rates were at 3.519%.

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