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Stock futures rise slightly following S&P 500’s best day in more than two weeks

A dealer works on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), August 19, 2021.

Andrew Kelly | Reuters

Stock futures edged up in in a single day buying and selling on Wednesday following a rebound on Wall Street because the market tried to avert the seasonally weak September.

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 30 factors. S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures each gained 0.1%.

Moderna rose slightly in prolonged buying and selling after the corporate launched more knowledge on breakthrough Covid instances that helps the push for the broad use of vaccine booster pictures.

The S&P 500 gained 0.9% Wednesday amid a 3.8% bounce in the vitality sector, posting its largest day by day enhance since Aug. 27. The blue-chip Dow superior more than 200 factors, whereas the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite rose 0.8%.

After seven straight months of good points for the S&P 500 and a close to 20% rally to data this 12 months, many on Wall Street anticipate bumpier buying and selling and decrease returns for the remainder of the 12 months. History can be not in the market’s favor as September tends to be a usually unfavorable month for shares. The S&P 500 has fallen 0.56% in the course of the month on common since 1945, in response to knowledge from CFRA.

“The wall of worry is becoming increasingly challenging to climb, with rising depth and breadth of concerns and a potentially tired market,” mentioned Mark Hackett, Nationwide’s chief of funding analysis.

So far this month, the 30-stock Dow is down 1.6%, whereas the S&P 500 has declined 0.9%, on observe for its worst month-to-month efficiency since January. The Nasdaq has fallen 0.6% this month.

“The stress factors facing the market have not materially changed, including the Delta variant, earnings headwinds from supply chain and labor challenges, fiscal and monetary tailwind shifting to headwinds and bubbling concerns around China,” Hackett mentioned.

Investors will monitor the newest jobless claims knowledge on Thursday. Economists polled by Dow Jones anticipate a complete of 320,000 Americans filed for unemployment insurance coverage in the week ended Sept.11, slightly up from 310,000 in the week prior.

Traders are additionally bracing for a possible surge in volatility on Friday. The so-called quadruple witching will happen on the finish of the week as inventory and index futures and choices are set to run out on the identical day.

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