U.S. stock-index futures on Monday morning were trading solidly higher as the market attempted to recover from its worst weekly loss since October as worries about GameStop Corp., stemming from trading in videogame retailer and others, fueled a ripple of selling on Wall Street.
How are stock markets performing?
Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average
were up 240 points, or 0.8%, to trade at 30,129.
S&P 500 index futures
advanced 41.30 points to reach 3,746.50, a gain of 1.1%.
were climbing 148.50 points, or 1.1%, at 13,059.75.
Stocks on Friday registered their worst weekly declines since the period ended Oct. 30. The Dow
closed 3.2% lower for the week, the S&P 500
down 3.3% and the Nasdaq Composite
finished with a weekly slide of 3.5%.
Monthly, the Dow lost 2%, the S&P 500 shed 1.1% and the Nasdaq Composite gained 1.7%.
What’s driving the market?
Stock-market investors are trying to bounce back from an epic short squeeze that gripped Wall Street and Main Street last week, and partly reflects worries about inflated stock valuations.
The three major indexes posting their worst week, and overall month, since October on Friday, as volatile trading in bricks-and mortar retailer GameStop
and movie chain AMC Entertainment Holdings
prompted fears that further forced selling in highly leveraged and heavily shorted areas of the market would put pressure on prices.
Last week, shares of GameStop soared 400% and AMC Entertaintment ended 278% higher and Koss Corp.
rallied 1,816%, amid extreme trading volume and volatility that forced many brokerages to curb trading activity in certain names.
“The mayhem on Wall Street has already attracted the attention of regulators and lawmakers but until action is taken, it is looking unlikely that the frenzy will settle down,” wrote Raffi Boyadjian, senior investment analyst at XM, in a daily research note.
Indeed, last week’s moves compelled brokerages, including Robinhood Markets, to limit trading on its platforms. The wild trading in stocks targeted by individual investors also drew the attention of the White House, Congress and regulators, including the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Meanwhile, the social-media community appears to have turned its attention to the $1.6 trillion silver market
Silver has rallied in recent trading sessions after users on Reddit’s WallStreetBets forum posted about executing a “short squeeze” similar to ones credited with fueling GameStops surge.
Gains in futures also come amid a recent decline in U.S. COVID-19 cases, with newly reported coronavirus cases down Sunday from a day earlier, as were hospitalizations and deaths.
Investors continue to watch the progress of President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion economic aid package. Hopes for aid, along with the Federal Reserve’s pledge to keep low-cost credit plentiful, have buttressed financial markets. CNBC reported over the weekend that a group of 10 Republican senators, in a letter, called on Biden to consider a smaller proposal.
In economic reports, investors await a report from the Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index for January, which is due at 10 a.m. Eastern; a monthly report on construction spending for December also is due at the same time.