Stock-index futures rose Wednesday, with major benchmarks set to resume a march higher after the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 snapped six-day winning streaks.
Investors were awaiting data on inflation, as well as a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on the state of the labor market.
What are major benchmarks doing?
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average
rose 86 points, or 0.3%, to 31,364.
S&P 500 futures
rose 13.50 points, or 0.4%, to 3,919.
were up 48.25 points, or 0.4%, at 13,728.50.
Stocks saw little movement Tuesday, with the Dow
and S&P 500
posting small losses to snap a six-day winning streak for both indexes, while the Nasdaq Composite
eked out a small gain to capture another record close. The small-cap Russell 2000
outpaced its larger-cap siblings with a 0.4% gain to also post another record finish.
What’s driving the market?
Investors remain focused on prospects for another large round of aid spending, as well as a slowing pace of new COVID-19 infections and the continued vaccine rollout. At the same time, market watchers are attempting to gauge the potential for a pickup in inflation, putting Wednesday’s CPI data and Powell’s speech in the spotlight.
“Investors are already trying to pre-empt when the U.S. economy will experience the inflation overshoot that’s expected to be driven by more incoming fiscal stimulus,” said Han Tan, market analyst at FXTM, in a note.
“Such conditions might trigger the much talked about Fed tapering, which may then pave the way for higher interest rates. More clues about that timeline would help global investors ascertain their allocations in equities versus bonds,” he said.
Investors were expected to pay little attention to the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, with arguments set to get under way in the Senate on Wednesday afternoon. The Senate voted Tuesday that the trial could proceed after a round of arguments over the constitutionality of trying a former president.
The trial isn’t expected to affect the market since it isn’t seen interfering with a push toward another round of spending. President Joe Biden is pushing for a $1.9 trillion package. Congressional Democrats have taken steps that would allow them to push through a spending plan without Republican support in the evenly divided Senate via a process known as budget reconciliation. The size of the plan is expected to shrink somewhat, however, due to resistance from some Democrats.
Powell is slated to deliver remarks to the Economic Club of New York at 2 p.m. Eastern.
Inflation data will be front and center, with the January consumer-price index due at 8:30 a.m. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expect the CPI to show a 0.3% rise; excluding volatile food and energy prices, core CPI is expected increase by 0.1%.
See: Economic Calendar
Data on December wholesale inventories is due at 10 a.m. Eastern. Federal budget figures for January are set for release at 2 p.m.
Which companies are in focus?
Shares of Coca-Cola Co.
rose 2% in premarket action after delivering earnings and revenue Wednesday morning that topped Wall Street expectations.
Shares of Twitter Inc.
rose 4% after the social-media platform delivered its second-ever $1 billion quarter late Tuesday.
Cisco Systems Inc.
late Tuesday reported quarterly results that topped Wall Street estimates, though sales in certain segments came in below expectations. Shares of the maker of network services, videoconferencing tools and security software’s were down 5%.
shares were up 2% after the toy maker surpassed Wall Street expectations for its fourth quarter and said it continued to be “mindful” of COVID-related “volatility and other macroeconomic uncertainties.”
Shares of Yelp Inc.
were up 3% after the e-commerce platform late Tuesday reported better-than-expected sales and earnings.
In deal news, shares of NIC Inc.
jumped more than 15% in premarket trade after the digital government solutions and payments company agreed to be acquired by Tyler Technologies Inc.
in a $2.3 billion cash deal.