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Dow looks to snap 6-day losing streak after strong earnings: Live updates

13 Mins Ago

Dow rises at open

The Dow kicked off Tuesday higher, on pace for its first positive session in seven.

The 30-stock index climbed 0.6% shortly after 9:30 a.m. ET. The S&P 500 traded around flat, while the Nasdaq Composite slipped 0.1%.

— Alex Harring

16 Mins Ago

Industrial production up 0.4% in March, matching estimate

Industrial production rose 0.4% in March, in line with market expectations, though it fell 1.8% for the first quarter of 2024, the Federal Reserve reported Tuesday.

The Fed also said capacity utilization, a measure of total output potential, was at 78.4%, up 0.2 percentage point from February but slightly below the Dow Jones estimate for 78.5%. The measure held below its long-run average of 79.6%.

—Jeff Cox

40 Mins Ago

Fed’s Jefferson sees inflation falling as policy stays on hold

Federal Reserve Governor Philip Jefferson said Tuesday he expects inflation to continue to decline as the central bank keeps its restrictive policy in place.

“My baseline outlook continues to be that inflation will decline further, with the policy rate held steady at its current level, and that the labor market will remain strong, with labor demand and supply continuing to rebalance,” Jefferson said in a discussion about how policymaking has changed over the years.

“Of course, the outlook is still quite uncertain, and if incoming data suggest that inflation is more persistent than I currently expect it to be, it will be appropriate to hold in place the current restrictive stance of policy for longer,” he added.

Markets currently are pricing in the Fed to stay on hold until September, then slowly begin cutting rates.

—Jeff Cox

58 Mins Ago

Building permits, construction both below estimate in March

Both new construction and permits to build homes missed expectations in March, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

Privately owned housing starts totaled 1.32 for the month on a seasonally adjusted basis, down 14.7% from February and below the 1.48 million Dow Jones estimate and a 4.3% decline from a year ago. On permits, the total fell 4.3% on a monthly basis to 1.46 million, less than the 1.51 million estimate.

Housing units completed totaled 1.47 million, a 13.5% slide from February.

—Jeff Cox

An Hour Ago

These are the stocks making the biggest premarket moves

These are some of the companies making headlines before the bell:

  • UnitedHealth — Shares popped roughly 7% after the healthcare giant posted better-than-expected revenue in its first-quarter results on Tuesday, with growth of close to 9% from $91.9 billion in the same period last year. UnitedHealth reported adjusted earnings of $6.91 per share on revenue of $99.8 billion for the quarter, while analysts surveyed by LSEG expected earnings of $6.61 per share on revenue of $99.3 billion.
  • Morgan Stanley — Shares added 3.2% after Morgan Stanley topped first-quarter expectations on wealth management, trading and advisory results. The company reported earnings of $2.02 a share, while analysts polled by LSEG had called for $1.66 a share. Revenue came out at $15.14 billion for the period, surpassing analysts expectations of $14.41 billion.
  • Live Nation Entertainment — Shares plunged 9.6% after the Wall Street Journal reported that the Justice Department is preparing to file an antitrust lawsuit against the Ticketmaster parent company in the coming weeks.

For the full list, read here.

— Pia Singh

An Hour Ago

Oil prices fall for second day as U.S. expects limited Israel response to Iran attack

Crude oil futures fell for a second day Tuesday as the U.S. expects a limited response from Israel to an unprecedented air assault by Iran, reducing fears that the Middle East is on the verge of a broader regional war.

The West Texas Intermediate contract for May delivery lost 52 cents, or 0.61%, to $84.89 a barrel. The June Brent futures contract fell 49 cents, or 0.54%, to $89.61 a barrel.

Four U.S. officials told NBC News they expect an Israeli response to Iran’s attack to be limited in scope and most likely to involve strikes on Iranian forces and their proxies outside Iran.

“Tensions are high, and either party’s next moves are hard to predict, but all the significant signs point toward an easing of hostilities and restraint in the short term,” said Jorge Leon, senior vice president at Rystad Energy, a consulting firm.

— Spencer Kimball

2 Hours Ago

Morgan Stanley jumps on earnings beat

Morgan Stanley shares popped in Tuesday’s premarket as the financial giant’s latest earnings report came in ahead of analyst forecasts.

The bank posted first-quarter earnings of $2.02 per share on $15.14 billion in revenue. It came ahead of consensus estimates from analysts polled by LSEG on both lines, with the group expecting $1.66 per share and $14.41 billion in revenue.

— Alex Harring

2 Hours Ago

Bank of America beats on earnings and revenue

Bank of America posted better-than-expected first-quarter results, boosted by strong interest income and investment banking revenue.

The company earned and adjusted 83 cents per share on revenue of $25.98 billion. Analysts expected earnings per share of 76 cents on revenue of $25.46 billion. Net interest income came in at $14.19 billion, beating a StreetAccount estimate of $13.93 billion.

— Fred Imbert

2 Hours Ago

J&J beats earnings estimates, but shares dip

3 Hours Ago

UnitedHealth rises on revenue beat

Shares of UnitedHealth were up more than 5% in the premarket after the health insurance giant posted first-quarter revenue that beat expectations.

The company’s top line came in at $99.8 billion, exceeding an LSEG estimate of $99.3 billion. UnitedHealth earned an adjusted $6.91 per share, but it was not clear if that was comparable to a consensus forecast of $6.61 per share.

— Fred Imbert

5 Hours Ago

Europe stocks open lower

European stocks opened lower Tuesday, with the benchmark Stoxx 600 index down by 1.2% by 9 a.m. London time, its lowest level since March 7.

All sectors traded in the red. The U.K.’s FTSE 100, France’s CAC 40 and Germany’s DAX were all lower by 1.3%.

— Jenni Reid

11 Hours Ago

China’s March industrial output and retail sales data miss expectations

China’s industrial output for March grew 4.5% year-on-year, missing Reuters’ expectations of a 6% expansion.

China’s manufacturing industry grew 5.1% while its mining industry grew 0.2%, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. The country’s electricity, heat, gas and water production and supply industry climbed by 4.9%.

The country’s retail sales, a gauge for its consumption, grew 3.1% year-on-year, less than expectations for 4.6% growth. The reading also slowed from the prior month’s figure of a 5.5% growth.

—Lee Ying Shan

11 Hours Ago

China’s economy grew 5.3% in the first quarter, beating expectations

China’s economy grew 5.3% in the first quarter compared with a year ago, faster than the 4.6% growth expected by economists polled by Reuters.

Data released by China’s National Bureau of Statistics showed that gross domestic product in the January to March period was higher than the 5.2% growth for the fourth quarter. On a quarter-on-quarter basis, China’s GDP grew 1.6% in the first quarter.

Beijing has set a 2024 growth target of around 5%.

—Lim Hui Jie

13 Hours Ago

Yen falls to weakest level since June 1990 as it crosses 154 against greenback

The Japanese yen fell to its weakest level since June 1990, crossing the 154 mark against the U.S. dollar.

The yen has been firmly beyond the 150 mark since the Bank of Japan raised interest rates on March 19, with Japanese officials repeatedly saying that “all options are on the table” to counter excessive yen moves.

On April 4, former top currency diplomat Hiroshi Watanabe said that authorities will not intervene until the yen crosses 155 against the greenback, according to Reuters.

15 Hours Ago

Live Nation Entertainment shares slump after hours

Live Nation Entertainment shares dropped more than 7% in extended trading after The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar, reported that the U.S. Department of Justice is planning to sue the parent company of Ticketmaster in the coming weeks. The antitrust lawsuit alleges Live Nation has used its power and influence in concert promotion to undermine the competition, the report said.

Live Nation shares have gained more than 6% this year.

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Live Nation Entertainment

15 Hours Ago

VIX, Wall Street’s ‘fear index,’ closes at highest since bull market began in late October

The VIX index closed at its highest on Monday since Oct. 30, 2023, suggesting that Wall Street expects more price swings in the days and weeks ahead.

The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, known as a yardstick of investor skittishness, ended Monday at 19.23 after rising as high as 19.46, the highest intraday since Oct. 31, 2023.

Sometimes called the “fear index,” the VIX has surged since closing at its low for the year thus far of 12.44 on Jan. 11. The VIX has touched successive higher highs for the past three trading sessions.

The last time the VIX was at levels higher than Monday was in late October, just as the current stock market rally was getting underway.

— Scott Schnipper

15 Hours Ago

Stock futures open little changed

U.S. stock futures opened little changed Monday night.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose 19 points, or 0.05%. S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures climbed 0.02% and 0.07%, respectively.

— Sarah Min

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