Stock futures wavered on Tuesday, as retail sales figures disappointed and producer prices pointed to inflation risks. Here’s what we’re watching ahead of the opening bell.
- Futures tied to the S&P 500 were flat. Nasdaq-100 futures were down 0.1%, pointing to muted moves in stocks after the opening bell.
- Retail sales data were much worse than expected, falling 1.3% in May versus the previous month. Car sales had been forecast to drop, but other retail sales were much more disappointing: Excluding autos, sales had been forecast to be up 0.5% on the month, but they were down by 0.7%.
- U.S. producer prices rose 0.8% in May from the prior month, more than the 0.5% rise that was expected, adding to inflation pressures bubbling through the U.S. economy.
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Market Movers to Watch
tumbled 9.5% before the market open Tuesday after an independent research firm known for its activist bets against companies issued a highly critical note on the $42 billion former blank-check company. Hindenberg Research issued its report just before 9 a.m.
is up 1% in premarket trading following its near-20% plunge on Monday. The electric-vehicle startup’s chief executive and finance head both resigned suddenly on Monday after a board committee found inaccuracies in its reporting of preorders.
shot 30% higher before the open following a 15% rise the day before. On Monday afternoon, the company announced a special dividend to be paid in preferred stock, which sparked a blizzard of exclamation marks and emojis on Twitter and talk of a coming short squeeze. The stock finished last week at $3.12 and was trading premarket at $4.75.
shares are down 4.8% ahead of the open after the California-based company increased the size of its stock offering overnight.
is off about 3.5% following a big drop in copper prices Tuesday morning. The metal is down nearly 4%.
is up a relatively meager 1.4% following a 15% surge on Monday. Among other meme stocks,
is up 6.3% premarket, while
is off 1.5%.
- Cannabis company
‘s U.S.-traded shares edged down 0.3% premarket after it said its loss widened in the third quarter of fiscal 2021, citing a difficult period.
- Boeing is up 0.2% after the U.S. and Europe agreed to suspend the longest and costliest trade fight in the history of the World Trade Organisation. The spat over government support for aircraft makers will cut back a set of tariffs for five years.
- Nonfinancial companies issued $1.7 trillion of bonds in the U.S. last year, nearly $600 billion more than the previous high, according to Dealogic. By the end of March, their total debt stood at $11.2 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve, about half the size of the U.S. economy.
- Bitcoin reached its highest level in more than two weeks Monday, trading as high as $41,046.77, buoyed by MicroStrategy completing its $500 million offering of junk bonds to buy bitcoin and by fresh comments from Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk. By Tuesday morning it had edged down to about $40,320.
- On this day in 1215, King John of England signed the Magna Carta, enumerating the principles of limited government, free trade, private property and the liquidation of assets to pay debts.
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- Lordstown Motors likely won’t be the only electric-vehicle company to veer off the road before it has even started selling its key product, writes Heard on the Street editor Stephen Wilmot.
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