Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Plug Power: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today

U.S. stock futures rose amid a wave of earnings reports, including from major banks. Here’s what we’re watching before Thursday’s opening bell.

  • Citigroup rose 1.2% premarket after posting a sizable beat on earnings per share and a 48% rise in net income. The bank’s CEO said the recovery from the pandemic is driving corporate consumer confidence.
  • Morgan Stanley climbed 2.7%. The bank reported revenue growth across almost all of its major divisions, including record advisory revenue.
  • Wells Fargo shares added 0.7% premarket after the bank reported a 59% rise in profit in the third quarter, boosted by a release of funds it had set aside for potential loan losses during the pandemic. Its revenue slipped 2% but still came above analysts’ estimates.
  • Bank of America rose 2.2% after reporting earnings per share that beat analysts’ estimates. The bank released $1.1 billion of its reserve in the third quarter, citing asset quality improvements.
  • Boeing slid 0.6%. The Wall Street Journal reported that the company is dealing with a new defect on its 787 Dreamliner, the latest in a series of production slip-ups that have delayed aircraft deliveries and drawn scrutiny.
  • Domino’s Pizza tumbled 4.3% after the fast-food chain posted revenue and U.S. same-store sales that missed expectations.
  • UnitedHealth climbed 2.8% after raising its full-year guidance for earnings. It said its revenue growth was driven by higher insurance memberships.
  • Shares of Deere declined 2.1%. Some of the agriculture-equipment maker’s employees went on strike for higher pay.
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance rose 1%. The pharmacy chain posted a profit jump and earnings per share that came above Wall Street’s estimates.
  • Shares of United Parcel Service rose 2.8% premarket. An equity research analyst at Stifel raised their price target and rating on the stock.
  • Fuel-cell company Plug Power added 1.9%, extending Wednesday’s rally. The fuel-cell company said it would work with Airbus to study the feasibility of bringing green hydrogen to aircraft and airports.
  • Lordstown Motors gained 1.5% premarket. The electric-truck startup hired a new finance chief in the wake of its recent liquidity problems.
  • Online furniture retailer Wayfair slipped 2.9% following downgrades by equity research analysts at Jefferies and Morgan Stanley. The stock is down 2.8% this week so far.
  • Aluminum producer Alcoa ‘s shares added 3.1% premarket, as aluminum prices climbed. The company is also scheduled to report earnings after markets close.
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  • Since neither Hong Kong or Singapore has previously allowed them, SPACs sponsored by Asian investors flocked to the U.S. to raise money. Since the start of last year, 35 such SPACs have raised a total of $6.8 billion by going public on American stock exchanges, according to Dealogic. This may be about to change as the Asian finance hubs move forward with plans to allow SPAC listings.

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