Stock market news live updates: Stock futures flat amid earnings onslaught, jobless claims

Stocks futures rose Thursday morning, pointing to a higher opening on Wall Street, with investors focused on the U.S.’s unchecked coronavirus crisis and jobless claims.

MSFT), Tesla (TSLA) and Chipotle (CMG)— all bellwethers of their respective industries. The software giant was boosted by the performance of its cloud platform in the latest quarter, but its stock slipped in after-hours trading by over 2%. Meanwhile, the electric carmaker’s shares were poised to rocket on Thursday after posting a surprise Q2 profit and announcing a new factory in Austin, Texas.” data-reactid=”17″ type=”text”>Investors digested a batch of corporate earnings results from Microsoft (MSFT), Tesla (TSLA) and Chipotle (CMG)— all bellwethers of their respective industries. The software giant was boosted by the performance of its cloud platform in the latest quarter, but its stock slipped in after-hours trading by over 2%. Meanwhile, the electric carmaker’s shares were poised to rocket on Thursday after posting a surprise Q2 profit and announcing a new factory in Austin, Texas.

Pfizer’s near $2 billion agreement with the U.S. government over their Covid-19 vaccine candidate — led to gains in the 30-stock Dow.” data-reactid=”18″ type=”text”>During Wednesday’s regular session, investors shook off new international concerns amid flaring tensions between America and China, the world’s two largest economies. Instead, optimism over a coronavirus cure — spurred by Pfizer’s near $2 billion agreement with the U.S. government over their Covid-19 vaccine candidate — led to gains in the 30-stock Dow.

expected to top 1 million yet again.” data-reactid=”19″ type=”text”>Meanwhile, analysts are nervously eyeing another round of coronavirus-related fiscal stimulus talks in Washington, with hopes building for a compromise on unemployment payments. Markets were also bracing for yet another grim read on jobless claims, which are expected to top 1 million yet again.

Tuesday’s consulate spat came as relations with the U.S. and China were tested further by new fissures in their fractured relations.

US decision to order the closure of China’s consulate in Houston, which the U.S. State Department said was a move to “protect American intellectual property and American’s private information,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in an email. Beijing vowed to retaliate against the forced closure.” data-reactid=”21″ type=”text”>China on Wednesday condemned the US decision to order the closure of China’s consulate in Houston, which the U.S. State Department said was a move to “protect American intellectual property and American’s private information,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in an email. Beijing vowed to retaliate against the forced closure.

accused two Chinese nationals of attempting to steal data, including U.S. research on Covid-19 vaccines, on Beijing’s behalf.” data-reactid=”22″ type=”text”>In addition, the Justice Department on Tuesday accused two Chinese nationals of attempting to steal data, including U.S. research on Covid-19 vaccines, on Beijing’s behalf.

Investors also continued to monitor developments in Washington, with debates over another round of fiscal stimulus under way as America still appears unable to contain its spiking COVID-19 cases. Economists are warning that the recovery could be jeopardized by the failure of Congress and the White House to extend a lifeline to cash-strapped consumers.

The White House and Senate Republicans hit impasses on Tuesday, with the two sides sparring over whether or not to include a payroll tax cut, as President Donald Trump has demanded, or add more money for testing and to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other points of contention.

CNBC reported that Republican lawmakers are considering extending the boosted unemployment benefits at a reduced $100 per week through December, down from the $600 offered previously.” data-reactid=”27″ type=”text”>Wednesday afternoon, CNBC reported that Republican lawmakers are considering extending the boosted unemployment benefits at a reduced $100 per week through December, down from the $600 offered previously.

7:13 a.m. ET: Twitter reports another quarter of record user growth, but Q2 sales miss estimates on weakened ad demand

TWTR) posted a second straight quarter of record growth in average monetizable daily active users (mDAU), which rose 34% over last year to 186 million in the three months to June 30.” data-reactid=”30″ type=”text”>Twitter (TWTR) posted a second straight quarter of record growth in average monetizable daily active users (mDAU), which rose 34% over last year to 186 million in the three months to June 30.

However, overall revenue of $683.4 million was down 19% year on year and below estimates for $704.6 million, as the global pandemic weighed on advertisers that would typically turn to Twitter’s ad platform. Ad-specific revenue fell 23% over last year to $562 million.

statement. “We saw a gradual, moderate recovery relative to March levels throughout most of Q2, with the exception of late May to mid-June, when many brands slowed or paused spend in reaction to US civil unrest. During the last three weeks of June, advertising revenue declined 15% year over year. Demand gradually improved once brands returned after the protests subsided.”” data-reactid=”32″ type=”text”>“Widespread economic disruption and a significant decrease in global advertising spend as a result of the pandemic led to a 27% decline in advertising revenue in the last three weeks of March,” Twitter said in a statement. “We saw a gradual, moderate recovery relative to March levels throughout most of Q2, with the exception of late May to mid-June, when many brands slowed or paused spend in reaction to US civil unrest. During the last three weeks of June, advertising revenue declined 15% year over year. Demand gradually improved once brands returned after the protests subsided.”

r7:08 a.m. ET Thursday: Stock futures point to a higher open ahead of jobless claims

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,276.25, up 10.75 ( 0.33%)

  • Dow futures (YM=F): 26,977.00, up 93 ( 0.35%)

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 10,891.25, up 87 ( 0.71%)

  • Crude (CL=F): -$0.06 (-0.14%) to $41.84 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): $16.40 ( 0.88%) to $1,881.50 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): -0.1 bps to yield 0.594%

6:15 p.m. ET Wednesday: Stock futures open flat

Here were the main moves at the start of the overnight session for U.S. equity futures, as of 6:15 p.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,268.25, up 2.75 ( 0.08%)

  • Dow futures (YM=F): 26,900.00, up 16.00 ( 0.06%)

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 10,840.50, up 36.25 ( 0.34%)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 26: A trader walks by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on the first day that traders are allowed back onto the historic floor of the exchange on May 26, 2020 in New York City. While only a small number of traders will be returning at this time, those that do will have to take temperature checks and wear face masks at all times while on the floor. The Dow rose over 600 points in morning trading as investors see economic activity in America picking up (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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