Market Snapshot: Stock futures drift higher as one of the busiest weeks for U.S. corporate earnings unfolds

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U.S. stock-index futures are trading slightly higher Tuesday morning as a parade of corporate quarterly results were released, including those from a quartet of Dow components: McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble Co., United Technologies and Travelers Cos.

How are major indexes performing?

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average YMZ19, -0.05% were up 23 points, or less than 0.1%, at 26,820, those for the S&P 500 index ESZ19, +0.10% were up 3 points to reach 3,009.50, a gain of 0.1%, while Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ19, +0.29%  were advancing 19 points, or 0.2%, at 7,967.25.

On Monday, the Dow DJIA, +0.21%  ended the day 57.44 points, or 0.2%, higher at 26,827.64, weighed by a decline in shares of Boeing Co.’s stock BA, -3.76%, following a report on Friday that said the company may have misled federal aviation authorities about the safety of the 737 Max jet. .

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.69% rose 20.52 points, or 0.7%, to end at 3,006.72, leaving it 0.6% away from its record closing high of 3,025.86 set on July 26. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.91% climbed 73.44 points, or 0.9%, to finish at 8,162.99, about 2% from its July peak.

What’s driving the market?

With trade negotiations between the U.S. and China reported to be making slow progress, investors will likely train their eyes on a deluge of corporate results, including nearly one-fourth of the S&P 500 index components this week and four Dow components which are due to report early Tuesday.

Against the backdrop of slowing economic growth, analysts have cut projections for 2020 earnings for S&P 500 corporations by 0.5%, according to Bloomberg News, citing its proprietary data provider, despite results that have mostly come in better than expected so far in the third-quarter.

“So far, earnings season has been much better than most initially feared, as the banks painted a healthy picture of the US consumer,” wrote Edward Moya, senior market analyst at brokerage Oanda, in a Tuesday brief. “This week, we will see how consumer staples and discretionary companies soften their outlooks.”

Looking ahead, investors will get an update on the health of the U.S. housing market with a report on existing-home sales for September due at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, and a regional manufacturing survey, the Richmond Fed Manufacturing index, due at the same time.

Meanwhile, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Robert Kaplan is set to moderate a conversation with Bank for International Settlements General Manager Agustin Carstens.

On the trade front, President Donald Trump said Monday that a deal between Washington and Beijing is going “very well.” Top trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer also said that the U.S. aims to finish the first phase of talks by mid-November when the two countries meet in Chile.

Elsewhere, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was preparing to see his Brexit plan put up for another vote, with lawmakers being asked to approve the plan in principle, followed by a vote on the government’s schedule for debate and possible amendments.

Which stocks are in focus?

Procter & Gamble Co. shares PG, +1.37% were gaining after the company delivered its third-quarter results and dialed up its expectation for 2020 sales growth, up 3% to 5% from previous guidance of 3% to 4% growth.

United Parcel Service Inc.’s stock UPS, +1.00% gained after the package-shipping company delivered third-quarter results that outperformed analysts’ consensus estimates.

Shares of Hasbro Inc. HAS, -1.48% sank in premarket trading Tuesday, after the toy maker reported third-quarter profit and revenue that missed expectations, as weakness in franchise brands and trade uncertainty offset strength in partner brands.

Biogen Inc. shares BIIB, +1.57% were soaring in premarket action Tuesday after the company submitted a plan for an Alzheimer drug.

Under Armour Inc. UA, +2.02% UAA, +2.03% said CEO Kevin Plank was stepping down and named Patrik Frisk its new chief effective Jan. 1, 2020.

JetBlue Airways Corp. JBLU, +3.30% said Tuesday it had net income of $187 million, or 63 cents a share, in the third quarter, up from $50 million, or 16 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. Shares of the airline company were up 0.2% in premarket action Tuesday.

Shares of Harley-Davidson Inc. HOG, +1.39% were higher after the Milwaukee motorbike maker reported results that were better than expected and increased its full-year projection for motorcycle shipments.

Shares of Lockheed Martin Corp. LMT, +0.42% were off after the defense contractor reported third-quarter results, with sales $15.17 billion, versus $14.32 billion a year ago, above the FactSet consensus $14.87 billion.

Earnings for McDonald’s Corp. MCD, +0.65%  were expected Tuesday morning also.

Read: McDonald’s earnings preview: Buy-one-get-one, spicy barbecue chicken drove sales

How are other markets performing?

The 10-year Treasury note yield TMUBMUSD10Y, -1.70%  was down 1.2 basis points to 1.780% on Tuesday.

West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery CLX19, +0.49%  was under pressure, shedding 47 cents, or 0.9%, to settle at $53.31 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Gold for December delivery on Comex GCZ19, +0.15%  edged up $1.60, or 0.1%, at $1,489.70 an ounce, after slipping 0.4% to settle at $1,488.10 an ounce on Monday.

The ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, +0.10%, which tracks the performance of the greenback against six major rivals, rose about 0.1% to 97.421.

Global stock-markets were also trading higher at the start of the week. The Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, +0.06%  was trading less than 0.1% higher. In Asia, China’s CSI 300 index 000300, +0.39%  finished up 0.4% and the Shanghai Composite Index SHCOMP, +0.50% gained 0.5%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index HSI, +0.23%  advanced 0.2%.

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