After ending the longest losing streak of the year last week,
stocks are falling again as investors brace for a looming
The government released data on consumer spending and personal
income for August that met expectations. Personal income rose 0.4%
month-over-month and consumer spending rose 0.3%.
Later this morning we will see the final print of the
Reuter's/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment index for this
month. The index is expected to rise 1.2 points to 78.
Before the opening bell
(INDEXDJX:.DJI) futures were down 0.34% at 15,209. Futures on the
(INDEXSP:.INX) fell 0.41% to 1,685.60 and
(INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) futures declined by 0.38% to 3,213.75.
The US Senate will vote on a budget today, just three days before
the government's authority to borrow money runs out. Republicans
released a laundry list of right-wing demands in exchange for not
letting the government hit the debt ceiling. If this happens,
federal workers could be furloughed and services such as postal
delivery would be cut, reducing gross domestic product for the
largest economy drastically.
) shares jumped 6.9% this morning after reporting earnings for the
first quarter that beat expectations. The athletic-wear company
earned $0.86 per share on $6.92 billion in revenue.
) recovered midday yesterday on reports that it will not need to
issue new stock this year. Today, the struggling retailer sank by
7.39%, falling back below the $10 mark after announcing that it
will issue 96.6 million shares of common stock in a public offering
to raise almost $1 billion.
Silicon Valley scoop machine Kara Swisher of AllThingsD (
) reported today that
) CEO Alan Mulally is a favorite to be crowned as
) next CEO. Her sources say that despite Ford's denial that he is
looking for a high-profile exit, Mulally is likely to succeed Steve
(NOK) CEO Stephen Elop is another top candidate. Mulally has a
reputation as an outstanding turnaround expert. He is credited to
leading Ford back from the brink in 2006.
International shares were also lower. Japanese and European indices
were in the red. Despite radical anti-deflation moves by the
Japanese government, CPI only rose slightly in August.
Year-over-year inflation was at a five-year high of 0.9%, up from
0.7% in July, but excluding food and energy, prices actually fell
0.1%. Italian stocks led Europe down amidst drama in the
parliament. Silvio Berlusconi's supporters will leave government if
he is expelled following his tax fraud conviction.