Stocks were set to open higher this morning, signaling that US
indices will likely extend six weeks of steady gains today.
After ending last week on record highs,
(INDEXDJX:.DJI) futures were up 0.24% at 15,951.00 while futures on
(INDEXSP:.INX) rose 0.12% to 1,795.70.
(INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) futures were up 0.01% to 3,417.00.
On today's economic calendar, the National Association of Home
Builders' Housing Market Index will be released at 10 a.m.
Economists expect the indicator to stay steady at 55 this month,
unchanged from October.
) announced that it sold 1 million PlayStation 4 units in the first
24 hours it was available in North America. This is the first new
PlayStation release since 2006. The PS4 is $100 cheaper than
) Xbox One, which will go on sale on Friday. Microsoft's offering
comes with the always-on motion sensing Kinect out of the box.
Sony's US-traded shares were up 2.3% this morning after the global
The Boeing Company
) officially unveiled the 777X at the Dubai Air Show. The company
has already taken bookings from four airlines worth $95 billion.
Shares of the aerospace company rose 2.4% this morning. The jets
will probably not be built in the United States, however. The
International Association of Machinists turned down a deal to build
them in the Seattle area, but Boeing is considering the Persian
Gulf, where many of its customers are, or Japan.
) shares fell 1.7% after
) cut its rating to Underweight from Equal-Weight.
(CAG) shares fell in overnight trading as a result of the
Midwestern tornados. At least five people died as the storm
destroyed a stretch of Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, and Missouri.
Asian shares were higher today as more details of China's Third
Plenum session emerge. Though the pronouncements for the country's
sweeping changes are often ambiguous, wasteful state-owned firms
will see less power, and the market will be able to dictate prices.
Bitcoin, the digital crypto-currency, surged to a high of $618
today ahead of a Senate committee hearing on its legitimacy. The
Department of Justice and the Securities and exchange Commission
are in favor of declaring it a legitimate financial instrument.
Federal Reserve members Charles Plosser and Narayana Kocherlakota
will deliver speeches on economic policy today.