US Market | Futures Indicator: Dow futures fall, but Nasdaq futures are higher ahead of Federal Reserve update
Fred Imbert,Maggie Fitzgerald
Dow Jones Industrial average futures lost 99 points, or 0.4%. The move implied an opening loss of about 92 points. S&P 500 futures lost 0.2%.
But Nasdaq-100 futures gained 0.1% as investors continued their rotation back into the technology stocks that led the start of the market’s comeback from its March coronavirus lows. The Nasdaq Composite Index hit a record on Tuesday.
Shares of Amazon and Apple gained around 1% in premarket trading Wednesday, putting them on pace to hit fresh record highs at the open. Facebook and Netflix each climbed 0.9%.
The Dow and S&P 500 were under pressure on Tuesday as stocks benefiting from the economic reopening fell broadly. The Dow fell 300 points or 1.1%, snapping a 6-day winning streak. The 30-stock average was dragged down by a 5.9% drop in Boeing. The S&P 500 lost 0.8% on Tuesday. The index briefly turned positive for the year on Monday.
“After such a ferocious run in recent weeks, the stock market was overdue for a correction or at least a pause,” Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at the Leuthold Group, told CNBC. “Upside price momentum was becoming extreme and sentiment indicators a bit too bullish. Profit-taking won over [Tuesday], particularly in those economically sensitive area which have done the best in recent weeks.”
Big gains in Facebook, Amazon Apple, Netflix and Google-parent Alphabet pushed the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite over the 10,000 threshold for the first time ever; however, it closed below this level.
“Being overweight stocks most sensitive to an economic revival worked well in recent weeks but not earlier in the year and not today,” added Paulsen. “Alternatively, owning high-growth, new-era stocks worked well earlier in the year and did very well today but not in the last couple weeks.”
The Federal Open Market Committee started its two-day meeting Tuesday with markets watching for news on several fronts.
The central bank is unlikely to make any major policy changes, with its benchmark rate near zero and the asset purchasing programs continuing. However, investors will be watching for thoughts on possibly implementing yield caps and strengthening forward guidance on how long the Fed will keep current policies in place.
The meeting concludes Wednesday with the release of a policy statement and the quarterly summary of economic projections, then Chairman Jerome Powell’s news conference at 2:30 pm EST.
The Fed will be revealing its first forecast for the economy and interest rates since late last year, as it skipped a forecast in March just as the pandemic forced the abrupt shutdown of the economy.
—CNBC’s Jeff Cox contributed to this report.