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Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 261 points, or just under 1%. The move indicated an opening drop of 240 points. S&P 500 futures lost 0.8%. Nasdaq-100 futures declined 0.5%.
There was not a single major factor driving markets but here’s what traders were watching Tuesday morning:
- Technology shares were weak in premarket trading a day after the Nasdaq Composite vaulted higher to an all-time high. The move was led by stocks such as Amazon, which hit $3,000 for the first time. Shares of Amazon fell by 0.3% in premarket trading Tuesday. Shares of Apple and Microsoft were also slightly lower as investors took some money off the table.
- Stocks tied to the economy reopening from the coronavirus shutdowns were lower in the premarket. Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Corp were lower by about 3%. American Airlines and United Airlines fell more than 2%.
- On the positive side, the U.S. government awarded drugmaker Novavax a $1.6 billion contract to develop a coronavirus vaccine, the biggest amount yet granted under the White House’s “Operation Warp Speed.” Novavax shares were up 45% in premarket trading. Futures traded slightly off their lows when the news hit Tuesday morning.
On Monday, Amazon surged 5.7%. Netflix jumped 3.5% to hit a record high, while Apple, Microsoft, Google-parent Alphabet and Facebook all gained at least 2% each on Monday.
The market continued to shrug off a continuous rise in coronavirus cases across the U.S. The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 grew by 5% or more Sunday in 23 states, including Texas, which reported a record of more than 8,000 hospitalizations on Sunday. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday asked six additional counties to close their indoor businesses.
“While we expect continued volatility, we think there are grounds for optimism that economies and markets can weather the recent acceleration in infections,” Mark Haefele, chief investment officer at UBS, said in a note. “There are signs that healthcare systems are coping better with COVID-19, reducing the need for restrictions on freedom of movement. Economic data continues to point to resilience.”
The Labor Department will release the May figure for job openings on Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET. Economists polled by Dow Jones expect the total vacancies to drop to 4.5 million in May from 5.05 million in April, which was the lowest total since December 2014.
The government’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey is a month behind the more closely followed nonfarm payrolls report, which showed a surge of 4.8 million in June and a 2.7 million jump in May.