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Dow Futures See Largest Gains Since Early April

By | May 19, 2020

Stock indexes had their best day in over a month on Monday with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing 911.95 points higher. Both the Dow and S&P 500 saw their largest daily gains since April 6th as news of a potential coronavirus vaccine lifted market sentiment and all 3 major indexes accelerated their gains into yesterday’s close.

After biotech giant Moderna reported “positive” early-stage results for a developing Covid-19 vaccine, the Dow surged nearly 700 points at yesterday’s opening bell. While the idea of a vaccine is hopeful, some analysts wonder if the market’s reaction is overly optimistic. Read More

US Oil Market Sees Record Contango

By | April 21, 2020

Monday’s historic crash in the May contract of crude oil futures brought prices previously thought to be impossible. Negative prices meant traders taking delivery of crude oil in May would have to pay to get rid of it. However, the more than 100% decline in the May contract doesn’t tell the entire story, as the June contract traded down around 15%, remaining above $20 a barrel. So how does this happen? Read More

Oil Settles in Negative Territory for First Time Ever

By | April 21, 2020

Monday’s historic crash in crude oil dragged prices into negative territory for the first time in history. Previously thought to be impossible, the May contract for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) Oil futures closed at a mind-boggling -$37.63 a barrel.Read More

Jobs Preview: Full Impact Not Yet Seen

By | April 2, 2020

The ADP report indicated private sector jobs shrunk by only 27,000 in their report on Monday. While the market might interpret this as encouraging compared to the initial 6.6 million jobless claims, the full unemployment picture has not yet been revealed.Read More

Dow, S&P 500 Close Higher Two Days in a Row

By | March 26, 2020

For the first time since February 12th, Dow and S&P 500 futures saw gains for two consecutive sessions. While this is a positive signal for many traders, much of yesterday’s gains were pared before the close.

A major contributor to the 2-day rally, Boeing (BA) closed up 24% Tuesday, accounting for more than a third of the Dow’s advance. Conversely, although the Nasdaq was up as much as 2.7% yesterday, it fell behind the other indexes late in the day and finished lower.Read More

Coronavirus Impact Stirs Record Volatility

By | March 17, 2020

As communities and business around the globe undergo significant transitions in an effort to contain the COVID-19 virus, the economic fallout of the pandemic has raised volatility to record levels.

On Sunday, the Federal Reserve announced an interest rate cut to near zero in an attempt to stabilize markets, but nevertheless Monday’s volatility shot sky high. The CBOE’s volatility index (VIX) is at levels not seen since 2008 as US markets stagger at 3-year lows.Read More

Stock Futures Plummet on Europe Travel Ban

By | March 12, 2020

For the second time this week, equity index futures were locked limit down temporarily this morning as markets absorbed Trump’s announcement of a comprehensive travel ban from Europe to the US.

Markets tumbled yesterday after the World Health Organization declared the Covid-19 coronavirus a global pandemic. In an effort to contain the spread of the virus, President Trump issued a 30-day travel ban from Europe to the US, excluding the UK.

As stated by the White House, the ban “only applies to human beings, not goods and cargo.” Nevertheless, European stocks plunged to the lowest levels since June 2016 on the news.Read More

Energy Futures Break Daily Volume Record

By | March 10, 2020

CME energy futures reached an all-time high daily volume record of 6.8 million contracts on March 9 topping the previous record of 6.2M on September 16, 2019.Read More

Stock Futures Recover After 4 Day Fall

By | February 26, 2020

After the biggest 4-day percentage loss in over a year, US equity index futures are in recovery this morning as markets seek direction. Trepidation over the economic impact of coronavirus has sparked a sharp selloff starting late last week.

In the last two days alone, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 1,900 points and the S&P 500 lost approximately $1.74 trillion worth of market capitalization. The Nasdaq dropped as much as 10% from its all-time high last week.

Markets look to be modestly recovering this morning:Read More

Equity Markets Soar as China’s Central Bank Steps In

By | February 4, 2020

US equity index futures markets surged more than 1% Tuesday morning bolstered by news that China’s central bank will be stepping in to help steady Asian markets. 1.7 trillion yuan ($242.74 billion) was added to the Chinese economy helping to alleviate recent losses resulting from fears surrounding the emerging coronavirus epidemic.Read More