Stock futures were slightly lower Tuesday morning after a tech-led rally during the regular session onday, with investor attention still centered on fresh signs of corporate and economic stress from the coronavirus pandemic.
Quarterly earnings results set for release Tuesday are set to give further indications of the company-level impacts of the pandemic, with blue-chip company Disney (DIS), along with newly public firms Nikola (NKLA), Beyond Meat (BYND) poised to report after market close.
During the regular session Monday, the Nasdaq Composite jumped 1.5% to end at a record, as each of Microsoft and Apple set fresh highs. Both stocks steadied in late trading, with the Redmond, Washington-based company still deliberating a potential acquisition of TikTok’s operations in the US and some other countries, in a move that would expand its consumer-facing business operations. President Donald Trump suggested on Monday that the US government receive a portion of the payment from any sale – from Microsoft or any other firm taking up the Beijing-based social media company.
Elsewhere in Washington, talks between Democratic and Republican lawmakers over the next round of stimulus aid are set to continue on Tuesday, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows met for over two hours on Monday to discuss the package. The level of enhanced unemployment insurance benefits remains a sticking point, along with the total funds for other aid for individuals and state and local government programs.
With lawmakers still at an apparent impasse on key issues, Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday he was considering using executive action to impose a moratorium on evictions – a measure which had been included in the previous Covid-19 relief legislation passed in March.
Later on Tuesday, earnings season will roll on, with Disney set to report quarterly results after market close. The company is expected to have swung to a net loss of more than $1 billion during the third quarter, with drastically reduced theme parks attendance due to closures and partial reopenings weighing heavily on the company. Its nascent streaming business, however, is set to be a bright spot, with the Disney+ subscriber base already having grown to 54.5 million subscribers as of early May, within six months of launch.
7:40 a.m. ET: UK oil major BP slashes dividend; Bayer swings to a loss
European companies BP PLC and Bayer each reported tough quarterly results Tuesday morning as the coronavirus pandemic weighed on each of their respective business operations.
BP (BP) slashed its dividend for the first time in a decade, and said it intends to shift its business more heavily toward greener low-carbon energy after the pandemic crushed demand across oil majors. The new dividend payment will be 5.25 cents per share quarterly, from 10.5 cents.
Bayer (BAYN.DE) posted a net loss of 9.5 billion euros, or about $11.2 billion, in the second quarter, with some of this coming from legal provisions relating to a settlement with plaintiffs that said Bayer’s Roundup herbicides caused cancer.
The company slashed its outlook to see sales growth of between 0% and 1% this year, down from a 3% to 4% rise seen previously, due in part to disruptions from the pandemic. Second-quarter sales fell 6.2% to just over 10 billion euros, with pharmaceutical and consumer care segment declining as consumers veered away from nonessential doctors’ visits and held off on purchases of new products they’d stocked up on earlier on during the pandemic.
7:15 a.m. ET: Tuesday: Stock futures edge lower
Here were the main moves in markets, as of 7:16 a.m. ET:
S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,280.5, down 8 points, or 0.24%
Dow futures (YM=F): 26,531.00, down 27 points, or 0.1%
Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 11,018.25, down 26 points, or 0.24%
Crude (CL=F): -$0.69 (-1.68%) to $40.32 a barrel
Gold (GC=F): +$6.50 (+0.33%) to $1,972.50 per ounce
10-year Treasury (^TNX): -2.7 bps to yield 0.536%
6:01 p.m. ET Monday: Stock futures open little changed to slightly lower
Here were the main moves in equity markets, as of 6:01 p.m. ET:
S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,287.00, down 1.5 points, or 0.05%
Dow futures (YM=F): 26,548.00, down 10 points, or 0.04%
Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 11,043.5, down 0.75 points, or 0.01%