Stock futures rose Wednesday, recovering some losses after a sell-off Tuesday knocked each of the three major indices by more than 2.5%.
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8:15 a.m. ET: U.S. economy adds 183,000 private payrolls in February, topping expectations, ADP reports
Private payrolls rose by a 183,000 in February, according to a monthly report from ADP/Moody’s. This beat expectations for a rise of 170,000, according to Bloomberg-compiled consensus data.
February’s payroll gains were again led by the service-providing sector, which added a net 172,000 positions. Education and health services industries added 46,000 payrolls, and leisure and hospitality industries added 44,000 payrolls.
Within the goods-producing sector, construction added 18,000 payrolls, while mining and manufacturing industries shed 3,000 and 4,000 roles, respectively.
For January, private payroll additions were downwardly revised to 209,000, from the gain of 291,000 previously reported.
7:48 a.m. ET: Stock futures jump after Tuesday’s rout
U.S. stock futures were higher Wednesday morning in the wake of the Federal Reserve’s emergency rate cut Tuesday morning, and after former Vice President Joe Biden staged a major comeback in voter support during Super Tuesday.
Dow futures were up more than 700 points just before 8 a.m. ET, extending a march higher throughout much of the overnight session. The 30-stock index had shed more than 900 points by market close Tuesday, after an unexpected inter-meeting interest rate cut from the Fed failed to imbue confidence with investors amid a still-escalating coronavirus outbreak.
Politics also remained a focal point, with major wins for Biden during Super Tuesday helping appease investors seeking a moderate, and perceived market-friendly candidate, for the Democratic nomination. Biden won nine states during the major primary night, including unexpected victories in Texas and Massachusetts. Bernie Sanders landed wins including California, a major source of delegates, as well as Colorado, Utah and Vermont, his home state.
Here were the main moves during the pre-market session, as of 7:48 a.m. ET:
S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,072.00, up 75 points or 2.5%
Dow futures (YM=F): 26,609.00, up 729 points or 2.82%
Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 8,804.00, up 221.5 points or 2.58%
Crude oil (CL=F): $48.08 per barrel, up $0.90 or 1.91%
Gold (GC=F): $1,648.10 per ounce, up $3.70 or 0.23%
10-year Treasury (^TNX): yielding 1.01%, down 0.7 bps
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