Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) during morning trading on February 01, 2023 in New York City.
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U.S. stock futures were near flat on Tuesday evening as investors took a breather from last week’s market rally.
Shares of FedEx fell about 3% in extended trading after the shipping giant posted weaker-than-expected revenue for its most recent quarter.
Stocks are overbought and in need of a catalyst, according to Quincy Krosby, chief global strategist for LPL Financial. Indeed, last week the S&P 500 hit its highest level since April 2022 and posted its fifth consecutive positive week.
“With the S&P 500 and Nasdaq marching higher and breaking through key resistance levels, and underpinned by stronger volume and broader participation, markets reached short-term overbought levels on Friday,” she said by email Tuesday. “‘Triple witching’ options expiration on Friday added to volatility, but the sell-off on Friday wasn’t overly dramatic, leaving markets to digest their gains, and wait for another powerful catalyst.”
Homebuilding stocks bucked the downtrend on Tuesday after the latest data on housing starts and building permits came in stronger than expected. The iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB) added 1%.
Elsewhere, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is set to testify before the House Financial Services Committee at 10:00 a.m. ET.
At the conclusion of the central bank’s meeting last week, policymakers indicated there could be two more quarter-percentage point moves on the horizon this year.
“Powell seemed to meander between the need to restore price stability, but also suggesting that the Fed could wait to see how the economy responds to the unfolding of the 500 basis points working their way into the broader economy,” Krosby said.
With sentiment upbeat and markets “overbought,” “Powell could provide a modicum of support to the market’s advance, but if he suggests that he’s in the hawkish camp, markets may need to continue to unwind gains until a more viable catalyst emerges,” Krosby added.
As far as quarterly results, Winnebago will report earnings before the bell, and KB Home will report after the close.