Here’s what we are watching as markets kick off Wednesday.
—U.S. stock futures ticked higher as investors awaited progress on stimulus talks, fresh guidance from the Federal Reserve and key economic data.
Futures tied to the S&P 500 ticked 0.3% higher, signalling that the broad market gauge may climb for a second day after the New York opening bell. Nasdaq-100 futures rose 0.2%.
What’s Coming Up
—U.S. retail sales for November, due out at 8:30 a.m. ET, are expected to fall 0.3% from the prior month.
—Surveys of purchasing managers, which will be released starting at 9:45 a.m., are likely to point to a continued expansion in the U.S., albeit at a slower pace than in recent months.
—The Federal Reserve will issue its latest policy statement and economic projections at about 2 p.m.
Market Movers to Watch
American Outdoor Brands Inc.
climbed more than 9% premarket after the provider of hunting equipment swung to a profit for its latest quarter as sales increased with more people, according to the company, looking to spend time on outdoors activities.
rose almost 30% in premarket trading after Bloomberg reported that it and fellow Canadian cannabis company
are in advanced talks to merge. If the two merge, the combined company could be largest marijuana producer in Canada. Aphria’s shares gained 8.1%.
Good Times Restaurants
shares gained more than 11% premarket after fourth-quarter financial results showed the company swinging to a profit from the year-ago period.
—Brinker International Inc. shares fell 7.2% in premarket trading after the restaurant operator said it was withdrawing its fiscal second-quarter guidance after a surge in Covid-19 cases drove dining room closures. The company’s chains include Chili’s Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy.
—Shares in Southwest Airlines Co. declined 0.8% premarket after the airline said trip cancellations are rising and leisure bookings are softening for December.
—The Euro Stoxx Banks index is down more than 20% this year, compared with a 6% fall in the Euro Stoxx 50 blue-chip index. The European Central Bank said Tuesday that lenders can restart limited dividend payments next year following a nine-month ban.
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