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Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average turned lower on Thursday amid reports of a new flaw with Boeing Co.’s troubled 737 MAX jet fleet and as investors digested reports that China was setting terms for Sino-American trade negotiations to resume.
Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average YMU19, >-0.03% were down 12 points, or 0.1%, at 26,535, but had hit a low 26,445, with
Boeing Co.’s BA, >+1.52% shares down by 2% in premarket action, which would translate into a roughly 40-point headwind on the price-weighted blue-chip index. The aeronautics and defense company’s stock had slide by more than 5% in premarket action.
CNN reported that new issues with the Boeing 737 fleet’s computer system had emerged which could delay the aircraft’s' return to the air after a world-wide grounding back in March. The fleet was grounded after crashes of the Lion Air flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, which killed 346 people.
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping will present President Donald Trump terms to resolve a market-rattling trade confrontation ahead of an expected meeting at the sidelines of the G-20 gathering of developed countries set to take place in Osaka, Japan, this weekend.
Terms include the removal of a ban on the sale of U.S. technology to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co., the removal of punitive tariffs, and an end to a request for China to buy additional U.S. exports.
Investors will also be watching data on new claims for U.S. unemployment benefits due Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on new claims for unemployment benefits, with economists surveyed by MarketWatch expecting a reading of 216,000. The Commerce Department will issue its final revision of first quarter GDP growth at the same time.
At 10:00 am, the National Association of Realtors will issue its pending home sales index.
Which stocks are in focus?
Occidental Petroleum Corp. OXY, >+2.11% stock could be in focus Wednesday, after investor Carl Icahn called for a special shareholder meeting, where he will seek to replace four directors on the board, arguing that the company’s board should not have approved a $38 billion deal to buy
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. APC, >+0.57% The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2019. Occidental shares were unchanged before the start of trade Thursday.
Lyft Inc. LYFT, >-1.67% rose 1.5%, after news that autonomous vehicle firm Waymo, which is a subsidiary of Google parent
Alphabet Inc. GOOG, >-0.60% has officially launched a program to make some self-driving minivans available for Lyft customers. The program is only available in a small area outside, Phoenix, Arizona.
Rite Aid Corp. RAD, >+3.80% announced first-quarter financial results Wednesday evening, reporting a larger-than-expected loss and no revenue growth. Shares of the retailer were down 9.7% in off-hours trade. Rival
HealthEquity Inc. HQY, >-3.88% fell 3.9% in premarket trade, after the health savings account (HSA) non-bank custodian, said Thursday it has reached agreement to acquire
WageWorks Inc WAGE, >+1.63%
Semiconductor stocks appear set to add to yesterday’s rally, instigated by upbeat guidance by
Micron Technologies Inc. MU, >+13.34% management. Shares of
Advanced Micro Devices Inc AMD, >+3.67% rose 1.6% and
Nvidia Corp. NVDA, >+5.14% shares added 1% in premarket trade Thursday.
How did other markets trade?
The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note TMUBMUSD10Y, >-0.42% fell less than a basis point to 2.037%.
In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 NIK, >+1.19% jumped 1.2% overnight, while China’s Shanghai Composite Index SHCOMP, >+0.69% fell 0.7%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng HSI, >+1.42% index rose 1.4%. In Europe, the Stoxx Europe 600 was trading 0.2% lower.
In commodities markets, the price of crude oil CLQ19, >-0.72% and gold prices GCN19, >-0.43% were retreating. The U.S. dollar DXY, >-0.01% was trading flat, as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar Index at 96.18.