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Stock futures soar higher as investors shake off Biden tax worries

Stock index futures ticked higher on Friday as investors looked at data on manufacturing and service operations a day after stock crashes following reports President Joe Biden will proposes a large increase in capital income taxes for the richest Americans.

The busy one-week corporate earnings report is coming to an end as well.

What are the key benchmarks doing?
  • Futures on the Dow Jones industrial average
    + 0.14%

    increased 44 points, or 0.1%, to 33,753.

  • S&P 500 future
    + 0.23%

    an increase of 9.30 points, or 0.2%, at 4,137.

  • Nasdaq-100 futures
    + 0.20%

    increased 28.50 points, or 0.2%, to 13,778.75.

On Thursday, the Dow index

down 321.40 points, or 0.9%, for the biggest one-day drop since March 4, while the S&P 500

and the Nasdaq Composite

also decreased by 0.9%.

What drives the market?

Stocks turned south in early afternoon trading on Thursday after Bloomberg News and others reported that Biden would propose to raise capital interest tax rates from 20% to 39.6% on individuals who earn is over 1 million USD a year. While the reports seem to dampen sentiment, analysts note that the proposal is in line with Biden’s campaign promises and noted that expectations for the increase will be narrowed in parliamentary talks.

“The 39.6% number is very much in line with the campaign’s commitment and won’t be shocking, but the fact we’ve seen risk selling shows the market is much more sensitive to bad news and this “ Will happen when the freezing spreads, ” Chris Weston, head of research at Pepperstone, said in a note.

“The consolidation seems to fit into the order here in the short term and it feels like we are in a phase of price action change,” he said.

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Markit’s manufacturing and purchasing management metrics for April will arrive at 9:45 am Eastern time. Economists expect the manufacturing index to rise to 60.5 from 59.1, while the services index is expected to rise to 61.0 from 60.4. Readings over 50 show activity expansion.

New home sales figures in March were released at 10am Eastern time and are expected to rise to 888,000 seasonally adjusted annually from 775,000 in February.

Which companies to focus on?
What are other markets doing?
  • The yield on a 10-year Treasury note

    down 1.4 bps to 1,547%. Yields and bond prices move in opposite directions.

  • ICE US Dollar Index
    monetary measure against a basket of six major players, down 0.3%.

  • Bitcoin

    plummeted in a move that some observers associated with tax worries, with digital assets falling below $ 50,000.

  • Oil futures rose, with US standards
    + 0.44%

    up 0.5% at $ 61.67 / barrel.

  • Gold futures prices rose higher, with June contract
    + 0.31%

    increased by 0.3% at $ 1,787.20 / ounce.

  • In Europe, the index Stoxx 600

    down 0.4%, while London’s FTSE 100

    fell 0.5%.

  • In Asia, the Shanghai Composite
    + 0.26%

    up 0.3%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index
    + 1.12%

    1.1% increase and Japan’s Nikkei 225

    down 0.6%.



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