Thursday saw U.S. stocks suffer one of their worst sessions so far this year. The benchmark S&P 500 index closed 1.5% lower to represent its biggest one-day drop since May. The sell-off continued in Asia overnight and there was some follow-through in Europe this morning. U.S. index futures have drifted further lower on follow-up technical selling momentum as more bullish speculators have been forced to liquidate their positions.
U.S. indices are on course to open a little higher on Wednesday, buoyed by stronger earnings from Apple on Tuesday and ahead of some important jobs data from ADP which will act as a precursor to Friday’s non-farm payrolls number.
Since bottoming in early July, the energy sector ETF has rallied by about 5% to break meaningfully above its 50-day moving average for the first time since January. The ETF also was able to clear its eight-month descending trend line in the same area.
U.S. futures are pointing to a stronger open on Thursday, with the NASDAQ seen leading the way boosted by earnings from Facebook as we await results from a number of other companies on what is likely to be one of the biggest days of earnings reports this year.
The main U.S. stock market indexes gained between 0.4% and 0.6% on Friday, extending their short-term uptrend, as investors' sentiment remained bullish following recent economic data releases, among others.