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Market Hustle: Stock Futures Nudge Higher After Easter Break

Stocks in this article: ^DJI ^GSPC ^IXIC NFLX HAL KMB

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. stock futures were nudging higher Monday as investors began returning from the Easter holidays.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up 21 points, or 27.46 points above fair value, to 16,364, S&P 500 futures were up 2 points, or 1.55 points above fair value, to 1,860, and Nasdaq futures were up 11.7 points, or 9.22 points above fair value, to 3,535.

  • Netflix (NFLX) is forecast to report Monday first-quarter earnings of 83 cents a share on revenue of $1.27 billion. Shares were advancing 0.87% in premarket trading.
  • Halliburton (HAL) shares were edging up after topping first-quarter earnings expectations by 2 cents at 73 cents a share as revenue came in better than expected. Latin America was the only region where the company didn't experience growth.
  • Kimberly-Clark (KMB) was poised for action after surpassing the Wall Street target by a penny with first-quarter earnings of $1.48 a share. Revenue slightly missed expectations.
  • The Conference Board's Index of Leading Indicators for March will be released at 10 a.m. EDT.
  • The Nikkei 225 in Japan settled down 0.03% after a government report indicated that Japan's exports rose 1.8% in March from the year before, widely missing the expected 6.3% increase. Hong Kong markets were closed for Easter Monday. Major European markets were closed for the Easter holiday.
  • Tensions in Ukraine flared up after a gunfight on Sunday left three people dead at a pro-Russian checkpoint in eastern Ukraine. The escalation in violence threatened an agreement signed by the U.S., the E.U., Russia and Ukraine in Geneva last week that aimed to diffuse tensions in the region.
  • Major U.S. indices closed little changed amid corporate earnings on Thursday as investors hedged their bets ahead of a long weekend. Jobless claims for the week beat expectations.
  • S&P Capital IQ's chief equity strategist, Sam Stovall, said that the S&P 500 is now in the early stages of its seasonally vulnerable period, likely prompting investors to start thinking more about stability of price and quality of earnings. "It would appear natural to us that investors now begin re-emphasizing large-cap stocks over the more volatile and expensive small-cap issues," he said in a note.

-- By Andrea Tse in New York

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