Stock futures declined on Monday morning, following European markets lower, as investors grew nervous over a White House immigration ban that fueled weekend protests across the country.
S&P 500 futures were down 0.4%, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures fell 0.33%, and Nasdaq futures declined 0.4%.
Late Friday, Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran and Iraq. The hasty rollout led to widespread confusion over whether the ban extended to green card holders, leaving a number of permanent residents stranded in U.S. airports.
Federal judges in New York and Virginia, among others, overruled the ban on visa holders. Thousands also flooded to airports across the country, including John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Dulles International Airport in Virginia, to protest the immigration order.
A number of American companies, particularly those in Silicon Valley, voiced disappointment in the White House's executive order. Netflix (NFLX) - Get Netflix, Inc. Report , Apple (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. Report , Facebook (FB) - Get Meta Platforms Inc. Class A Report and Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation Report were among those that expressed concern. Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a letter stating that, "Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do."
The president has had a rocky first week in office, regularly facing public backlash over a number of his actions. Among his first moves in the White House, Trump and his team railed against the media, called into question the legitimacy of voting systems, and disputed photo evidence that his inaugural crowds were smaller than the inauguration of former President Barack Obama.
"The maelstrom our president has unleashed over immigration, and the seven countries under temporary ban, is yet another reason to honor our models' cautionary stance in the near-term," said Raymond James' Jeffrey Saut in a note. "Our country is amazingly dynamic and the equity markets are only impacted by such events in the short-term. Longer-term we remain convinced the equity markets are in a secular bull market that has years left to run."
Personal income and spending in the U.S. both rose in December, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Incomes rose 0.3% in December, slightly below 0.4% consensus but three times the pace in November. Spending increased 0.5%, in-line with estimates.
Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) - Get Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation Class A Report reported a rise in revenue over its third quarter, though profit declined. The government consulting company reported adjusted earnings of 38 cents a share, down from 41 cents and missing estimates by 2 cents. Revenue increased more than 7% to $1.4 billion, exceeding forecasts of $1.37 billion.
Tempur Sealy (TPX) - Get Tempur Sealy International Inc Report plummeted 31% in premarket trading after Mattress Firm said its contracts with the mattress and bedding company would be terminated. Tempur Sealy and Mattress Firm were unable to agree on a number of changes to existing agreements. Tempur Sealy CEO Scott Thompson said it was in the company's "long-term interest of all our stakeholders" to terminate the contracts.
Fitbit (FIT) - Get Fitbit, Inc. Class A Report declined more than 10% before the opening bell on reports it plans to cut between 5% and 10% of its employees, or roughly 80 to 160 people. The fitness tracker company will reportedly announce the job cuts on Monday. The move is reportedly in response to a slowdown in the wearables market.