Updated 7:45 a.m. ET, Thursday, Aug. 3.
A mix of earnings reports on Thursday, Aug. 3, put the Dow Jones Industrial Average's record run under threat as U.S. stock futures pulled in different directions.
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were down 0.01%, S&P 500 futures dipped 0.03%, and Nasdaq futures added 0.08%.
Wall Street cheered a positive earnings report from Apple Inc. (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. Report on Wednesday, Aug. 2, sweeping the Dow to a record close for its sixth straight session. The blue-chip index also exceeded the 22,000 milestone for the first time ever.
Tesla Inc. (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc Report shares rose 6.7% in premarket trading on Thursday after posting a second-quarter loss narrower than expected and reporting strong demand for the Model 3, its newest sedan. The electric carmaker reported an adjusted loss of $1.33 a share, narrower than Wall Street's expectations for a loss of $1.82. Revenue more than doubled from a year earlier to $2.79 billion, surpassing analysts' estimates of $2.52 billion.
Tesla said order reservations for its highly anticipated Model 3 vehicle, released last week, were averaging more than 1,800 a day. The Model 3 starts at $44,000 and is largely considered by Wall Street to be Tesla's path to profitability.
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3D Systems Corp. (DDD) - Get 3D Systems Corporation Report tumbled 9.5% after a disappointing second quarter. A net loss of 8 cents a share was double a year earlier. Adjusted earnings of 8 cents a share fell short of estimates by 4 cents. Revenue increased to $159.5 million, down from $162.5 million. For the full year, the three-dimensional printer company anticipates revenue between $643 million and $671 million, wrapping consensus of $661.6 million.
Fitbit Inc. (FIT) - Get Fitbit, Inc. Class A Report , the fitness-tracking device maker, reported a narrower-than-expected adjusted loss of 8 cents a share in the second quarter. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected Fitbit to post a loss of 15 cents a share in the period. Revenue in the second quarter fell to $353.3 million from $586.5 million a year earlier but topped Wall Street forecasts.
Fitbit said it expects an adjusted loss of between 2 cents and 5 cents a share in the third quarter on revenue of $380 million to $400 million. Analysts estimate Fitbit will report a loss of 5 cents a share on revenue of $393.1 million.
Avon Products Inc. (AVP) - Get Avon Products, Inc. Report was under pressure after an unexpected loss in its recent quarter and a surprise announcement that its CEO Sheri McCoy was leaving the company. The cosmetics company reported a loss of 12 cents a share compared to profit of 6 cents a year earlier. An adjusted loss of 3 cents a share surprised analysts looking for earnings of 7 cents.
Square Inc. (SQ) - Get Square, Inc. Class A Report halved its quarterly net loss and increased its outlook for the full year. A second-quarter loss of 4 cents a share was better than 8 cents in the year-ago quarter and beat estimates by a penny. Adjusted revenue increased 41% to $240 million and exceeded expectations of $228.8 million. For the full year, the digital payments processor anticipates adjusted revenue of $925 million to $935 million, higher than previous estimates of $890 million to $910 million. Its adjusted earnings guidance was also increased.
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (TTWO) - Get Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Report surged 12% after a better-than-expected fiscal first quarter. The video game developer swung to profit of 56 cents a share compared to a loss of 46 cents a year earlier. Analysts had anticipated earnings of 20 cents a share. Revenue increased 34% to $418.2 million and topped consensus of $281 million.
Allergan PLC (AGN) - Get Allergan plc Report reported a second-quarter loss of $2.35 a share on Thursday, Aug. 3, a fall of 88% from the same period last year when the company reported a loss of $1.25. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected Allergan to post a loss of 98 cents a share in the second quarter. The stock fell 0.9%.
Shares of Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. (TEVA) - Get Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Report sell the most in nearly 20 years Thursday after the generic drugmaker cut its full-year profit and slashed its dividend 75% owing to weaker U.S. markets and the ongoing political turmoil in Venezuela. The stock declined 14.8% in premarket trading.
Weekly jobless claims in the U.S. dropped in the past week in the latest sign of a tightening labor market. The number of new claims for unemployment benefits fell by 5,000 to 240,000 in the final full week of July. The less volatile, four-week average declined by 2,500 to 241,750.
The U.S. jobs report will be released by the Labor Department on Friday, Aug. 4. Analysts anticipate that a summer lull could pull the number of jobs added to the U.S. economy to below 200,000 for the third time this year. Economists surveyed by FactSet anticipate 180,500 jobs to have been added to the U.S. economy in July, still a solid pace though slower than the rate of 222,000 in June.
On the plus side, the unemployment rate is expected to fall by 10 basis points to 4.3%. Hourly earnings are expected to have increased 0.3% month on month, picking up from a 0.2% growth rate in June. Year over year, hourly earnings growth is targeted to have held at 2.5%.
On the economic calendar Thursday, factory orders for June and the ISM non-manufacturing index for July are set for 10 a.m.
The Bank of England Thursday kept its key interest rate steady at a historic low of 0.25% and has maintained government bond purchases at £435 billion and corporate bond purchases at £10 billion. The central bank's Monetary Policy Committee voted six to two to keep rates unchanged. Two members voted to increase the bank rate 25 basis points, this was down from three in July.
The BOE now expects the economy to grow by 1.7% this year, down from a previous forecast of 1.9%. The growth forecast for 2018 was also cut to 1.6%, down from a previous estimate of 1.7%.
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