Stock futures rocketed higher on Monday after centrist Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the country's presidential elections over far-right Marine Le Pen.
S&P 500 futures were up 1.2%, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures added 1.1%, and Nasdaq futures climbed 1%.
European markets were also sharply higher on Macron's win. The CAC 40 in France surged 4.5%, putting stocks at a nine-year high, while Germany's DAX added 3%, and the FTSE 100 in London rose 1.8%. BNP Paribas (BNPQY) , France's biggest lender, rose more than 10% on French markets Monday, while Credit Agricole (CRARY) and Societe General (SCGLY) also posted healthy gains. U.S.-listed shares of Deutsche Bank (DB) - Get Report rallied 10% in premarket trading.
Macron's first-round win is seen as a victory for the European Union with the candidate likely to keep France in the bloc. Anti-European Le Pen would likely negotiate an exit from the EU, similar to what the United Kingdom is currently undergoing. Macron will be in a run-off against Le Pen for the country's presidency on May 7. Polls suggest Macron holds at least a 20-point lead over Le Pen heading into the second round.
Halliburton (HAL) - Get Report added 1% in premarket trading after exceeding analysts' quarterly estimates on strength in its North American activity to start the year. The energy services company reported a loss of 4 cents a share over the quarter, far narrower than a loss of $2.81 a share a year earlier. Adjusted earnings of 4 cents a share came in a penny higher than expected. Revenue climbed 1.4% to $4.28 billion, largely in-line with estimates. Company President Jeff Miller said he is "excited by the activity I see in North America and confident in our ability to manage through any challenges in the international markets."
Toymaker Hasbro (HAS) - Get Report climbed 4% before the bell following an improved first quarter. Net income of 54 cents a share grew from 38 cents a share in the year-ago quarter. Analysts anticipated earnings to hold flat at 38 cents a share. Revenue in the U.S., which accounts for more than half of the top-line, rose 2% to $451.6 million thanks to growth in gaming sales. Overall revenue of $849.7 million exceeded analysts' target of $818.3 million.
Kimberly-Clark (KMB) - Get Report fell 2% after reporting a rise in net income, though adjusted earnings and sales came in below Wall Street estimates. First-quarter net income rose to $1.57 a share from $1.50 a share in the same quarter a year earlier. Adjusted earnings of $1.53 a share missed consensus by a penny. Sales came in flat at $4.48 billion, falling short of a rise to $4.49 billion. Kimberly-Clark anticipates full-year sales growth of just 1% to 2%.
Amazon (AMZN) - Get Report added more than 1% after Wedbush Securities issued a bullish note on the stock. Analyst Michael Pachter increased his price target to $1,250, the highest of any Wall Street analyst, arguing that the company will likely see "substantial earnings growth." In a note, Pachter said the company "appears intent upon growing annual profits (with some quarterly volatility), which we expect to continue as the company invests in growth." Pachter also said Amazon Web Services will likely drive the bulk of growth. The online retailer is set to report on its recent quarter on Thursday.
Becton Dickinson (BDX) - Get Reportreached an agreement to acquire medical technology peer C.R. Bard (BCR) for $24 billion, the largest-ever deal for the 120-year-old buyer. Shares of Bard rose 19.2% in premarket trading.