Stock futures moved higher on Friday morning after a third-quarter growth in the U.S. economy picked up speed and Alphabet (GOOGL) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class A Report posted better-than-expected earnings.
S&P 500 futures were up 0.14%, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures increased 0.11%, and Nasdaq futures rose 0.17%.
Third-quarter GDP grew at a faster pace than expected, according to the first estimate of growth from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The U.S. economy grew at a 2.9% pace in the quarter, driven by a 2.1% increase in consumer spending. Analysts had anticipated growth of 2.5%. Business investment in equipment remained sluggish, falling 2.7%. The third-quarter estimates represents a significant pickup from 1.1% growth over the first half of the year.
Alphabet climbed 1% in premarket trading after topping earnings estimates in its third quarter and reporting a 20% surge in revenue. The tech company earned $9.06 a share, easily surpassing consensus by 43 cents. The search-engine giant reported advertising revenue growth of 18%, driven by a 33% jump in paid clicks. Alphabet also announced a $7 billion stock buyback program.
"We remain confident in the company's long-term growth, which is underpinned by savvy investments by CFO Ruth Porat in addition to continued dominance in core businesses,' wrote Jim Cramer and Jack Mohr, who hold Alphabet in Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust Portfolio.
Amazon (AMZN) - Get Amazon.com, Inc. Report fell more than 4% after falling well short of analysts' bottom-line forecasts. The e-commerce site earned 52 cents a share, three times profit in the year-ago quarter, but missed estimates of 78 cents. Revenue jumped 29% and came in as analysts had expected. Amazon forecasts holiday quarter sales to grow between 17% and 27%, roughly in line with analysts' estimates.
Amgen (AMGN) - Get Amgen Inc. Report surpassed profit expectations in its third quarter and raised its earnings outlook. Adjusted earnings of $3.02 a share beat estimates by 23 cents, while revenue jumped 2% to $5.81 billion. Amgen anticipates full-year adjusted earnings between $11.40 and $11.55 a share, higher than consensus of $11.36.
Exxon Mobil (XOM) - Get Exxon Mobil Corporation Report fell 1% after falling short of third-quarter sales. Quarterly revenue slumped 12% to $58.7 billion, missing expectations of $60.4 billion. Third-quarter earnings of 63 cents a share fell sharply from $1.01 in the year-ago quarter, though came in 5 cents above consensus. The oil company has faced a tough number of years as global oversupply continued to pressure oil prices.
AbbVie (ABBV) - Get AbbVie, Inc. Report slid more than 5% before the bell after a mixed quarter in which earnings beat estimates but revenue fell short. Earnings climbed to $97 cents a share from 74 cents in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted net income of $1.21 a share beat by a penny. Revenue rose 8% to $6.43 billion, but fell short of $5.94 billion consensus.
MasterCard (MA) - Get Mastercard Incorporated Class A Report moved nearly 2% higher after topping analysts' estimates on its top- and bottom-lines. Earnings of $1.08 a share topped estimates by a dime. Sales jumped 13% to $2.88 billion, exceeding estimates of $2.74 billion.
Hershey (HSY) - Get Hershey Company Report climbed more than 1% before the bell after third-quarter earnings came in higher than expected. The chocolate company earned an adjusted $1.29 a share, higher than $1.18 consensus. Revenue grew to $2 billion, higher than $1.96 billion in the year-ago quarter and nudging past estimates of $1.99 billion. However, Hershey anticipates full-year sales growth of just 1%, disappointing analysts expecting 3.7% growth.
Xerox (XRX) - Get Xerox Holdings Corporation Report was on watch after reporting disappointing sales in its recent quarter. Third-quarter sales declined 3% to $4.21 billion, missing estimates by $4.31 billion. Xerox also guided for fourth-quarter profit of 32 cents to 35 cents compared to consensus of 34 cents a share.
General Electric (GE) - Get General Electric Company Report and oilfield services provider Baker Hughes (BHI) have reportedly begun discussions on possible partnerships, joining forces to weather a tough commodities environment. Neither company has considered a complete takeover, according to The Wall Street Journal. A GE spokesperson confirmed discussions were taking place.