Here are five things you must know for Wednesday, March 3:
1. -- Stock Futures Point to a Wall Street Rebound
Stock futures pointed to a rebound for Wall Street on Wednesday, with tech stocks, which have faced questions about valuations, leading the gains.
Contracts linked to the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 219 points, S&P 500 futures gained 24 points and Nasdaq futures were up 95 points.
With fears of higher interest rates front and center, investors have been questioning how much they're willing to pay for equities, particularly high-flying tech stocks.
Despite the bond market stabilizing following a surge in Treasury yields last week, Wall Street remains concerned about longer-term borrowing costs.
Benchmark Treasury yields traded at 1.446% on Wednesday. They jumped last week to one-year highs, spurred by concerns that inflation would rise as the economy recovered from the coronavirus pandemic.
Stocks finished lower Tuesday and the S&P 500 failed to extend a rally following its best trading session since June.
2. -- Wednesday's Calendar: Marvell Earnings, ADP Employment Report
Earnings reports are expected Wednesday from Dollar Tree (DLTR) - Get Dollar Tree, Inc. Report, Marvell Technology (MRVL) - Get Marvell Technology, Inc. Report, Snowflake (SNOW) - Get Snowflake, Inc. Class A Report, Splunk (SPLK) - Get Splunk Inc. Report, Vroom (VRM) - Get Vroom, Inc. Report, American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) - Get American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. Report, National Beverage (FIZZ) - Get National Beverage Corp. Report, Wendy's (WEN) - Get Wendy's Company Report and Okta (OKTA) - Get Okta, Inc. Class A Report.
The economic calendar for Wednesday includes the ADP Employment Report for February at 8:15 a.m. ET, the PMI Composite (Final) for February at 9:45 a.m., the ISM Services Index for February at 10 a.m., Oil Inventories for the week ended Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m. and the Federal Reserve's "Beige Book" at 2 p.m.
3. -- Rocket Drops After Tuesday's Surge
Shares of Rocket Cos. (RKT) - Get Rocket Companies Inc Class A Report fell in premarket trading Wednesday, following Tuesday's gains of 71% that got a boost from falling interest rates and a strong earnings report, and attention from retail investors.
Like GameStop (GME) - Get GameStop Corp. Class A Report and AMC Entertainment (AMC) - Get AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. Class A Report before it, Rocket, the parent of Quicken Loans and Rocket Mortgage, has become a target on Reddit's WallStreetBets forum because of its high short interest. The company reportedly has large short bets placed against it by hedge funds.
“Rocket Mortgage-why was 38% of this company sold short?” TheStreet's Jim Cramer said in a tweet on Tuesday. “It’s a really solid company, may not be your fave if rates soar, but it is so well run!”
Rocket last week reported fourth-quarter earnings and revenue that topped analysts' expectations. The company completed a year of record mortgage volume and said it would pay a special dividend of $1.11 a share.
Rocket shares declined 7.72% to $38.39 in premarket trading.
4. -- Oscar Health Raises $1.4 Billion in IPO
The target price range on the sale of 31 million shares was raised to between $36 and $38 a share on Tuesday, up from its previous estimate of $32 to $34 a share.
Oscar Health was founded in 2012 by CEO Mario Schlosser, Kevin Nazemi and Joshua Kushner, the younger brother of Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of former President Donald Trump.
The stock will begin trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange under symbol "OSCR."
5. -- Lyft Has Its Best Week Since Last March
Lyft (LYFT) - Get Lyft, Inc. Class A Report said ridership in the last week in February was its best week in nearly a year and the company forecast a narrower adjusted Ebitda loss for the current quarter than previously projected.
The ride-sharing company said February monthly average daily rides rose 4% from January.
Lyft said it now sees a first-quarter adjusted Ebitda (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) loss of $135 million, narrower than previous expectations of a loss of $145 million to $150 million.
Lyft tied the improved outlook to “reduced operating expenses and to contribution margin, which is expected to be at the top end of the previously provided range.”
"Lyft is a core recovery name with a vaccine on the horizon," said Wedbush analyst Dan Ives in a note Wednesday. Wedbush has a price target of $72 on the stock - bull case $85 - and rates it outperform.
The stock rose 4.24% to $59.48 in premarket trading Wednesday.