U.S. stock futures are down slightly after Applied Materials (AMAT) - Get Applied Materials, Inc. Report, the world's largest producer of chip-making equipment, forecast 3rd quarter profits and sales that will miss analyst estimates.
Investors now have to hope today's U.S. durable goods report will show the recovery is still on track. However, economists expect the report to show durable goods orders for April fell due to slowing demand.
Financial and technology stocks dragged Asian markets lower on concerns that a slowing recovery in the west and the European debt crisis will adversely affect earnings of Asian stocks. On the heels of the Applied Materials report, those fears appear somewhat reasonable after
, Japan's largest manufacturer of chip-making equipment, forecast profit and sales estimates below analysts' estimates. Stock markets in South Korea closed down 1.3%, China, down 0.9% and Japan, down 0.6% after rallying as much as 0.4% to start the session, saw the most pressure.
The MSCI Emerging Markets Index decreased 0.6%, while the Stoxx Europe 600 Index gained 0.2% after falling as much as 0.6%, despite continuing debt concerns causing investors to worry about growth around the world.
Investors continue to seek shelter in gold and silver, as they lead commodities higher on the week. Silver futures point to a second day of outperformance versus gold, so traders will focus on the
iShares Silver Trust ETF
to play the precious metal. Investors appear to be looking at gold mining stocks with
trading at the upper end of its range, while
show signs of life. Strength in copper, up 2%, adds to bullish moment for mining stocks -- traders can also play copper via the
iPath Dow Jones Copper ETF
Crude oil futures are flat ahead of 10:30am inventory numbers, after yesterday's bullish note from
had investors buying back oil stocks via the
Oil Service HOLDRs ETF
. On the Morning Call, Alix talks about the Goldman note potentially favoring drillers like
, while throwing some cold water on refiners like
Initial public offerings continue to be a focus for traders with
posting massive gains. Investors hope the secondary offering from
American International Group
will provide a change in sentiment for a stock that has be trending down for months.
Traders continue to search for leadership from technology stocks -- while
have done their part,
remains a laggard.
Disclosures: Scott is long SLV YNDX BAC LNKD OIH POT NFLX CRM AAPL and short SPY
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