U.S. futures rose 0.4% ahead of key U.S. economic data on jobless claims, retail sales and crude inventories that should update investors on the state of the American consumer.
Global markets were positive as well, with the Stoxx Europe 600 benchmark advancing 0.4% in early trading, despite continuing weakness in Spanish and Italian bonds. ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet must weight pricing pressures against the Greek crisis, as he raises rates today by 0.25% to 1.5%. Meanwhile the Bank of England is expected to maintain its key rates at 0.5%
The MSCI Emerging Markets gained 0.2% was advancing for the first time in three days led by Russian markets paced by industrial and material stocks. Asian markets closed flat, despite strength from Chinese banks, as this week's rate hike will likely boost lender margins.
Commodities were mixed with crude oil futures up over half a percent, while the
SPDR Gold Trust ETF
iShares Silver Trust
ETF were relatively negative, with the ECB increasing rates.
Large-cap technology stocks continue to provide leadership to this market with
posting big gains over the last week, while
pushed to new highs yesterday.
Transport stocks pulled markets higher yesterday, while online travel names
continue to show relative strength. Traders may look to extend that trade via casino stocks, with
sitting at 52-week highs and
Las Vegas Sands
breaking a downtrend dating back to last November.
Investors continue to buy back Chinese internet stocks, with
up over 2%, while
gained 1% in pre-market trading.
Some stocks that may be in focus include,
are up 1% in pre-market trading on upgrades from JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley, respectively.
Disclosure: Scott Redler is long LVS, DANG, NFLX, VMW and SLV
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