Futures for U.S. markets were mixed late Wednesday as investors continue to devour the latest earnings data and look for guidance from the country's new administration.
The S&P 500 lost 0.03% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average 0.01% while Nasdaq added 0.02% at 9:19 p.m. EST.
Investors are relying on the latest earnings season for trades amidst a lull in economic data and little information from the capital. Two speeches by Federal Reserve officials may give traders some insight into how regulators view the market Thursday but impatience is growing with Washington as Trump tussles over immigration and his cabinet picks rather than announcing promised infrastructure projects and tax reform.
Markets closed mixed on Wednesday as bank stocks fell for a third day after outperforming since the federal election in November. The S&P ended the day up 0.07% while Nasdaq climbed 0.15%. The Dow pared 0.18%.
Europe was also mixed Wednesday with Germany's Dax losing 0.05% while the Cac in Paris gained 0.26% and the FTSE in London 0.04%.
Although Asia was also mixed, the Nikkei in Japan was the only decliner, losing 0.14% on a stronger yen at 9:28 p.m. EST while the ASX in Australia added 0.14%, the Kospi in South Korea 0.22% and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong 0.62%.
In oil, a future for a barrel of industry standard Brent crude gained 17 cents, to $55.29, at 9:35 p.m. EST while West Texas crude added 15 cents, to $52.49. The futures would be delivered in April and March, respectively.
The dollar index added 0.17%, to 100.34, at 9:39 p.m.--it measures the U.S. currency against a number of its rivals.
In after-hours trade, iRobot (IRBT - Get Report) shares led decliners by falling 9.05%, to $55.70, after fourth-quarter profit slipped 24.6%. The Bedford, Mass.-based maker of the Roomba vacuuming robot said sales in the final quarter of 2017 rose to $212.5 million from $206.4 million in the same period a year earlier.
Meanwhile profit fell to 49 cents a share from 65 cents in the year-earlier period. Still, the figures were better than analysts expected but apparently weren't enough for investors.
Shares of Austin's Whole Foods Market (WFM) slipped 1.47%, to $28.87, in extended trade after the struggling grocer reported disappointing first quarter earnings and lowered its 2017 guidance.
Revenues increased 1.9% year-over-year to $4.92 billion, while same-store sales fell 2.4%. Analysts expected Whole Foods to report revenues of about $4.98 billion, according to FactSet. Earnings per share of 30 cents fell short of the expected 39 cents.
Whole Foods also absorbed a non-cash charge of $34 million, or 6 cents a share, related to store closures, and an additional charge of $13 million, or 3 cents a share, as part of former co-CEO Walter Robb's departure in November.