Stock futures rise ahead of July jobs report

Amazon to buy iRobot for $1.7 billion

Amazon will acquire i robot for $61.00 per share, the consumer robot company announced Friday. The all-cash transaction is valued at approximately $1.7 billion, including iRobot’s net debt.

iRobot shares were halted on the news. The sale price of $61 per share is a 22% premium to Thursday’s close of $49.99. Amazon’s stock rose about 0.2% in premarket trading.

—By Michelle Fox

DoorDash surges after record orders

A Doordash delivery man rides a bicycle in the rain during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S. November 13, 2020.

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DoorDash shares rose more than 10% in premarket trading on Friday after the company announced quarterly results above expectations after market close on Thursday. The food delivery service said orders were up 23% from the last quarter of the year and revenue jumped 30%.

The company expects consumer spending to decline in the second half of the year, it said.

—Carmen Reinicke

Oil is poised for a heavy weekly loss

Oil prices were moderately lower in Friday morning trading on Wall Street and on track for steep weekly losses. Concerns about a slowdown in demand have driven prices down in recent sessions.

West Texas Intermediate Crude Futuresthe US oil benchmark, is down 10.5% for the week, while the international benchmark Crude Brent lost 14.5%.

—Pippa Stevens

Bitcoin and Ether on track for worst week since July 1

Cryptocurrencies fell this week after a tough start to the month. Bitcoin and Ether are both down around 3% since the start of the week and on track to post their first negative week in five.

The performance would also be the worst weekly drop since July 1, when Bitcoin lost 8.71% and Ether lost 13%.

—Carmen Reinicke

Warner Bros dives

Leslie Grace attends the premiere of Warner Bros. of ‘The Suicide Squad’ at Landmark Westwood on August 02, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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Stifel raises S&P 500 second-half target

Stifel’s Barry Bannister raised his S&P 500 target for the second half to 4,400 from 4,200, noting that he continues to favor cyclical growth stocks in sectors such as software and media.

Here are two reasons Bannister gave for his target:

  • The “1H22 S&P 500 selloff is still reversing.”
  • “The S&P 500 also discounts the negative S&P 500 EPS y/a in 2022, but we see 2022 EPS holding.”

Bannister’s new target implies a 6% upside from Thursday’s close.

Fred Imbert

European stocks stagnate ahead of US jobs report

European markets were flat Friday morning as investors tracked corporate earnings and awaited the key US jobs report.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 changed little at the start of the trade. Autos gained 0.8% while insurance stocks fell 0.8%.

Earnings continue to drive individual stock prices in Europe. Allianz, Deutsche Post, the London Stock Exchange Group and WPP were among the companies that reported before the bell on Friday.

-Elliot Smith

Asian markets shake fears over military tensions around Taiwan

Asia-Pacific markets rose on Friday as investors shook off fears over Chinese military exercises near Taiwan, which follow US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-governing island this week.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan rose 0.74%. Mainland China’s Shanghai Composite gained 0.28% and Shenzhen Component rose 0.64%.

Taiwan’s Taiex jumped more than 2%, with chipmaker TSMC rising 2.8%.

Fewer jobs doesn’t mean a weaker economy, investor says

While Friday’s jobs report showed the US economy added fewer workers in July than the previous month, that’s not necessarily a sign of economic weakness, according to Brad McMillan, CIO of Commonwealth Financial Network.

“If we see a reduction in hiring, even to the expected number, it seems much more likely to be due to a shortage of workers, rather than a sudden labor demand shock,” McMillan said. in a note. “With high demand, what matters here is the availability of labor.”

—Yun Li

Some on Wall Street don’t think the comeback rally can last

The Fed’s commitment to bringing inflation down along with easing recession fears sparked a rally of relief in the market. The S&P500 is now 14.2% above its 52-week intraday low of 3,636.87 from June 17. The benchmark also just had its best month since November 2020, gaining more than 9% in July.

However, some on Wall Street are skeptical that the rally will last much longer. Max Kettner, chief multi-asset strategist at HSBC Bank, said the return is “a wishful thinking”, and he would need to see another reassessment of rate hike expectations and another sharp drop in real yields to believe it.

Widely followed Morgan Stanley’s Mike Wilson also referred to as this short-lived rally as corporate earnings begin to deteriorate.

Consumer discretionary leads the gains, with energy the biggest laggard this week so far

Six of the 11 S&P 500 sectors were in the green week so far, led by consumer discretionary, which gained 2.9%.

The most negative sector this week was energy, which fell more than 8% and is on track for its worst week since June 17. The drop in energy names came amid falling oil prices. WTI is down more than 10% this week, on pace with its worst week since April.

—Yun Li

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