5 things to know before the stock market opens Wednesday
Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day:
1. Stock futures sink as October’s wild swings continue
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on October 04, 2021 in New York City.
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Dow futures dropped 350 points, or 1%, on Wednesday as October so far lives up to its reputation for extreme volatility. S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures fell more than 1.2% and nearly 1.5%, respectively, in premarket trading. On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all soared roughly 1% in a rebound from the prior session’s slide. On Friday, Wall Street started the new month, after a rough September, with a strong rally. Many market strategists pointed out that even though October can be tricky, the fourth quarter has historically been a mostly strong period for stocks. The Nasdaq was 6% away from its Sept. 7 record close. The S&P 500 was 4.2% from from its Sept. 2 record close. The Dow was 3.7% away from its Aug. 16.
2. 10-year Treasury yield tops 1.55% ahead of jobs data
Rising bond yields on Wednesday were pressuring tech stocks, with Apple, Microsoft and Amazon all falling more than 1% each in the premarket. The 10-year Treasury yield topped 1.55% ahead of the first of three key jobs reports. Before the opening bell Wednesday, ADP is out with its September look at private sector employment at 8:15 a.m. ET. Economists expected that U.S. companies created 425,000 new jobs during the month compared with 347,000 in August. The Labor Department issues weekly jobless claims Thursday morning, one day before the big September employment report.
3. Near 7-year high oil prices stoke inflation concerns
Working oil pumps against a sunset sky.
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U.S. oil prices on Wednesday pulled back modestly from near seven-year highs, on track to break a four-session winning streak. West Texas Intermediate crude, however, gained 1.7% on Tuesday, settling at $78.93 per barrel after hitting a session high of almost $80. WTI has gained nearly 65% in 2021, adding price pressures in the U.S. at a time when the Federal Reserve is trying to gauge the staying power of higher inflation as policymakers consider whether to start reducing extraordinary Covid-era monetary stimulus measures.
4. Biden concedes $3.5 trillion budget bill will need to be smaller
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on infrastructure investments at the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324 training facility in Howell, Michigan, October 5, 2021.
Jonathan Ernst | Reuters
President Joe Biden has conceded the final version of a $3.5 trillion package of social and environmental initiatives with only Democratic support will have to be considerably smaller. In virtual meetings with House Democrats this week, Biden said he reluctantly sees a price tag between $1.9 trillion and $2.3 trillion, a Democrat familiar with the sessions said Tuesday. Sen. Joe Manchin, a high-profile Democratic holdout, wants a bill closer to $1.5 trillion. For passage, Democrats need every vote in the 50-50 Senate and all but three in the House.
Biden said Democrats are considering a change to the Senate’s filibuster rules in order to quickly pass a debt ceiling increase needed avoid a devastating credit default. The deadline set by the Treasury Department is Oct. 18. Getting rid of the filibuster would lower the typical 60-vote threshold for passage to 50. With Vice President Kamala Harris breaking any tie, a simple majority would be enough for passage. Republicans want Democrats to utilize the reconciliation process they aim to use for the budget bill, to act on the debt ceiling.
— The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report. Follow all the market action like a pro on CNBC Pro. Get the latest on the pandemic with CNBC’s coronavirus coverage.
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