Thursday is full of action - 4 Things to know for today
- by Roger Gain
Plenty of things to follow this Thursday.
Here are 4 tips for today's trading. This will help you decide where you should invest and what to look for:
1. Traders awaiting the NFP report
Coming on Friday: September U.S. NFP jobs report.
Meanwhile, U.S. stock futures are flat.
European markets are mixed in early trading, with EasyJet's earnings weighing on the FTSE 100. Germany's Dax and France's CAC 40 were both slightly higher.
Asian markets ended in positive territory. Hong Kong led the charge with a 0.7% gain.
On Wednesday, the Dow Jones industrial average advanced 0.6%, while the S&P 500 added 0.4% and the Nasdaq gained 0.5%.
Investors in the U.S. can look forward to the weekly report on jobless claims. It will be released at 12:30GMT.
2. Who will save Twitter?
The worst kept secret in Silicon Valley is that Twitter is for sale. But what if nobody wants to buy it?
Twitter shares were poised to open down 10% in New York after Recode reported that potential suitors Google and Disney have decided not to make offers for social media platform. Apple (AAPL, Tech30) also appears to be an unlikely bidder.
The question: Will anyone ride to Twitter's rescue?
Twitter (TWTR, Tech30), Google (GOOG) and Disney (DIS) did not respond to requests for comment.
3. Notable companies
The low cost airline EasyJet (ESYJY) said its profits will fall 25% in the financial year ended Sept. 30. Why? Because of the pound's collapse in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Foreign exchange movements have already cost the airline 90 million pounds ($115 million). The pain is far from over. A similar currency hit is expected over the next 12 months as the weaker pound pushes up fuel costs.
The parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut has been weighed down for years by its China division, which has suffered from a series of debilitating food safety scandals.
Yum's (YUM) solution was to spin off its business in the country. There's less than a month to go before the separation is complete, but Yum is not escaping without one final insult.
CEO Greg Creed said sales in China were solid during the first six weeks of the third quarter, but then ...
"Anticipated tougher laps in the second half of the third quarter were compounded by an international court ruling on claims regarding the South China Sea, which triggered a series of regional protests and negative sentiment against a few international companies with well-known Western brands."
Same store sales fell 1% in the quarter in China.
4. USD near 4-weeks high
The USD ground higher on Thursday, extending this week's four-week highs against the yen before a U.S. jobs report many expect to help seal the case for a rise in U.S. interest rates in December.
Rises in U.S. Treasury yields over the past 10 days have been the main driver of a halt in the yen's steady progress this year, pushing the Japanese currency back from 100 yen per dollar to 103.71 on Thursday.