Friday is looking positive - 4 Tips for Today's Trading
Energy shares have jumped after oil had its best day in months, and U.S. stock futures are indicating a higher open.
ECB chief Mario Draghi's pledge to continue do what it takes to help Europe's economies on Thursday seems to have done the trick, for now.
Here are 4 tips for today's trading. This will help you decide where you should invest and what to look for:
U.S. crude oil also continued its rebound, climbing to around $30.80 a barrel the day after it posted its biggest one-day percentage gain since late October. It's up 4% in early trading.
2. International markets overview
European markets are up by more than 2% in early trading, led by shares in London and Paris. Asian markets were buoyed by the Nikkei which jumped 5.8%. The Hang Seng closed up 2.9% while shares in Shanghai closed 1.2% higher.
3. Stock market movers
Starbucks (SBUX) is down 3% in premarket trading on the back of disappointing revenue numbers released on Thursday. Chip maker Xilinx (XLNX) jumped 9% in premarket trading on talk it might be a takeover target after unveiling stellar results.
Chilean miner Antofagasta (ANFGF) is up 7% in early London trading -- the biggest mover of the commodity plays in the FTSE 100.
4. Earnings and economics
Before the opening bell, GE (GE), Legg Mason (BWG), Sotheby's (BID), Citizens Financial (CFG)and Sun Trust (STIPRE) will report earnings.
The Eurozone Purchasing Manager's Index came in lower than expected, indicating that Europe's economies are starting the year slowly. The data might be more ammunition for the ECB to boost stimulus in March.
Finally, Wall Street will be watching for new data on existing home sales for Dec., which come out at 10:00 a.m. ET.
Thursday market recap: The Dow Jones industrial average ended 0.7% higher, while the S&P 500 closed up 0.5% and the Nasdaq was unchanged.