Stock futures are flat before big earnings reports with the Dow just below 35,000 mark

Stock futures are flat before big earnings reports with the Dow just below 35,000 mark

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U.S. stock futures were basically flat Tuesday morning after the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Monday closed just shy of 35,000. Second-quarter earnings season unofficially kicks off on Tuesday with earnings from two big banks, along with some other companies.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures fell about 20 points. S&P 500 futures were unchanged and Nasdaq 100 futures traded in mildly positive territory.

Investors are turning their attention to banks as they prepare to release their second quarter earnings this week, starting with JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs Tuesday before the opening bell. JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs ended Monday 1.4% and 2.3% higher, respectively.

Overall earnings reports are expected to be stellar for the second quarter over the coming weeks with profit growth estimated at 64% year-over-year for the quarter, according to FactSet. That would be the biggest quarterly profit increase since 2009.

Banks’ earnings are expected to more than double for the second quarter, with an estimated 119.5% estimated year-over-year growth rate, according to analysts polled by FactSet.

PepsiCo will also post quarterly results before the bell.

In the regular trading session on Monday the Dow rose 126.02 points to close just below 35,000. The blue-chip measure is up 14% this year. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite gained 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively, to record closes.

“High expectations for earnings and each companies’ forward guidance will push markets higher or disappointment may create a small pullback in equity markets,” said Jeff Kilburg, chief investment officer at Sanctuary Wealth. “Eyes will be on the major banks to set the tone for the next few weeks of earnings.”

Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley all ended the day higher as well. They will report their earnings later in the week.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is scheduled to appear in front of Congress Wednesday and Thursday to provide an update on monetary policy. He has maintained that the Fed’s easy policies will remain intact until there’s more progress on its employment and inflation goals.

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