Stock futures are lower after S&P 500 ekes out winning day
20 Aug 2021
Stock futures were in negative territory early Friday morning after a choppy regular trading session ended with the S&P 500 slightly in the green.
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures dropped 105 points. Futures on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures were both also in negative territory.
The S&P 500 snapped a two-day losing streak in Thursday’s regular trading session while the Dow ended its third-straight day in red.
After volatile trading, the S&P 500 closed 0.1% higher. The Nasdaq Composite added 0.1%. The Dow bucked the trend and shed 66.57 points.
All three major stock indexes are on track to close the week lower. The S&P 500 and the Dow are both on track to post their worst weekly performances since June, while the Nasdaq is set to see its worst week since May.
“Against a backdrop of thin liquidity as investors take summer vacations, minor stock market corrections are to be expected in a market that is pricing in peak earnings, extended price-to-earnings ratios and elevated economic growth expectations,” Richard Saperstein, chief investment officer at Treasury Partners, said.
The second quarter earnings season is largely in the rearview mirror, but a few companies are still on deck. Deere and Foot Locker are set to provide quarterly updates on Friday before the market opens.
—CNBC’s Pippa Stevens contributed reporting.