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Stock futures regained some ground on Wednesday following Tuesday's whipsaw session that saw drug companies halt trials related to COVID-19 vaccines.
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Dow Jones futures rose 7 points early Wednesday, a day after the 30-stock index fell 157.7 points, impacted by Johnson & Johnson Inc.'s COVID-19 trial halt due to patient illness. Eli Lilly & Co. also halted the late-stage trial of its monoclonal antibody treatment over potential safety concerns following a recommendation from U.S. health regulators.
|I:DJI||DOW JONES AVERAGES||28679.81||-157.71||-0.55%|
|JNJ||JOHNSON & JOHNSON||148.36||-3.48||-2.29%|
|LLY||ELI LILLY & COMPANY||150.08||-4.41||-2.85%|
|I:COMP||NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX||11863.895513||-12.36||-0.10%|
NASDAQ Composite futures and S&P 500 futures were mixed, with the NASDAQ up 0.2% and the S&P 500 down slightly more than 1%.
STOCKS SLIP AS ELI LILLY HALTS COVID-19 TRIALS, BANKS CAUTIOUS ON RECOVERY
European markets were slightly higher, shrugging off earlier losses after the U.K. government signaled it would continue to hold trade talks with the E.U. past the Oct. 15 deadline put forth by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The Stoxx Europe 600 index, German DAX and French CAC 40 all ticked higher, showing slight gains.
BANKS, EARNINGS IN FOCUS
|BAC||BANK OF AMERICA CORP.||24.95||-0.73||-2.84%|
|GS||GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC.||210.81||-3.31||-1.55%|
|USB||U.S. BANCORP INC.||38.42||-1.33||-3.35%|
|WFC||WELLS FARGO & COMPANY||24.74||-0.94||-3.66%|
Bank earnings are again in focus, as Bank of America Corp., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Wells Fargo & Co. and U.S Bancorp all reported third-quarter results.
Goldman Sachs earned $9.68 a share on $10.78 billion in revenue, compared to $5.57 a share and $9.45 billion that analysts were expecting.
Bank of America topped estimates by 2 cents a share, despite an 11% decline in quarterly revenue.
|JPM||JP MORGAN CHASE & CO.||100.78||-1.66||-1.62%|
The additional insight into the health of the financial sector comes one day after JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc. reported better-than-expected results.
|UNH||UNITEDHEALTH GROUP INCORPORATED||331.42||+1.45||+0.44%|
|UAL||UNITED AIRLINES HLDG.||35.26||-1.12||-3.08%|
UnitedHealth Group reported earnings that were 42 cents better-than-expected, while also generating more revenue than expected.
United Airlines Holdings Inc. and Alcoa Corp., both report results after the market closes.
Wednesday will see the release of several pieces of economic data, including looks at the U.S. housing market and inflation readings.
At 7 a.m., the MBA Mortgage Applications Index for the week ending Oct. 10 will be released. At 8:30 a.m., producer price index (PPI) will be released, with economists expecting a reading of 0.1% and 0.3% excluding food and energy.
At 2 p.m., the Federal Reserve will release its Beige Book, providing a reading on the various economic regions throughout the country.
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West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell 0.6% to $39.96 a barrel, while gold reclaimed the $1,900 an ounce level, up 0.3%.
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