U.S. stock futures on Tuesday were pointing to a poor start to a holiday-shortened trading week as earnings from major retailers, rising bond yields and geopolitical tensions weigh on sentiment.How are stock-index futures trading
S&P 500 futures
dipped 34 points, or 0.8%, to 4053
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures
fell 316 points, or 0.9%, to 33550
lost 133 points, or 1%, to 12256
rose Friday, but logged a third straight weekly decline, while the , the S&P 500
saw a 0.3% weekly fall, its second straight decline. The Nasdaq Composite
rose 0.6% last week. U.S. markets were closed Monday for the Presidents Day holiday.
What’s driving markets U.S. investors returned from the three-day weekend in a downbeat mood. Trader sentiment is cautious as they observe benchmark bond yields near their highs of the year on expectations recent robust economic data will encourage the Federal Reserve to keep borrowing costs higher for longer. Minutes of the Fed’s Jan. 31-Feb. 1 meeting will be published on Wednesday. Tensions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as President Joe Biden visits Poland and a Chinese delegation goes to Moscow, are adding to the anxiety. “So far, risky assets have digested the rates repricing well — while the broad ‘risk-on’ rally has slowed to a crawl, the higher terminal rates have not moved through assets like a wrecking ball as some had assumed,” said Stephen Innes, managing partner at SPI Asset Management. “But there remains a heightened degree of caution due to the steep rise in U.S. yields and rate volatility, an environment where the U.S. dollar tends to benefit,” Innes added. Such caution was matched by Jonathan Krinsky, chief technical strategist at BTIG, who noticed that the latest rally had nevertheless begun to fade. “After a few weeks of chopping around, the SPX looks to have broken its short-term uptrend just as momentum has begun to roll over, similar to breaks we saw in April, August, and December of 2022,” Krinsky wrote in a note to clients.
“As a reminder, the back-half of February is often one of the weaker parts of the calendar. This has come on the heels of rates which have been moving higher for the last couple of weeks. A slow equity reaction to rates has not been atypical over the last 18-months, as each of the prior six tactical peaks all occurred one to four weeks after the low in rates,” he added. U.S. economic updates set for release on Tuesday include the S&P flash services and manufacturing purchasing managers’ indices for February, due a …