Tesla, Zoom, Nike: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today

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Here’s what we are watching as markets kick into gear Monday.Futures tied to the S&P 500 dropped 1.6%, as a fast-spreading strain of coronavirus emerging from England prompted fresh travel restrictions, dealing another blow to prospects for the global economic recovery. Futures linked to the technology heavy Nasdaq-100 index fell 1.1%.

What’s Coming Up

Tesla TSLA 2.44% joins the S&P 500 today after closing at its latest record high on Friday. Shares in the electric vehicle maker dipped 3.8% premarket.

Financial data provider FactSet publishes quarterly earnings today, as does industrial machinery maker Enerpac Tool Group. EPAC 1.25% In Washington, Congress will look to move forward on legislation for a $900 billion Covid-19 relief plan that leaders agreed upon over the weekend.

Market Movers to Watch

— Shares in travel companies dipped premarket amid fears of further travel restrictions. Delta Air Lines fell 4.1%, Southwest and United fell 3% and 4.1% respectively, and Royal Caribbean shed 4.6%. Boeing BA -1.16% was off 4.1%.— Energy companies declined in off-hours trading as oil prices fell nearly 5% on fears travel restrictions could curb demand. Occidental Petroleum fell 8.1%. Natural gas company ONEOK fell 5%.— Zoom Video Communications, ZM -2.27% which has benefited from stay-at-home orders, jumped 4.3% premarket.

— Nike NKE -0.11% shares rose 5.8% in offhours trading. The sneaker and sportswear giant reported higher quarterly sales and profits when it updated investors after the market close on Friday.

— Shares in property-management-software provider RealPage leaped more than 30% premarket on news that private-equity firm Thoma Bravo would buy it for $9.6 billion.

— Shares in Global Payments rose 3.1% premarket. The payments-technology company recently held unsuccessful merger talks with Fidelity National Information Services, the Wall Street Journal reported.

A woman carries Nike shopping bags in Commerce, Calif., December 3, 2020.

Photo: lucy nicholson/Reuters

Market Fact

The British pound was on course for its steepest one-day fall against the U.S. dollar since the worst of March’s market rout as the continuing failure to arrive at a post-Brexit trade agreement and new measures in the U.K. to curtail the spread of Covid-19 weighed on British assets.

Chart of the Day

Tesla’s bull run has been so powerful that many bearish investors have abandoned their money-losing bets, sending short positions on the stock to a record low.  

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