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Wall Street eyes best open in 15 months amid earnings optimism

U.S. stock futures were little changed Wednesday, leaving Wall Street benchmarks on course for their highest open since April 2022 as earnings underpin investor sentiment.

How are stock-index futures trading

  • S&P 500 futures

    dipped 1 points, or 0%, to 4587

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average futures

    rose 32 points, or 0.1%, to 35174

  • Nasdaq 100 futures

    eased 9 points, or 0.1%, to 15966

On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average

rose .367 points, or 1.06%, to 34952, the S&P 500

increased 32 points, or 0.71%, to 4555, and the Nasdaq Composite

gained 109 points, or 0.76%, to 14354.

What’s driving markets

Optimism that a well-received corporate earnings season can help stocks extend their latest rally leaves Wall Street benchmarks in line for their highest open in 15-months.

Results from the banking sector, which kicked off the second quarter results parade, have generally gone down well with investors, and Wednesday sees more financials in the form of Goldman Sachs

and U.S. Bancorp

After the closing bell some market darlings take the stage, with Tesla

and Netflix

presenting their figures.

Also underpinning sentiment is hope that cooling inflation can help central banks soon stop increasing borrowing costs and that the interest rate rises to date have yet to badly damage the U.S. economy.

On that front there was some better news from the U.K., where data showing consumer prices rose at their slowest pace in more than a year sparked not only a slide for the pound

but also a drop in U.S.

and European government bond yields, and to a lesser extent a brief uptick in S&P 500 futures.

“Markets took some solace from the latest corporate and economic news, with hopeful signs that runaway inflation may be abating,” said Richard Hunter, head of markets at interactive investor.

“In the U.S., the likelihood of a further interest rate rise next week from the Federal Reserve is all but a done deal, although more recent indicators suggest that the hike could mark the end of its aggressive monetary tightening offensive. The current reporting season is off to a strong start, albeit against low expectations, pointing to an economy which has yet to suffer from the rising interest rate environment, Hunter added.

Mark Newton, head of technical strategy at Fundstrat, said the stock market’s recent gains means a period of consolidation may be nearing, but that the technical set up remains positive.

“[I]t remains difficult to get too bearish when DJIA and [the Dow Jones Transportation Average ] have just broken out to the highest levels since last spring while key index constituents like

have just broken out to new all-time high territory. It’s necessary to await the reversal. At present, as discussed above, market structure is improving, not deteriorating. The next 7-9 trading days of July should offer some clues in this regard,” said Newton.

U.S. economic updates set for release on Wednesday include housing starts and building permits for June, due at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.

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