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U.S. stock futures on Friday were pointing to a positive end to another difficult quarter, with key inflation data and Fed speeches set to come.

What’s happening
  • Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average

    rose193 points, or 0.6%, to 29479.

  • Futures on the S&P 500

    gained 29 points, or 0.8%, to 3684.

  • Futures on the Nasdaq 100

    increased 82 points, or 0.7%, to 11310.

On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average

fell 458 points, or 1.54%, to 29226, the S&P 500 declined 79 points, or 2.11%, to 3640, and the Nasdaq Composite

dropped 314 points, or 2.84%, to 10738.

So far, the S&P 500 has slumped 3.8% in the third quarter and lost 24% over the last three quarters.

Michael Hartnett, chief investment strategist at Bank of America, said markets will stop panicking when central banks start — but dismissed interventions by both the Bank of Japan and Bank of England as neither credible nor coordinated. He repeated his advice to nibble if the S&P falls to 3,600, bite at 3,300 and gorge at 3,000.

What’s driving markets

A downgrade of Apple

by Bank of America, a report of a hiring freeze at Meta Platforms

and a steady stream of hawkish commentary weighed on U.S. stocks on Thursday.

Shares of Nike

tumbled 9% in premarket trade after executives at the sportswear maker said price cuts to clear stockpiles from warehouses in North America would dent gross margins for the rest of the fiscal year.

Read: Nike shares drop as analysts flag rising inventory issues

Another wave of Fed speakers hits the tape on Friday, with Vice Chair Lael Brainard making her first comments of the week at 9 a.m. Eastern.

The PCE price index that the Fed uses to target inflation is due for release, along with consumer spending and personal income numbers. Shortly after the open, Chicago PMI and the final University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading will be released.

The beleaguered British pound

rose above $1.11, helped by Wednesday’s decision to buy long-dated gilts, as well as a decision by the U.K. to meet with the country’s independent budget forecasters.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury

declined 8 points to 3.70%.

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