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U.S. stock-index futures fell early Tuesday as investors take a breather before a rush of closely-watched speeches and data later in the week which may serve up the next set of market catalysts.

How are stock-index futures trading

  • S&P 500 futures

    dipped 15 points, or 0.3%, to 5122

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average futures

    fell 97 points, or 0.2%, to 38925

  • Nasdaq 100 futures

    eased 95 points, or 0.5%, to 18166

On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
fell 98 points, or 0.25%, to 38990, the S&P 500
declined 6 points, or 0.12%, to 5131, and the Nasdaq Composite
dropped 67 points, or 0.41%, to 16208.

What’s driving markets

A cautious mood has enveloped risk assets early Tuesday, with investors of a more technical bent wary of the previous session’s action, when the S&P 500 rose to a fresh high but then finished in the red at the close.

“After posting 16 weekly gains out of 18 for the first time since 1971, yesterday saw the S&P 500 get the week off to a subdued start as we await several key events later this week, including appearances from Chair Powell [at Congress on Wednesday and Thursday], the U.S. jobs report [Friday], and the ECB decision [Thursday],” said Jim Reid, strategist at Deutsche Bank

Index futures are also being pressured by indications Apple’s shares

will fall after news that iPhone sales in China fell 24% during the first six weeks of the year.

A tentative tone also has been inherited from Asia as the overnight pullback in some U.S. tech stocks and frustration over the lack of a big economic stimulus emerging from China’s National People’s Congress pushed Hong Kong’s Hang Seng
down 2.6%.

“China’s highly anticipated NPC fell short of altering economic or policy trajectories, leaving some disappointed, particularly those hoping for a larger fiscal deficit-to-GDP target. The unchanged target of 3% fell below expectations and signaled a cautious approach to fiscal policy,” said Stephen Innes, managing partner at SPI Asset Management.

Companies reporting earnings Tuesday include Target
and NIO

before the opening bell rings on Wall Street, followed by CrowdStrike

and Box

after the close.

U.S. economic updates set for release on Tuesday include January factory orders and February ISM services, both at 10 a.m. Eastern.

Central bank officials making comments include Fed Vice Chair for Supervision Michael Barr talking at noon and again at 2:15 p.m.

Companies in focus

  • Apple Inc.

    shares are 2% lower in the premarket Tuesday on the heels of a report saying its sales in China are slumping significantly. The numbers indicate Chinese consumers are holding onto their earlier model phones instead of buying the iPhone 15, while turning towards Chinese manufacturers, according to Counterpoint Research.

  • Target Corp.

    shares are more than 8% higher in the premarket Tuesday. That’s after fourth quarter earnings from the retailer with expectation-exceeding metrics like lower markdown rates and lower inventory-related costs.

  • MicroStrategy Inc.

    shares are more than 2% lower ahead of the bell Tuesday. The business analytics software company has built up its bitcoin exposure as its primary treasury asset and reaffirmed that approach in a Monday plan to offer convertible debt. The company’s stock recently ran to a 24-year high.

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