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The S&P 500 is on track for the best quarterly earnings growth since 2009 as companies smash expectations

LoadingSomething is loading. S&P 500 companies are on track for the best earnings growth since 2009, with companies smashing estimates as the US economy bounces back to life from COVID-19 lockdowns.The strong quarter is helping support stocks despite high equity prices, rising inflation, and the threat of the delta coronavirus variant.Earnings for S&P 500 companies are expected to grow 78.1% year-on-year in the second quarter, according to...
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US stock futures tumble as investors fret about economic recovery, while bond yields slide for 8th straight day

Investors have become more cautious about US stocks in recent weeks. Johannes Eisele/Getty Images US futures tumbled in European trading on Thursday as investors reassessed the economic outlook. Bond yields, which move inversely to prices, also fell as investors took cover in the safe assets. Investors are concerned about the delta COVID-19 variant and central bank policy, analysts said. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. US stock futures fell sharply on Thursday, as doubts crept in about the strength of the global economic recovery, and concerns grew about the delta coronavirus variant.Meanwhile, bond yields fell for the eighth session in a row as investors bet that inflation would be weaker than previously expected.S&P 500 futures fell 1% ...
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S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures hover near record highs after Joe Biden strikes $1 trillion infrastructure deal, while oil prices rise

President Joe Biden (right) reached a deal with Republicans on infrastructure. Jacquelyn Martin/AP S&P 500 futures hovered near a record high on Friday after President Joe Biden struck a deal with Republicans on a $1 trillion infrastructure deal, which includes $579 billion of new spending.Futures for the benchmark S&P 500 were up 0.05%, while Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.04%, after both indices hit a record high on Thursday. Dow Jones futures rose 0.26%, with industrial firms more likely to benefit from infrastructure spending.In Asia overnight, China's CSI 300 jumped 1.63% while Japan's Nikkei 225 climbed 0.66%. In Europe, the Stoxx 600 index slipped 0.09% in early trading.President Biden's deal would see over $1 trillion spent on upgrading the US's infrastructure over the next ei...
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US futures rise ahead of jobless claims and Fed speeches, while oil extends rally as outlook brightens

US stock index futures climbed on Thursday as investors awaited the release of weekly jobless claims data and prepared to digest a series of speeches from Federal Reserve officials.Meanwhile, oil prices extended their rally as the outlook for the global economy brightened, with vaccine rollouts spurring expectations of strong demand for energy in the coming months. Oil is on course for a third straight monthly gain in June. In Europe, stocks rose ahead of the Bank of England's interest rate decision. It is expected to leave monetary policy on hold but investors will scrutinize the decision for signs of concerns about inflation, which jumped abo...