Stock futures look at add to earnings-fueled rally

US stocks soar on job openings report

S&P Investment Advisory Services portfolio manager Erin Gibbs and Money Map Press chief investment strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald discuss how the number of job openings rose to a record 7.14 million in August.

Equity futures were higher following a day that saw the Dow add more than 500 points, boosted by stronger earnings reports.

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Dow Jones futures were rising by 0.11 percent. The S&P 500 added 0.14 percent and the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.12 percent.

A handful of companies will report their quarterly results Wednesday.

On the economic calendar, traders will get the latest report on housing starts and building permits.

Also the Federal Reserve will release the minutes of the most recent policy setting meeting in which interest rates were increased.

Stocks rallied Tuesday, with a positive stream of earnings driving investors’ sentiment, along with a record 7.1 million job openings as released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 547.87 points, or 2.17 percent, to 25,798.42. The broader S&P 500 rose 59.13 points to 2,809.92, as all 11 sectors jumped led by technology names. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 214.75 points, about 2.9 percent, to 7,645.49.

Ticker Security Last Change %Chg
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 25798.42 +547.87 +2.17%
SP500 S&P 500 2809.92 +59.13 +2.15%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 7645.4895 +214.75 +2.89%

Quarterly results released Tuesday included Goldman Sachs, UnitedHealth and Johnson & Johnson, which all surpassed expectations. BlackRock reported better-than-expected profits, but sales were hit as investors cut their portfolio risk.

Netflix shares surged more than 10 percent in after-hours trading Tuesday after the streaming giant easily topped expectations for quarterly earnings and subscriber growth.

Ticker Security Last Change %Chg
GS GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC. 221.70 +6.48 +3.01%
JNJ JOHNSON & JOHNSON 136.56 +2.61 +1.95%
UNH UNITEDHEALTH GROUP INCORPORATED 272.57 +12.32 +4.73%
NFLX NETFLIX INC. 346.40 +13.27 +3.98%

China’s Shanghai gained 0.1 percent.

Hong Kong markets were closed for a holiday.

Japan’s Nikkei average hit a six-day high, ending the day up 1.29 percent

In Europe, London’s FTSE opened higher by 0.4 percent, Germany’s  DAX gained 0.3 percent and France’s CAC also added 0.3 percent.

Fox Business’ Leia Klingel contributed to this report

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