Stocks struggled for direction as investors considered whether lawmakers would manage to pass a stimulus package sometime this week.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq opened higher while the Dow drifted lower. Shares of Netflix (NFLX) tumbled by more than 5%, after the company reported third-quarter new subscribers that missed an already low bar for expectations, as growth decelerated further following a strong surge in sign-ups earlier on during the pandemic.
Snap (SNAP), on the other hand, surged more than 20% to a record high. The company posted its best quarterly growth in subscribers and sales in three years, as users engaged heavily with Snapchat’s newer augmented reality features and advertiser dollars flowed back to the platform. Companies including Tesla (TSLA) and Chipotle (CMG) are set to report after market close on Wednesday.
And elsewhere, Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) investors continued to shake off regulatory concerns after the Department of Justice formally filed an antitrust lawsuit against the company on Tuesday. Shares rose more than 1.5%, outperforming the broader market.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Bloomberg TV on Tuesday she was “optimistic” about progress being made in talks with the Trump administration, and agreed to keep discussing a deal past her original Tuesday deadline. White House Chief of Staff Market Meadows said on CNBC that negotiators were working hard to get a deal done by the weekend, and that White House increased its offer by another $80 billion to $1.88 trillion.
Still, however, questions remained over whether the Republican-controlled Senate would vote to advance any deal, even if House Democrats and the Trump administration were able to come to one in the near term. Republican Senators have so far balked at the high dollar amounts both House Democrats and the White House have been pushing for, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters including Reuters on Tuesday that he would “consider” a larger deal.
9:36 a.m. ET: Stocks open mixed amid earnings, stimulus bets
Here were the main moves in markets, as of 9:36 a.m. ET:
S&P 500 (^GSPC): +2.69 points (+0.08%) to 3,445.81
Dow (^DJI): -32.10 points (-0.11%) to 28,276.69
Nasdaq (^IXIC): +37.1 points (+0.32%) to 11,554.67
Crude (CL=F): -$0.84 (-2.01%) to $40.86 a barrel
Gold (GC=F): +$13.10 (+0.68%) to $1,928.50 per ounce
10-year Treasury (^TNX): +2.1 bps to yield 0.818%
9:21 a.m. ET: Abbott Laboratories raises guidance as COVID-19 tests boost results; Biogen outlook disappoints amid generic competition
Health-care company Abbott Laboratories (ABT) grew quarterly sales 10% over last year to nearly $9 billion and raised its profit guidance for the year, as demand for the company’s COVID-19 tests boosted overall results.
Sales in the company’s diagnostics unit, which houses coronavirus tests, grew nearly 39% during the quarter to $2.6 billion. COVID-19 tests alone brought in $881 million in sales, with the company’s 15-minute rapid test having received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in August. Full-year adjusted earnings should come in at at least $3.55 per share, up from the company’s previous guidance of at least $3.25 per share.
Biogen (BIIB), on the other hand, disappointed in its outlook for the full-year, and said revenue will likely come in at as much as $13.4 billion, down from the $14.2 billion seen previously. Biogen’s saw a 15% drop in third-quarter sales of its multiple sclerosis treatment Tecfidera due to generic competition, and its outlook “assumes significant erosion of Tecfidera in the fourth quarter.”
9:13 a.m. ET: Verizon raises full-year profit guidance as 3Q new wireless subscribers top estimates
Verizon (VZ), the parent company of Yahoo Finance, posted third-quarter earnings and new wireless subscribers that topped expectations, as customers continued seeking out the carrier’s services during the pandemic.
Third-quarter adjusted earnings per share of $1.25 were better than the $1.22 expected, even with a 5-cent per share impact due to Covid-19 related impacts. Operating revenue of $31.5 billion was slightly below the $31.6 billion expected, and fell 4% over last year. Wireless postpaid net additions totaled 553,000, well above the 475,000 estimate, according to Bloomberg data.
Verizon said it now expects total wireless service revenue growth of at least 2% in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to last year. It also raised its full year adjusted earnings per share guidance to a range of flat to up 2%, versus down to up 2% previously expected
7:20 a.m. ET: Wednesday: Stock futures edge lower
Here were the main moves in markets, as of 7:20 a.m. ET:
S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,428.25, down 4 points or 0.12%
Dow futures (YM=F): 28,125.00, down 57 points or 0.2%
Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 11,645.00, down 15.75 points or 0.14%
Crude (CL=F): -$0.73 (-1.75%) to $40.97 a barrel
Gold (GC=F): +$6.90 (+0.36%) to $1,922.30 per ounce
10-year Treasury (^TNX): +0.9 bps to yield 0.806%
6:01 p.m. ET Tuesday: Stock futures point higher
Here were the main moves in markets, as of 6:01 p.m. ET:
S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,440.00, up 7.75 points or 0.23%
Dow futures (YM=F): 28,197.00, up 15 points or 0.05%
Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 11,676.5, up 15.75 points or 0.14%