U.S. stock futures fell sharply Tuesday morning as investors geared up for a holiday-shortened week rife with quarterly earnings reports from companies across all three major indexes.
Contracts on the tech-heavy Nasdaq plunged in early trading, shedding 1.82% to 15,311.75 as Wall Street continued to weigh the likelihood of imminent interest rate hikes. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average also edged lower, down about 0.73%, or 263 points in early trading, while the S&P 500 declined more than 1%. Meanwhile, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury rose to its highest level in two years — up to 1.818%
Wall Street was closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day but will resume trading Tuesday amid a flurry of corporate results unveiled ahead of the session: Goldman Sachs (GS), PNC Bank (PNC) and Bank of New York Mellon (BK) will release earnings reports for the last three months of 2021 before market open.
With earnings season in high gear, investors will set their focus on company profits and other corporate metrics, shifting away — at least temporarily — from worries around the Federal Reserve’s tightening of monetary policy and economic uncertainty that have rattled stocks in recent weeks.
“I think a lot of rationality tends to come back around earnings season,” OANDA market analyst Craig Erlam told Yahoo Finance Live. “That’s when people will start to get a better grasp, or at least start to maybe look at markets through a more rational lens, and we could start to see a bit of normality return for the markets.”
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the closing bell January 14, 2022, in New York, New York. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
Worries over sooner-than-expected interest rate increases have weighed on equity markets in 2022 so far. The S&P 500 is down 2.79% year-to-date, while the Dow has lost 1.84%. The Nasdaq has shed a whopping 5.93% since the start of this year, with more than one-third of companies in the index at least 50% from their 52-week highs, according to Bloomberg data.
Still, the outlook for 2022 remains positive among strategists who anticipate that although the year is unlikely to match the blockbuster returns of 2021, stocks are in good shape for solid returns ahead.
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“From an economic perspective 2022 will look like a moderated version of last year, but investors should be cognizant that the prevailing tailwinds are beginning to calm," Charlie Ripley, senior investment strategist for Allianz Investment Management, said in a note. “Lingering effects from the pandemic are likely to bleed into 2022, but the outright threat from COVID-19 to the economy will continue to fade.”
“Risk assets will likely have positive returns in the post-COVID economy, but headwinds are picking up and performance will be choppier than in past years,” he added.
On the economic front, investors will also tune in to fresh data out of Washington due out Tuesday, including fresh reads on the New York Federal Reserve’s Empire Manufacturing Index and the National Homebuilders Association’s Housing Market Index.
The Department of Treasury is also set to report its latest print on Net Long-Term TIC Flows, which tracks the flow of Treasury and agency securities, corporate bonds and equities, into and out of the United States.
7:30 a.m. ET Tuesday: Goldman Sachs misses analyst estimates
Goldman Sachs (GS) reported fourth-quarter earnings that fell below analyst expectations — reflecting a decline in profit for the last three months of the year due to weakness in its trading arm. Still, the investment bank's robust deal activity helped it post record full-year profits.
Shares of Goldman Sachs were down more than 2.5% ahead of open to about $381 a piece.
The company's results showed net earnings applicable to common shareholders fell to $3.81 billion in the period ending December 31, from $4.36 billion the quarter a year earlier. Earnings per share fell to $10.81 from $12.08 the prior year.
Consensus analyst estimates expected the bank to report adjusted earnings of $11.65 per share on revenue of $12.010 billion, according to Bloomberg data.
7:00 a.m. ET Tuesday: Contracts on all three major indexes decline ahead of open
Here were the main moves in futures trading Tuesday morning:
S&P 500 futures (ES=F): -48.75 points (-1.05%), to 4,606.00
Dow futures (YM=F): -241.00 points (-0.67%), to 35,555.00
Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): -258.00 points (-1.65%) to 15,337.75
Alexandra Semenova is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @alexandraandnyc
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