Stock futures opened higher Tuesday evening as investors mulled a fresh batch of earnings results from some major index components and tried to further shake off January's volatility. Contracts on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose as the overnight session kicked off.
Shares of Alphabet (GOOGL) jumped in late trading after the tech juggernaut topped quarterly sales and profit estimates and announced a 20-for-1 stock split. The move may make the stock currently trading at nearly $3,000 per share more accessible and attractive to additional investors. Shares of other ad-driven technology companies including Meta (FB) and Pinterest (PINS) also gained in late trading following Alphabet's earnings results.
AMD (AMD) shares jumped 10% after quarterly results also beat on nearly every major metric. Starbucks (SBUX) declined as quarterly profits missed estimates, however, and PayPal (PYPL) shares sank after delivering guidance that fell short compared to Wall Street's expectations.
This week's slate of earnings results has helped provide a fresh catalyst to markets after a weak January performance. Results from other major companies including Meta, Spotify (SPOT) and Qualcomm (QCOMM) are due out on Wednesday. The S&P 500 closed out Tuesday's regular trading day higher for a third straight session, kicking off February on a high note after posting its worst month since March 2020 in January. The Nasdaq Composite rose by 0.8% on Tuesday, while the Dow had gained 0.8%.
"We had a pretty rough January. I think we're seeing a little bit of short covering and some bouncing here off the bottom. I don't think the market's settled yet," Michael Vogelzang, CAPTRUST chief investment officer, told Yahoo Finance Live on Tuesday.
"We don't quite know yet what the Fed's going to be doing. We don't have a good sense of the path of inflation for the rest of the year," he added. "We have Russia hovering over the Ukrainian border … that has the potential to send oil prices up even higher than they already are, which of course could slow the economy down and drive inflation higher. So I think the market's really unsettled, trying to find a bottom."
6:10 p.m. ET Tuesday: Stock futures fall to close out volatile month of trading
Here's where stocks were trading before the opening bell Tuesday evening:
S&P 500 futures (ES=F): +14 points (+0.31%), to 4,549.00
Dow futures (YM=F): -63 points (-0.18%), to 35,211.00
Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): +125 points (+0.83%) to 15,119.75
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 26: People walk by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in the Financial District on January 26, 2022 in New York City. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up nearly 200 points in morning trading following days of volatility in global markets. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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