Futures slip with focus on jobless claims as Fed underwhelms

Reuters logo Reuters 17/09/2020 12:52:53 By Sagarika Jaisinghani
a large stone statue in a park: FILE PHOTO: The Federal Reserve on Mayday in Washington © Reuters/Kevin LamarqueFILE PHOTO: The Federal Reserve on Mayday in Washington

By Sagarika Jaisinghani

(Reuters) - U.S. stock futures fell on Thursday as investors braced for data likely to show persistently high levels of weekly jobless claims, adding to concerns about an economic rebound a day after the Federal Reserve issued an underwhelming stimulus plan.

The Labor Department's weekly report, due at 8:30 a.m. ET, is expected to show about 850,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits in the week ended Sept. 12, a touch lower than 884,000 in the previous week, but still suggesting the labor market's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic was stalling.

In a news conference on Wednesday, Fed Chair Jerome Powell also indicated a long road to "maximum employment" and said the central bank was limited in its capacity to address some of the gaps around wage growth and workforce participation.

The S&P 500 <.spx> sold off after his remarks, with the technology sector <.splrct>, which had been recovering from a rout earlier in September, tumbling 1.6%. A broader slump in tech-related stocks halted a five-month rally in the benchmark index this month and pushed the Nasdaq into correction.

At 6:37 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis <1ymcv1> were down 239 points, or 0.85%, S&P 500 e-minis were down 34.25 points, or 1.01%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 111.5 points, or 0.99%. The big U.S. banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc , Bank of America Corp , Citigroup Inc and Wells Fargo & Co fell about 1% in thin premarket trading. Carnival Corp dropped 3.8% after its British cruiseline P&O Cruises extended a cancellation in sailings until early 2021. Other cruise operators such as Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd shed about 2%. German biotech firm BioNTech SE rose 3.1% as it said it was buying a production site from Swiss drugs giant Novartis to boost output of its potential coronavirus vaccine by several million doses. a group of people in front of a building: A trader stands outside the New York Stock Exchange in the financial district © Reuters/CARLO ALLEGRIA trader stands outside the New York Stock Exchange in the financial district

(Reporting by Sagarika Jaisinghani in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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