Futures Point To Mixed Open Ahead of U.S. GDP Data


Stock index futures mixed

U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Friday as market participants awaited official U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) data, which is expected to be released at 8:30 a.m. ET.

At 7:04 a.m. ET, futures on the blue-chip Dow were down 19.5 points, or 0.07% to 26,420.5. Futures on the tech-heavy Nasdaq indicated gains of 14 points, or 0.18% to 7,812.50 while those on the S&P 500 declined 0.13 points to 2,926.12.

Investors are also expecting first-quarter financial reports from several companies today. American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ: AAL), Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM), Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX), Archer-Daniels-Midland Co (NYSE: ADM), AutoNation Inc. (NYSE: AN), and Colgate-Palmolive Co (NYSE: CL) are scheduled to release their reports before the opening bell.

Uber prices IPO

Uber Technologies Inc revealed on Friday morning that it intends to sell 180 million shares for its initial public offering. The ride-hailing giant plans to price at between $44 to $50 per share, which would value it at about $90 billion.

San Francisco-based Uber hopes to raise about $10 billion when it goes public early next month. Shares of the company are expected to list under the ticker symbol “UBER” on the New York Stock Exchange.

Elon Musk, Tesla seek more time to work out their dispute 

Elon Musk and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday asked a judge to extend their deadline for working out their dispute over the Tesla CEO’s use of Twitter. Both parties requested in a joint letter to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan to provide the court another joint submission by April 30, which will reveal whether they have reached a deal to settle their differences.

The securities regulator had requested the judge to find Mr. Musk in contempt of court for going against a settlement that requires Tesla lawyers to approve his tweets if they contain important company-related details.

Amazon announces plans for one-day shipping for Prime members 

Amazon Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) on Thursday announced its plan to make one-day shipping the default offer of its Prime customers. Brian Olsavsky, Amazon’s finance chief said on an earnings call with analysts that the e-commerce giant will spend $800 million during the second quarter of 2019 to change the two-day shipping program to just one-day shipping.

“We’re currently working on evolving our Prime shipping program, which has historically been a two-day program, to a one-day shipping program,” Olsavsky said. Shares of Amazon jumped 1.5% after the company reported first-quarter earnings that were well ahead of Wall Street’s expectations.