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Stock futures rise slightly after a losing day

Stock futures rise slightly after a losing day

Stock futures rose slightly in early morning trading on Tuesday after worries about slowing growth sparked a Monday sell-off on Wall Street. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 97 points. S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures both edged mildly higher. The spread of the delta coronavirus variant continued to keep investors on edge. The seven-day average of daily coronavirus cases in the U.S. reached 72,790 on Friday, surpassing the peak seen last summer when the nation didn’t have an authorized Covid-19 vaccine, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The concern about slowing growth triggered a drop in Treasury yields on Monday. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell as much as 8 basis points to 1.15%. Monday’s slide in bond yields followed data showing the U.S. manufacturing sector expanded at a slower pace than a month ago. A late-day sell-off in economically sensitive stocks like materials and industrials eventually pushed the Dow and the S&P 500 into the red. The blue-chip Dow climbed 250 points to touch an all-time high at one point, but ended Monday nearly 100 points lower.

Investors are closely monitoring progress in Washington as lawmakers move toward a bipartisan infrastructure bill that would devote $550 billion to U.S. infrastructure. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer aims to rush the 2,702-page legislation through the chamber before a planned monthlong recess starting Aug. 9.

Stock futures rise slightly after a losing day, CNBC, Aug 3

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