Title: US Stock Futures Rise as Congress Approaches Critical Votes
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Byline: Chelsey Cox, CNBC Contributor
U.S. stock futures are showing signs of a positive start on Wednesday, as optimism surrounds key economic factors and pending legislation. S&P 500 futures are up by 0.21%, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures climb by 55 points (0.16%), and Nasdaq 100 futures reflect an increase of 0.26%.
In a major legislative development, the House of Representatives successfully passed a bill to avert a government shutdown. The bill will now proceed to the Senate for voting before reaching President Joe Biden for final approval. The critical deadline for preventing a federal government shutdown looms on Friday at 11:59 p.m. ET.
The markets experienced a significant uptick on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 recording a 1.9% increase and the Nasdaq Composite surging by 2.4% – marking the best day for both indexes since April. The Dow also witnessed substantial gains of nearly 490 points (1.4%).
October’s consumer price index (CPI) unexpectedly remained flat, falling below the predicted 0.1% increase projected by economists surveyed by Dow Jones. This news sparked a surge in stock prices, as investors hopeful for an end to the Federal Reserve’s rate-hiking campaign took notice.
Ross Mayfield, an investment strategy analyst at Baird, commented on the CPI report, noting that it confirms a disinflationary trend and cools down the overall economy. Consequently, Mayfield suggests it is less likely for the Fed to raise interest rates in December. He also pointed out the strength of the housing market as a factor the central bank may consider in its decision to keep rates higher for longer.
Investors eagerly anticipate earnings reports from several major companies today, including Target, JD.com, Advance Auto Parts, and TJX. Traders will also keep a close eye on October’s reading of the producer price index, a metric that measures wholesale prices.
With positive market movements and crucial legislative decisions in the pipeline, the coming days are poised to be pivotal for the U.S. economy. Analysts and investors are keenly watching for any signs of further financial developments.
Please note: The content of this news article has been prepared by Chelsey Cox, a contributor from CNBC.
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