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U.S. Stocks Set To Open Higher As Nike Smashes Earnings Estimates

Nike Easily Beats Earnings Estimates

S&P 500 futures are up in premarket trading as traders cheer great results from Nike which beat estimates on both earnings and revenue.

Nike reported revenue of $10.6 billion and GAAP earnings of $0.95 per share which were much higher than the analyst consensus which called for revenue of $9.15 billion and earnings of $0.48 per share.

Nike achieved strong growth in its online sales and managed to offset the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Not surprisingly, Nike shares are gaining more than 10% in premarket trading and look ready to open at all-time highs.

Tesla Set To Open Lower As ‘Battery Day’ Failed To Live Up To High Expectations

Tesla shares are down by about 5% in premarket trading as investors were disappointed to hear that they will have to wait several years for new batteries.

In addition, Elon Musk did not offer any specific guidance on the cost and the driving range of the new batteries.

He stated that Tesla could produce a $25,000 car that would be ready to compete with comparable gasoline cars in three years, but investors clearly wanted him to be more specific.

Tesla shares are up more than 400% year-to-date so it was really hard to live up to such high expectations. That said, a continuation of correction in Tesla shares may put some pressure on investor mood in other high-flying tech stocks.

All Eyes On PMI Reports

Today, the U.S. will provide flash readings of Manufacturing PMI and Services PMI for September. Manufacturing PMI is expected to stay unchanged at 53.1 while Services PMI is projected to decline from 55 to 54.7.

PMI reports from other parts of the world indicated that the market should be ready for a negative surprise on the services side. In Euro Area, Services PMI declined from 50.5 in August to 47.6 in September.

Numbers below 50 show contraction so it is clear that Euro Area services segment is already suffering from the second wave of coronavirus. In the UK, Services PMI declined from 58.8 to 55.1.

If the U.S. Services PMI report is better than expected, stocks may get additional support. In the opposite case, the market may find itself under pressure due to worries about the sustainability of economic recovery.

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