Roku, Lennar, Bitcoin: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today

Here’s what we are watching as markets kick into gear Thursday.—U.S. stock futures rose as investors cheered signs of progress toward a fresh stimulus package. New data showed 885,000 people made initial jobless claims last week, more than economists had expected. It marked a second consecutive week of increases, and suggested the economy was entering a winter slowdown.

Futures tied to the S&P 500 rose 0.4%, suggesting the benchmark stocks gauge may rise for a third-straight day at the opening bell. The S&P 500 closed at its second-highest level ever on Wednesday. Futures tied to the technology-focused Nasdaq-100 gained 0.5%.

The dollar is extending its recent decline after most Fed officials yesterday projected interest rates will stay near zero for at least three years.

What’s Coming Up


FDX 1.07%

will report its quarterly earnings after the close.

—The Kansas City Fed’s manufacturing survey for December, due at 11 a.m., is expected to fall to 10 from 11 a month earlier.  

Market Movers to Watch

—Roku shares jumped 6.2% premarket after the company reached a deal on Wednesday with AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia to carry the HBO Max streaming service, ending an eight-month standoff between the companies.

—Shares of homebuilder


LEN.B 0.73%

3.5% before the bell after the company said it expects first-quarter home deliveries and new orders to be better than analysts are predicting.

A “Sold” sign outside a home under construction at a Lennar Corp. development in Montgomery, Ill., May 15, 2019.


Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News


ACN 0.16%

shares rose 6.3% after the consulting firm posted profit and revenue that beat analysts’ expectations.

—Moderna stock rose 0.5% in offhours trade. The chairman of a federal vaccine-advisory committee said the panel is likely to recommend that the Food and Drug Administration grant an emergency-use authorization for the company’s new Covid-19 vaccine when the panel meets Thursday.

Market Fact

—Bitcoin surged another 7.6% Thursday to $22,857, according to CoinDesk, part of a furious rally that has seen the digital currency nearly triple this year.

Chart of the Day

Research shows that companies and governments that borrow using so-called green bonds can save a bit of money. The market for these bonds, which fund environmental objectives such as renewable power, is booming. 

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