The three major U.S. equity indexes closed just barely mixed on Wednesday after a choppy trading session that reached a daily high at around noon and then spent the afternoon sagging. The Dow Jones industrials ended the day up 0.01%, the S&P 500 closed 0.74% lower and the Nasdaq fell by 2.04%. Six of 11 sectors closed higher, led by energy (1.36%) and health care (1.12%). Communications services and tech lagged (down 4.75% and 2.23%, respectively).
The advance estimate (first of three) on third-quarter gross domestic product is due before markets open on Thursday. Economists’ consensus estimate calls for a year-over-year increase of 2.3%. On Friday, the monthly report on personal consumption expenditures (PCE) will be released before U.S. markets open. Income is expected to rise by 0.3%, and core PCE inflation is forecast to rise by 0.4%. Both estimates match August readings.
The three major indexes traded mixed again in Thursday’s premarket. The Dow was up 0.57%, while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq traded lower by 0.16% and 0.67%, respectively.
After U.S. markets closed Wednesday, Meta Platforms missed the consensus adjusted earnings per share (EPS) estimate and beat on revenue. Large advertisers are spending less while smaller ones have been more consistent. The ad slowdown, combined with capital spending, did not please investors, who took the shares down by about 24% in Thursday’s premarket.
EQT also missed the consensus EPS estimate, and shares traded down about 4.5% early Thursday.
Antero Resources missed on EPS and beat the consensus revenue estimate. Shares traded down by almost 1% early Thursday.
Ford broke even for the quarter on slightly better-than-expected revenue. In its outlook statement, the company guided EBIT at the low end of its prior range and raised adjusted free cash flow guidance sharply from a range of $5.5 billion to $6.5 billion to a new range of $9.5 billion to $10 billion. Shares traded down about 1.8% Thursday morning.
Before markets opened on Thursday, Caterpillar beat estimates on both the top and bottom lines. Sales rose 19% year over year in the quarter, and profit margins are growing again. Shares traded up about 4.9% in Thursday’s premarket.
McDonald’s also beat both top-line and bottom-line estimates. Same-store sales were up 9.1% globally and 6.1% in the United States. The stock traded about 2.3% higher early Thursday.
Altria missed estimates on both the top and bottom lines and issued in-line guidance for the full fiscal year. Shares traded down about 2.2%.
Cameco beat estimates for EPS and revenue. Shares traded up by about 3.4% in Thursday’s premarket.
After markets close on Thursday, Amazon, Apple, Intel, T-Mobile and U.S. Steel will be reporting quarterly results. Look for Chevron, Exxon Mobil and NextEra Energy to report quarterly earnings Friday morning.
Sponsored: Find a Qualified Financial Advisor
Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to 3 fiduciary financial advisors in your area in 5 minutes. Each advisor has been vetted by SmartAsset and is held to a fiduciary standard to act in your best interests. If you’re ready to be matched with local advisors that can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.