S&P 500 inches toward record as investors eye earnings, Trump’s virus orders

S&P 500 inches toward record as investors eye earnings, Trump’s virus orders

Stocks rose Monday morning as market participants considered more earnings results and the potential for more virus-related stimulus measures. The S&P 500 rose to within 0.75{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49} of its record closing high from February 19, as of Monday morning trading.

Investors digested a new slate of executive orders from President Donald Trump, who sidestepped Congress in moving ahead on Saturday with actions to provide support for the virus-hit economy. The executive orders drew the ire of Democratic lawmakers, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling the actions “absurdly unconstitutional” during a CNN interview. Administration officials defended the orders, however, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin saying on Fox News that the orders were cleared by the Office of Legal Counsel.

The executive actions implement $400 weekly federal enhanced unemployment insurance benefit, relief for student borrowers, and temporary payroll tax suspension starting Sept. 1, and direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Director of the CDC to limit residential evictions and foreclosures. The move to quickly roll out these actions came after two weeks of talks in Congress failed to convene lawmakers around terms of a new relief bill.

“President Trump issued executive orders in the four policy areas that had been expected. The extra $400 unemployment payment is likely to last only a month, however. The payroll tax deferment would last through year-end, but consumers might be hesitant to spend extra income without a change in tax law,” Goldman Sachs economists Alec Phillips and Blake Taylor wrote in a note Sunday.

The new executive orders could, however, add pressure on Congress to come together to roll out a more comprehensive fiscal package, they added. Already late last week, Democratic lawmakers pared back the size of their proposal to and offered a plan totaling about $2 trillion, from the about $3.5 trillion they had called for earlier this year, and in doing so narrowed the fissure between their and Republican lawmakers’ $1 trillion proposal. The Trump administration struck down the offer, however, and no firm timeline for further stimulus talks among lawmakers has been set.

“We continue to expect a package worth around $1.5 trillion to become law in August,” the Goldman Sachs economists said. “The new executive orders create two deadlines around the end of the month, which could provide a new incentive for Congress to act.”

Elsewhere, earnings season continues later on Monday, with Novavax (NVAX), IAC/InteractiveCorp (IAC), Occidental Petroleum (OXY), J2Global (JCOM) and ZoomInfo Technologies (ZI) set to report quarterly results after market close.

10:09 a.m. ET: Job openings unexpectedly increase in June

Job openings in the US rose by 518,000 to 5.889 million in June, from the 5.371 million in May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Monday in its Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary (JOLTS).

Consensus economists had expected job openings to decline to 5.3 million.

The percentage of layoffs and discharges in June held steady at 1.4{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49} to match May’s rate. Meanwhile, the quits rate rose to 1.9{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49} in June, rising further from the April low of 1.3{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49}, but coming in well below the recent high of 2.9{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49} in August 2018. A higher quits rate typically corresponds to greater confidence in regaining another job in the labor market.

9:31 a.m. ET: Stocks open higher, shaking off overnight declines

Here were the main moves in markets, as of 9:31 a.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): +6.89 points (+0.21{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49}) to 3,358.17

  • Dow (^DJI): +115.67 points (+0.42{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49}) to 27,549.15

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): +21.15 points (+0.19{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49}) to 11,032.90

  • Crude (CL=F): +$0.69 (+1.67{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49}) to $41.91 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): +$15.80 (+0.78{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49}) to $2,043.80 per ounce

8:15 a.m. ET: Royal Caribbean revenue sinks 94{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49} after cruise operations halted during Q2

Royal Caribbean (RCL) posted a 94{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49} slide in revenue to $175.6 million, but still beat consensus analyst expectations for a drop to $129.2 million. Its second quarter adjusted loss per share of $6.13, however, was wider than the $4.88 per share expected.

The results came after Royal Caribbean’s business was effectively frozen for all of the second quarter, with the company having suspended its global cruise operations starting March 13. In terms of future bookings, Royal Caribbean said its booked position for 2021 is “trending well and is within historical ranges.

As of June 30, the Company had $1.8 billion in customer deposits, with $300 million of these for sailings during the fourth quarter this year. Just under half of the guests booked on canceled sailings had requested cash refunds.

7:34 a.m. ET: Marriott International reports swings to a bigger than expected loss, with business ‘profoundly impacted’ by pandemic

Lodging company Marriott International (MAR) reported a worse than expected 72{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49} slide in second-quarter revenue and swung to a bigger than expected loss, as the coronavirus pandemic decimated travel demand earlier this year.

The company delivered a second quarter adjusted loss per share of 64 cents, or wider than the 42 cents expected. Revenue of $1.46 billion missed expectations for $1.63 billion.

Worldwide revenue per available room (RevPAR) fell 84.4{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49}, comprising a drop of 83.6{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49} in North America and 86.7{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49} outside North America.

However, the company has begun to see signs of a recovery in travel demand, led by Greater China.

“While our business continues to be profoundly impacted by COVID-19, we are seeing steady signs of demand returning. Worldwide RevPAR has climbed steadily since its low point of down 90{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49} for the month of April, to a decline of 70{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49} for the month of July,” CEO Arne Sorenson said in a statement. “Worldwide occupancy rates, which bottomed at 11{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49} for the week ended April 11, have improved each week, reaching nearly 34{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49} for the week ended August 1. Currently, 91{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49} of our worldwide hotels are now open compared to 74{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49} in April, and 96{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49} are open today in North America.

7:25 a.m. ET Monday: Stock futures struggle for direction ahead of the opening bell

Here were the main moves in markets, as of 7:25 a.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,346.5, up 1.75 points, or 0.05{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49}

  • Dow futures (YM=F): 27,409.00, up 76 points, or 0.28{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49}

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 11,116.00, down 6.75 points, or 0.06{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49}

  • Crude (CL=F): +$0.58 (+1.41{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49}) to $41.80 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): +$9.90 (+0.49{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49}) to $2,037.90 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): -0.9 bp to yield 0.553{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49}

6:11 p.m. ET Sunday: Stock futures open mixed

Here were the main moves in equity markets, as of 6:11 p.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,343.5, down 1.25 points, or 0.04{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49}

  • Dow futures (YM=F): 27,318.00, down 15 points, or 0.05{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49}

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 11,131.00, up 8.25 points, or 0.07{09c3c849cf64d23af04bfef51e68a1f749678453f0f72e4bb3c75fcb14e04d49}

Traders work during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 16, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)

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