The S&P 500 was on track to snap a three-day winning streak, as fears over the coronavirus flared.
8:30 a.m. ET: Jobless claims rise less than expected for week ended Feb. 8
New unemployment claims rose by 2,000 to 205,000 for the week ended February 8, the Labor Department said Thursday. This was below expectations for a jump to 210,000 new jobless claims, according to Bloomberg-compiled consensus data.
The four-week moving average for jobless claims – a less volatile measure of underlying trends – was unchanged from last week’s 212,000, which had been the lowest level since July.
Continuing unemployment claims rose by 1.698 million for the week ended February 1, well below the prior week’s rise of 1.759 million. Consensus economists expected this to rise to 1.734 million for the most recently reported week.
8:30 a.m. ET: Consumer prices post biggest 12-month rise since October 2018 in January
Consumer prices posted their largest 12-month increase in more than a year in January, as prices for shelter, food and medical care services jumped.
The Labor Department’s headline consumer price index rose by 2.5% over last year in January, topping expectations for a 2.4% increase and December’s 2.3% rise. But over last month, consumer prices rose by just 0.1%, or slightly short of the 0.2% rise anticipated.
Excluding more volatile food and energy prices, CPI rose 2.3% over last year, or greater than the 2.2% increase expected. CPI excluding food and energy was up 0.2% over last month, matching expectations.
7:54 a.m. ET: Tesla shares fall after announcing plan to issue $2 billion of common stock
Tesla (TSLA) will issue $2 billion of common stock in a public offering, with CEO Elon Musk set to buy up to $10 million worth of shares, the company said in a statement Thursday. Larry Ellison, Tesla board member and co-founder of Oracle, will buy up to $1 million of common stock.
The electric car-maker said it intends to use the proceeds from the offering to “further strengthen its balance sheet, as well as for general corporate purposes.”
Shares of Tesla sank 5% to $729 per share in early trading. The stock rose 83% for the year to date through Wednesday’s close.
7:42 a.m. ET: Kraft Heinz posts steeper than expected 4Q organic revenue decline
Fourth-quarter organic revenue fell 2.2%, or steeper than the 1.33% drop anticipated. Adjusted earnings were 72 cents per share in the fourth quarter, or four cents ahead of expectations.
Kraft Heinz is in the midst of an extensive turnaround plan first announced at the start of the fourth quarter. The consumer packaged foods company is also coming off a rocky year: Last February, it wrote down the value of its Kraft and Oscar Meyer brands by $15 billion and slashed its dividend, and its first-quarter 2019 financial results were delayed due to an SEC investigation into its accounting and procurement practices.
CEO Miguel Patricio said Kraft Heinz turnaround “will take time” but that he expects the company will “make significant progress in 2020.”
7:38 a.m. ET: Stock futures tumble after number of coronavirus cases upwardly revised
U.S. stock futures tumbled Thursday morning after China announced a surge in additional cases of the coronavirus among patients diagnosed with a new testing method.
China’s Hubei national health commission said it will now count coronavirus cases diagnosed by methods including CT imaging scans. Previously, it had only counted cases found with nucleic acid testing kits.
The new method led to a spike in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, after days of an apparent slowdown in new patients had led many to believe the outbreak was peaking. Hubei added nearly 15,000 new cases on Thursday, with 13,332 of these found by the new method of diagnosis. Global cases of the coronavirus totaled 60,330, according to the European CDC Thursday morning, along with 1,369 deaths.
Here were the main moves during the pre-market session, as of 7:38 a.m. ET:
S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,356.75, down 23.75 points or 0.7%
Dow futures (YM=F): 29,309.00, down 214 points or 0.72%
Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 9,541.25, down 84.5 points or 0.88%
Crude oil (CL=F): $51.03 per barrel, down $0.14 or 0.27%
Gold (GC=F): $1,577.50 per ounce, up $5.90 or 0.38%