U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday ahead of scheduled speeches by several Federal Reserve policymakers, including Chair Janet Yellen, and weekly jobless claims data.
Investors will parse the data and policymakers’ remarks for clues on if the central bank will raise interest rates next month, as is widely expected.
Yellen is scheduled speak at 9:30 a.m. ET. Chicago Fed President Charles Evans, New York Fed President William Dudley and Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer are also scheduled to speak during the day.
The Fed has maintained that it is likely to pull the trigger next month if data supports its view that the economy was strong enough to withstand higher rates.
In contrast, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted on Thursday that the bank could extend stimulus programs at its policy meeting next month as inflation dynamics had somewhat weakened.
U.S. data due on Thursday is expected to show jobless claims benefits fell 6,000 to 270,000 last week, indicating continued improvement in the labor market. The data is due at 8:30 a.m.
U.S. stocks closed lower on Wednesday, weighed down by a slide in energy stocks and brick-and-mortar retailers after Macy’s (M.N) weak results and forecast.
On Thursday’s pre market session, shares in NetEase Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:NTES) rose 5.95% at the price of $159.00. NetEase Inc’s shares have surged 13.41% in the last one month, 12.52% in the previous three months and 52.91% on YTD basis. The company is trading 17.61% up its 50-day moving average and 19.24% above its 200-day moving average. Moreover, shares of NetEase Inc have an RSI of 69.81. NetEase Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:NTES) proclaimed the release of Eternal Area, a fast-paced, fantasy action RPG available now on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android devices. In Eternal Arena, players control teams of three epic heroes, each with unique abilities, to save the magical world of Etryna from the rule of a mysterious villain known as the Master. NetEase, Inc. is a leading Internet technology and video game company headquartered in China.
Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ:FRPT) stocks plummeted -24.73% in today’s pre market session with the price of $6.30. Over the last one month and over the past three months, Freshpet Inc’s shares have lost -17.94% and -42.08%, respectively. Furthermore, the stock has plummeted -50.94% since the start of this year. The company’s shares are trading -20.17% below their 50-day moving average. Additionally, Freshpet Inc has an RSI of 26.52 and ATR of 0.51. Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ:FRPT) announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2015. Net sales increased 35.8% to $30.6 million compared to $22.5 million in the third quarter of 2014. Net sales for the third quarter of 2015 was driven by increased velocity across all channels and includes $1.8 million associated with the Company’s Freshpet Baked test product. The Company also experienced an increase in Freshpet Fridges, to 14,670 from 12,970 in the third quarter of 2014.
On Thursday’s pre market, shares in AIXTRON SE (ADR) (NASDAQ:AIXG) recorded decrease of -1.89% at $7.25. AIXTRON SE’s stock has surged 29.42% in the last one month, 22.15% in the previous three months and -34.08% on YTD basis. The company is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 14.78% and 6.04%, respectively. Furthermore, shares of AIXTRON SE have an RSI of 65.60 and ATR of 0.27. AIXTRON SE (ADR) (NASDAQ:AIXG) together with its subsidiaries, provides deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry in worldwide. The company develops, produces, and installs deposition equipment for the deposition of semiconductor materials; provides process engineering, consulting, training, and ongoing customer support services; and offers peripheral equipment and services. The company markets and sells its products through its direct sales organization, dealers, and sales representatives. AIXTRON SE was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Herzogenrath, Germany.