Stock futures are little changed after muted start to June

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Stock futures are little changed after muted start to June


U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday, following muted action on the first day of June.

Futures contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 44 points. S&P 500 futures rose 0.05% and Nasdaq 100 futures traded around the flatline.

Stocks tied to the economic reopening were a bit weaker in premarket trading. United Airlines and American Airlines shares were slightly lower. Carnival Corp and some retailers were also lower in early trading.

AMC shares were surging again, up another 25% in premarket trading. The meme stock was up 22% on Tuesday after raising $230.5 million through a stock sale.

On Tuesday, the Dow gained 47 points, after rising more than 300 points at one point. The S&P broke a 3-day win streak to close down just 2 points. The Nasdaq Composite was the relative underperformer, shedding 0.09% for its second negative session in three.

Despite the muted action, there were some gainers during the session, notably in stocks connected to the economic recovery. Airline and cruise operator companies saw their stocks jump as Covid cases in the U.S. continue to decline.

Inflation fears, and the ways in which the Federal Reserve might respond, have weighed on sentiment recently, although the major averages are still hovering around all-time highs.

“Markets remain strong,” said Cliff Hodge, chief investment officer for Cornerstone Wealth. “Economic growth is robust, monetary conditions remain extremely easy and consumers are flush with cash from stimulus as virus cases fall and the economy reopens.”

The S&P 500 and Dow are down 0.8% and 1.5%, respectively, from their May records. The Nasdaq has a little more ground to make up following a rotation out of growth-oriented areas of the market. The tech-heavy index is currently 3.3% from its April all-time high.

Energy was the top-performing S&P 500 group on Tuesday following a jump in oil prices that sent West Texas Intermediate crude futures to the highest level in more than two years.

Markets may be on hold before the big jobs report on Friday. The U.S. likely added 671,000 non-farm payrolls in May, up from 266,000 jobs added in the previous month, according to economists polled by Dow Jones.

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