Futures are inching up with another wave of reports from big banks under way. Here’s what we’re watching ahead of Wednesday’s trading action.
- BlackRock BLK -0.86% kicked off the day’s wave of expected reports, when it said its second-quarter profits rose 14%. Its assets under management rose 30% from a year ago to close to $10 trillion. But market watchers seemed unimpressed, as its shares slipped 2.1% premarket.
- Bank of America BAC -1.90% was the next earnings report to drop, and it said consumer spending has significantly surpassed pre-pandemic levels, but also that low interest rates continued to be a challenge during the recent quarter. Its shares were down 1.7% ahead of the bell.
- Wells Fargo WFC -2.11% said it earned $6.04 billion in the second quarter, marking a reversal from a year earlier, when it posted its first quarterly loss in a decade. Its shares were up 0.5% premarket.
- Citigroup C -1.54% said Wednesday its second-quarter profit soared thanks to an increasingly bright view of consumer health. Its shares gained 1.7% premarket.
- U.S.-traded shares of China’s Alibaba BABA 1.96% jumped 3.6% ahead of the bell. Alibaba and Tencent are considering moves to gradually open up their services to one another. That would mark a big shift for China’s consumer internet, which has largely split into two camps built around the arch rivals.
- Shares of Delta Air Lines DAL -3.55% took flight, rising 1.4% premarket, after the carrier said U.S. vacation travel has fully recovered as the airline reported its first quarterly profit since the Covid-19 pandemic crushed the industry last year.
- American Airlines AAL -3.93% earnings aren’t due until next week, but investors appear to be hoping for some good news, as its shares are up 4% premarket.
- Apple AAPL 0.79% shares gained 1.9% premarket after Bloomberg reported that the company is aiming to boost its iPhone production this year by up to 20%. And even though this year’s product update, due in September, is expected to bring only incremental changes, Apple is hoping that the shift to 5G and a better consumer environment post-pandemic will have the newer phones flying off the shelves.
- Investors in Canadian sports-media and betting company Score Media & Gaming SCR -2.51% were taking their money off the table, sending its U.S.-traded shares down nearly 10% premarket. It logged greater sales year over year in the latest quarter due to strength in its media business, but it posted a larger net loss as expenses rose.
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- Investor and government funds are pouring into clean tech years after the failures of Solyndra and A123 Systems chilled early enthusiasm for green investing.
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