On Friday, stock futures are indicating a positive start as Wall Street eagerly anticipates the latest U.S. inflation data, concluding what has been a challenging month for equities this year.
Key highlights for Friday
Nike's stock jumped 9.5% in premarket trading, surpassing Q1 profit expectations and reducing inventories by 10%. They maintained their fiscal-year outlook and projected a strong Q2. This positive impact extended to other athletic brands: Foot Locker (FL) rose 3%, Under Armour (UAA) by 2.4%, and On Holding (ONON) by 3.9%.
Despite an ongoing EEOC lawsuit alleging racial harassment and a hostile work environment for Black employees at Tesla's Fremont, California plant, the company's premarket trading increased by 1.5%. Tesla is also expected to report its Q3 delivery figures soon, with Citi analysts revising their sales estimate to 450,000 vehicles, down from the previous 468,500.
Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis posted modest gains of 0.5%, 0.7%, and 0.5%, respectively, amid ongoing labor negotiations. The United Auto Workers union indicated that more workers might go on strike if satisfactory progress isn't made in their talks with these automakers. UAW President Shawn Fain is scheduled to provide a strike update at 10 a.m. Eastern on Friday.
Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) shares gained 1.2% to €52.44 after Bank of America (BofA) upgraded the brewer's stock from Neutral to Buy and raised the price target from €59 to €65. American depositary receipts of AB InBev (BUD) also surged by 3.8%.
Cruise operator Carnival (CCL) is set to report its fiscal third-quarter earnings on Friday. The company's shares rose by 3.1% ahead of the earnings announcement.
Semiconductor leader Nvidia (NVDA) experienced a 1.2% increase in premarket trading, reaching $435.97. The company, known for its AI-related chip technology, faced challenges in September, with stock prices fluctuating between $410 and $493.55 since the end of August.