Dow futures jump, reopening trades rise, big deals boost sentiment


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8:34 am: Reopening names leads market higher in premarket trading

Shares of companies that would benefit most under a U.S. reopening outpaced the broader market before the opening bell Monday morning. Mall operator Simon Property Group jumped 3% while Kohl’s and Gap rallied 2.5% and 3.5%, respectively. Airlines Delta, Southwest and United all gained about 2.5%. Expedia and TripAdvisor both added 2.5%. — Franck

8:33 am: Tesla climbs following target hike from JMP

JMP Securities raised its price target on Tesla, saying in a note to clients that the company’s better-than-expected second quarter deliveries showed that it was on track to continue its growth. The firm projected Tesla will generate $100 billion in annual revenue by 2025. The automaker’s stock jumped 6% in premarket trading.

Pro subscribers can read more about the note here. —Pound

8:27 am: Intel down following Goldman downgrade

Shares of Intel fell 0.4% in premarket trading after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock to sell from neutral. The bank said in a note to clients that its channel checks have showed the personal computer market slowing and Intel losing market share in other business lines. —Pound

8:18 am: China stocks pop on editorial praising market’s ‘wealth effect’

Asia stock indexes roared higher Monday morning after the China Securities Journal touted stocks and said investors will feel “the wealth effect of the capital markets.” The state media publication also emphasized the importance of a “healthy” bull market. The China Shanghai indexes were up around 6% and the Nikkei 225 in Japan rose 1.8%. “When looking at markets in the coming 5-10 years, I’m bullish on emerging Asia and believe stocks in that region of the world will outperform everywhere else during that time frame after 10 years of underperformance,” said Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer at the Bleakley Advisory Group. – Cox

8:17 am: Coronavirus cases jump over the weekend

Bullish sentiment on Wall Street is against a backdrop of rising coronavirus cases at home and abroad. The World Health Organization said Saturday that more than 200,000 coronavirus cases were confirmed over a 24-hour span, a record. The largest spike was seen in the Americas, where nearly 130,000 new cases were confirmed. Florida and Texas reported daily record spikes of 11,445 and 8,258, respectively, on Saturday. – Fitzgerald

8:09 am: Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway makes its first deal since pandemic

Berkshire Hathaway is spending $4 billion to buy the natural gas transmission and storage assets of Dominion Energy, marking the conglomerate’s first deal since the coronavirus crisis and its biggest purchase in years. Including the assumption of debt, the deal totals almost $10 billion. With the deal, Dominion is transitioning to a pure-play regulated utility company that focuses on clean energy production from wind, solar and natural gas. Prior to the announcement, Warren Buffett revealed that Berkshire had built up a record $137 billion cash hoard and he was looking to make an “elephant-sized acquisition.” —Li 

8:07 am: Uber officially buys Postmates

Uber agreed to purchase food-delivery service Postmates, the two companies said Monday. Postmates is the fourth-largest U.S. food delivery service by market share. The company has had success in specific urban areas such as Los Angeles and Miami. — Fitzgerald 

7:54 am: Uber jumps on Postmates deal

Shares of ride hailing giant Uber rose 6.5% in premarket trading on Monday following multiple reports that Uber has agreed on a deal to buy food delivery service Postmates in a $2.65 billion stock deal. Earlier this year, Uber was in talks to buy Grubhub; however, the deal never materialized and Grubhub was purchased by Europe’s Just Eat Takeaway.com. —Fitzgerald 

7:45 am: Stock futures jump

U.S. equity futures traded sharply higher on Monday, extending last week’s strong performance to start to second half of the year. Dow futures rose about 345 points, or 1.3% The move implied a higher open by about 400 points. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq-100 futures were 1.1% higher. Stocks whose performance hinges on the reopening of the economy rose in premarket trading. 

Stocks are coming off a strong start to the third quarter and second half of 2020. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 rose 3.3% and 4%, respectively, last week. The Nasdaq advanced 4.6% in the holiday-shortened week. — Fitzgerald 

— with reporting from CNBC’s Jeff Cox and Tom Franck. 

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