Stock futures are sharply higher as the risk-on appetite returns to the street. Investors are optimistic that the Greek debt-swap will go off without a hitch, and that is sending the market higher. The central banks of Europe are scheduled to meet and jobless claims reign over the market this morning.
Dow futures are currently up 85 points to 12,926. Nasdaq 100 futures are up 17.50 to 2,626. The S&P 500 futures are rounding out the pre-market gains, up 11.25 to 1,364.
Jobless claims jumped 8k from last week. The number still remains under the 400k barrier that is a signal for positive labor growth. This shows that the recovery, while taking hold, is rather anemic. If the market was a looking for the catalyst to blow by Dow 13k, this is not it.
Internationally it is all about Greece. A successful auction will give rise to optimism the market desperately needs. Asia also broke their three-day losing streak on the back of the domestic rally yesterday. [Read more...]