US stocks pointed to a lower open this morning amidst tensions between Russia and Ukraine and ahead of a Congressional testimony from Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen.
Before the opening bell, Dow
(INDEXDJX:.DJI) futures were down 0.21% to 16,144. S&P 500
(INDEXSP:.INX) futures declined by 0.22% to 1,837.80. Futures on the Nasdaq Composite
(INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) fell 0.06% to 3,671.50.
(NYSE:JCP) shares rose 21% in pre-market trading after the struggling retailer reported its first quarterly net profit in more than two years. The store, which counts George Soros as a major investor, generated a net profit of $35 million, or $0.11 per share, up from a loss of $552 million a year earlier. Revenue dropped 2.6% to $3.78 billion, falling short of consensus estimates. Excluding one-time items, it had a loss of $0.68 per share. Same-store sales rose for the first time since April 2011. CEO Mark Ullman said that same-store sales and gross margins will improve this year.
Tesla Motors Inc
(NASDAQ:TSLA) issued $1.6 billion debt to finance a 10-million-square-foot "gigafactory" to make lithium-ion batteries. The $5 billion factory will be located in the American Southwest, but a location has not yet been chosen. Tesla shares were up 3.4% this morning after the electric car company's plans were made public.
Shares of Best Buy Co., Inc
(NYSE:BBY) rose 8.3% this morning after the big-box electronics retailer reported better-than-expected profits driven by cost-cutting. The company earned $0.83 per share in the latest quarter, which ended on Feb. 1, up from a $1.21 loss a year earlier. Profit from continuing operations was $1.24 per share, beating analyst expectations by $0.23. Same-store sales fell 1.7%. Wall Street projected a steeper fall in sales.
US jobless claims rose to 348,000 last week, up from 33,000. Economists had expected just 335,000 claims. Durable goods orders fell 1% in January, following a 5.3% drop in December 2013. Excluding transportation, orders rose 1.1%.
Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen will speak to the Senate Banking Committee about her outlook for the economy and central bank policy at 10 a.m.
Fears of a geopolitical risk were heightened today as Russia is engaging in military exercises near the Crimea region where an armed pro-Russian mob attacked government buildings and clashed with opposition protesters.
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