Roku, Lennar, Bitcoin: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today

Here’s what we are watching as markets kick into gear Thursday. —U.S. stock futures rose as investors cheered signs of progress toward a fresh stimulus package. New data showed 885,000 people made initial jobless claims last week, more than economists had expected. It marked a second consecutive week of increases, and suggested the economy was entering a winter slowdown. Futures tied to the S&P 500 rose 0.4%, suggesting the benchmark stocks gauge may rise for a third-straight day at the opening bell. The S&P 500 closed at its second-highest level ever on Wednesday. Futures tied to the technology-focused Nasdaq-100 gained 0.5%. The dollar is extending its recent decline after most Fed officials yesterday projected interest rates will stay near zero for at least three years. What’s Coming Up — FedEx will report its quarterly earnings after the close.

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