From the wsj's "U.S. Stock Futures Waver as Markets Pause" posted early Tuesday:
U.S. stock futures wobbled Tuesday as investors took stock of elevated Covid-19 infection levels, the rollout of vaccines and measures to curtail the spread of a new strain of the virus.
Futures tied to the S&P 500 wavered between gains and losses, suggesting the benchmark gauge may be choppy in trading after the New York opening bell. Futures tied to the technology-focused Nasdaq-100 index gained 0.3%.
Stocks have lost steam this week as a number of nations began taking steps to curtail travel in an effort to contain the emergence of a fast-spreading variant of coronavirus from England. The U.K. imposed stringent restrictions on social and business activity, prompting concern that more countries may also be required to adopt measures that would hamper the global economic recovery.
“It would be a brave man to suggest this will just remain a U.K.-specific issue,” said Derek Halpenny, head of research for global markets in the European region at MUFG Bank. “Are we going back into another phase of more pronounced global lockdowns again?”
My take: Apple is on its own trajectory -- big time -- driven by Apple car rumors.