Premarket: Apple is green

From the wsj's "Stock Futures Rise Ahead of Big Earnings Day" posted early Wednesday:

U.S. stock futures edged higher ahead of a busy day of earnings reports and the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president.

Futures tied to the S&P 500 rose 0.4% Wednesday, while contracts linked to the tech-heavy Nasdaq-100 rose 0.8%. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up 0.2%.

Earnings from Morgan Stanley, Procter & Gamble, UnitedHealth and U.S. Bancorp are due before the opening bell. United Airlines will release its earnings just after markets close.

Stocks have begun the week on an upbeat note, with all three major indexes hovering just below their record highs. Investors remain optimistic that fiscal stimulus is supporting businesses through the damage wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic.

That will put pressure on companies to deliver during this earnings season and meet the market’s expectations, said Brian O’Reilly, head of market strategy at Mediolanum Investment Funds.

“Any company that is likely to miss or modestly disappoint on earnings will be punished quite heavily,” said Mr. O’Reilly. “A lot of optimism has already been priced in and typically you don’t get too much room for maneuver when a stock is at a historic high.”

My take: Still waiting for my presidential pardon.

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