Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day:
- Dow set to jump after economic data, ahead of infrastructure meeting
- Three key government economic reports out before the bell
- Bipartisan senators push $953 billion infrastructure plan
- Eli Lilly to seek accelerated FDA approval for Alzheimer's drug in 2021
- Teamsters to vote on sweeping push to unionize Amazon workers
Dow futures rose more than 150 points after of a slew of economic data before the bell and renewed hopes for an infrastructure deal at a White House meeting later Thursday. The market's comeback rally took a pause Wednesday, though the Nasdaq managed to eke out another record close, and it was set to rise Thursday. With a broad group of stocks jumping in premarket trading, the S&P 500 was also set to open at new highs. The Dow was still climbing out of last week's hole. Ahead of Thursday's session, it remained 2.6% away from its latest record close in early May.
Andreessen Horowitz announced a new $2.2 billion cryptocurrency-focused fund Thursday. The Silicon Valley venture capital firm, founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, launched its first crypto fund three years ago, during what's now known as "crypto winter." That year, the value of bitcoin cratered roughly 80% from the highs in 2017. The latest fund also comes at another bearish moment for bitcoin.
The 10-year Treasury yield ticked lower Thursday, trading just under 1.5%, as investors to sifted through three government reports released one hour before Wall Street's opening bell. Initial jobless claims totaled 411,000 for last week, higher than estimates but down from the prior's week's upwardly revised 418,000. Durable goods orders in May increased 2.3%, slightly lower than forecasts but better than April's modest decline. The final revision of first quarter GDP remained at 6.4% annual growth. (CNBC)
A bipartisan group of senators is seeking Biden's support for a $953 billion infrastructure plan at Thursday's meeting. Administration officials and Democratic leaders cast the proposal as a positive development. The president's latest offer was a $1.7 trillion package. With Republicans opposed to Biden's proposed corporate tax rate increase, the bipartisan group is looking at other ways to raise revenue. Biden rejected their idea to allow gas taxes paid at the pump to rise with inflation.
Shares of Eli Lilly rose 8% in Thursday's premarket after the U.S. drugmaker said it will file a marketing application later this year for its experimental Alzheimer's treatment, under the FDA's accelerated approval pathway. Lilly said, "The safety, tolerability and efficacy of donanemab are also being evaluated" in an ongoing late-stage study. Earlier this month, three members of a key FDA advisory panel resigned over the agency's controversial decision to approve Biogen's new Alzheimer's drug.
The Teamsters will vote Thursday on a resolution to scale up efforts to organize Amazon workers. The e-commerce giant has long been the target of major labor unions seeking to organize warehouse and delivery workers. Amazon in April defeated a high-stakes union campaign at a huge warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. However, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos recently acknowledged that the company needs to do better by its employees. The pandemic, the explosion of Black Lives Matter protests last summer, and rising concerns around workplace safety fueled further interest in organizing Amazon warehouses.