U.S. stock futures were in the green Thursday morning in a least temporary bid to recover from some of the steep losses of the past two sessions.
Here were the main features of the pre-market session, from 07:50 am. ET:
S&P 500 futures (ES = F): + 0.1%, or 2.75 points
Dow futures (YM = F): + 0.07%, or 18 points
Nasdaq futures (NQ = F): + 0.18%, or 13.25 points
US crude oil prices (CL = F): + 0.15% to $ 52.72 per barrel
10-year government rate (^ TNX ): -2.2 bps to 1.575%
Gold (GC = F): + 0.19% to $ 1,510.70 per ounce
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The focus will turn to the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) non-production index on Thursday at 10 AM ET, which will serve as a litmus test for whether the economic downturn that is now evident in some US data has also spilled out into the service sector.
This area of the economy makes up a much larger portion of total US economic activity, with the softness of services likely to have a more pronounced effect on important consumer spending. Throughout the year, the ISM service-centric index has remained largely unchanged, even as the production counterpart slid into a confluent territory.
Consensus economists expect the ISM's non-manufacturing index to have slashed to 55.0 in September from 56.4 in August, comfortably above the neutral level 50 required to indicate expansion.
"If we get something around it, the market's attention will simply shift to tomorrow's labor market report, but it is possible that the eq uity nerves have been relieved somewhat and the market is pushing back the survey we have seen this week with the implied probability of a rate cut at the end of this month, "Kit Juckes, global leader of FX strategy at Société Generale, wrote in a note Thursday morning.
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