The US stocks were ready to hit Friday and threatened to return some of the previous session's rally for a week marked by sharp volatility that has pushed the big indices in and out of negative territory for the year.
How are big benchmarks?
Dow Jones Industrial Average Futures
was down 185 points, or 0.8% to 24.690 while those for the S & P 500 index
fell 23.7 points, or 0.9% to 2.664 and Nasdaq-100 futures
went 94.25 points, or 1.4% to 6.832.25.
On Thursday, Dow Jones became Industrial Average
DJIA, + 1.63%
collected 399.95 points, or 1% to 24.983, while the S & P 500 index
SPX, + 1.86%
advanced 49.46 points, or 1.2%, finally at 2,705.57. Nasdaq Composite Index
COMP, + 2.95%
gained 209.93 points, ended at 7.318.34, an increase of 2.95%, and fought its best day performance since 26 March.
Dow threw over 600 points on Wednesday while Nasdaq gave up over 300 points, marking its worst day since August 18, 2011, and put the index into a widely used definition of market adjustment.
In the week from Thursday, Dow was 1.8% S & P 500 2.2% and Nasdaq 1.8%. For October, S & P has so far lost 7.15%, Dow is 5.57%, and Nasdaq has cut 9.05%.
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What drives markets?
A stock recovery was noisy Friday, with investors understandably skeptical at the weekend, among persistent concerns about slowing global growth, rising interest rates and concerns that they have already seen peak revenue growth for US companies.
Not helping the mood was disappointing results from two of the largest tech-related companies. Amazon