By Peter Nurse
Investing.com — U.S. stocks are seen opening marginally lower Tuesday, continuing January’s weak tone as investors cautiously await the release of more important corporate earnings.
The major Wall Street indices suffered hefty losses in January as investors adjusted to a hawkish policy shift from the Federal Reserve, implying as many as six interest rates this year to combat inflation that is currently running at 40-year highs.
Fed policymakers were out in force on Monday, indicating that interest rates would rise in March, but they also tried to rein in expectations of a 50 basis point hike this quarter.
Still, there remains a degree of caution ahead of a flurry of corporate earnings which could set the tone for February. Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) and United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) delivered numbers before the bell, while the likes of Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL), General Motors (NYSE:GM), Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX), AMD and PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) will report after the bell.
Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) will also be in the spotlight after the electric car manufacturer said it will recall over 50,000 U.S. vehicles with its Full Self-Driving software over safety worries.
Additionally, FedEx (NYSE:FDX) has suspended its domestic express freight services due to staff shortages as cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus rise, while AT&T (NYSE:T) said it will cut its dividend after spinning off WarnerMedia in a $43 billion transaction to merge its media properties with Discovery (NASDAQ:DISCA).
The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index heads the data calendar Tuesday, but the December JOLTS jobs openings will also be studied ahead of Friday’s January nonfarm payrolls report. Economists are forecasting that the economy added 155,000 jobs, slowing from 199,000 in December as the Omicron variant hit.
Oil prices edged lower Tuesday, just below last week’s seven-year highs, following reports quoting sources close to OPEC as seeing the global market in surplus by over 1 million barrels a day this year.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies led by Russia, a group known as OPEC+, is meeting on Wednesday to discuss future production levels.
The American Petroleum Institute releases its weekly inventory data later in the session.
Source : Investing.com