Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day:
A Wall Street sign is pictured outside the New York Stock Exchange amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York, April 16, 2021.
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U.S. stock futures rose Friday, one day after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at record highs, boosted by President Joe Biden reaching an infrastructure deal with a bipartisan group of senators. The Dow also rallied Thursday, adding 322 points, or almost 1%, heading for its best weekly gain since March. The 30-stock average, after last week’s worst weekly decline since October, stands about 1.6% away from its record close in early May. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq were tracking for their best weeks since April.
- Dow stock Nike soared 13% in the premarket, set to open at an all-time high. The athletic shoe and apparel giant late Thursday handily beat estimates for quarterly earnings and revenue. Nike saw a 73% increase in direct sales through its apps and websites. Nike’s stock pop accounts for much of the rise in Dow futures.
- Virgin Galactic jumped 14% after getting the green light from the FAA to fly passengers to space. “The commercial license that we have had in place since 2016 remains in place, but is now cleared to allow us to carry commercial passengers when we’re ready to do so,” Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier told CNBC.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks following a bipartisan meeting with U.S. senators about the proposed framework for the infrastructure bill, at the White House in Washington, June 24, 2021.
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The bipartisan infrastructure compromise includes $579 billion in new spending, with $312 billion of those funds going to transportation projects such as roads, bridges and trains. The plan also puts $266 billion into nontransportation infrastructure, including power, water and broadband internet improvements. Only $15 billion goes to electric vehicle infrastructure and electric buses and transit, a fraction of what Biden first proposed. How they’re going to pay for all this remains under discussion. Democratic leaders on Capitol want to pass the bipartisan framework along with a larger bill to addresses more of their priorities without Republican votes.
This aerial view, shows search and rescue personnel working on site after the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, north of Miami Beach, on June 24, 2021.
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Biden has promised to provide federal aid, if requested, in the search for survivors of a partial beachfront condo building collapse outside Miami. At least one person was killed and nearly 100 people were still unaccounted for. Officials did not know how many people were in the tower when it fell early Thursday morning, around 1:30 a.m. ET, in Surfside. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who toured the scene, said rescue crews are “doing everything they can to save lives. That is ongoing, and they’re not going to rest.” Authorities did not say what may have caused the collapse.
A woman reacts after the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, found guilty of the death of George Floyd, at BLM Plaza in Washington, D.C., April 20, 2021.
Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters
Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin will be sentenced Friday for murder in George Floyd’s death, in a case that sparked global outrage and a reckoning on racial disparities in America. Legal experts predict that Chauvin, 45, could get 20 to 25 years. He was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. While he’s widely expected to appeal, Chauvin also faces trial on federal civil rights charges, along with three other fired officers who have yet to have their state trials.