MARKET SNAPSHOT: Dow, S&P Set For 2nd Day Of Gains As Rebound Continues

By Sara Sjolin, MarketWatch Features Dow Jones Newswires

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Wall Street stocks look set for a higher open on Tuesday, as traders pick up bargains after last week's selloff and as the countdown to the Jackson Hole meeting of central bankers ticks on.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 46 points, or 0.2%, to 21,738, while those for the S&P 500 index added 4.50 points,or 0.2%, to 2,432.50. Futures for the Nasdaq-100 index put on 23.50 points, or 0.4%, to 5,817.25.

Both the Dow average and S&P eked out slight gains in thin trade on Monday (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dow-set-to-fight-for-direction-but-flirts-with-biggest-two-week-drop-in-nearly-a-year-2017-08-18), following a flight out of perceived risky assets, such as stocks, last week. The Nasdaq Composite Index , however, on Monday ended marginally lower.

"There had been fears that last week's selling may accelerate, given the ructions and uncertainty apparent within the Trump administration and concerns that this week's U.S./South Korean military exercises around the Korean Peninsula could trigger hostilities with North Korea," said David Morrison, market strategist at Spread Co, in a post online (https://www.fxstreet.com/analysis/european-us-indices-indicate-stronger-open-201708220706).

"But for now it looks as if traders are taking advantage of the recent selloff to buy the dips, in tried and tested manner. The question is if it will work as well now as it has in the past," he added.

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U.S. and South Korea this week kicked off their annual military exercises (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/tensions-expected-to-rise-as-us-south-korea-start-annual-war-games-2017-08-20) that in the past have enraged Pyongyang. North Korea warned on Sunday that the exercises are "reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war."

Jackson Hole: Traders were already focusing on the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank's central bank symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo., which starts Thursday and runs through Saturday. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi are among top speakers, with investors hoping to get hints on the future for interest rate hikes.

"The conference has in recent years been a venue for big news in monetary policy, but this time around it is likely to be undramatic," said UBS economists in a note.

"We expect [Yellen's] speech to keep to well-trod financial stability topics--some excesses may exist, but the system is safe--and eschew discussion of potential near-term policy actions," they said.

Yellen and Draghi are both slated to speak on Friday.

The greenback rose on Tuesday in anticipation of the speeches, with the ICE Dollar Index up 0.3% at 93.413.

Economic news: The FHFA house price index is scheduled for release at 9 a.m. Eastern Time, followed by the Richmond Fed manufacturing index at 10 a.m. Eastern.

There are no Fed speakers on the docket for Tuesday.

Stock movers: Shares of Nordson Corp.(NDSN) could move in Tuesday's trade. They rose after-hours on Monday, when the industrial machinery company's outlook fell short of Wall Street estimates (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/nordson-shares-fall-on-outlook-after-earnings-beat-2017-08-21).

Before the market opens on Tuesday, Medtronic PLC(MDT) is slated to report earnings, followed by Salesforce.com Inc.(CRM) and Intuit Inc.(INTU) after the close. Read a preview of Salesforce earnings: Looking to e-commerce, AI for growth as Dreamforce approaches (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/salesforce-earnings-looking-to-e-commerce-ai-for-growth-as-dreamforce-approaches-2017-08-21)

U.S.-listed shares of Australian-based BHP Billiton Ltd.(BHP.AU) rose 2.4% before the bell after the mining giant said it swung to a full-year profit (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bhp-billiton-swings-to-profit-to-hike-dividend-2017-08-22) and it plans to sell its U.S. shale business

Other markets:Asian stock markets closed mainly higher (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/singapore-ends-5-day-slump-leads-asian-market-gains-2017-08-21), with Singapore's FTSE Straits Times Index ending a five-session losing streak.

European markets were also in positive territory, after three straight sessions of losses.

Oil prices advanced ahead of U.S. supply data (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/oil-prices-rebound-ahead-of-us-supply-data-2017-08-22) due at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, while metal prices, including gold , mostly declined.

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

August 22, 2017 06:01 ET (10:01 GMT)