MARKET SNAPSHOT: Dow On Track To Resume Record Run After Taking A Breather

By Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch Features Dow Jones Newswires

JOLTS release and Fed's Kashkari on tap after the opening bell

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U.S. stock futures on Tuesday pointed to a rise at the open, putting the Dow Jones Industrial Average on track to build on a record-setting run that has left it up 27% over the past year.

What are the main benchmarks doing?

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures tacked on 51 points, or 0.2%, to 25,301, while S&P 500 futures gained 1.95 points, or 0.1%, to 2,748.75. Nasdaq-100 futures added 9.75 points, or 0.2%, to 6,697.75.

On Monday, the Dow edged back by less than 0.1% from Friday's record close (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dow-poised-to-stretch-out-historic-record-run-as-upbeat-mood-persists-2018-01-08), while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite both finished at fresh all-time highs.

The three equity benchmarks have gained between 21% and 29% over the past 12 months, supported by factors such an expanding global economy, growth in corporate profits and enthusiasm over the Trump administration's tax cuts.

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What could drive markets?

The upbeat sentiment that has kept the 2017 global stock rally running into the new year still has a grip on the market. Fresh data out Tuesday could give a lift to or dampen that enthusiasm.

A December figure for small-business confidence showed a dip to wrap up the strongest year on record (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/small-business-sentiment-dips-at-end-of-strongest-year-on-record-nfib-2018-01-09). At 10 a.m. Eastern Time, a November report on job openings and labor turnover is due to arrive.

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On the Federal Reserve front, Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari is slated to take part in a panel discussion at 10 a.m. Eastern at the suburban Minneapolis headquarters of conglomerate Cargill Inc.

What are strategists saying?

"There is very little for markets to be taking too much notice of in the economic calendar today. The only real interest comes in the U.S. JOLTS jobs openings," said Richard Perry, a Hantec Markets analyst, in a note Tuesday.

Which stocks look like key movers?

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s stock (BABA) traded 0.3% higher in premarket action after the Chinese e-commerce giant's founder, Jack Ma, promised to consider listing in Hong Kong (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/alibaba-will-consider-listing-in-hong-kong-says-jack-ma-2018-01-09).

Shares in Intel Corp.(INTC) were little changed in premarket trading after CEO Brian Krzanich delivered a speech at CES late Monday. He detailed advances in virtual reality and other technologies, while also addressing the dark cloud hanging over chip makers (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/intel-ceo-notes-dark-cloud-of-concern-at-ces-moves-onto-a-vision-for-the-future-2018-01-09).

Supermarket operator Supervalu Inc.(SVU) could see active trading as it's among the companies expected to post earnings before the open.

What are other assets doing?

European stocks (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/european-stocks-rise-for-5th-session-in-a-row-stay-at-highest-since-2015-2018-01-09) were gaining ground, and most Asian markets closed higher (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/asian-markets-continue-their-early-year-rally-2018-01-08). Oil futures (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/oil-prices-extend-recent-gains-hint-at-fresh-3-year-highs-2018-01-09) added to their recent advance, but gold futures were pulling back. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index was modestly higher.

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January 09, 2018 06:41 ET (11:41 GMT)