MARKET SNAPSHOT: Dow Set To Cool Its Heels After Another Record Close

Snap, LendingClub, Fossil set for big down days after earnings

U.S. stock futures on Wednesday pointed to little change at the open, putting the Dow Jones Industrial Average on track for a pause after it edged up to another record close.

Investors are tracking another dose of earnings reports, as well as lawmakers' efforts to pass tax reform and President Donald Trump's trip to Asia amid tensions with North Korea (

What are the main benchmarks doing?

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures inched down by 26 points, or 0.1%, to 23,475, while S&P 500 futures gave up 3.55 point, or 0.2%, at 2,584.50. Nasdaq-100 futures shed 3.25 point, or less than 0.1%, to 6,312.75.

On Tuesday, the Dow edged up to a fresh all-time closing high (, while the S&P and Nasdaq Composite pulled back from record closes, with some analysts blaming the declines on worries about the tax legislation working its way through Congress.

The three gauges are up between 16% and 26% for the year as of Tuesday's close, helped by factors such as an expanding U.S. economy, growing corporate profits and bets that the Trump administration will deliver tax cuts and other business-friendly measures.

See:Dow's 1-year gain since Trump's win is its biggest post-Election Day rise since 1945 (

What are strategists saying?

"On a week light on tier-one economic data, the focus is on how tax reform is progressing," said Richard Perry, a Hantec Markets analyst, in a note.

"However, in negotiations to try and sweeten the bill, there are suggestions that there could be somewhat of a climb-down as the Republicans could delay the cuts to corporation tax by twelve months."

Read:Here are the winners and losers of the tax plan, by income bracket (

Opinion:Cutting corporate taxes is the best part of the Republican plan (

There are no top-tier U.S. economic releases or Federal Reserve speeches expected on Wednesday.

Check out:MarketWatch's Economic Calendar (

Which stocks look like key movers?

Shares in Snapchat parent Snap Inc.(SNAP) fell 8% in premarket trade after the company posted disappointing quarterly results late Tuesday ( and discussed a redesign for its messaging app ( They had been down roughly 20%, but erased losses following reports that Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd.(0700.HK) has established a 10% stake in Snap.

Shares in peer-to-peer lending company ( Corp.(LC) and accessories seller ( Group Inc.(FOSL) tumbled by 17% and 5%, respectively, in premarket action after each company gave a disappointing outlook while reporting earnings late Tuesday.

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.(TTWO) climbed 10% premarket after the producer of video games boosted its outlook while reporting results late Tuesday (

Shares in health insurer ( Inc.(HUM) , drugmaker Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.(REGN) , burger chain Wendy's Co.(WEN) and MGM Resorts International(MGM) could see active trading as they are among the companies expected to post earnings before the open.

What are other assets doing?

European stocks traded mostly lower (, while Asian markets ( largely closed with losses. Gold futures gained, oil futures traded lower, and the ICE U.S. Dollar Index edged down.

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November 08, 2017 07:38 ET (12:38 GMT)