Stock futures point to a higher open to end the week

March new home sales will be among the reports that could set the direction of trading

U.S. equity futures are trading higher heading into the last Wall Street session of the week.

The major futures indexes suggest a rise of 0.2%.

Stocks are looking to recover from Thursday's selling following a report that President Biden will propose raising taxes on the wealthiest investors.


The first full week of earnings season wraps up with two Dow members – Honeywell International and  American Express. Others reporting include Schlumberger, Kimberly-Clark and Regions Financial Corp.

On the economic calendar, traders will examine the latest purchasing manager's reports on manufacturing and services for April.

Also, the Census Bureau is expected to say that sales of new single-family homes rose 12% in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 886,000.

In Europe, London's FTSE slipped 0.2%, Germany's DAX gave up 0.3% and France's CAC was flat.

In Asia, the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo lost 0.6%, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong gained 0.8% and China's Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.3%.

Selling on Wall Street was widespread following the report about Biden's tax plan.

According to Bloomberg, it would raise the capital gains tax to 39.6% for investors who make more than $1 million, or more than double the current rate for Americans in that income bracket. It said a separate surtax on investment income could boost the total tax rate for wealthy investors as high as 43.3%.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 33618.88 -388.00 -1.14%
SP500 S&P 500 4273.53 -63.91 -1.47%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 13063.609627 -207.71 -1.57%

The  S&P 500 index lost 0.9% to 4,134.98. It is down 1.2% for the week after hitting a high on Friday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.9% to 33,815.90. The Nasdaq composite slid 0.9% to 13,818.41.


In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude rose 61 cents to $62.04 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract advanced 8 cents on Thursday to $61.43. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 48 cents to $65.88 per barrel in London. It added 8 cents the previous session to $65.40 a barrel.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.