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Stock futures pare gains, Apple disappointment weighs on techs

  • Stock futures are mostly higher but have pared some earlier gains after data showed U.S. durable goods orders taking an unexpected sharp decline.
  • S&P +0.1%, Dow +0.3%, Nasdaq -0.5%.
  • Calm in emerging market trading sessions thus far is helping to lend a positive tone, and European markets are broadly higher amid efforts by the central bank of Turkey and others to curb the recent selloffs in their currencies.
  • U.S. durable goods orders sank 4.3% in December in the biggest drop since mid-summer, largely because of fewer bookings for autos, large aircraft and military hardware; after expectations for a ~2% increase in orders, the disappointing could lead to a reduction in forecasts for Q4 GDP.
  • Well-received earnings news from Ford (+1.5%), Pfizer (+1.7%) and DuPont (+1.1%) are supporting blue-chip futures, but tech stocks are weighed by Apple's (-7.5%) disappointing results.
  • Treasuries surged off their lows in reaction to the data, and the 10-year yield is now little changed at 2.76%.
  • Still ahead: Richmond Fed, consumer confidence.
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