U.S. index futures traded flat on Thursday morning, rebounding from some early weakness ahead of today’s ECB meeting, as investors assessed earnings from companies, including Southwest Airlines and AT&T, while awaiting weekly jobless claims data for clues on the pace of recovery in the U.S. labor market. Treasury yields steadied near a five-week low.
At 7:30 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were down 15 points, or 0.04%, S&P 500 e-minis were down 5 points, or 0.11%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 22 points, or 0.16%.
On Wednesday, Wall Street’s main indexes closed higher, recovering from a two-day decline in the previous session with value stocks gaining about 1.1%. Shares of AT&T gained 1% in premarket trading after the company’s wireless subscriber additions trounced analysts’ estimates. read more. Southwest Airlines posted a smaller-than-expected quarterly adjusted loss and forecast lower cash burn in the second quarter. The airline’s shares, however, fell 1.7%.
The recent Russell 2000 underperformance signaled the rotation toward growth-friendly cyclical stocks was slowing. Notably, the benchmark U.S. 10-year yield fell below its 50-day moving average for the first time since November.