Stock futures rise, as oil tumbles

Market will be driven by coronavirus progression

Barron’s roundtable is joined by the head of U.S. equity and quantitative strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Savita Subramanian to talk about how to navigate the markets in the coming weeks.

U.S. stock futures posted early gains on Sunday, recovering from last week's losses and brushing off a drop in oil.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average saw a jump of over 200 points or 1 percent with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq are rising about 1 percent early into the trading session.

Oil tumbled Sunday nearly 9 percent on reports OPEC is said to have postponed its Monday emergency meeting, pushed out to mid-April.

President Trump held a meeting with American oil executives Friday, promising to support the industry amid a collapse in oil prices partly due to a drop off in demand related to the coronavirus and also due to a price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The number of worldwide coronavirus cases now numbers1.2 million as of Sunday afternoon with fatalities at 68,148. President Trump is set to have a coronavirus task force briefing at 7 p.m. ET.

For the week, stocks fell across the board as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed 1 million globally. The Dow fell 2.7 percent while the S&P lost 2.1 percent and the Nasdaq slid 1.7 percent.

Investors partly reacting to rising unemployment. The Labor Department said on Friday that the U.S. economy lost 701,000 nonfarm jobs in March as the unemployment rate climbed to 4.4 percent. Wall Street economists surveyed by Refinitiv were anticipating a loss of 100,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 3.8 percent.


As for stock news, on Sunday, Boeing announced it would extend "the temporary suspension of production operations at all Puget Sound area and Moses Lake sites until further notice" the company disclosed in an announcement. The move is to further efforts to combat COVID-19 in Washington state.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
BABOEING COMPANY124.52+1.25+1.01%

Also shares of Delta and Southwest will be in focus on Monday. Late Friday, billionaire investor Warren Buffett unloaded significant stakes in Delta Air  Lines and Southwest Airlines as the industry contends with unprecedented headwinds related to the coronavirus pandemic, according to SEC filings on Friday.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
DALDELTA AIR LINES INC.22.48-0.20-0.88%

Buffett’s holding firm, Berkshire Hathway, sold nearly 13 million shares of Delta, or about 18 percent of its overall stake in the airline. The share sales were worth about $314 million.

FOX Business' Thomas Barrabi and Jonathan Garber contributed to this report. 

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