Stock futures traded lower Thursday, building on the losses from the previous session, as rate and recession fears dented market sentiment.
Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 224 points, or 0.7%. S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures shed 0.7% and 0.9%, respectively.
Wall Street is coming off a losing session. The S&P 500 tumbled 1.56% on Wednesday for its worst day since Dec. 15. The Dow shed more than 613 points, or 1.81%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite fell 1.24%, snapping seven-straight days of gains. Bank stocks such as JPMorgan, Bank of America and Wells Fargo slid, weighing on the broader market.
Disappointing retail sales and a weaker-than-expected producer price index reading ignited recession fears, sending stocks lower.
On Thursday, investors will weigh more economic data that could give further clues as to how much the Fed may raise interest rates in its upcoming meeting. Initial jobless claims, housing starts and the Philadelphia Federal Reserve’s manufacturing survey will be released in the morning. Several central bank leaders including Fed Vice Chair Lael Brainard will also speak throughout the day on the path forward.
Investors have been parsing through the latest data and Fed remarks for clues on how high rates will go. But, while recent numbers point to easing inflation, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon thinks rates will top 5%.
“I think there’s a lot of underlying inflation, which won’t go away so quickly,” Dimon told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Investors will also be watching key quarterly reports to see if there is an earnings recession brewing. Netflix and Truist Financial are among companies reporting earnings on Thursday.