<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Stocks rose Wednesday morning, recovering some losses after a sell-off in risk assets a day earlier sent the S&amp;P 500 to its largest one-day drop since April 1. Each of the three major indices advanced more than 1.6%.” data-reactid=”16″>Stocks rose Wednesday morning, recovering some losses after a sell-off in risk assets a day earlier sent the S&P 500 to its largest one-day drop since April 1. Each of the three major indices advanced more than 1.6%.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Senate cleared an interim deal to add another $484 billion infusion for its small business aid program, coronavirus testing and hospital support package, with a House vote expected as soon as Thursday. President Donald Trump has already suggested he would sign the bill once it arrives at his desk. The funds add to the $2.2 trillion relief package initially Congress passed in late March.” data-reactid=”17″>Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Senate cleared an interim deal to add another $484 billion infusion for its small business aid program, coronavirus testing and hospital support package, with a House vote expected as soon as Thursday. President Donald Trump has already suggested he would sign the bill once it arrives at his desk. The funds add to the $2.2 trillion relief package initially Congress passed in late March.

“Though this bill will address some of the shortfalls, this will not likely be the end for stimulus,” Bank of America analysts wrote in a note Wednesday morning. “We think Congress will next pass a bill which expands on many provisions in the CARES Act and addresses State and Local budget shortfalls. We expect up to $1.5tn [trillion] more in stimulus, which would bring the total stimulus passed this year to $4tn or 20% of GDP.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The additional funding comes as much of the country remains shut inside due to strict social distancing guidelines, which have left many businesses idled. Still, some southern states this week began allowing people to return to public spaces and businesses, with some restrictions, jump-starting a multi-phase economic reopening process.” data-reactid=”19″>The additional funding comes as much of the country remains shut inside due to strict social distancing guidelines, which have left many businesses idled. Still, some southern states this week began allowing people to return to public spaces and businesses, with some restrictions, jump-starting a multi-phase economic reopening process.

Investors also continued to closely watch updates in energy markets, as supply and demand concerns compounded with storage challenges for the physical commodity.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The June contract (CL=F) for West Texas intermediate – now the most actively traded after May’s contract expired Tuesday afternoon – rebounded to above $13 per barrel as Wednesday morning, after briefly falling below $10 on Tuesday.” data-reactid=”21″>The June contract (CL=F) for West Texas intermediate – now the most actively traded after May’s contract expired Tuesday afternoon – rebounded to above $13 per barrel as Wednesday morning, after briefly falling below $10 on Tuesday.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="On the corporate earnings front, quarterly reports kicked into higher gear this week, with a growing number of companies withdrawing second quarter and full-year guidance as the coronavirus pandemic clouds the outlook. Netflix (NFLX) and Snap (SNAP) were two major tech names to report results Tuesday after market close, with each topping expectations for quarterly sales and user growth as stay-in-place orders benefited the companies’ platforms.” data-reactid=”22″>On the corporate earnings front, quarterly reports kicked into higher gear this week, with a growing number of companies withdrawing second quarter and full-year guidance as the coronavirus pandemic clouds the outlook. Netflix (NFLX) and Snap (SNAP) were two major tech names to report results Tuesday after market close, with each topping expectations for quarterly sales and user growth as stay-in-place orders benefited the companies’ platforms.

9:31 a.m. ET: Stocks open higher, reversing some losses

Here were the main moves in markets, as of 9:31 a.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): -54.15 points (+1.98%) to 2,790.71

  • Dow (^DJI): -423.10 points (+1.84%) to 23,441.98

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): -175.15 points (+2.12%) to 8,441.54

  • Crude oil (CL=F): +$2.36 (+20.4%) to $13.93 per barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): +$38.00 (+2.25%) to $1,725.80 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): +3.5 bps to yield 0.606%

7:48 a.m. ET: Kimberly-Clark 1Q profit, revenue rises over last year as consumers stock up on essentials

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Kimberly-Clark (KMB), the parent company of brands including Huggies and Kleenex, posted first-quarter sales and earnings that grew over last year, with purchase volumes jumping as consumers stocked up on essential home goods.” data-reactid=”35″>Kimberly-Clark (KMB), the parent company of brands including Huggies and Kleenex, posted first-quarter sales and earnings that grew over last year, with purchase volumes jumping as consumers stocked up on essential home goods.

Overall volumes increased 8% in the first quarter over last year, “driven by increased shipments to support consumer stock up related to the global outbreak of COVID-19,” the company said in a statement. Adjusted earnings per share of $2.13 rose by 47 cents over last year, and net sales of $5 billion were up nearly 8%.

By segment, consumer tissue sales surged 13%, versus a decline of 3% in the same quarter last year. Personal care sales rise 6%, also more than reversing a 1% decline from the prior year.

Due to uncertainty over the pandemic, Kimberly-Clark withdrew its previously issued 2020 guidance and declined to provide a new outlook.

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7:18 a.m. ET: Stock futures climb

Here were the main moves in markets, as of 7:18 a.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): up 33.5 points, or +1.23% to 2,765.5

  • Dow futures (YM=F): up 254 points, or +1.11% to 23,183.00

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): up 94 points, or +1.11% to 8,525.75

  • Crude oil (CL=F): -2 cents, or -0.17%, to $11.55 per barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): +$6.60 (+0.39%) to $1,684.80 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): -6.9 bps to yield 0.557%

7:12 a.m. ET: Delta Air Lines posts 1Q loss, revenue drop but looks to conserve cash

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Delta Air Lines (DAL), one of the many carriers hit hard by travel restrictions arising amid the coronavirus pandemic, reported a first-quarter loss and adjusted revenue drop of nearly one-fifth compared to last year. But the company outlined a plan to slow its cash burn as global travel remains low.” data-reactid=”62″>Delta Air Lines (DAL), one of the many carriers hit hard by travel restrictions arising amid the coronavirus pandemic, reported a first-quarter loss and adjusted revenue drop of nearly one-fifth compared to last year. But the company outlined a plan to slow its cash burn as global travel remains low.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content=""With the significant impact of COVID-19 on Delta's revenue, we were burning $100 million per day at the end of March. Through our decisive actions, we expect that cash burn to moderate to approximately $50 million per day by the end of the June quarter," CFO Paul Jacobson said in a statement. "The decade of work we put into the balance sheet to lower debt and build unencumbered assets has been critical to our success in raising capital and we expect to end the June quarter with approximately $10 billion in liquidity."” data-reactid=”67″>”With the significant impact of COVID-19 on Delta’s revenue, we were burning $100 million per day at the end of March. Through our decisive actions, we expect that cash burn to moderate to approximately $50 million per day by the end of the June quarter,” CFO Paul Jacobson said in a statement. “The decade of work we put into the balance sheet to lower debt and build unencumbered assets has been critical to our success in raising capital and we expect to end the June quarter with approximately $10 billion in liquidity.”

Delta’s posted a first-quarter adjusted pre-tax loss of $422 million, or 51 cents per share, compared to a profit of $831 million in the same quarter last year. First-quarter adjusted revenue of $8.59 billion was down 18% over last year.

7:00 a.m. ET Wednesday: Mortgage applications ticked down last week as new home-buyers stayed sidelined by COVID-19

An index measuring mortgage loan application volume fell 0.3% for the week ended April 17 over the previous week, the Mortgage Bankers Association said in a report Wednesday morning. This followed a 7.3% rise for the prior week.

Beneath the headline index, refinances fell 1% from the prior week, but was 225% higher from the same week a year ago, as low interest rates helped support applications. The subindex tracking new purchases rose 2% from the prior week, but dropped by 31% over the same week last year and was near the lowest level since 2015.

“Mortgage applications were essentially unchanged last week, as a slight drop in refinance activity was offset by a 2% increase in purchase applications. California and Washington, two states hit hard by COVID-19, saw another week of rising activity – partly driving the overall increase,” Joel Kan, MBA’s associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting, sad in a statement.

“The pandemic-related economic stoppage has caused some buyers and sellers to delay their decisions until there are signs of a turnaround,” he added. “This has resulted in reduced buyer traffic, less inventory, and March existing-homes sales falling to their slowest annual pace in nearly a year.”

6:05 p.m. ET Tuesday: Stock futures open slightly higher

Here were the main moves at the start of the overnight session for U.S. equity futures, as of 6:05 p.m. ET Tuesday evening:

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): up 9.5 points, or +0.35% to 2,741.50

  • Dow futures (YM=F): up 94 points, or +0.41% to 23,023.00

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): up 36.75 points, or +0.44% to 8,468.5

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