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Nasdaq leads US futures higher as GameStop soars

Nasdaq futures rose on Monday, with U.S. stocks looking ahead to an optimistic start to June as hopes for rate cuts revive and meme stock mania returns.

Contracts on the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 (NQ=F) and S&P 500 (ES=F) gained 0.4% and 0.2%, respectively, as shares of Nvidia (NVDA) surged in the wake of an update to the AI ​​chip. Dow Jones Industrial Average (YM=F) futures lagged, hovering around the flat line.

A surge in GameStop (GME) shares has drawn attention, reigniting speculation of a return to a 2021 meme-style rally. The stock soared more than 100% at one point in premarket trading after that a Reddit post apparently written by Keith Gill – aka “Roaring Kitty” – showed a big bet from an influential trader. Shares of my beloved compatriot AMC (AMC) soared more than 20% along with the move.

Overall, stocks are poised to build on their strong performance from May, which saw all three major indicators break records during the month. The mood turned more positive after PCE data raised hopes that inflation had turned a corner, sparking optimism that the Federal Reserve would look more favorably on reducing borrowing costs.

Learn more: How does the labor market affect inflation?

Given this, the May jobs report and other employment numbers later this week will test investor sentiment about the Fed’s path. Traders increased their bets on a Fed taper in September compared to a week ago, according to the CME FedWatch tool.

Meanwhile, Nvidia’s pre-market gains suggest a return of the enthusiasm for AI that has driven the technologies. Shares rose about 3% after the chipmaker unveiled a new AI platform and promised to accelerate the pace of model upgrades. Shares of Rival AMD (AMD) also rose alongside the release of its own new AI lineup and development plans.

Live5 updates

  • Ford CEO to Yahoo Finance on Electric Vehicle Profits

    Ford (F) CEO Jim Farley told me in a new episode of Yahoo Finance’s “Opening Bid” podcast that he has a date in mind when Ford will make money from electric vehicles.

    But he didn’t want to share it with me during a session in Detroit! Ford is expected to lose around $5 billion in its EV division this year.

    I did, however, appreciate Farley’s focus on running a profitable EV business, which means streamlining costs and reducing aggressive timelines for building EV factories.

    You can watch the full episode below or listen to it on all major podcast platforms like Spotify, Apple, Amazon, Pandora, and iHeartmedia.

  • Nvidia continues to roll in terms of sentiment

    Nvidia (NVDA) shares are enjoying a 3% premarket boost after another well-received presentation from founder Jensen Huang, this time at Computex in Taipei.

    The biggest was that Nvidia unveiled its next generation of AI chips called Rubin. This is impressive, since Nvidia just announced new AI chips in March.

    “Net-net, we view these four announcements as an excellent representation of Nvidia’s efforts to build on its current dominance of AI accelerators to establish a strong presence in what is for the company a total addressable market “Largely untapped $1 trillion in combined accelerated computing, with more AI networking in the largely CPU-centric server market,” Citi analyst Atik Malik said in a client note .

    Unsurprisingly, Malik maintained a buy rating on Nvidia shares.

    Meet Nvidia via Yahoo Finance’s recent exclusive interview with Huang.

  • The mood around software stocks after the Salesforce shock

    Salesforce’s (CRM) results last week really left a bad taste in the mouths of tech bulls.

    So much so that they voiced their concerns at a closely watched Jefferies technology conference in Newport Beach late last week.

    Here are some key takeaways from Jefferies Technical Analyst Brent Thill:

    • “Macro headwinds persist. Investor sentiment in the software sector remains negative as companies report a challenging macro environment. Weakness was widespread across the front office, back office, large and small businesses. Workday (WDAY) and Salesforce both highlighted weak growth in EMEA.

    • “AI is crowding out. Despite long-term industry tailwinds around AI, investor concerns were about short-term budget shifts away from software, with companies focusing on semiconductors and material.”

  • Reminder in June for stocks

    June is the second worst-performing month of the year for the S&P 500 over the past 15 years.

    Useful chart from BTIG this morning.

    June is often a difficult time for the markets.June is often a difficult time for the markets.

    June is often a difficult time for the markets. (BTIG)

  • GameStop explodes

    And so the week begins….

    Shares of GameStop (GME) rose 85% premarket (up 103%) as meme overlord Keith Gill appeared to disclose a $116 million position in the video game retailer on Reddit. It was his first position in three years.

    Note that the post could not be verified, like the one posted from his X account a few weeks ago.

    All I can say is be careful with this one!

    Rather, the real game is researching Reddit (RDDT) given the increased activity on the platform. Start your fact-finding mission here.

News Source : finance.yahoo.com
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