PayPal, eBay, Qualcomm: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today


U.S. stock futures wavered Thursday ahead of fresh data that is likely to show the number of people seeking unemployment benefits remains elevated.

Futures tied to the S&P 500 were nearly unchanged. Contracts linked to the Nasdaq-100 climbed 0.2%, pointing to a rise in technology stocks. Read our full market wrap here.

What’s Coming Up

Earnings are due from

Ford,


F 3.13%

Peloton,


PTON -0.38%

Gilead Sciences,


GILD -0.94%

Snap


SNAP 0.66%

and

T-Mobile US


TMUS -1.91%

after the close.

U.S. jobless claims, due at 8:30 a.m. ET, are expected to fall to 830,000 in the week ended Jan. 30 from 847,000 a week earlier. Labor productivity data, also due at 8:30 a.m., is expected to fall 2.8% in the fourth quarter from the prior quarter. Factory orders for December at 10 a.m. are expected to rise 0.7% from a month earlier.

Market Movers to Watch

Moves in the stocks favored by Reddit users were relatively subdued Thursday morning, giving traders a moment to exhale.

GameStop


GME 2.68%

was up 4%,

AMC


AMC 14.71%

added 2.6%, and both

Koss


KOSS 27.95%

and

Bed Bath & Beyond


BBBY 10.40%

edged down less than 1%. For our live blog of the action, follow this link.

—Online marketplace

eBay


EBAY 1.24%

‘s shares shot more than 10% higher after its fourth-quarter results and first-quarter financial projections beat Wall Street estimates.

Qualcomm


QCOM -1.51%

‘s shares dropped 6.7% premarket. The mobile-phone chip maker said its quarterly sales rose 62% from the prior-year period to $8.24 billion, while its net income more than doubled.

—U.S.-traded shares of

Royal Dutch Shell

fell 2% after the Anglo-Dutch oil company reported a fourth-quarter loss as it continued to grapple with the fallout of the pandemic but said it would raise its dividend.

PayPal


PYPL 1.12%

‘s shares climbed 5.1% premarket. The company’s profit tripled in the fourth quarter, fueled by accelerated adoption of digital payments during the pandemic.

PayPal advertised its contactless payment technology on a billboard in New York, Dec. 28, 2020 .



Photo:

Richard B. Levine/Zuma Press

MetLife


MET 0.91%

‘s shares added 4.3% and fellow insurer

Allstate


ALL -1.62%

‘s gained 1.9%. Allstate’s earnings benefited from a sharp reduction in car wrecks, while MetLife’s results were bolstered by people skipping dentist visits.

Market Fact

Trading volumes on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday were at their lowest since Jan. 21, as 4,900,085,470 shares changed hands. That’s less than half the number of shares that traded on the highest volume day this year on Jan. 27.

Chart of the Day

The Reddit-fueled frenzy in stocks such is prompting calls for regulators to reconsider a decades-old practice in the U.S. stock market: payment for order flow.

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