By Oliver Gray
Investing.com - U.S. stock futures were slightly lower in early APAC deals on Monday, following strong gains in the previous week as market participants cheered a stronger than expected start to the third-quarter earnings season, while better than expected retail sales also boosted risk sentiment.
During Friday’s regular session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 382.2 points or 1.09% to 35294.77. The S&P 500 rose 33.13 points or 0.75% to 4471.38, while the Nasdaq Composite added 73.91 points or 0.5% to 14897.34. Last week, the Dow added 1.58% for its best week since June, the S&P 500 added 1.82%, posting its best week since July, and the Nasdaq Composite gained 2.18%.
Among stocks, major banks Citigroup (NYSE: C ), Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS ) and Bank of America (NYSE: BAC ) impressed market participants with strong earnings results last week, gaining 2.1%, 3.8% and 2.88% respectively, Meantime, third-quarter earnings season continues, with names such as IBM (NYSE: IBM ), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ), Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX ), Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA ), Intel (NASDAQ: INTC ), Snap and Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ ) set to report.
Among data, monthly retail sales data beat expectations, rising 0.7% in September.
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