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What to Watch Today: Wall Street Looks Steady After Wednesday's Major Fed-Driven Sell-Off

Andrew Kelly | Reuters

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Dow futures crept higher but Nasdaq futures moved lower Thursday, one day after a major Federal Reserve-driven sell-off, the first regular trading session decline of the year on Wall Street. Minutes from the Fed's December meeting revealed central bankers are getting ready to remove economic help more quickly than previously anticipated. (CNBC)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday dropped nearly 400 points or 1%. The damage in stocks was more evident in the S&P 500's almost 2% slide. The Nasdaq was the worst performer, plunging 3.3% in its biggest one-day loss since February 2021. (CNBC)

Growth-orientated tech stocks were slammed as bond yield pushed higher. The 10-year Treasury yield topped 1.75% early Thursday. Bitcoin and ether on Thursday fell 3% and over 7.5%, respectively. Also on Thursday, U.S. oil prices rose 1.4% and gold fell 1.4%. (CNBC)

The Fed at its December meeting began plans to start cutting the amount of bonds held on its balance sheet, with members saying such a reduction would likely start sometime after the central bank begins raising interest rates. That's according to minutes from the meeting released Wednesday. The Fed is set to hold their first meeting of the new year on Jan. 26-27. (CNBC)

Central bankers and investors got another read on the health of the labor market Thursday morning. The government's look at jobless claims for the week ended Jan. 1 showed a slightly higher-than-expected 207,000 initial filings. That's just about the same as the previous week's level, which was near the lowest mark since 1969. (CNBC)

The government is scheduled to release its December employment before the bell on Friday. Nonfarm payrolls are expected to grow by 422,000 positions, with an unemployment rate seen dipping to 4.1%. ADP's December look at hiring at U.S. companies more than doubled estimates. However, data from ADP has not been the best at predicting the government's monthly report during the pandemic. (CNBC)

IN THE NEWS TODAY

Dow stock Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) rose 3% in the premarket after the pharmacy chain on Thursday morning reported better-than-expected fiscal first-quarter earnings and revenue. Walgreens also raised its full-year forecast as customers came to its stores for Covid vaccines and testing. (CNBC)

Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) shares fell nearly 2% in the premarket after the home goods retailer on Thursday morning missed expectations for its fiscal third quarter. Bed Bath & Beyond's CEO said a lack of inventory due to Covid-induced supply chain bottlenecks cost Bed Bath & Beyond about $100 million. (CNBC)

Children ages 12 to 15 are now eligible for Pfizer and BioNTech's Covid booster shots, giving them an extra dose of protection as they return to school amid an unprecedented surge of infections across the U.S. The CDC on Wednesday recommended boosters for younger adolescents at least five months after their second doses. (CNBC)

* Grammy Awards postponed indefinitely (CNBC)
* Sundance Film Festival cancels in-person plans (NBC News)

President Joe Biden is preparing to mark one year since the U.S. Capitol insurrection by supporters of former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021, gathering with lawmakers Wednesday to remember the violent attack that has fundamentally changed the Congress and raised global concerns about the future of American democracy. (AP)

* One year after Capitol riot, Trump’s hold on GOP is unrivaled (NY Times)
* Here's where DOJ and House probes into Jan. 6, 2021 attack stand (CNBC)

STOCKS TO WATCH

Constellation Brands (STZ) initially fell 2% in the premarket after reporting earnings, before recovering that loss. Constellation earned an adjusted $3.12 per share, compared with a $2.76 consensus estimate, with sales also beating forecasts.

Hasbro (HAS) named digital gaming business head Chris Cocks as its next CEO, effective February 25. He'll replace interim CEO Rich Stoddart, who has been filling that role since the death of Brian Goldner last October.

AT&T's (T) WarnerMedia and ViacomCBS (VIAC) are exploring a possible sale of a significant stake or all of the CW Network, which they jointly own, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. Nexstar Media Group (NXST) is among the suitors, The Journal reports.

Conagra (CAG) fell 1% in the premarket after missing estimates by 4 cents with an adjusted quarterly profit of 64 cents per share, although revenue was slightly above forecasts. Conagra did raise its full-year sales forecast on higher prices and strong demand for its frozen foods.

Helen of Troy (HELE) added 2.2% in premarket trading after the household products company beat consensus estimates in its latest quarter and raised its earnings outlook. Results were driven by double-digit growth in housewares and beauty products.

Coinbase (COIN) reversed an earlier premarket slide and rose 1%, following an upgrade to "buy" from "neutral" at BofA Securities. Coinbase initially extended yesterday's 6.4% loss after the cryptocurrency exchange operator's shares fell for four straight days.

Datadog (DDOG) shares added 2.2% in the premarket after the monitoring and security platform provider announced a new partnership with Amazon Web Services, which will focus on developing and tightening product alignment.

ADT (ADT) lost 2.1% in premarket trading after RBC Capital downgraded the home security products provider to "sector perform" from "outperform," and cut its price target to $10 from $12 per share. RBC cites component and wage inflation, among other factors.

Allbirds (BIRD) rallied 5.7% in the premarket after Morgan Stanley upgraded it to "overweight" from "equal-weight". The firm said the company's valuation is attractive relative to its peers because of a recent pullback in the stock as well as growth prospects.

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