Dow futures rise nearly 400 points, Nasdaq futures gain 2% as Microsoft leads rebound in tech shares


Stock futures rose Wednesday following another wild session for the market as investors await results from a Federal Reserve meeting expected to set the tone for 2022.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures climbed about 365 points, or 1.1%. S&P 500 futures added 1.5%. Nasdaq 100 futures gained 2.2%.

Technology shares rallied in early morning trading following Microsoft’s earnings report. Microsoft shares rose 5.5% after the company issued better-than-expected quarterly revenue guidance. Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Nvidia all traded higher. Tesla shares popped 4.2% with the electric vehicle marker slated to report earnings after the bell.

Boeing rose 2.1% in the premarket after the aircraft maker reported positive cash flow for the first time since 2019, despite a $3.5 billion pre-tax charge on its 787 Dreamliner program.

Moderna added 4.3% in early morning action, rebounding after falling for eight straight days.

The Fed is set to conclude its two-day policy meeting Wednesday and make an announcement in the afternoon. The central bank is not expected to make any policy changes, but investors will look for clues on when — and by how much — the Fed will raise interest rates later this year. Market participants will also look for hints on further steps the Fed will take to unwind pandemic-era aid.

Recent market volatility is unlikely to deter the Fed from implementing as much as four or more interest rate hikes this year, market strategists say.

“While significant stock market volatility leading up to an FOMC meeting would normally weigh on Fed policy and commentary, that is not the case this time around, given the extreme levels of inflation seen in recent months,” said Danielle DiMartino Booth, head of Quill Intelligence and former advisor to then-Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher.

U.S. stocks are coming off a second consecutive roller coaster session.

The Dow ended the regular trading day Tuesday down 66 points, or 0.2%. However, the 30-stock average was down as much as 818.98 points on the session and briefly traded up by as much as 226.54 points. Those moves came a day after the Dow recovered from a 1,115-point deficit to post a slight gain.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite also closed well off their session lows on Tuesday, but still lost 1.2% and 2.3%, respectively.

“We’re in a tightening regime,” BlackRock’s Rick Rieder told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Wednesday. “Interest rates are going to trend higher. … Volatility is going to be higher.”

Treasury yields have jumped sharply to start the year in anticipation of tighter monetary policy from the Fed. The benchmark 10-year yield stood around 1.78% onom Wednesday.

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