Stock Futures Fall Ahead of Bank Earnings, Bernanke; Apple Drops
Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were falling 23 points, or 13.43 points below fair value, at 13,410. Futures for the S&P 500 were down 2.50 points, or 1.95 points below fair value, at 1464. Futures for the Nasdaq were down 17.25 points, or 15.56 points below fair value, at 2726.
Apple shares were tumbling more than 2% in premarket trading on reports that the tech giant has cut orders for components for the iPhone 5 due to weaker-than-expected demand, people familiar with the situation told The Wall Street Journal .
JPMorgan Chase's (JPM) board is expected to dock the 2012 bonuses of CEO Jamie Dimon and another top executive because of the "London Whale" trading debacle, the Journal reported, citing people close to the company.
JPMorgan shares were down 0.67% in premarket trading.
"What we're really focused on is the banking institutions and what is the quality of their earnings, what is the quality of their revenues," said Keith Bliss, Cuttone director of sales and marketing.
He said two things are "vastly important" when looking at these companies. One is net interest margin. "Right now it's been shrinking for the big banks primarily because of the low interest rate environment and the flat yield curve that we've had for the last two years."
"The other is the loan-to-deposit ratio," Bliss said. Most banks, to make money, want to be at a 100% loan-to-deposit ratio. "Most of them are riding in the 70% category right now, which means they want to lend the money out, but they're just not finding good quality borrowers," he explained.
Bliss said that it's expected that the insurers will be weak as they're going to have to pay out their claims on Hurricane Sandy, which are substantial.
Major U.S. stock averages were little changed during a volatile session on Friday as financial stocks were big drag after Wells Fargo (WFC) kicked off bank earnings with mixed results.
A number of Federal Reserve officials were expected to speak Monday. At 4:30 p.m. EST, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is slated to speak at the University of Michigan with Ford School Dean Susan Collins on monetary policy and the U.S. economy.
"Fed Chairman Bernanke is speaking on the longer term challenges for the U.S. economy," said Paul Donovan, global economist at UBS. "There are quite a few of these. The fiscal position remains very much in focus, and this is likely to be where markets keep their attention."