Futures Flat Following Monday Record



Stock futures dipped in early trading Tuesday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both closed at record highs in the prior session as strong economic data boosted hopes of a smooth recovery.

Futures for the 30-stock Dow dipped 27 points, or 0.1%, to 33,388.

Futures for the S&P 500 stumbled 3.75 points or 0.1%, to 4,064.

Futures for the NASDAQ Composite index fell 1.5 points to 13,584 Tuesday.

Some Big Tech stocks such as Amazon, Microsoft and Nvidia were seeing slight losses in pre-market trading.

Investors continue to assess President Joe Biden’s $2-trillion infrastructure proposal announced last week and its chance to become reality.

While politicians on both sides of the aisle support funding to rebuild American roads and bridges, disagreements over the ultimate size of the bill and how to pay for it remain, including Biden’s plan to raise the corporate tax to 28%.

Biden said Monday he is not worried that a corporate tax hike would hurt the economy. Conservative Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia reportedly said he opposes the proposed tax hike to a level that high.

Overseas, in Japan, the Nikkei 225 tumbled 1.3% Tuesday, while in Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index remained closed for holiday.

Oil prices improved 91 cents to $59.56 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices brightened $8.80 to $1,737.60 U.S.