Futures muted after S&P 500, Dow hit over two-week high

(Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures were subdued on Tuesday as investors booked profits after a rally that sent the S&P 500 and the Dow to their highest levels in more than two weeks, while awaiting signs Washington was close to agreeing on more fiscal stimulus.

FILE PHOTO: A trader adjusts his mask as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke by phone on Monday about fresh relief measures and were preparing to talk again on Tuesday.

Comments from officials that a deal was still possible had lifted Wall Street’s main indexes in the previous session, helping them recoup losses from last week that were sparked by news that President Donald Trump had contracted COVID-19.

Trump returned to the White House on Monday from the Walter Reed Medical Center military hospital, but faced fresh backlash for removing his mask upon his return and urging Americans not to fear the disease that has killed more than 209,000 in the United States.

At 6:37 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis 1YMcv1 were up 11 points, or 0.04%, S&P 500 e-minis EScv1 were down 5.75 points, or 0.17%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQcv1 were down 39.75 points, or 0.35%.

Growing political uncertainty in the run up to the presidential elections and mixed macroeconomic data have increased volatility in U.S. stocks, with the benchmark S&P 500 .SPX and the tech-heavy Nasdaq .IXIC about 5% and 6% below their respective record highs hit more than a month ago.

Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O, Apple Inc AAPL.O, Facebook Inc FB.O and Google-owner Alphabet Inc GOOGL.O, which have together dominated Wall Street’s recovery from its coronavirus lows in March, fell in light premarket trading.

The companies have faced intense regulatory scrutiny into their quest for global market share, and the U.S. House of Representatives’ antitrust report contains a “thinly veiled call to break up” the companies, Republican Congressman Ken Buck said in a draft response seen by Reuters.

All eyes later in the day will be on an address by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell at a virtual meeting of the National Association for Business Economics, where global central bankers are likely to present their plans about how much more they can do to prevent an economic depression.

U.S.-listed shares of BioNTech 22UAy.F jumped 9.7% after the European health regulator said it had started a real-time review of the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the German biotech firm and U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc PFE.N. Pfizer’s shares rose 1.7%.

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