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US stock index futures edged higher on Tuesday evening after a series of disappointing economic reports rekindled hopes of a Federal Reserve interest rate cut.

Stock Futures Up on Rate Cut Hopes, But Caution Lingers

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US stock index futures edged higher on Tuesday evening after a series of disappointing economic reports rekindled hopes of a Federal Reserve interest rate cut.

  • Soft Data, Rate Cut Hopes: A string of weak economic readings, including a significant drop in job openings, fueled speculation that the Fed might need to lower rates to boost the economy. This anticipation drove down bond yields, making stocks a more attractive option for some investors.
  • Cautious Optimism: The rise in futures contracts was modest, reflecting a cautious approach by investors. While the prospect of lower rates is enticing, concerns about a potential economic slowdown also loomed large.
  • Modest Gains Across the Board: S&P 500, Nasdaq 100, and Dow Jones futures all saw slight increases, hovering around 0.1%. This indicates a broad-based, but measured, reaction to the economic data.

It's important to remember that this is just a pre-market glimpse. How the actual stock market performs will depend on how these developments play out during trading hours.

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