At around 7:10 a.m. ET, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures indicated a gain of about 280 points at the open. Futures on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 also pointed to a positive open.
U.S. stock index futures rose sharply on Friday as Netflix and Intel were poised to lead a strong rebound in tech stocks.
Futures jumped as Netflix and Intel rose 3.1 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively, in the premarket. Netflix rose after Goldman Sachs added the streaming service to its conviction buy list.
Analyst Heath Terry called Netflix “one of the best risk/reward propositions in the Internet sector.” Dow-member Intel rose after Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded it to buy from neutral.
The gains in Netflix and Intel also lifted other tech-related stocks. Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google-parent Alphabet all rose more than 1 percent before the bell. The Technology Select Sector SPDR fund, which tracks the S&P 500 tech sector, gained nearly 2 percent in the premarket.
Tech’s move higher took place after the sector fell 5.07 percent on Thursday, its worst daily performance since Aug. 18, 2011, when it fell 5.35 percent. The sharp move lower was triggered by a dire quarterly warning from Apple, which propelled the tech giant’s stock to its worst day in six years and dampened market sentiment across the world.
Apple slashed its fiscal first-quarter revenue guidance earlier this week, citing an unexpected slowdown in China.
The announcement comes as China and the U.S. try to strike a deal on trade. China’s commerce ministry said the U.S. and Chinese would hold vice-ministerial level negotiations over trade in Beijing on Jan. 7-8.
Trade-related names like Caterpillar and Boeing rose 2.4 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively, in the premarket. On Friday, investors will be monitoring key data releases, with nonfarm payrolls out at 8.30 a.m., and unemployment data out at the same time.