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Dow set for all-time high at the open, with Apple quarterly results on deck

U.S. stock-index futures charged higher on Tuesday, with the Dow average set to open in record territory as investors embrace an upbeat earnings season ahead of results from prominent companies Apple and Pfizer.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average YMU7, +0.44% rose 104 points, or 0.5%, to 21,943, while those for the S&P 500 index ESU7, +0.17% gained 5.25 points, or 0.2%, to 2,473.25. Futures for the Nasdaq-100 index NQU7, +0.28% climbed 20.25 points, or 0.4%, to 5,903.25.

The positive premarket trade come after a mixed session on Monday, when the Dow DJIA, +0.28% closed at an all-time high after encouraging earnings from oil giant Chevron Corp. CVX, +0.99% shaking off downbeat trade in the technology sector. The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.07% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.42% however, finished slightly lower.

Earnings remained a key focus point on Tuesday, with traders awaiting further signs of upbeat sentiment in earnings, which have so far provided healthy, said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda.

As of last Friday, 73% of the S&P 500 companies that had reported earnings posted sales numbers above estimates, according to FactSet. That puts the second quarter on track to mark the highest percentage of...


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