Stock futures are flat as S&P 500 sits at record, Wall Street set to kick off second half of 2021


U.S. stock futures were steady in overnight trading on Wednesday as investors gear up for the second half of 2021.

Dow futures rose about 50 points. S&P 500 futures gained 0.15% and Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.05%.

On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 210 points, helped by a 2.7% pop in Walmart. The S&P 500 registered a gain of 0.13% to close at a fresh record of 4,297.50.

The Nasdaq Composite was the relative underperformer, dipping 0.2% as Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google-parent Alphabet closed lower.

The major averages closed out a strong first half of 2021 and second quarter on Wednesday.

For the year, the Dow is up 12.7%, hovering about 1.7% below its all-time high. The…


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