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Stock futures are flat after a solid start to May

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Stock futures remained stable overnight on Monday after a strong start to May as investors piled into stocks that would benefit the most from an economic reopening.

The futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average have hardly changed. S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures also remained unchanged.

The movement in futures followed solid gains for the Dow during regular trading hours. The 30-share benchmark gained more than 200 points, while the S&P 500 gained 0.3%. Retail stocks led the market, with Gap and Macy’s gaining more than 7%. Dillard’s rose nearly 10% while Urban Outfitters and Kohl’s both rose more than 5%.

“Boeing and Delta have seen strong trading activity as investors may take advantage of price declines and look to reopenings,” said Chris Larkin, chief executive officer for trading and investing products, E-Trade Financial.

States continued to relax pandemic restrictions during the introduction of the vaccine. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that most capacity restrictions in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will be lifted, while 24-hour subway service in New York City will resume later this month.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order on Monday immediately lifting the state’s remaining health restrictions.

The Dow and S&P 500 were just seeing their consecutive months of earnings, bringing their gains over 11% each in 2021.

“Many of the factors driving markets remain, including vaccination optimism, economic reopening, and accelerating earnings, although inflation and valuation concerns remain,” said Mark Hackett, Nationwide’s chief of investment research.

Warren Buffett said Saturday that he sees “very significant inflation” in Berkshire Hathaway’s corporate collection amid the economic recovery.

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