U.S. stock-index futures point to a flat start for stocks Thursday after back-to-back record finishes for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 indexes.

How are markets trading?

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YM00 were up 25 points, or 0.1%, at 35,397

S&P 500 index futures ES00 were off 1.6 points, or less than 0.1%, at 4,439.

Nasdaq-100 futures NQ00 were down 25,75 points, or 0.2%, at 14,993.75.

On Wednesday, the Dow industrials

closed up 220.30 points, or 0.6%, to finish at a record 35,484.97, after hitting an intraday, all-time high of 35,501.16. The S&P 500 index

rose 0.3%, or 10.95 points, to close at a record 4,447.70, after establishing an intraday record at 4,449.44. The Nasdaq Composite Index 

closed down 22.95 points, or 0.2%, at 14,765.14.

What’s driving the market?

Markets saw little movement ahead of the opening bell after a round of economic data showed first-time claims for jobless benefits came in at 375,000 last week, matching estimates. The producer price index was up 7.8% year over year in July versus 7.3% in June, while the core PPI reading, which excludes food and energy, accelerated to 6.1% from 5.5%.

The push to records for the Dow and S&P 500 on Wednesday were fueled by data that showed consumer prices easing somewhat, with the index rising 5.4% from a year ago in July. That number was in line with June and lower than some predictions.

But some investors might be wondering how high stocks can keep going, as they have been at or near new highs for a while, despite the rapid rise of new coronavirus cases across the U.S. and elsewhere, said Pierre Veyret, technical analyst at ActivTrades, in a note to clients.

“While some traders continue to ride this bullish wave, others have already started to hedge their portfolio against any potential decline, which explains the current rotation from growth stocks (tech shares) to cyclical values,” he said.

The International Energy Agency on Thursday downgraded its 2021 demand forecasts, blaming the delta coronavirus variant as a curb on oil demand. The IEA upgraded its 2022 forecast, however, saying demand should return to pre-pandemic levels midway through next year. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, left its outlook for 2021 and 2022 demand growth unchanged, while raising its forecast for non-OPEC supply.

Investors will be watching for more news on COVID-19 vaccines, amid a report the Food and Drug Administration may authorize a third dose of Pfizer


and Moderna

shots for those with weakened immune systems. The emergency-use clearances could be announced as soon as Thursday, the New York Times reported late Wednesday.

Which companies are in focus?

EBay Inc. shares

are slipping in premarket after the online auctioneer’s earnings beat guidance, but there were signs economic reopenings have hurt growth late Wednesday.

NIO Inc. shares

lost ground. The U.S.-listed China electric-auto maker reported a narrower-than-forecast quarterly loss late Wednesday.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. shares

were softer ahead of the Chinese multinational conglomerate’s earnings report.

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