Nasdaq futures hobbled by Tesla weakness

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Futures mixed: Dow up 0.35%, S&P adds 0.15%, Nasdaq off 0.22%

By Ankika Biswas

Oct 3 (Reuters) - The Nasdaq futures were pulled lower on Monday by a fall in Tesla shares after the electric vehicle-maker failed to meet quarterly delivery targets, although the other two main indexes were headed for a positive start to the quarter.

At 06:14 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis 1YMcv1 were up 100 points, or 0.35%, S&P 500 e-minis EScv1 were up 5.5 points, or 0.15%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQcv1 were down 24.5 points, or 0.22%.

Tesla Inc TSLA.O fell more than 4% in premarket trade, as logistical challenges overshadowed its record vehicle deliveries, which were announced on Sunday.

Weakness in Tesla spilled over to its other rate-sensitive peers including Apple Inc AAPL.O and AMZN.O , both of which were down 0.4% each.

All three major indexes ended a volatile third quarter lower on Friday as growing fears that the Federal Reserve's aggressive monetary policy will tip the economy into recession weighed on investor sentiment.

"Looking ahead, October brings earnings, with Q3 estimates already declining 7%, and the whisper numbers a bit more than that," said Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

"The larger concern (than the actual numbers for Q3, when consumers were still spending) is the guidance for Q4, as consumers have pulled back, inflation continues and the Fed's 'adjustments' will have a more substantial impact."

Further, global factory output mostly weakened in September as slowing demand added to the pain from persistent cost pressures and tighter monetary policy, diminishing economic recovery prospects.

The focus will be on ISM manufacturing index data for September at 10 a.m. ET, at a time when the world's largest economy is grappling with overshooting price pressures.

Credit Suisse trimmed its year-end 2022 target for .SPX by about 10% to 3,850 points, as corporate earnings take a hit from slowing economic growth.

It has also set a 2023 year-end price target for the benchmark index at 4,050 points, adding that 2023 would be a "year of weak, non-recessionary growth and falling inflation."
Reporting by Ankika Biswas in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva

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