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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Futures Up/Down % Last Dow 20.00 0.06% 34,484 S&P 500 6.25 0.14% 4,441 Nasdaq 34.50 0.22% 15,414 S&P futures are higher as major averages look to rebound from selling pressure yesterday that saw all 11 sectors close in the red, with basic materials and industrials being the largest losers, followed not far behind by financials which dropped on cautious trading commentary from various banks at a sell-side conference and a drop in Treasury yields as CPI inflation data for August was tamer than expected. Healthcare and technology were among the sectors that faced the least downside pressure. Megacaps were mixed at the close as Apple ($AAPL) continues to fade even after it unveiled the much-awaited iPhone 13, managing to settle just above its 50-day moving average. U.S. listed China stocks tumble again overnight, led by declines in the casino/gaming sector on stricter restrictions. Overnight, Microsoft ($MSFT) board approves new share buyback of up to $60B in shares; raises quarterly dividend 11% to 62c per share. Overseas, China economic data disappointed across the board as monthly retail sales came in well below views, along with misses in industrial production and as China’s new home prices grew at their slowest pace in eight months. In Asian markets, The Nikkei Index fell -158 points to 30,511, the Shanghai Index dipped -6 points to 3,656, and the Hang Seng Index declined -469 points to 25,033. In Europe, the German DAX is down about -15 points to 15,705, while the FTSE 100 is up a few points at 7,040. Busy morning of economic data with manufacturing, import prices and industrial production on the calendar. Market Closing Prices Yesterday The S&P 500 Index dropped -25.68 points, or 0.57%, to 4,443.05 The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell -292.06 points, or 0.84%, to 34,577.57 The Nasdaq Composite slumped -67.82 points, or 0.45%, to 15,037.76 The Russell 2000 Index declined -30.80 points, or 1.37% to 2,209.98 Events Calendar for Today 7:00 AM ET MBA Mortgage Applications Data 8:30 AM ET Empire Manufacturing for September…est. 18.0 8:30 AM ET Import Prices MoM for Aug…est. +0.3% 8:30 AM ET Export Prices MoM for Aug…est. +0.4% 9:15 AM ET Industrial Production MoM for Aug…est. 0.4% 9:15 AM ET Capacity Utilization for Aug…est. 76.4% 10:30 AM ET Weekly DOE Inventory Data Earnings Calendar: Earnings Before the Open: WEBR Earnings After the Close: none Other Key Events: Barclay’s Financial Services Conference (virtual) 2021, 9/13-9/15 Citigroup 2021 Global Technology Conference (virtual), 9/13-9/15 Piper 2021 D.C. Bank Field Trip, 9/13-9/15 Baird Global Healthcare Conference 2021 (virtual), 9/14-9/15 Barclay’s Financial Services Conference (virtual) 2021, 9/13-9/15 HC Wainwright 23rd Annual Global Investment Conference (virtual), 9/13-9/15 Jefferies Software Conference (virtual), 9/14-9/15 Lake Street 5th Annual Best Ideas Growth Conference (virtual), 9/14-9/15 Macro Up/Down Last Nymex 1.09 71.52 Brent 1.04 74.63 Gold -2.80 1,801.70 EUR/USD 0.0023 1.1826 JPY/USD -0.35 109.34 10-Year Note +0.00 1.279% World News China’s retail sales grew a disappointing5% in August from a year ago, well below the forecast for 7% growth, as the country dealt with the worst outbreak of Covid-19 since its initial spread in early 2020. Industrial production growth was also slightly below expectations, up 5.3% in August versus predictions of 5.8% growth China’s new home prices grew at their slowest pace in eight months in August, official data showed on Wednesday. Average new home prices in China’s 70 major cities grew 0.2% month-on-month in August after increasing 0.3% in July. Compared with a year earlier, China’s new home prices grew 4.2% in August, down from a 4.6% increase in July. North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, as Pyongyang returns to weapons tests after saying that its patience for talking had worn thin. UK Aug CPI higher at +0.7% m/m vs 0.5% consensus, 3.2% y/y vs 2.9% consensus; UK Aug CPI Core higher at +0.7% m/m vs 0.4% cons, 3.1% y/y vs 2.9% consensus – U.K. inflation surge prompts bets for sharper rate increases Sector News Breakdown Consumer Yum China ($YUMC) said its adjusted operating profit would take a 50% to 60% hit in Q3 as the spread of the Delta variant in China led to restaurant closures and “sharply reduced sales”; says same-store sales in August declined by mid-teens percentage Y/Y, or close to an approximately 20% decline compared to August 2019 S. casinos with operations in Macau looking sharply lower for a second straight day as Macau government proposes to revise the city’s gaming law, tightening direct supervision of casinos in the world’s largest gambling hub. Reuters noted Macau’s secretary for economy and finance said there were still some deficiencies in industry supervision. P. Morgan downgraded Macau gaming names Galaxy Entertainment (GXYEF), MGM China (MCHVF) SJM Holdings (SJMHY), Melco (MLCO), Wynn Macau (WYNMF) and Sands China (SCHYY) from overweight to neutral or underweight due to heightened scrutiny on capital management and daily operations ahead of license renewals Academy Sports (ASO)645M share Secondary priced at $44.75 Leslie’s ($LESL)8M share Secondary priced at $22.00 DavidsTea ($DTEA) tumbled 25% after the tea retailer said its ecommerce and wholesale sales fell by nearly one-third in its fiscal second quarter European Wax Center ($EWCZ) guides FY21 revs $173-178Mm vs est. $178.2Mm, sees FY system-wide sales $788-793Mm; sees FY adj net income $26.5-28.5Mm Dutch Bros ($BROS) 21M share IPO priced at $23.00 On Holding ($ONON)1M share IPO priced at $24.00 Energy, Industrials and Materials Workhorse Group ($WKHS) shares fell after hours Tuesday as the co voluntarily dismissed its legal challenge against a U.S. Postal Service ($USPS) move to award a multibillion-dollar contract to Oshkosh Defense (OSK) for making postal delivery vehicles, Reuters reported The American Petroleum Institute ($API) showed a draw of 5.44M barrels of oil for the week ending September 10, while gasoline inventories showed a draw of 2.76M barrels, distillate inventories show a draw of 2.89M barrels and Cushing inventories show a draw of 1.36M barrels The first all-civilian mission to orbit Earth is set to take off tonight, within a five-hour launch window that opens at 8:02 p.m. ET. SpaceX will power the expedition, known as Inspiration4, using one of its Dragon capsules atop a reusable Falcon 9 rocket JinkoSolar ($JKS) Q2 EPS $0.22 vs. et. Loss (-$0.16); Q2 revs $1.23B vs. est. $1.22B; Q2 shipments were 5,203 MW; said total Q3 revenue is expected to be in range of $1.24B-$1.37B vs. est. $1.6B; for FY 2021, estimates total shipments (including solar modules, cells and wafers) to be in range of 25 GW-30GW FTC Solar ($FTCI) announced that Tony Etnyre will step down as CEO and board member; board has appointed Sean Hunkler as his successor effective Sep.24. Raytheon Technologies (RTX) has agreed to acquire advanced space electronics supplier SEAKR Engineering Financials BRP Group ($BRP) 8M share Secondary priced at $30.50 Capital One ($COF) reports August net charge-offs 1.54% vs. 1.45% last month and reports August 30-plus day delinquencies 1.79% vs. 1.71% last month Synchrony ($SYF) reported August charge-off rate 2.59% vs. 2.24% last month and also reports August 30-plus day delinquencies 1.33% vs. 1.37% last month The Federal Housing Finance Agency and the U.S. Department of Treasury suspend certain parts of the 2021 Preferred Stock Purchase Agreement with Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC). “This suspension will provide FHFA time to review the extent to which these requirements are redundant or inconsistent with existing FHFA standards, policies, and directives that mandate sustainable lending standards,” said Acting Director Sandra L. Thompson CPI Card Group ($PMTS) files to sell 6.56M shares of common stock for holders Healthcare Dice Molecules Holdings ($DICE) 12M share IPO priced at $17.00 Procept BioRobotics ($PRCT)56M share IPO price $25.00 Tyra Biosciences ($TYRA)8M share IPO priced at $16.00 Pfizer ($PFE) is seeking FDA approval for use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children aged six months to five years, the Financial Times reports. The company is aiming to gain such approval in November Avalo Therapeutics ($AVTX)5M share Spot Secondary priced at $2.20 Sage Therapeutics ($SAGE) announced that the U.S. FDA has granted Fast Track Designation to SAGE-718 for development as a potential treatment for Huntington’s disease. Fast Track is a process designed to facilitate the development and review of new treatments for serious conditions with unmet medical need such as HD Theravance Biopharma ($TBPH) shares down over 30% after announcing its hypotension treatment did not meet main goal, halts non-respiratory disease related programs; also announces cost reduction program to focus on commercializing respiratory therapeutics to maximize shareholder value; will reduce the headcount by ~75%, which will result in annualized operating expense savings of ~$165M in 2022; Unicycive Therapeutics ($UNCY) will be added as a member of the Russell Microcap Index as part of the 2021 Russell indexes reconstitution after the market opens on September 20, 2021 Technology, Media & Telecom Microsoft ($MSFT) board approves new share buyback of up to $60B in shares; raises quarterly dividend 11% to 62c per share Skillsoft ($SKIL) raises FY22 revenue view to $670M-$690M from $645M-$675M and boosts FY22 bookings view to $690M-$710M from $660M-$690M; reaffirms FY22 adjusted EBITDA view $155M-$175M Live Nation (LYV)23M share Spot Secondary priced at $86.90 CS Disco (LAW)5M share Secondary priced at $53.00 Aspen Group (ASPU) 1Q EPS ($0.03) vs est. ($0.05) on revs $19.4Mm vs est. $19.2Mm Bentley Systems, Incorporated ($BSY) announced that its Seequent business unit has acquired Canadian software company Minalytix, the developer of MX Deposit. Sonim Technologies ($SONM) said it plans to effect a one-for-ten reverse split of its issued and outstanding common stock, effective Sep.15.
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Tuesday, September 14, 2021 Futures Up/Down % Last Dow 39.00 0.11% 34,793 S&P 500 4.25 0.11% 4,464 Nasdaq 4.50 0.03% 15,434 U.S futures are looking flattish to slightly higher ahead of key inflation data later this morning, as the August Consumer Price Index (CPI) is expected to show a MoM increase of +0.4% and YoY rise 5.3% (which would mark a 4th straight month above 5%). The data could set the tone for the rest of the day as the 10-year Treasury yield is up 1.5 bps to 1.339% ahead of the data, while the dollar index is down slightly around 92.60. In Asian markets, The Nikkei Index rose 222 points to 30,670, the Shanghai Index dropped -52 points (1.42%) to settle at 3,662 and the Hang Seng Index declined -311 points (1.21%) to 25,502. In Europe, the German DAX is up about 15 points to 15,720, while the FTSE 100 is down about -20 points to 7,050. On Monday, the S&P snapped its longest losing streak since February (5-days) while the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial produced its best daily gain since early August as investors bought energy and financial assets to start the week. The Dow closed up by about 262 points, or 0.8%, to 34,870, halting a five-session skid and notching its best point and percentage advance since Aug. 5. The S&P 500 index climbed 10 points, or 0.2%, to around 4,469, also ending a five-session slide. The Nasdaq Composite Index slipped 0.1% at around 15,106, extending its string of declines to four straight sessions, representing the longest such skid since a five-session slump ended July 19. Of note later today, investors await AAPL’s first fall event at 1PM ET / 10AM PT, with expectations for a new iPhone, and updates on other products. Events Calendar for Today 6:00 AM ET NFIB Small Business Optimism for Aug 7:45 AM ET ICSC Weekly Retail Sales 8:30 AM ET Consumer Price Index (CPI) MoM for Aug…est. +0.4% 8:30 AM ET Consumer Price Index (CPI) YoY for Aug…est. +5.3% 8:30 AM ET CPI Core: Ex: Food & Energy MoM for Aug…est. +0.4% 8:30 AM ET CPI Core: Ex: Food & Energy YoY for Aug…est. +4.2% 8:55 AM ET Johnson/Redbook Weekly Sales 4:30 PM ET API Weekly Inventory Data Earnings Calendar: Earnings Before the Open: A LOT, CNM, FCEL, PETM Earnings After the Close: ASPU, EWCZ, IBEX, SKIL Other Key Events: Apple (AAPL) announces product launch event today China Retail Sales and Industrial Output for Aug Barclay’s Financial Services Conference (virtual) 2021, 9/13-9/15 BMO Capital 2021 Real Estate Conference (virtual), 9/13-9/14 Citigroup 2021 Global Technology Conference (virtual), 9/13-9/15 Cowen 2nd Annual Health, Wellness & Beauty Summit (virtual), 9/13-9/14 Credit Suisse 34th Annual Basic Materials Conference (virtual), 9/13-9/14 Deutsche Bank 11th Annual Aircraft, Finance & Leasing Conference, 9/13-9/14, in NY JPMorgan Gaming, Lodging, Restaurant & Leisure Management Forum, 9/13-9/14 Piper Global Technology Conference (virtual), 9/13-9/14 Piper 2021 D.C. Bank Field Trip, 9/13-9/15 Baird Global Healthcare Conference 2021 (virtual), 9/14-9/15 Barclay’s Financial Services Conference (virtual) 2021, 9/13-9/15 HC Wainwright 23rd Annual Global Investment Conference (virtual), 9/13-9/15 Jefferies Software Conference (virtual), 9/14-9/15 Lake Street 5th Annual Best Ideas Growth Conference (virtual), 9/14-9/15 Market Closing Prices Yesterday The S&P 500 Index gained 10.15 points, or 0.23%, to 4,468.73 The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 261.91 points, or 0.76%, to 34,869.63 The Nasdaq Composite slipped -9.91 points, or 0.07%, to 15,105.58 The Russell 2000 Index advanced 13.24 points, or 0.59% to 2,240.78 Macro Up/Down Last Nymex 0.56 71.01 Brent 0.61 74.13 Gold -7.10 1,786.65 EUR/USD -0.0004 1.1807 JPY/USD 0.10 110.09 10-Year Note +0.015 1.338% World News UK July Employment Change higher at 183k vs 178k consensus while UK July Unemployment Rate in-line at 4.6% Japan July Industrial O/P in line fell -1.5% m/m and 13.3% y/y; Japan July Capacity Utilization -3.4% vs 6.2% previous Sector News Breakdown Consumer Herbalife Nutrition ($HLF) cuts Q3 EPS and sales view; cuts FY21 revenue view to 4.5%-8.5% from 8.5%-12.5% and EPS to $4.55-$4.95 from $4.70-$5.10 (est. $4.99) saying they recently observed lower than expected levels of activity amongst its independent distributors that has led to a decrease in expected third quarter and full year net sales AMZN ($AMZN) has increased its average starting wage in the United States to more than $18 an hour, a ~6% hike, and plans to hire another 125,000 warehouse and transportation workers, according to Reuters Figs ($FIGS) files to sell 8.83M shares of Class A common stock for holders Volt information Sciences ($VOLT) 3Q adj EPS $0.05 vs est. $0.04 on revs $217.5Mm vs est. $213Mm Energy, Industrials, Materials The Pentagon has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp ($LMT) annualized contracts for 2021 and option years 2022 and 2023, worth up to $6.6 billion to support operations and sustainment of the global F-35 fleet, its F-35 Joint Program Office said Exelon ($EXC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho and raise tgt to $53 from $47.50 Matrix Service Company ($MTRX) 4Q adj EPS ($0.40) vs est. ($0.03) on revs $174.9Mm vs est. $177.2Mm, backlog as of June 30 was $462.6Mm; says award activity in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 has accelerated and we are expecting increasing awards and improving backlog as we move through the fiscal year MP Materials ($MP) announces offering of 4M shares of common stock for holders Financials Intuit ($INTU) said it would buy email marketing company Mailchimp for about $12 billion in a cash-and-stock deal (confirmed a late day WSJ report that INTU was in works to acquire the company) AllianceBernstein L.P. ($AB) said preliminary assets under management increased to $761 billion during August 2021 from $748 billion at the end of July. Market appreciation and firmwide net inflows drove the 2% increase. In the month of August, net inflows to Retail and Institutions were partially offset by modest net outflows from Private Wealth. Discover Financial Services ($DFS) said credit card delinquency rate 0.92% at August end vs 0.93% at July end and credit card charge-off rate 1.14% at August end vs 1.09% at July end Invesco Ltd. ($IVZ) preliminary month-end assets under management ($AUM) of $1,562.7 billion, an increase of 2.2% versus previous month-end. Total net inflows were $13.6 billion. The firm achieved net long-term inflows of $8.4 billion this month. Manning & Napier, Inc. ($MN), reported preliminary assets under management as of August 31, 2021 of $22.7 billion, compared with $22.5 billion at July 31, 2021, and $22.3 billion at June 30, 2021. Opendoor Technologies ($OPEN) announces offering of 28M shares of common stock for holders Victory Capital Holdings, Inc. ($VCTR) reported assets under management ($AUM) of $164.9 billion as of August 31, 2021. Life Storage ($LSI)5M share $306M Spot Secondary offering priced at implied $122.40 Healthcare Incyte ($INCY) announces ruxolitinib cream data accepted for presentation at the 2021 European academy of dermatology and venereology (EADV) virtual congress KalVista Pharmaceuticals (KALV) announces the lifting of FDA clinical hold for phase 2 trial of KVD824 MaxCyte, Inc. ($MXCT) 2Q EPS ($0.05) vs est. ($0.07) on revs $7.1Mm vs est. $5.7Mm; guides FY revs about $30Mm vs est. $28.2Mm Akerna ($KERN) will acquire business management software system 365 Cannabis in a $17M deal; Akerna will pay $4M in cash and $13M in stock, with a potential earn-out of $8M. The transaction is expected to close in Q4. Avantor ($AVTR)83M share Secondary priced at $42.00 Technology, Media & Telecom Oracle ($ORCL) Q1 adj EPS $1.03 vs. est. $0.97; Q1 revs $9.73B vs. est. $9.77B; Q1 Cloud Services and License Support Revenue $7.37B, Q1 Cloud License And On-Premise License Revenue $813M; Q1 Hardware Revenue $763M and Q1 Services Revenue $781M; Q1 GAAP operating income was up 7% to $3.4 billion, and GAAP operating margin was 35%; Non-GAAP operating income was up 4% to $4.3 billion; sees Q2 EPS $1.09-$1.13 vs. est. $1.08 and sees Q2 revs up 3%-5% SeaChange Int’l ($SEAC) 2Q adj EPS loss ($0.03) vs est. ($0.09) on revs $6.5Mm vs est. $5Mm IAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC) said August revenue for ANGI up 21%, DotDash up 29%, search up 67%; said August rev for emerging and other up 33% Vimeo Inc. ($VMEO) August total rev up 33%, August average revenue per user up 15% Semiconductor equipment makers Advanced Energy ($AEIS), Applied Materials ($AMAT) and Lam Research ($LRCX) all downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna, while the firm upgraded KLA Corp. ($KLAC) to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna Sportradar ($SRAD) 19M share IPO priced at $27.00
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Wednesday, July 14, 2021 Futures Up/Down % Last Dow 2.00 0.01% 34,778 S&P 500 3.25 0.08% 4,364 Nasdaq 52.50 0.35% 14,917 U.S. stock futures looking mixed with the Dow and S&P 500 looking little changed, though the Nasdaq Comp edges higher as Treasury yields ease despite the highest inflation reading since 2008 yesterday in the form of consumer prices (CPI) and ahead of June Producer Prices (PPI) later this morning. In Washington, Fed Chairman Powell testifies before the House at 10:00 on monetary policy (who has been saying the recent spike in prices in transitory and prices will normalize once supply chain bottlenecks get resolved and the economy gets back on track.) while overnight, Senate Democrats announce $3.5 trillion budget agreement. This morning, financials dominate earnings with Bank America and BlackRock out already, with Citi, Wells Fargo and PNC expected later this morning. In Asian markets, The Nikkei Index fell -109 points to 28,608, the Shanghai Index slid -38 points to 3,528, the Hang Seng Index dropped -175 points (0.63%) to 27,787. In Europe, the German DAX is down 30 points to 15,760, while the FTSE 100 is down roughly -40 points to 7,085. Market Closing Prices Yesterday The S&P 500 Index dropped -15.42 points, or 0.35%, to 4,369.21 The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell -107.39 points, or 0.31%, to 34,888.79 The Nasdaq Composite slumped -55.59 points, or 0.38%, to 14,677.65 The Russell 2000 Index declined -42.96 points, or 1.88% to 2,238.86 Events Calendar for Today 7:00 AM ET MBA Mortgage Applications Data 8:30 AM ET Producer Price Index (CPI) MoM for June…est. 0.6% 8:30 AM ET PPI Ex: Food & Energy (core) MoM for June…est. 6.8% 8:30 AM ET Producer Price Index (CPI) YoY for June…est. 0.5% 8:30 AM ET PPI Ex: Food & Energy (core) YoY for June…est. 5.1% 10:30 AM ET Weekly DOE Inventory Data Earnings Calendar: Earnings Before the Open: $AYR, $BAC, $BLK, $C, DAL, $PNC, $WFC Earnings After the Close: $CIDM Other Key Events: Fed Chairman Powell to appear before House Financial Service Committee Bloomberg Business Summit Global, 7/13-7/14 (virtual) China House Price, Industrial Output and Retail sales for June Macro Up/Down Last Nymex -0.55 74.70 Brent -0.59 75.90 Gold 7.20 1,814.95 EUR/USD 0.0016 1.1792 JPY/USD -0.14 110.49 10-Year Note -0.017 1.398% World News Fitch affirms United States at ‘AAA’; outlook negative; Fitch says U.S. sovereign rating is supported by structural strengths that include size of economy, high per capita income and dynamic business environment; Fitch says considers U.S. debt tolerance to be higher than that of other ‘AAA’ sovereigns; Fitch on U.S. says negative outlook on rating reflects ongoing risks to public finances and debt trajectory Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee agreed to roughly $3.5 trillion in spending for their broad healthcare and antipoverty plan, determining the scope of the party’s expected efforts on education, climate change, child care and a host of other issues while it has control of Congress and the White House. UK June CPI higher as rises 2.5% yoy vs 2.2% consensus; m/m 0.5% vs 0.2% consensus; Core: y/y 2.3% vs 2.0% consensus; m/m 0.5% vs 0.2% consensus Sector News Breakdown Consumer L Brands ($LB) guides 2Q EPS $1.20-1.30 vs. est. $1.02, revs $2.351B vs. est. $3.27B, says sales negatively impacted by closure of stores for approx half of qtr due to covid CorePoint Lodging ($CPLG) said it continued to execute on its non-core disposition strategy with 25 non-core hotels sold in the Q2, for a combined gross sales price of ~$143M during the quarter, resulting in 175 hotels owned as of June 30, 2021; said it explores strategic alternatives International Game Technology ($IGT) said it is expanding its U.S. sports betting footprint to Washington to power sports betting at Snoqualmie Casino Kura Sushi ($KRUS) 3Q adj EPS ($0.54) vs. est. ($0.56) on sales $18.5Mm vs. est. $15.5Mm Aspen Group ($ASPU) 4Q EPS ($0.09) vs. est. ($0.05) on revs $19.1Mm vs. est. $18.5Mm; guides FY22 revs $85-88Mm vs. est. $85.7Mm and sees year EPS loss (18c-12c) vs. est. profit $0.04 Ulta Beauty ($ULTA) upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James with $395 tgt which assumes shares hold their current multiple on next year’s earnings one year out Energy The American Petroleum Institute ($API) SandRidge Energy ($SD) President and CEO Carl Giesler, Jr. has resigned effective July 16 to pursue another career opportunity Oil prices fell on demand concerns after data showed that China’s first-half crude imports dropped, but were still holding near a one-week high. China’s crude imports dropped by 3% from January to June compared with a year earlier, the first such contraction since 2013 Financials Bank America ($BAC) Q2 EPS $1.03 vs. est. $0.77; Q2 revs $21.5B vs. est. $21.8B BlackRock ($BLK) Q2 adj EPS $10.03 vs. est. $9.36; Q2 revs $4.82B vs. est. $4.61B; reports $81B of quarterly total net inflows, driven by continued momentum across the platform; AUM at qtr-end were about $9.50 trillion vs $7.32 trillion reported at q2 2020 end Ally Financial ($ALLY) announces $2B share buyback, and raises dividend Victory Capital ($VCTR) reported $161.93B in assets under management ($AUM) as of June 30, 2021, compared with May’s AUM of $160.93B Healthcare scPharmaceuticals ($SCPH) announced positive top-line results from its FREEDOM-HF study that was designed to evaluate the effect of FUROSCIX on heart failure-related costs in patients with chronic heart failure Celldex ($CLDX)952M share Secondary priced at $42.00 Speaking at STAT’s Breakthrough Science Summit yesterday, Eli Lilly ($LLY) CEO David Ricks said the company is confident its treatment, donanemab, merits the same accelerated FDA approval granted to Aduhelm. From there, Lilly can take its standard approach to competition with other products, Ricks said LeMaitre ($LMAT) 1M share Spot Secondary priced at $54.50 Industrials, Materials & Transports American Airlines ($AAL) said it expects to report between a net loss of $35M and a net profit of $25M in Q2; sees Q2 revs to be down about 37.5% yoy; says ex effect of net special items, expects to report net loss of $1.1B-$1.2B in Q2; said expects to report a slight second quarter 2021 pretax profit and to end Q2 with about $21.3 billion in total available liquidity; expects average daily cash build rate for Q2 to be about $1 mln per day, first positive qtr since beginning of pandemic; sees Q2 net loss per share excluding net special credits about $1.67-$1.76 Delta Air Lines ($DAL) confirms that it entered into agreements to add 29 used Boeing 737-900ERs and lease seven used Airbus A350-900s as it continues to streamline and modernize its fleet Technology, Media & Telecom Apple ($AAPL) has asked suppliers to build as many as 90 million next-generation iPhones this year, a 20% increase from its 2020 iPhone shipments, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Apple has maintained a consistent level in recent years of roughly 75 million units for its launch period, which runs from September-October to the end of the year eBay Inc ($EBAY) has agreed to sell part of its stake in Norway’s Adevinta to private equity firm Permira for $2.25 billion in cash, clearing the way for a tie-up between eBay and Adevinta’s classified ads businesses Broadcom ($AVGO) is said no longer in talks buy SAS Institute after a WSJ report yesterday that SAS may be acquired for $15B-$20B. The founders of the SAS Institute changed their minds on a potential sale after news of the possible sale – WSJ https://on.mktw.net/3i6jBwC Google ($GOOGL) was fined $593M by France’s Competition Authority for allegedly failing to negotiate in good faith with French publishers in a dispute over payments for their news
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Aspen Group, Inc. is an education technology holding company that leverages its infrastructure and expertise to allow its two universities, Aspen University and United States University, to deliver on the vision of making college affordable again.