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U.S. futures are holding steady, only moderately lower from yesterday’s closing all-time highs for the major averages as investors brace for the FOMC meeting, with results expected tomorrow afternoon. Bitcoin prices surging to highs, up over 4% around $63,400 in another broad spike for crypto assets; Ethereum +3.25% at $4,450. House Speaker Pelosi is planning to go ahead with plans to vote this week on President Biden’s two bills even though Democratic moderates are echoing Senator Manchin’s complaints that they don’t know full cost & economic impact. In corporate news, JNJ, TEVA, ENDP and ABBV win the first case for pharmaceutical companies in the four-year litigation over the drugs in a $50B opioid litigation case. In commodity prices, gold holds below $1,800, oil is little changed around $84 per barrel and Wheat hit $8.00 a bushel Monday, highest levels since 2012 as world reserves declined following extreme weather. The Aussie dollar drops and the curve bull steepens after the RBA scraps its April 2024 yield target and signals openness to earlier rate hikes. Tesla $TSLA falls over 4%, is falling off a record high close of $1,208.59 – follows tweet from CEO Musk overnight saying there has been no contract signed yet with Hertz and that the Hertz deal has zero effect on Tesla’s economic. Wall Street’s main indexes notched record closing highs again on Monday, adding to the big totals in October as Tesla $TSLA shares surged and the energy sector gained on rising oil prices while investors looked ahead to a major Federal Reserve meeting later in the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly eclipsed 36,000 points for the first time before slipping just below. Along with the barrage of earnings again this week, the Federal Reserve is expected to approve plans to scale back its $120 billion monthly bond-buying program on Wednesday. The small-cap Russell 2000 index was a standout, rising 2.7% for its biggest daily percentage gain since late August. Economic data was mixed as the ISM U.S. manufacturing activity slowed in October, with all industries reporting record-long lead times. In Asian markets, The Nikkei Index slipped -0.43% to 29,520, the Shanghai Index dropped -1.1% to 3,505, and the Hang Seng Index fell -0.22% to 25,099. In Europe, the German DAX is up +0.4% at 15,875, while the FTSE 100 declines around -0.6% below 7,250. Events Calendar for Today · 7:45 AM ET ICSC Weekly Retail Sales · 8:55 AM ET Johnson/Redbook Weekly Sales Earnings Calendar: · Earnings Before the Open: AME, APO, ARCB, AVNS, BBGI, BCC, BHC, BLD, BLMN, CEIX, CLW, CMI, COP, CRSR, CTLT, DD, EL, EPD, ESPR, ETN, EXLS, EXPD, EXTR, GNRC, GPN, HEES, HEP, HSC, HSIC, IART, IDXX, INCY, IPGP, IT, KKR, LCII, LDOS, LEA, LGIH, LPX, MIME, MLM, MMP, MPC, MPLX, MYGN, NRZ, NXST, NYMT, OMCL, PFE, PINC, RL, ROK, SABR, SAGE, SEE, TMX, TNC, UAA, VAL, WEC, WLK, XHR, XYL ZBRA · Earnings After the Close: ACT, AFG, AIZ, AKAM AMGN, ANDE, ATVI, AWK, AYX, BFAM, BGFV, BKH, BRY, BXC, CASA, CDK, CERS, CHK, COUR, CRK, CSLT, CZR, DCO, DCPH, DEI, DENN, DOX, DRRX, DVN, EGHT, EIX, ENLC, EXAS, EXEL, FMC, FNF, FRSH, GAIN, GNW, GPOR, HALO, HCC, HLF, HRB, HURN, INFI, INSP, KAI, KAMN, KAR, LPI, LSCC, LSI, LYFT, MANT, MDLZ, MG, MGNX, MOD, MRCY, MTCH, NP, NSA, OKE, OVV, PAA, PAGP, PAYC, PKI, PRO, PRTS, PRU, RAMP, RARE, RCKY, RM, RRR, SGRY, SKY, SRC, STE, TCS, TMUS, TVTY, UIS, UNM, VECO, VOYA, VRSK, WTTR, WU, ZG Other Key Events: · China Caixin Services PMI for October · Wolfe Research Wealth Symposium, 11/2-11/3 $virtual · Senator Manchin says he is prepared to support a Build Back Better plan that combats inflation, is fiscally responsible, and will create jobs. The plan the House is finalizing meets those tests-it is fully paid for, will reduce the deficit, and brings down costs for health care, child care, elder care, and housing
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Thursday, September 16, 2021 U.S. futures are pointing to a lower open, pulling back ahead of weekly jobless claims and retail sales data (economists are looking for a 0.8% drop in retail sales for August, compared with a 1.1% fall the month) while Asian markets fell for a 4th straight day following China’s broadening crackdown on corporate profitability. In Asian markets, The Nikkei Index fell -188 points to 30,323, the Shanghai Index dropped -49 points (1.34%) to 3,607 and the Hang Seng Index tumbled -365 points to 24,667. In Europe, the German DAX is up about 75 points to 15,690, while the FTSE 100 is higher by 30-points to 7,050. Oil prices are flat after marching higher yesterday after Energy Department data showed a bigger-than-expected 6.4 million decline in domestic stockpiles. The stock market erased most of this week’s losses, on Wednesday, eyeing a low-volume trading day today for Yom Kippur as some investors and traders leaving early. The S&P 500 rose +0.9% and Dow a +0.7% climb and the Nasdaq rose +0.8%, snapping its 5-day losing streak. Ten out of eleven S&P sectors were higher led by Energy. Market Closing Prices Yesterday · The S&P 500 Index gained 37.65 points, or 0.85%, to 4,480.70 · The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 236.82 points, or 0.68%, to 34,814.39 · The Nasdaq Composite surged 123.77 points, or 0.82%, to 15,161.53 · The Russell 2000 Index advanced 24.46 points, or 1.11% to 2,234.45 Events Calendar for Today · 8:30 AM ET Weekly Jobless Claims…est. 330K · 8:30 AM EST Continuing Claims…est. 2.785M · 8:30 AM ET Philly Fed Index for September…est. 18.8 · 8:30 AM ET Retail Sales MoM for Aug…est. (-0.8%) · 8:30 AM ET Retail Sales Ex: Autos MoM for Aug…est. (-0.1%) · 10:00 AM ET Business Inventories MoM for July…est. +0.5% · 10:30 AM ET Weekly EIA Natural Gas Inventory Data · 4:00 PM ET Net Long-term TIC Flows for July Earnings Calendar: · Earnings Before the Open: IPHI, LMNX · Earnings After the Close: HRB Other Key Events: · Citigroup Small/Mid-Cap & Growth Conference 2021 (virtual), 9/16-9/17 · European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2021 Virtual Congress, 9/16-9/21 World News · The United States, Britain and Australia announced a new security partnership for the Indo-Pacific in a move hailed by regional allies but denounced by China as intensifying an arms race in the region. Under the partnership, announced by President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the United States and Britain will provide Australia with the technology and capability to deploy nuclear-powered submarines. · US House Ways and Means Committee votes to advance plan to raise taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations as part of Democrats’ reconciliation spending bill Sector News Breakdown Consumer · Beyond Meat (BYND) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral with a price target of $95, down from $120 at Piper saying the company’s current all-channel retail momentum will lag consensus expectations and foodservice consensus estimates may be high · AMC Entertainment (AMC) CEO Aron said yesterday that AMC Theatres will accept Bitcoin for online ticket and concession payments, and similarly accept other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash. · Callaway Golf ($ELY) 4M share Secondary priced at $29.25 · Figs ($FIGS) 8.92M share Secondary priced at $40.25 · Molson Coors Beverage Co. ($TAP) said it plans to expand distribution of its Topo Chico Hard Seltzer nationwide, starting January 2022 · China’s leading ride-hailing app, Didi ($DIDI), has seen its daily users fall by 30% since its initial public offering in New York in June triggered a fierce backlash by Beijing, the Financial Times reported. https://on.ft.com/2XmIqy8 · Laureate Education, Inc. ($LAUR) said its Board approved a plan of partial liquidation (the “Plan”) in connection with the previously disclosed sale of Walden e-Learning LLC Energy, Industrials and Materials · Timken ($TKR) said it expects lower sales and earnings in second half of 2021; said underlying customer demand and end-market momentum remain strong across most sectors and expects a robust industrial market environment for remainder of 2021 and throughout 2022 · Ion Geophysical ($IO) announced that its board of directors has initiated a process to evaluate a range of strategic alternatives in an effort to strengthen its financial position and maximize stakeholder value · Pioneer Natural Resources ($PXD) increased its 2030 goals to a 50% reduction in GHG intensity and a 75% reduction in methane intensity from 2019 baseline · Sibanye Stillwater ($SBSW) agrees to acquire half of Ioneer Ltd.’s Nevada lithium project for $490M – Reuters · The Association of American Railroads reports total weekly US rail traffic down 1.3% Y/Y to 468,610 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending September 11, 2021; Carloads up 4.5% to 223,710; intermodal volume down 6% to 244,900 containers · SpaceX successfully launched four civilians into space Wednesday evening in the first spaceflight staffed wholly by commercial astronauts, which is not a government-backed crew to orbit Earth. The aerospace company run by Elon Musk launched the crew of Inspiration4 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center shortly after 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The mission will take the four astronauts 360 miles from Earth for at least three days before they splash down in one of several spots off the Florida coast. Financials · Enact Holdings ($ACT) 13.31M share IPO priced at $19.00 · Veritex ($VBTX) boosts share buyback to $250M from $175M Healthcare · Aerie Pharmaceuticals ($AERI) shares fall -19%; a Phase 2b study of the company’s experimental treatment for dry eye disease failed to meet the main goal of the trial · Exelixis ($EXEL) announces results from Phase 3 CheckMate -9ER trial demonstrating efficacy benefits regardless of prior nephrectomy status with Cabometyx (cabozantinib) in combination with Bristol Myers Squibb’s (BMY) Opdivo (nivolumab) vs. sunitinib for patients with previously untreated advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). · Moderna ($MRNA) said a study of breakthrough COVID-19 cases among vaccinated individuals supports the need for a booster shot. Moderna identified 88 breakthrough COVID cases among 11,431 people vaccinated between December 2020 and March 2021, but 162 cases in the group who got their shots between July and October of last year. · Travere Therapeutics ($TVTX) reported a joint collaboration and licensing agreement with Vifor Pharma for the commercialization of Sparsentan in Europe, Australia and New Zealand · BioXcel Therapeutics ($BTAI) presents results from ongoing phase 2 trial of BXCL701 in combination with KEYTRUDA® in aggressive forms of prostate cancer at ESMO · The FDA has decided not to take a stand on the efficacy of a booster shot from Pfizer ($PFE), as the agency says it doesn’t have enough data to make a decision, and that it’s only seen an observational study in Israel. · Invitae Corp ($NVTA) files for stock shelf of up to 6.3 mln common shares by the selling stockholders · Takeda’s ($TAK) EXKIVITY™ (mobocertinib) approved by U.S. FDA as the first oral therapy specifically designed for patients with EGFR Exon20 Insertion+ NSCLC Technology, Media & Telecom · Electronic Arts ($EA) announces Battlefield 2042 is now set to launch worldwide on November 19, 2021 (shares of EA fell yesterday on talk it might have been delayed into 2022, but launch also a month later than originally expected); reiterating net bookings guidance for fiscal year 2022 provided on august 4, 2021, despite this change in launch date for Battlefield 2042 · Cisco ($CSCO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse at Credit Suisse · ForgeRock ($FORG) 11M share IPO priced at $25.00 · Texas Instruments ($TXN) raises quarterly dividend 13% to $1.15 from $1.02 per share · Adobe ($ADBE) announced the upcoming availability of Payment Services for Adobe Commerce, “the industry’s leading end-to-end commerce application for B2B, D2C and hybrid use cases · InterDigital ($IDCC) sees Q3 revenue $119M-$121M vs. est. $111.64M, driven by both an expected $15M of recurring revenue and $30M of non-recurring revenue from a fixed price license agreement signed during Q
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/*============================================= = Wednesday, June 16, 2021 = =============================================*/ Futures Up/Down % Last Dow -14.00 0.04% 34,163 S&P 500 1.25 0.04% 4,238 Nasdaq 20.50 0.14% 14,042 U.S. stock futures are looking flat as the most highly anticipated Federal Reserve policy meeting is upon us, with the FOMC meeting statement at 2:00 PM ET followed by a press conference by Chairman Jerome Powell. While the central bank is widely expected to keep key interest rates near zero, its statement and subsequent Q&A session from Powell is sure to be parsed for clues regarding the timing of taper talks, as well as any indications if rising inflation prices are a concern, or just temporary as the Fed has pleaded over the last three months. Treasury yields remain depressed despite recent higher inflation readings (CPI, PPI) as the benchmark 10-year yield holds under 1.50%. In Asian markets, The Nikkei Index fell -150 points to 29,291, the Shanghai Index fell -38 points to 3,518 (3rd straight day of losses) to 28,436, and the Hang Seng Index fell -201 points to 28,436. In Europe, the German DAX is up about 20 points to 15,750, while the FTSE 100 rises about 10 points to 7,185. Wall Street took a rest on Tuesday, as major indexes closed lower and the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq backed down from the previous session’s record closing highs. Big tech pulled back on Tuesday after leading the day prior while Dow Transports finished green. While U.S. stock indexes have been range-bound since the beginning of the month, any changes in nuance from the Fed today, and Friday’s quadruple witching options expiration, could trigger some volatility. Market Closing Prices Yesterday The S&P 500 Index slipped -8.56 points, or 0.20%, to 4,246.59 The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell -94.42 points, or 0.27%, to 34,299.33 The Nasdaq Composite slumped -101.29 points, or 0.71%, to 14,072.86 The Russell 2000 Index declined -6.07 points, or 0.26% to 2,320.07 Events Calendar for Today 7:00 AM ET MBA Mortgage Applications Data 8:30 AM EST Housing Starts MoM for May…est. 1.63M 8:30 AM EST Building Permits MoM for May…est. 1.73M 8:30 AM EST Import Prices MoM for May…est. 0.8% 10:30 AM ET Weekly DOE Inventory Data 2:00 PM EST FOMC June Meeting Earnings Calendar: Earnings Before the Open: None Earnings After the Close: $LEN Other Key Events: Citigroup European Healthcare Conference (virtual), 6/14-6/16 Cowen Annual Future Health Conference (virtual), 6/16-6/17 Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference (virtual), 6/16-6/17 European Hematology Association (EHA) Virtual Meeting, 6/9-6/17 Northland Customer Engagement SaaS Conference (virtual), 6/15-6/16 Oppenheimer 21st Annual Consumer Growth and E-Commerce Conference (virtual), 6/15-6/16 Macro Up/Down Last Nymex 0.09 72.21 Brent 0.16 74.15 Gold -0.85 1,858.20 EUR/USD -0.0004 1.2122 JPY/USD -0.14 109.94 10-Year Note -0.014 1.485% World News S. TIC data report showed foreign accounts purchased $100.7 B in net long term securities in April, after the$262.4 B (was $262.4 B) surge in March. Accounts also bought a total of $101.2 B in assets on the month versus $146.7 B (was $146.4 B) previously China May Retail Sales: y/y 12.4% vs 13.6% consensus; China May Ind Prod: y/y 8.8% vs 9.0% consensus Japan April Core Machinery Orders:6% vs 2.5% consensus; Japan May Trade Balance: -Y187b vs -Y77b consensus Sector News Breakdown Consumer DAVIDsTEA ($DTEA) Q1 EPS C$0.05 vs. (C$0.26) last year Q1; Q1 sales fell -27.9% to $23.2M from $32.2M YoY; said brick and mortar sales for the quarter declined when compared to the prior year quarter by $11.9 million or 78.3% to $3.3 million; sales from e-commerce and wholesale channels increased by $2.9 million or 17.2% to $19.9 million, from $17.0 million in the prior year quarter La-Z-Boy ($LZB) Q4 non-Gaap EPS $0.87 vs. est. $0.74; Q4 sales $519.5M vs. est. $498.5M; anticipates ongoing incremental increases in manufacturing capacity throughout fiscal 2022 that will enable higher delivered sales; incoming order rates and backlog will mitigate usual seasonal slowdown associated with Q1; Q4 written same-store sales up 100% General Motors ($GM) will increase its global spending on electric and autonomous cars to $35B, which is 30% higher than the company’s most recent forecast, Reuters reported Blue Apron ($APRN) announces stock offering Energy, Industrials and Materials The American Petroleum Institute ($API) shows a draw of 8.54M barrels of oil for the week ended June 4, gasoline inventories show a build of 2.85M barrels, distillate inventories show a build of 1.96M barrels and Cushing inventories show a draw of 1.53M barrels A U.S. District Court judge grants a preliminary injunction to Louisiana and 12 other states that sued the Biden administration over the halt on new oil and gas leasing on federal lands Bespoke noted that WTI crude has now had a record 13 straight days with an intraday high higher than the last (WTI crude closed above the $723 per barrel level Tuesday for first time since October 2018) Phoenix Motorcars, a wholly owned subsidiary of SPI Energy ($SPI) has launched a full range of EV charging products for the U.S. market. S. Steel ($X) assumed with Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan Financials Capital One Financial ($COF) selected as exclusive long-term issuing partner for new Williams Sonoma, Inc. ($WSM) credit cards; new credit cards and loyalty enhancements are expected to launch before end of 2021 H&R Block ($HRB) Q4 adj EPS $5.16 vs. est. $5.13; Q4 revs $2.33B vs. est. $2.35B; raises quarterly dividend 4% to $0.27; announced its fiscal year-end will change to June 30, effective immediately; says substantially exceeded its original FY revs and earnings outlook when including total tax season through extended deadline PennyMac Mortgage ($PMT) files automatic mixed securities shelf R. Berkley Corporation ($WRB) raised quarterly dividend by 8% to $0.52 Healthcare The FDA cleared an additional batch of Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) Covid-19 vaccine doses from a troubled production plant in Baltimore run by Emergent BioSolutions Inc. ($EBS) as the agency cleared 15 million doses, bringing the total doses authorized for export to 25 million Elanco ($ELAN) will acquire all outstanding stock of Kindred Biosciences (KIN) at a price of $9.25 per share, or approximately $440 million, a premium of 52% based on the 30-day average Molecular Partners ($MOLN) 3M share IPO priced at $21.25 Rapt Therapeutics ($RAPT)79M share Secondary priced at $33.00 Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. ($REGN) said an antibody it developed has been shown to significantly cut the risk of death among certain hospitalized Covid-19 patients, raising hopes for a valuable new tool for tackling severe cases. Inhibikase Therapeutics ($IKT) 15M share Secondary priced at $3.00 Protagonist Therapeutics ($PGTX)05M share Spot Secondary priced at $37.75 Eton Pharmaceuticals ($ETON) has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Crossject’s ZENEO hydrocortisone needleless autoinjector, which is under development as a rescue treatment for adrenal crisis Spero Therapeutics ($SPRO) announces the initiation of two early-stage trials of SPR206, an intravenously (IV)-administered next-generation polymyxin product candidate. Technology, Media & Telecom Oracle Corp. ($ORCL) Q4 adj EPS $1.54 vs. est. $1.31; q1 revs $11.23B vs. est. $11.04B; qtrly cloud services and license support revenues were up 8% to $7.4B; qtrly cloud license and on-premise license revenues were up 9% to $2.1B; Q4 Cloud Application Revenue: Fusion ERP up 46%, Fusion HCM up 35%, NetSuite ERP up 26%; Q4 Short-term deferred revenues were up 10% from last year to $8.8 billion. Operating cash flow was up 21% to a record $15.9 billion during the trailing twelve months Convey Holding ($CNVY)333M share IPO priced at $14.00 Roblox ($RBLX) shares fell -8%; released May key metrics, which showed daily active users hit 43M, which was up 28% from the previous May, but down 1% from 43.3M in April; hours engaged increased, however, to 3.2B (up 9% year-over-year, and up 1% from April) MiTek ($MITK) announces $15 million share repurchase program WalkMe ($WKME)25M share IPO priced at $31.00
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/*============================================= = Tuesday, June 15, 2021 = =============================================*/ Futures Up/Down % Last Dow -3.00 0.01% 34,272 S&P 500 2.25 0.05% 4,248 Nasdaq 10.50 0.07% 14,127 Another day, another record for the S&P 500, with futures looking to a slightly higher open ahead of a key round of economic data (monthly retail sales at 8:30 AM along with the producer prices index (PPI) inflation reading, which follows the “hotter” CPI report last week) while investors await results of the two-day FOMC meeting tomorrow afternoon. The central bank will make an announcement on interest rates Wednesday, followed by a news conference from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell. Stocks in the U.S. were slightly higher Monday in a listless, tight trading range all day prior to a surge in the final minutes of trading that took most major averages higher, allowing the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to close at record highs led by gains in large cap tech. In Asian markets, The Nikkei Index rose 279 points to 29,441, the Shanghai Index fell -33 points to 3,556, and the Hang Seng Index dropped 203 points to 28,638. In Europe, the German DAX is higher by around 70 points to 15,740, while the FTSE 100 is up about 20 points to 7,165. It should be a relatively quiet day again with all eyes on tomorrows FOMC meeting. Events Calendar for Today 7:45 AM ET ICSC Weekly Retail Sales 8:30 AM EST Producer Price Index (PPI) MoM for May…est. 0.6% 8:30 AM EST Producer Price Index (PPI) YoY for May…est. 6.3% 8:30 AM EST PPI Ex: Food & Energy (core) MoM for May…est. 0.5% 8:30 AM EST PPI Ex: Food & Energy (core) YoY for May…est. 4.8% 8:30 AM EST Advance Retail Sales MoM for May…est. (-0.7%) 8:30 AM EST Retail Sales Less Autos MoM for May…est. 0.2% 8:55 AM ET Johnson/Redbook Weekly Sales 9:15 AM EST Industrial Production MoM for May…est. 0.6% 9:15 AM EST Capacity Utilization for May…est. 75.1% 10:00 AM EST Business Inventories MoM for April…est. (-0.1%) 10:00 AM EST NAHB Housing Market Index for June…est. 83 4:00 AM EST Net Long-term TIC Flows for April 4:30 PM ET API Weekly Inventory Data Earnings Calendar: Earnings Before the Open: $KPLT Earnings After the Close: $ATEX, $HNST, $HRB, $LZB, $ORCL, $STEP, $VOLT Other Key Events: Citigroup European Healthcare Conference (virtual), 6/14-6/16 European Hematology Association (EHA) Virtual Meeting, 6/9-6/17 FBN Securities Valley tech Tour (virtual), 6/14-6/15 Northland Customer Engagement SaaS Conference (virtual), 6/15-6/16 Oppenheimer 21st Annual Consumer Growth and E-Commerce Conference (virtual), 6/15-6/16 China Retail Sales for May Market Closing Prices Yesterday The S&P 500 Index gained 7.71 points, or 0.18%, to 4,255.15 The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell -85.85 points, or 0.25%, to 34,393.75 The Nasdaq Composite jumped 104.72 points, or 0.74%, to 14,174.14 The Russell 2000 Index declined -9.66 points, or 0.41% to 2,326.15 Macro Up/Down Last Nymex 0.46 71.34 Brent 0.47 73.33 Gold -1.45 1,864.75 EUR/USD 0.0005 1.2125 JPY/USD -0.03 110.04 10-Year Note -0.014 1.487% World News Germany May CPI: m/m 0.5% in line; y/y 2.5% in line; HICP m/m 0.3% in line; y/y 2.4% in line France May CPI: m/m 0.3% in line; y/y 1.4% in line; HICP m/m 0.3% vs 0.4% cons; y/y 1.8% in line Italy May CPI: m/m 0.0 in line; y/y 1.3% in line; HICP m/m -0.1% vs 0.0% cons; y/y 1.2% vs 1.3% consensus Sector News Breakdown Consumer Kohl’s ($KSS) said it sees FY sales +mid-high teens vs 2020, below the consensus of up +20.85% Vroom, Inc. ($VRM) announces proposed convertible senior notes offering/to offer $500 mln of convertible senior notes due 2026 Spirit Airlines ($SAVE) estimates its load factor for Q2 will be about 84.0%, total operating expenses, excluding special items, for q2 2021 are tracking towards better end of co’s initial guidance; now expects its Ebitda margin, excluding special items, for q2 of 2021 to be modestly positive; expects that air travel demand will continue to gradually recover in 2021 H&M shares slipped after Q2 sales were lower than expected, hurt by China and European restrictions; Q2 sales were up 62% year on year to SEK 46.51 bln ($5.59 bln), but still down 19% – when compared with two years earlier Ford ($F) says production of 2021 Ford Bronco is underway at the Michigan assembly plant Energy, Industrials and Materials FedEx Corp ($FDX) increased quarterly cash dividend by $0.10 per share, or 15% Mosaic ($MOS) announced its May 2021 sales revenue and volumes May Potash sales volumes in thousands of tons 891 versus 810 in May of last year Fastenal ($FAST) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley Financials Discover Financial Services ($DFS) credit card delinquency rate 1.01% at may end vs 1.12% at April end; credit card charge-off rate 1.78% at may end vs 1.54% at April end Capital One Financial ($COF) May domestic credit card net charge-offs rate 2.33 % vs 2.40% in April; delinquencies rate for auto 3.14% at May end vs 2.74% at April end Blucora $(BCOR) raises Q2 non-GAAP EPS view to $1.12-$1.21 from $0.94-$1.11 and ups revenue view to $250.0-$254.5M from $238M-$249M (vs. est. $243.4M) MicroStrategy ($MSTR) has filed a registration statement with the SEC for the potential offering of its class A common shares Principal Financial ($PFG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Sandler Arbor Realty ($ABR) 6M share Spot Secondary priced at $18.65 Alexandria Real Estate ($ARE) 7M share Spot Secondary priced at $184.00 Ellington Residential ($EARN)25M share Spot Secondary priced at $13.20 Rowe Price ($TROW) declares special cash dividend of $3.00 per share Healthcare Biogen ($BIIB) announces topline results from phase 3 gene therapy study in Choroideremia; says phase 3-star study did not meet primary or key secondary endpoints Sage Therapeutics ($SAGE) and Biogen ($BIIB) announce positive pivotal phase 3 results for zuranolone, an investigational two-week, once-daily therapeutic being evaluated for major depressive disorder; rapid onset of treatment effect was seen in hamd-17 results at days 3, 8, and 12 AstraZeneca ($AZN) announces that its antibody cocktail, AZD7442, didn’t achieve a statistically significant reduction in the risk of symptomatic COVID-19 after exposure to the virus, failing to meet primary endpoint of the STORM CHASER trial Ampio Pharmaceuticals ($AMPE) receives approval to expand enrollment of its ap-019 phase ii study to India; phase ii study will utilize inhaled Ampion to treat those suffering from respiratory distress due to covid-19 NanoString Technologies (NSTG) and the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy ($PICI) are collaborating on an expansive molecular characterization project for cellular therapies Novavax ($NVAX) announces positive results from first study of influenza vaccine and covid-19 vaccine candidate administered simultaneously and that study demonstrated no early safety concerns C4 Therapeutics ($CCCC) files to sell 4.25M shares of common stock Rapt Therapeutics ($RAPT) offers to sell $125M in common stock Technology, Media & Telecom PING Identity Holding ($PING) files prospectus related to offering of 32.7 mln shares of common stock by selling stockholders Vimeo ($VMEO) says May avg. revenue per user up 18% and May total revenue up 42% Applied Materials ($AMAT) files debt securities shelf
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