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Thursday, September 30, 2021 Futures Up/Down % Last Dow 160.00 0.47% 34,425 S&P 500 20.25 0.46% 4,369 Nasdaq 70.50 0.48% 14,810 U.S. futures are looking at a bounce after stocks ended mixed on Wednesday as the technology sector struggled again as the 10-year Treasury yield was volatile, rising to highs around 1.55%, the highest levels since the summer. Helping market sentiment comes news out of D.C. as Senate Democrats say they have a bill they believe can avoid a Friday government shutdown while finding support across party lines. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will hold a vote this morning, paving the way to President Joe Biden’s desk prior to the midnight deadline. The fate of the looming debt ceiling, which could prevent any further government borrowing beyond October 1, and the passage of both a $1 trillion infrastructure bill and a broader $3.5 trillion budget plan, remain unknown as House Democrats continue to bicker over the size, scope and timing of the twin pieces of legislation. China markets edged higher overnight after mixed data as PMI manufacturing showed a contraction, but services PMI beat consensus. In Asian markets, The Nikkei Index fell -91 points to 29,452, the Shanghai Index rose 31 points to 3,568 and the Hang Seng Index declined -87 points to 24,575. In Europe, the German DAX is down over -40 points to 15,320, while the FTSE 100 edges higher a few points to 7,120. European natural gas and power markets hit fresh record highs as supply constraints persist. U.S. markets come into the final trading day of the month with losses, the worst month this year as the Dow is down -2.75%, the S&P 500 -3.6%, the Nasdaq Composite down -4.9% and the Russell 2000 down -2.1%. Later today, markets get final Q2 GDP, weekly jobless claims, and PCE inflation data. Events Calendar for Today 8:30 AM ET Weekly Jobless Claims…est. 335K 8:30 AM EST Continuing Claims…est. 2.80M 8:30 AM ET Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for Q2-Final…est. 6.6% 8:30 AM ET GDP Personal Consumption for Q2-F…est. 8:30 AM ET GDP Deflator for Q2-F…est. 6.1% 8:30 AM ET PCE Prices Final for Q2-F 8:30 AM ET Core PCE Deflator Q2-F…est. 6.1% 9:45 AM ET Chicago PMI for Sept…est. 65.0 10:30 AM ET Weekly EIA Natural Gas Inventory Data Earnings Calendar: Earnings Before the Open: ANGO, $BBBY, $KMX, MKC, $PAYX Earnings After the Close: JEF Other Key Events: Cantor Global Healthcare Conference (virtual), 9/27-9/30 North American Spine Society Annual Meeting, in Boston 9/29-10/2 Wolfe Utilities & Midstream Conference 2021, 9/28-9/31 Market Closing Prices Yesterday The S&P 500 Index gained 6.83 points, or 0.16%, to 4,359.46 The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 90.73 points, or 0.26%, to 34,390.72 The Nasdaq Composite slipped -34.24 points, or 0.24%, to 14,512.44 The Russell 2000 Index declined -4.47 points, or 0.20% to 2,225.31 Macro Up/Down Last Nymex -0.11 74.72 Brent -0.22 78.42 Gold -1.75 1,724.60 EUR/USD -0.0025 1.1573 JPY/USD 0.01 111.97 10-Year Note -0.015 1.524% World News China Manufacturing PMI for Sept reported at 49.6, below the 50.0 estimate and prior 50.1 reading, the first contraction since Feb. 2020. China Non-Manufacturing PMI for Sept at 53.2, above est. 49.8 and prior reading of 47.5 in Aug Senate Democrats said they have a bill they think can avoid a Friday government shutdown while finding support across party lines. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will hold a vote this morning, paving the way to President Joe Biden’s desk prior to the midnight deadline. Sector News Breakdown Consumer Herman Miller ($MLHR) 1Q adj EPS $0.49 vs est. $0.50 on sales $789.7Mm vs est. $648.2Mm; guides 2Q adj EPS $0.55-0.61 vs est. $0.57, sees 2Q sales $1.025-1.065B vs est. $748.3Mm Churchill Downs ($CHDN) board approved a $500M share buyback program McCormick ($MKC) Q3 EPS $0.80 vs. est. $0.72; Q3 sales rose 8% to $1.55B vs. est. $1.54B; sees adjusted eps $2.97 to $3.02 down from prior $3.00-$3.05 (est. $3.01), while boosts the lower end of sales range for year to +12% to +13%, from prior +11% to +13% and sees operating income +2% to +4%, down from prior +6% to +8% Uber Technologies ($UBER) has launched the first official Holiday Shop on the Uber Eats platform in partnership with Proper Companies’ holiday division Starbucks ($SBUX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities Kaival Brands ($KAVL)7M share Spot Secondary priced at $1.70 Olaplex Holdings ($OLPX)7M share IPO priced at $21.00 Energy, Industrials, & Materials Virgin Galactic ($SPCE) shares rise 10%; is cleared to fly by the FAA following an investigation after the Unity 22 flight went slightly off-course in July. The FAA approved corrective actions that include updated calculations to expand the airspace for future flights and ensuring real-time mission notifications are sent to air traffic control. Landec Corp. ($LNDC) Q1 adj EPS loss (-$0.23) vs. est. loss (-$0.12); Q1 revs $128.8M vs. est. $129.2M; reiterates FY22 guidance with estimates loss of (-$0.03) and revs $547.2M Orion (ORN) announced two contract awards for its Marine segment totaling ~$200M. Solar Integrated Roofing ($SIRC) said its subsidiary USA Solar Networks has entered into a nationwide partnership with Sunnova Energy International (NOVA) to provide financing services across its National Dealer and Contractor Network. Financials FactSet ($FDS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS and raise tgt to $415 from $303 Healthcare Perrigo ($PRGO) shares rose 11%; said it agreed to settle with tax authorities over a 2018 demand by the Irish Office of the Revenue Commissioners that the company pay 1.64B euros ($1.90B) in taxes. Ireland said in 2018 that intellectual property sales by Perrigo were taxed as tradable income at 12.5%, when it should have been treated as a chargeable gain at a rate of 33% Regeneron’s ($REGN), as published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), COVID-19 antibody cocktail REGEN-COV (Casirivimab and Imdevimab) led to a 70% reduction in the risk of hospitalization or death in high-risk infected individuals. AIM ImmunoTech ($AIM) announces clinical trial agreement for a phase 2a human challenge trial of Ampligen as a potential intranasal prophylaxis against respiratory viruses Lilly ($LLY) and Incyte ($INCY) said Olumiant significantly improved hair regrowth to at least 80% scalp coverage as early as 24 weeks across first completed phase 3 studies for alopecia areata Lilly ($LLY) said Tirzepatide led to greater improvements in liver fat content and abdominal adipose tissue compared to titrated insulin degludec in adults with type 2 diabetes in an MRI sub-study phase 3 SURPASS-3 clinical trial. The results were presented today at the 57th European Association for the Study of Diabetes ($EASD) Annual Meeting in an EASD-sponsored symposium. Technology, Media & Telecom Nintendo ($NTDOY) issued a press release insisting that Bloomberg’s seeming revelation that Nintendo was pushing developers to build 4K-resolution games for an upcoming but potentially canceled “Switch Pro” handheld was entirely incorrect. Separately, it says that it has no plans for any new Nintendo Switch other than the slightly refined OLED model that’ll be out next week. Snowflake ($SNOW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG with $353 tgt
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Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Futures Up/Down % Last Dow 191.00 0.56% 34,366 S&P 500 30.25 0.69% 4,373 Nasdaq 134.50 0.91% 14,899 U.S. stock futures are looking higher, bouncing after the S&P posted its worst drop in months, as Treasury yields ease back below 1.5% for the 10-year and markets remain hopeful that negotiations tied to the debt ceiling and the infrastructure take a turn for the better. The S&P 500 500 suffered the biggest one-day percentage drop since May 12 and the Nasdaq Composite closes with biggest one-day percentage drop since March 18 as all three major U.S. stock indexes slid nearly 2% or more, with interest rate sensitive tech and tech-adjacent stocks weighing heaviest as investors lost their risk appetite. Rising Treasury yields and deepening inflation concerns dampened risk appetite particularly pressuring growth stocks, along with rising fears of Fed asset tapering shortly and the drama in D.C. regarding the debt ceiling deadline and upcoming infrastructure bill vote later this week. Tech getting a bounce after semiconductor ASML raised guidance overnight, while MU slips after guiding next quarter results below analyst views. The 10-year yield at overnight lows, dropping below 1.5% (off highs of 1.56%), giving a boost to Nasdaq Futures up nearly 1%. European equities trade well, bouncing after Tuesday’s sell-off so far as the Stoxx 600 adds as much as 1.1% (after falling 2% Tuesday). The Nikkei Index tumbled -639 points (2.12%) to 29,544, the Shanghai Index fell -65 points (1.83%) to 3,536 and the Hang Seng Index gained 163 points to 24,663. In Europe, the German DAX is up 165 points to 15,410, while the FTSE 100 rises 60 points to 7,090. All eyes remain on Washington with a vote on the infrastructure packing set for tomorrow, that holds the fate of the debt ceiling in it as well (for now). Market Closing Prices Yesterday The S&P 500 Index plunged -90.48 points, or 2.04%, to 4,352.63 The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell -569.38 points, or 1.63%, to 34,299.99 The Nasdaq Composite sunk -423.29 points, or 2.83%, to 14,546.68 The Russell 2000 Index declined -51.23 points, or 2.25% to 2,229.78 Events Calendar for Today 7:00 AM ET MBA Mortgage Applications Data 10:00 AM ET Pending Home Sales MoM for Aug 10:30 AM ET Weekly DOE Inventory Data Earnings Calendar: Earnings Before the Open: CTAS, EPAC, JBL, WOR Earnings After the Close: LNDC, MLHR Other Key Events: China Caixin PMI Sept-Final China’s NBS Manufacturing PMI for Sept BTIG Inaugural Cannabis Conference (virtual), 9/29 Cantor Global Healthcare Conference (virtual), 9/27-9/30 North American Spine Society Annual Meeting, in Boston 9/29-10/2 Wolfe Utilities & Midstream Conference 2021, 9/28-9/31 Macro Up/Down Last Nymex -0.50 74.79 Brent -0.51 78.58 Gold 10.50 1,744.50 EUR/USD -0.0021 1.1662 JPY/USD -0.17 111.33 10-Year Note -0.037 1.499% World News S. Senate Republicans for a second day in a row blocked a bid by President Joe Biden’s Democrats to head off a potentially crippling U.S. credit default, as partisan tensions rattled an economy recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. North Korea claims that it tested a newly developed hypersonic missile on Tuesday Germany Aug Import Prices rise +1.4% m/m vs 1.2% consensus; +16.5% y/y vs +16.1% consensus Spain Sep CPI YoY rises +4.0% vs 3.5% consensus and MoM +0.8% vs 0.4% consensus Sector News Breakdown Consumer Cal-Maine ($CALM) Q1 EPS loss (-$0.37) vs. est. loss (-$0.62); Q1 revs $331.7M vs. est. $313.43M; said results were affected by lower conventional egg sale volumes that partially offset a higher average conventional egg selling price; shell egg average selling price increased to $1.24 per dozen in Q1 from $1.08 per dozen YoY; said will not pay a dividend in Q1; 1Q gross margins reflect higher production costs primarily related to a significant increase in feed costs Conagra Brands ($CAG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse Lucid Group Inc ($LCID) rises after announcing plans to start delivering luxury electric sedans with a Tesla-beating driving range in late-October Energy, Industrials and Materials Sherwin Williams ($SHW) sees Q3 EPS $1.80-$1.90 with items below the consensus est. of $2.03 (includes 20c per share for acquisition-related amortization expense); narrows Q3 consolidated net sales guidance to be flat to down slightly compared to Q3 of FY20; sees FY21 EPS $7.21-$7.41 with items vs. est. $9.21 Vale ($VALE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley The American Petroleum Institute (API) showed a surprise build of 4.12M barrels of oil for the week ending September 24, showed a build of 3.55M barrels, distillate inventories show a build of 2.48M barrels and Cushing inventories show a build of 359K barrels. Reuters reported the United States has reached out to China diplomatically about reducing its purchases of Iranian crude oil, U.S. and European officials said on Tuesday, as Washington seeks to persuade Tehran to resume talks about reviving the 2015 nuclear deal. EQT Corporation (EQT)93M share Spot Secondary priced at $20.00 Non-OPEC crude supply is expected to peak at 48 million barrels a day in 2025, before slipping to 39.3 million barrels a day by 2045, according to the head of OPEC’s energy studies department Financials China Evergrande said on Wednesday it plans to sell a 9.99 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) stake it owns in Shengjing Bank Co Ltd to a state-owned asset management company as it scrambles to raise funds. Healthcare The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is leaning toward authorizing half-dose booster shots of the Moderna Inc ($MRNA) COVID-19 vaccine, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. Eli Lilly ($LLY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi and raise tgt to $265 from $210 GeoVax ($GOVX) shares rise as enters license agreement with PNP Therapeutics to acquire the exclusive rights to develop and commercialize Gedeptin, a treatment of solid cancer tumors Pfizer ($PFE) is changing up the protocol for its Phase 3 gene therapy trial for Duchenne muscular dystrophy after three patients experienced severe side effects, including muscle weakness, following treatment. Two of the people also developed myocarditis after taking the drug – STAT news reported Technology, Media & Telecom Micron ($MU) shares fell -5%; Q4 EPS $2.42 vs. est. $2.33; Q4 revs $8.27B vs. est. $8.22B; sees Q1 revs $7.65B plus/minus $200M vs. est. $8.57B; sees Q1 EPS $2.00 plus/minus $0.10 vs. est. $2.56; says demand outlook for 2022 is strong ASML ($ASML) said it would have revenue growth of around 11% annually through 2030 amid booming demand for its products; the company estimated revenue would hit 24-30 billion euros ($28 billion-35 billion) in 2025 with gross margins up to 55%. That compares with the previous forecast of a 15–24-billion-euro range in the same year, at gross margins of at least 50%. Akamai Technologies Inc. ($AKAM) agreed to buy Guardicore, a provider of micro-segmentation technology that blocks the spread of malware within an enterprise, for about $600 million NXP Semiconductors ($NXPI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein HP Inc. ($HPQ) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan and cut tgt to $30 from $35 Dell Technologies ($DELL), JD Group ($JD) and Dada Group ($DADA), announced that they will expand their partnership in promoting the digital transformation of physical stores, creating an omni-channel retail model and one-hour living circle, or services ecosystem, for digital products AMC Networks ($AMCX) said its longtime chief operating officer Ed Carroll has decided to step down, following an accomplished 34-year tenure with the company. He will remain with the company through the end of the year.
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Landec Corporation is a leading innovator of diversified health and wellness solutions with two operating businesses: Curation Foods, Inc. and Lifecore Biomedical, Inc.Landec designs, develops, manufactures and sells products for the food and biopharmaceutical industry. Curation Foods is focused on innovating and distributing plant-based foods with 100% clean ingredients to retail, club and foodservice channels throughout North America. Curation Foods is able to maximize product freshness through its geographically dispersed family of growers, refrigerated supply chain and patented BreatheWay® packaging technology. Curation Foods brands include Eat Smart® fresh packaged vegetables and salads, O Olive Oil & Vinegar® premium artisan products and Yucatan® and Cabo Fresh® avocado products. Lifecore Biomedical is a fully integrated contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that offers highly differentiated capabilities in the development, fill and finish of sterile injectable pharmaceutical products in syringes and vials. As a leading manufacturer of premium, injectable grade Hyaluronic Acid, Lifecore brings 35 years of expertise as a partner for global and emerging biopharmaceutical and biotechnology companies across multiple therapeutic categories to bring their innovations to market.
CEO: Albert Bolles
HQ: 5201 Great America Pkwy Ste 232 Santa Clara, 95054-1126 California