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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 $virtual · Senator Manchin says he is prepared to support a Build Back Better plan that combats inflation, is fiscally responsible, and will create jobs. The plan the House is finalizing meets those tests-it is fully paid for, will reduce the deficit, and brings down costs for health care, child care, elder care, and housing
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Monday, August 23, 2021 Futures Up/Down % Last Dow 157.00 0.45% 35,215 S&P 500 15.25 0.34% 4,452 Nasdaq 40.50 0.27% 15,127 Stock futures are looking higher, trying to rebound after last week’s modest losses, boosted by hopes that the U.S. FDA is aiming to give full approval to Pfizer’s ($PFE) COVID-19 vaccine today (as per a NYTimes article Friday) and as investors looked to the Jackson Hole symposium later in the week for hints on future Federal Reserve policy. Oil prices rebound, rising around 3%, looking to snap its 7-day losing streak as prices fell over 9% last week. In Asian markets, The Nikkei Index jumped 480 points (1.78%) to 27,494, the Shanghai Index gains 49 points (or 1.45%) to 3,477 and the Hang Seng Index rises 259 points to 25,109. In Europe, the German DAX is higher by 40-points to 15,850, while the FTSE 100 gains 30 points to 7,120. Stocks slumped last week as the S&P 500 drops 0.59%, Dow down 1.12%, Nasdaq loses 0.73%, but YTD performance remains impressive with the S&P +18.25%, the Dow +14.74%, the Nasdaq +14.17% and the Russell 2000 +13.14% (gold -5.91%, Bitcoin +57.52% and oil +30.87%). The S&P and Dow were weighed down by steep losses among shares of economically-sensitive companies like banks, materials companies and energy producers this week as the Fed signaled that it will scale back some of its easy money policies. Other factors playing a role in volatility last week included an uptick in Covid-19 infections and a slowdown in China’s growth that could impede the economic recovery. Bitcoin prices topped $50K over the weekend, the first time since mid-May (15th) in a continuation of last week’s advance Market Closing Prices Yesterday The S&P 500 Index gained 35.87 points, or 0.81%, to 4,441.67 The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 225.98 points, or 0.65%, to 35,120.08 The Nasdaq Composite surged 172.86 points, or 1.19%, to 14,714.66 The Russell 2000 Index advanced 35.18 points, or 1.65% to 2,167.60 Events Calendar for Today 9:45 AM ET Markit Manufacturing PMI-F…est. 62.5 9:45 AM ET Market Composite Flash-PMI…est.58.3 9:45 AM ET Markit Services PMI-Flash…est.59.5 10:00 AM ET Existing Home Sales MoM for Aug…est. 5.83M Earnings Calendar: Earnings Before the Open: $JD, $MSGE Earnings After the Close: $FLXS, $MARK, $PANW Other Key Events: American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 8/21-8/25, in Orlando, FL UBS China Telco, Media, Internet Virtual Conference 2021, 8/23-8/27 Truist Texas Bank Virtual Summit, 8/23-8/24 Macro Up/Down Last Nymex 1.90 64.04 Brent 2.06 67.24 Gold 7.40 1,788.50 EUR/USD 0.0019 1.1717 JPY/USD 0.29 110.07 10-Year Note +0.018 1.278% World News France Aug Mfg PMI: 57.3 in line; Services 65.4 vs 57.0 consensus Germany Aug Mfg PMI: 62.7 vs 65.0 consensus; Services 61.5 vs 61.0 consensus Eurozone Aug Mfg PMI: 61.5 vs 62.0 consensus; Services 59.7 vs 59.8 consensus UK Aug Mfg PMI: 60.1 vs 59.5 consensus; Services 55.5 vs 59.0 consensus Sector News Breakdown Consumer General Motors Co ($GM) to take a $1B charge to expand the recall of its Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles due to the risk of fires from the high-voltage battery pack; this comes on top of $800M in costs from previous Bolt recalls – Reuters Uber ($UBER), Lyft ($LYFT) and DoorDash ($DASH) fall after a California state judge strikes down a ballot measure that declared drivers for the companies were independent contractors Energy, Industrials and Materials The U.S. Defense Department ordered U.S. airlines to provide 18 planes to transport evacuees, saying the extra capacity will help military aircraft focus on operations in and out of Kabul Stem ($STEM) a positive mention in Barron’s saying the company that installs batteries for utilities and sells software to manage them, is an attractive renewable energy bet. Business inquiries have picked up since the company received a $475 million cash injection through a SPAC merger in April, the CEO said. Revenue is expected to more than double in 2022 Maxar Technologies ($MAXR) won a 5-year, $60M contract from the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to continue development and operations of a classified big data analytics program SPI Energy ($SPI) said its wholly owned Phoenix Motorcars subsidiary expands R&D and production capabilities; Phoenix Motorcars signed a long-term lease agreement for the facility located in Anaheim, California Ardmore Shipping ($ASC) files to sell $50M of common stock Financials Jefferies ($JEF) mentioned positively in Barron’s calling it a “rising star” on Wall Street and it will benefit from European banks’ pullback from the U.S. capital markets. CEO Rich Handler told Barron’s the investment bank is “long-term oriented” in its approach and is in no hurry to sell its merchant-banking business. PayPal ($PYPL) will allow customers in the UK to buy, sell and hold bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies starting this week – Reuters Healthcare The FDA is targeting full approval of Pfizer ($PFE)-BioNTech’s ($BNTX) two-dose Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, August 23, further expediting an earlier timeline for licensing the shot, The New York Times reported Axsome Therapeutics Inc ($AXSM) rises over 30%; said the FDA was unable to complete its review of the company’s drug to treat major depressive disorder by the target action date of Aug. 22; said the FDA did not request additional information, adding that the review of the application was ongoing. Orphazyme ($ORPH) rises more than 20% after the Danish biotech company posted results from the trial of its key drug candidate for a genetic disorder Niemann-Pick disease type C, two months after it was rejected in the U.S. Technology, Media & Telecom com ($JD) Q2 Non-GAAP EPS of $0.45 beats by $0.11; GAAP EPS of $0.08 misses by $0.13; Q2 revs $39.3B beats by $1.12B; annual active customer accounts increased by 27.4% Y/Y to 531.9 million in the twelve months ended June 30, 2021. Intel ($INTC) wins us government project to develop leading-edge foundry ecosystem; Intel Foundry Services will lead the first phase of the U.S. department of defense’s ramp-c program to establish a domestic commercial foundry infrastructure. Nokia ($NOK) announced that it has been selected by A1 Telekom Austria Group (A1) to extend its 5G footprint outside of Austria into Bulgaria, Serbia, and Slovenia. Barron’s said investors should have more confidence in Spotify ($SPOT), noting while its audience growth is losing steam, Spotify is poised to post a profit in 2022, making it a promising bet as a market- leading subscription service in a growing sector Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. ($NXST), announced on Friday it acquired The Hill for $130 million (plus working capital adjustments), in a transaction that is expected to be immediately accretive to Nexstar’s operating results. The Hill is the nation’s leading, independent, political digital media platform.
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Nexstar Media Group is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Its wholly owned operating subsidiary, Nexstar Inc., consists of three divisions: Broadcasting, Digital, and Networks. The Broadcasting Division operates, programs, or provides sales and other services to 198 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 116 markets or approximately 39% of all U.S. television households (reflecting the FCC's UHF discount). The division's portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. The Digital Division operates 122 local websites and 316 mobile apps offering hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content and creating new revenue opportunities for the company. The Networks Division operates NewsNation, formerly WGN America, a national news and entertainment cable network reaching 75 million television homes, multicast network Antenna TV, and WGN Radio in Chicago. Nexstar also owns a 31.3% ownership stake in TV Food Network, a top tier cable asset.
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