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By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Tesla Inc will recall 53,822 U.S. vehicles with the company's Full Self-Driving (Beta) software that may allow some models to conduct "rolling stops" and not come to a complete stop at some intersections posing a safety risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the recall covers some 2016-2022 Model S and Model X, 2017-2022 Model 3, and 2020-2022 Model Y vehicles. NHTSA said the feature also known as FSD Beta may allow vehicles to travel through an all-way stop intersection without first coming to a stop. Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) will perform an over-the-air software update that disables the "rolling stop" functionality, NHTSA said. Tesla did not immediately respond to a rquest comment. Last week, Tesla said the number of FSD beta vehicles in the United States increased to nearly 60,000 from a few thousand at the end of September. Tesla has been testing the improved version of its automated driving software on public roads, but the carmaker and the regulator have said the features do not make the cars autonomous. Tesla said as of Jan. 27 it was not aware of any warranty claims, crashes, injuries or fatalities related to the recall. STATE LAWS Tesla told the auto safety agency it released on Oct. 20 an updated version to introduce the "rolling stop" functionality. The automaker said to use the feature vehicles must be traveling below 5.6 miles (9 km) per hour and no relevant moving cars, pedestrians or bicyclists are detected near the intersection. The feature, which appeared to violate state laws that require vehicles to come to a complete stop and required drivers to opt-in for what it dubbed "Assertive" mode, drew attention on social media and prompted NHTSA to raise questions with Tesla. According to a defect report https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2022/RCLRPT-22V037-4462.PDF filed with the auto safety agency, Tesla said it met with NHTSA staff on Jan. 10 and Jan. 19 "to discuss the functionality, including operating parameters" and the automaker on Jan. 20 agreed to the recall. In November, Tesla recalled nearly 12,000 U.S. vehicles sold since 2017 for another software update because a communication error could a cause a false forward-collision warning or unexpected activation of the emergency brakes. NHTSA said last week it had sought additional information from Tesla in its probe into 580,000 vehicles over the automaker's decision to allow games to be played by passengers on the front center touchscreen. In December, NHTSA opened a preliminary evaluation into 2017-2022 Tesla Model 3, S, X, and Y vehicles over the vehicle's "Passenger Play" feature the agency said "may distract the driver and increase the risk of a crash." In August, NHTSA opened a formal safety probe into Tesla's Autopilot driver assistance system in 765,000 U.S. vehicles after about a dozen crashes involving Tesla models and emergency vehicles. That investigation also remains open.
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Wednesday, August 4, 2021 Futures Up/Down % Last Dow -25.00 0.07% 34,973 S&P 500 -1.25 0.04% 4,413 Nasdaq 11.50 0.08% 15,058 U.S. S&P futures are flat heading into the trading day, looking to build on record highs from Tuesday as positive earnings boost U.S and European stocks while worries over China’s gaming and technology crackdown ease, helping lift those markets. Risk sentiment improves across Asia as Chinese and Hong Kong stocks push higher on tech recovery and solid Caixin PMI data. In Asian markets, The Nikkei Index fell -57 points to 27,854, the Shanghai Index rose 29 points to 3,477 and the Hang Seng Index jumped 231 points to settle at 26,426. In Europe, the German DAX is climbing around 125 points to 15,680, while the FTSE 100 is up 0.4% to 7,135. Chinese Jul Caixin Services PMI beat: 54.9 vs 50.6 consensus. Some also see the spread of the Covid-19 delta variant as delaying rather than stopping the economic recovery. The New York Times reported overnight that the FDA plans to give full approval to Pfizer (PFE) and BioNTech (BNTX) coronavirus vaccine by the start of the next month. Earnings season has been strong with about 87% of S&P 500 companies reporting earnings and revenue beats, according to FactSet. Just under 70% of the S&P 500 now has reported earnings. The S&P 500 closed at record highs with gains in Apple and healthcare stocks, as concerns over a surge in the Delta variant of the coronavirus was put to the back-burner, overshadowed by continued upbeat corporate earnings. Ten of the 11 S&P indexes traded higher, with energy stocks rebounding after getting hit by a dip in oil prices. Market Closing Prices Yesterday The S&P 500 Index gained 35.99 points, or 0.82%, to 4,423.15 The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 278.24 points, or 0.80%, to 35,116.40 The Nasdaq Composite climbed 80.23 points, or 0.55%, to 14,761.29 The Russell 2000 Index advanced 8.09 points, or 0.36% to 2,223.58 Events Calendar for Today 7:00 AM ET MBA Mortgage Applications Data 8:15 AM ET ADP Employment Change for July…est. 695K 9:45 AM ET Markit Composite PMI, July-F 9:45 AM ET Markit Services PMI, July-F 10:00 AM ET ISM Non-Manufacturing Services PMI for July…est. 60.5 10:30 AM ET Weekly DOE Inventory Data Earnings Calendar: Earnings Before the Open: ABC, AEIS, ALE, APO, ASTE, BCOR, BDC, BGCP, BWA, CDW, CLVS, CLH, CLW, CMLS, CRL, CSII, DNOW, DOC, EDIT, EMR, ETR, EXC, FLOW, FUN, GEL, GM, HDSN, HFC, HZNP, IONS, JLL, KHC, LL, MAC, MKL, MPC, MPLX, MTOR, NI, NYT, ODP, RCL, SBGI, SGRY, SITE, SMG, SPR, SUP, TGI, TUP, TXMD, UTHR, VCEL, VMC, WLL Earnings After the Close: ACAD, ACLS, ADPT, ADTN, AGL, ALB, ALL, AMED, ANGI, ANSS, APA, ATO, AXGN, BBSI, BE, BFAM, BKNG, BOOT, CCMP, CDAY, CENX, CHNG, CMP, CPS, DGII, DOX, DVAX, DXC, EA, EGHT, ELF, EMKR, EOG, ETSY, EVH, FLT, FOXA, FSLY, FTDR, GDDY, GNK, HI, HUBS, IAC, INGN, IVR, JACK, LESL, LNC, LPI, LUMN, MAXR, MBI, MCK, MED, MET, MGM, MOD, MRO, MTG, NUS,NVRO, ONEM, PARR, PDCE, $PING, PLYA, QRVO, QTWO, RCII, REGI, RGR, RMAX, RNWK, EOKU, RPD, $RVLV, RYN, SBRA, SMSI, SUM, T$NDM, TPC, TTGT, TVTY, TWNK, TWO, TXG, $UBER, UHAL, VVV, VZIO, WDC, WU, YELL Other Key Events: Jefferies Industrials Conference (virtual), 8/3-8/4 Piper Wealth Management Forum (virtual), 8/3-8/6 Macro Up/Down Last Nymex -0.34 70.22 Brent -0.18 72.23 Gold 3.30 1,813.75 EUR/USD -0.0008 1.1856 JPY/USD 0.13 109.17 10-Year Note +0.008 1.182% Sector News Breakdown Consumer Caesar’s Entertainment ($CZR) Q2 EPS $0.34 vs. est. loss (-$0.26); Q2 revs $2.5B vs. est. $2.27B; Q2 same-store Adjusted EBITDA was $1B versus (-$131M) for the comparable prior-year period; Company posted all-time records in quarterly Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin. Denny’s ($DENN) Q2 adj EPS $0.18 vs. est. $0.11; Q2 revs $106.2M vs. est. $98.1M; Q2 domestic system-wide same-store sales decreased 1.2% compared to the equivalent fiscal period in 2019, including a 1.5% decrease at domestic franchised restaurants and a 1.9% increase at company restaurants. Herbalife ($HLF) Q2 adj EPS $1.52 vs. est. $1.29; Q2 revs $1.55B vs. est. $1.57B; Q2 adjusted EBITDA of $262.1M; raises FY21 EPS view to $4.70-$5.10 from $4.65-$5.05 (est. $4.93); sees FY net sales growth to be in a range of 8.5% to 12.5%, lowering the midpoint by 150 basis points compared to prior full year 2021 guidance. Host Hotels ($HST) Q2 adj FFO $0.12 vs. est. $0.04; Q2 revs $649M vs. est. $606.58M; said RevPAR reached nearly $100 for the quarter, which dramatically outperformed consensus RevPAR, with average room rates only 8.4% below our 2019 second quarter rates; not providing year guidance Hyatt ($H) 2Q adj EPS ($1.15) vs est. ($0.85) on comparable system-wide REVPAR $72.47, qtrly total revs $663Mm vs est. $686.9Mm; guides FY net rooms growth more than +6%, sees FY adj SG&A about $240Mm, sees FY CAPEX about $110Mm Energy Devon Energy ($DVN) Q2 adj EPS $0.60 vs est. $0.52 on revs $2.42B vs est. $2.35B, operating cash flow $1.1B, production for the quarter averaged 291k barrels/day; will pay total dividend of 49c/shr (11c fixed + 38c variable), a 44% increase from Q1; sees 3q production 566-594 mboe/d vs est. 564.80 mboe/d Occidental Petroleum ($OXY) Q2 adj EPS 32c vs est. 1c on revs $5.96B vs est. $5.92B, FCF $2B, cash flow from continuing operations $3.3B; said oil and gas results improved from Q1 due to higher commodity prices and sales volumes; executed debt tender offer and repaid over $3B of long-term debt in July ONEOK ($OKE) Q2 EPS $0.77 vs. est. $0.75; Q2 revs $3.39B vs. est. $3.03B; sees 2021 net income, adj earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization to be above midpoints of ranges provided on April 27, 2021 SunPower ($SPWR) Q2 adj EPS $0.06 vs. est. $0.04; Q2 revs $308.9M vs. est. $327.31M; guides Q3 revs $325M-$375M vs. est. $400.83M; sees Q3 GAAP net loss of $10 to $0 million and MW recognized of 125 MW to 150 MW; Q2 added 13,000 residential customers – residential bookings up 16 percent sequentially, 67 percent year-over-year (YoY) The American Petroleum Institute ($API) showed a draw of 879K barrels of oil for the latest week; gasoline inventories show a draw of 5.75M barrels, distillate inventories show a draw of 717K barrels and Cushing inventories show a build of 659K barrels W&T Offshore ($WTI) Q2 EPS $0.02 vs. est. $0.07; Q2 revs $132.8M vs. est. $122.38M; Q2 Production was 40,888 Boe/d or 3.7 MMBoe, an increase of 3% compared to 39,657 Boe/d in Q1 and down 3% versus 42,037 Boe/d in Q2 of 2020 Financials Assurant Inc. ($AIZ) Q2 operating EPS $2.99 vs. est. $2.45; Q2 revs $2.54B vs. est. $2.39B; continue to expect to grow eps, ex. catastrophes, by 10 to 14 percent for 2021 Fair Isaac ($FICO) Q3 non-GAAP EPS $3.38 vs. est. $2.76; Q3 revs $338M vs. est. $328.3M; Applications revenues, which include the company’s decision management applications and associated professional services, were $133.2 million in the third quarter, compared to $141.5 million in the prior year period, a decrease of 6% Genworth Financial ($GNW) Q2 adj EPS $0.38 vs. est. $0.22; Q2 revs $2.04B vs. est. $1.9B; planned IPO of Enact remains a key strategic objective for Genworth and is subject to market and other conditions, however because the company is in registration and subject to applicable publicity restrictions, is unable to comment further or provide any additional detail at this time. Green Dot ($GDOT) Q2 adj EPS $0.68 vs est. $0.43 on revs $369.4M vs est. $313.2M; sees FY21 adj EPS $2.13-$2.27 vs prev. $2.06-$2.15, revs $1.33B-$1.35B vs est. $1.28B Prudential ($PRU) Q2 adj EPS $3.79 vs. est. $3.02; qtrly book value per common share of $160.31 versus $165.53 per share for year-ago; qtrly adjusted book value per common share of $104.39 versus $92.07 per share for year-ago; qtr end assets under management of $1.730 trillion versus $1.605 trillion for year-ago; now expect to return a total of $11.0B to holders from $10.5B prior Tanger Outlets ($SKT) 2Q core FFO/shr $0.43 vs est. $0.28, portfolio occupancy was 93% on June 30 vs 91.7% on March 31, avg tenant sales productivity was $424/sq ft for 12 months ended June 30 +7.3% yr/yr; guides FY FFO/shr $1.52-1.59 vs est. $1.46 Unum Group (UNM) Q2 adj EPS $1.39 vs. est. $1.11; Q2 revs $2.99B vs. est. $2.96B; Full-year 2021 outlook increased; after-tax adjusted operating income per share now expected to decline 1%-3% relative to full-year 2020, compared to an expected decline of 5%-6% prior Verisk Analytics ($VRSK) Q2 adj EPS $1.17 vs. est. $1.33; Q2 revs $747.5M vs. est. $737.3M; Net cash provided by operating activities was $233.2 million, down 6.5% for the second quarter of 2021. Free cash flow, a non-GAAP measure, was $170.7 million, down 11.5% Healthcare Change Healthcare ($CHNG) shares fell over 7% on a report that the U.S. Dept. of Justice is considering a lawsuit to block the company’s $8B sale to UnitedHealth ($UNH) https://bit.ly/3yA4Etu Option Care Health ($OPCH) 18M share Spot Secondary priced at $20.25 Amgen Inc. ($AMGN) Q2 adj EPS $4.38 vs. est. $4.06; Q2 revs $6.5B vs. est. $6.43B; backs FY21 adj EPS view $16.00-$17.00 vs. est. $16.34; backs FY21 revenue view $25.8B-$26.6B vs. est. $26.04B Amid surge in new COVID-19 infections across U.S., the FDA plans to give full approval to Pfizer (PFE) – BioNTech (BNTX) coronavirus vaccine by the start of the next month, The New York Times reports The FDA classified the recent recall of some of Philips’ (PHG) ventilators as Class 1, or the most serious type of recall, saying the use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death – Reuters CVS Health ($CVS) Q2 adj EPS $2.42 vs. est. $2.06; Q2 revs $72.62B vs. est. $70.11B; raises FY21 adjusted EPS view to $7.70-$7.80 from $7.56-$7.68 (est. $7.66); sees FY21 cash flow from operations $12.5B-$13B DaVita Inc. (DVA) 2Q EPS $2.64 vs est. $2.17; says total US dialysis treatments for 2Q were 7,413497 (avg 95,045/day); guides FY adj EPS $8.80-9.40 vs est. $8.63, sees FY adj op income $1.8-1.875B vs est. $1.816B Inspire Medical ($INSP) 2Q EPS ($0.48) vs est. ($0.64) on revs $53Mm vs est. $43.9Mm; guides FY revs $210-213Mm vs est. $195.9Mm, sees FY gr mgn 85-86%, sees opening 48-52 new US medical centers per qtr for 2H Jazz Pharma ($JAZZ) Q2 adj EPS $3.90 vs. est. $3.42; Q2 revs $751.8M vs. est. $735.62M; reaffirms FY21 non-GAAP EPS view $13.40-$14.70 (est. $14.45) and also back FY21 revenue view $3.020B-$3.180B vs. est. $3.11B; as of June 30, cash, cash equivalents were $891.4 mln, and outstanding principal balance of co’s long-term debt was $7.1 bln
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Monday, July 26, 2021 Futures Up/Down % Last Dow -112.00 0.32% 34,839 S&P 500 -10.25 0.23% 4,393 Nasdaq -20.50 0.14% 15,077 Stocks are pulling back after another record high for stocks on Friday as markets ready for the biggest week of quarterly earnings (about 1/3 of the S&P 500 report this week) including mega-cap giants including Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Alphabet, Tesla, and Boeing among them. Sentiment was hurt by China’s widening crackdown of the technology sector and a statement from Beijing that the U.S.-China relationship was “now in a stalemate and faces serious difficulties” as high-level talks began. The comment sunk Asian markets as The Nikkei Index rose 285 points to 27,833, but the Shanghai Index tumbled -82 points to 3,467 and the Hang Seng Index plunged -1,129 points (or 4.13%) to settle at 26,192. In Europe, the German DAX is down over -60 points to 15,600, while the FTSE 100 dips about -0.25% to hold just above the 7,000 level. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury fell to 1.246% as investors awaited the Federal Reserve’s outlook. The FOMC 2-day meeting begins Tuesday and ends Wednesday with a policy statement/press conference from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell. Stock averages posted strong returns last week as the S&P 500 rose 1.96%, the Dow rose 1.08%, and the Nasdaq added 2.84% in a big comeback (and then some) as the major indices rode a rally back into record territory, posting four-straight up days after a big selloff to start the week. The S&P, Nasdaq and Dow closed at all-time highs to make it four winning weeks out of five with the Dow ending above 35,000. It took 69 trading days to go from 34k to 35k, which is the longest since 29k to 30k took 218 days. The 10-year Treasury yield also had a big comeback, but ended the week around 1.29%, just below where it was last Friday (it had dropped to as low on 1.12% on Tuesday). Bitcoin prices rose above its 50-day moving average on Saturday for the first time since May 12. It rose again Sunday, its sixth consecutive day of gains, to above $38K. Bitcoin traded above the technical level after comments from Ark Investment Management LLC’s Cathie Wood and Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk helped boost its momentum. Prices took off yesterday after London’s City A.M. newspaper said Amazon ($AMZN) is looking to accept bitcoin payments by year-end – the story is boosting shares of Bitcoin miners, banks etc.: $SI, $MARA, $RIOT, $MSTR, $COIN. Market Closing Prices Yesterday The S&P 500 Index gained 44.31 points, or 1.01%, to 4,411.79 The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 238.20 points, or 0.68%, to 35,061.55 The Nasdaq Composite surged 152.39 points, or 1.04%, to 14,836.99 The Russell 2000 Index advanced 10.17 points, or 0.46% to 2,209.65 Events Calendar for Today 10:00 AM ET New Home Sales MoM for June 10:30 AM ET Dallas Fed Manufacturing for July Earnings Calendar: Earnings Before the Open: $ARLP, $BOH, $CBU, $HAS, $LII, $LMT, $OTIS, $PETS, $RPM Earnings After the Close: $ACC, $ADC, $AGNC, $AGRX, $AMKR, $AMP, $ARE, $ARI, AXTA, $BDN, $BRO, $CALX, $CATY, $CDNS, $CR, $FFIV, FRME, $FSTX, $HLX, $HMST, $HSII, $HTLF, $HXL, $IRT, $JJSF, KREF, MEDP, MEDS, $NBTB, $PKG, $RBB, $RRC, $SSD, $SUI, $TBI, $TNET, $TSLA, $UHS Other Key Events: Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2021 (virtual), 7/26-7/30 Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, 7/23-7/27, in Las Vegas Macro Up/Down Last Nymex -0.56 71.51 Brent -0.48 73.62 Gold 6.30 1,808.45 EUR/USD 0.0023 1.1794 JPY/USD -0.28 110.27 10-Year Note -0.04 1.245% World News Germany July IFO climate8 vs 102.1 cons; Expectations 101.2 vs 103.3 consensus; Assessment 100.4 vs 101.5 consensus; German IFO: Supply problems are weighing on economy in both industry & retail; majority of firms complain of materials shortage and “massive” price increases; industry says it is short of production targets Sector News Breakdown Consumer Hasbro ($HAS) Q2 adj EPS $1.05 vs. est. $0.48; Q2 revs $1.32B vs. est. $ 1.17B Travel and leisure stocks rallied in the initial reopening stage of the pandemic, but the surge has fizzled with the spread of the delta variant. Barron’s identifies six stocks that can be bargains during the next leg of the reopening. Hilton ($HLT), Host Hotels & Resorts ($HST), MGM Growth Properties ($MGP), Royal Caribbean ($RCL), Travel + Leisure ($TNL), and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts ($WH) have some attributes to withstand uncertain stretches amid the rise in Covid variant, according to Barron’s China confirmed that the country is banning for-profit school tutoring companies after a report on the possible move sent shares of tutoring firms TAL Education ($TAL), New Oriental ($EDU) and Gaotu Techu ($GOTU) plunging on Friday. Companies that teach school subjects can no longer accept overseas investments, according to a Bloomberg report, which cited a notice from China’s State Council. Listed firms can no longer raise capital through stock markets Airbnb ($ABNB) CEO told Barron’s that the industry still has room to grow despite the delta variant. The pandemic has opened up a whole new business, such as monthly rentals, as people work from new places. He expects longer stays to be the bread and butter at some point TripAdvisor ($TRIP) is the cheapest online travel stock to buy according to Barron’s saying while it has struggled to make the most of its hundreds of millions of users, that could soon change as the company has started a new travel subscription service that offers discounted hotel rates and other benefits; shares now around $36, look inexpensive, having fallen from a March peak of $65 Amazon ($AMZN) is said to be looking to accept bitcoin payments by the end of the year and its exploring its own token for next year. Amazon has been working on the plan since 2019, according to a City A.M. report, which cites an unidentified insider General Motors ($GM) and its Cruise robo-taxi subsidiary have filed a lawsuit to stop Ford Motor ($F) from using the name “BlueCruise” to market its hands-free driving technology Energy, Industrials and Materials RBC Bearings ($ROLL) is in advanced talks to buy ABB Ltd.’s ($ABB) mechanical power transmission business, for between $2.5 billion and $3 billion Bloomberg reported this weekend Lithium Americas ($LAC) rises after a U.S. federal judge ruled that LAC may conduct excavation work at its Thacker Pass lithium mine site in Nevada, which could become one of the country’s biggest lithium mines producing 30,000 tonnes Otis Worldwide ($OTIS) Q2 adj EPS 79c vs. est. 71c; Q2 revs $3.7B vs. est. $3.45B; Q2 new equipment orders were up 23.9% and backlog was up 10%; raises FY21 adjusted EPS view to $2.89-$2.93 from $2.78-$2.84 (est. $2.87) and boosts FY21 revs view to $14.1B-$14.2B from $13.6B-$13.9B Canada’s Unifor union says ~900 workers have gone on strike at Rio Tinto’s ($RIO) Kitimat aluminum smelting plant and Kemano power generating facility in British Columbia over labor contracts with the company Seadrill ($SDRLF) said it entered into agreements with creditors to raise $350 million in new financing and reduce its liabilities by over $4.9 billion Financials Robinhood ($HOOD) IPO coming soon, and Barron’s cautious on shares; notes Robinhood is a truly transformational company, but its problem is the quality and sustainability of its revenue, notes is also highly dependent on cryptocurrency trading, another area under close review by the SEC KeyCorp ($KEY), M&T Bank ($MTB) among bank stocks with yields above 3%, according to Barron’s noting this year’s rally in bank stocks appears to have slowed to a sputter, but investors should stick around given banks’ reliable dividends Healthcare Bristol Myers ($BMY) decided to voluntarily withdraw the indication for Opdivo as a single agent for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma Incyte Corporation ($INCY) said the FDA issued a Complete Response Letter regarding its Biologics License Application (BLA) for retifanlimab, an intravenous PD-1 inhibitor, for the treatment of adult patients with locally advanced or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the anal canal (SCAC) who have progressed on, or who are intolerant of, platinum-based chemotherapy. Genetron Holdings ($GTH) announces that its Ayvakit (avapritinib) companion diagnostic (CDx) kit, developed in partnership with CStone Pharmaceuticals has entered the priority review and approval process in China. PerkinElmer, Inc. ($PKI) entered into an agreement to acquire BioLegend, a leading, global provider of life science antibodies and reagents, for approximately $5.25 billion in a combination of cash and stock, subject to certain adjustments Tonix Pharmaceuticals ($TNXP) said it will stop enrollment in the Phase 3 Rally study of TNX-102 SL 5.6 mg for the management of fibromyalgia, sending shares lower by over 30% Technology, Media & Telecom Tencent Music ($TME) shares fall -14% after Chinese regulators ordered the company to give up exclusive music streaming rights and pay half a million yuan in fines Check Point ($CHKP) Q2 EPS $1.61 vs., est. $1.56; Q2 revs $526.1M vs. est. $523.7M Consumer spending on videogames in the second quarter eked out a 2% gain against very tough pandemic comps, as data from NPD Group’s Q2 2021 Games Market Dynamics report show overall spending hit $14B for the April-June quarter, with gains across PC, cloud and non-console VR content, mobile and subscription spending as well as hardware.
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Monday, July 19, 2021 Futures Up/Down % Last Dow -358.00 1.04% 34,206 S&P 500 -32.25 0.74% 4,286 Nasdaq -55.50 0.38% 14,615 U.S. stock markets are looking lower as S&P futures fall -0.7% as rising Covid case rates and recent technology underperformance weigh on risk sentiment. In Asian markets, the Hang Seng falls as much as 2.2%, the Nikkei drops 1.4% and the Shanghai Composite slips -0.3%. In Europe, the rise of the rapidly-spreading Delta variant is threatening to derail many efforts towards a full economic reopening as worsening outbreaks continue to cloud the once-promising outlook. The German DAX is down 2% (over 300 points) to 15,225, while the FTSE 100 drops 2% to 6,870. The Dollar Index (DXY) rises for third day while yen strengthens below 110/USD amid risk aversion. The Aussie dollar falls to seven-month low and AUD 10-year yield drops after Victoria extends lockdown and Sydney again tightens restrictions amid worsening delta outbreak. Oil drops over -2.5% as WTI crude slips below the $70 per barrel level after OPEC and its allies struck a deal to inject more oil into the global economy. Treasury 10-year yield eases to 1.25% as relentless bond rally continues. Stocks finished lower Friday after surging inflation led to an unexpected decline in U.S. consumer sentiment in early July. For the week, the Dow fell 0.5%, the S&P 500 declined 1% and the Nasdaq dropped 1.9%. Stocks snapped their three-week losing streak with sharp declines on Friday, with defensive stocks leading the weekly gains with utilities, staples and REITs (reached a record high), while energy got slammed down over 7%, followed by a drop in discretionary and materials. In corporate news this weekend, Zoom Media ($ZM) announced a +$14B acquisition of Five9 Inc. ($FIVN) in the software space on Sunday ahead of a busy week of earnings. Market Closing Prices Yesterday The S&P 500 Index dropped -32.87 points, or 0.75%, to 4,327.16 The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell -299.15 points, or 0.86%, to 34,687.85 The Nasdaq Composite slumped-115.86 points, or 0.80%, to 14,427.24 The Russell 2000 Index declined -27.05 points, or 1.24% to 2,163.24 Events Calendar for Today 10:00 AM ET NAHB Housing Market Index for July Earnings Calendar: Earnings Before the Open: AN, BMRC, CALM, GNTY, PLD, TSCO Earnings After the Close: CCK, ELS, EQBK, FBK, FNB, IBM, JBHT, PACW, PPG, STLD, WTFC, ZION Macro Up/Down Last Nymex -2.04 69.77 Brent -1.99 71.60 Gold -9.00 1,803.05 EUR/USD -0.0032 1.1774 JPY/USD -0.30 109.77 10-Year Note -0.041 1.250% World News S. TIC report: foreigners bought a net total $105.3 B in assets in May, after purchases of $100.1 B (was $101.2 B) in April. But net long-term data showed sales of -$30.2 B in May after purchases of $100.7 B in April. Of those long-term flows, -$93.4 B in Treasury coupons were liquidated, while $37.8 B in agencies was purchased, along with $17.3 B in corporate bonds OPEC and its allies struck a deal that allows for monthly supply hikes of 400k b/d until the end of 2021, putting the group back in control of the crude market. Starting in August, they’ll pump out an extra 400K barrels a day through the end of 2022, restoring all the cuts they made at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. UAE will have a new baseline of 3.5m bpd, Iraq/Kuwait baselines will increase by 150k bpd each, Saudi/Russian baselines will be adjusted to 11.5m bpd Sector News Breakdown Consumer Academy Sports and Outdoors ($ASO) is more than a pandemic play, according to Barron’s saying interest in health and wellness has been enduring, and the company’s manageable debt level will allow it to open more brick-and-mortar stores Cal-Maine Foods ($CALM) Q4 EPS loss (-$0.09) below the $0.18 estimate; reports Q4 revenue $349.8M vs. est. $404.67M; average sales price for shell eggs was $1.32 per dozen for q4 compared with $1.58 per dozen for same period last year; said expect to see further volatility in market prices for our primary feed ingredients Cruise operators Carnival Corp ($CCL), Royal Caribbean Group ($RCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) fall about 3% each premarket along with a decline in other European travel and leisure stocks on worries that the fast-spreading Delta variant could hamper travel demand and slow the ongoing global economic recovery Veoneer ($VNE) signed an agreement with LiDAR company Baraja to industrialize their Spectrum-Scan LiDAR technology for the next market wave of L2+ through L4 autonomous vehicle applications Energy, Industrials and Materials OPEC+ and its allies, including Russia, agree Sunday to further relax output curbs. Under the deal, announced following a virtual meeting of OPEC+ energy ministers, production will rise by 400,000 barrels a day each month beginning in August and would eventually undo all of the curbs put in place last year Ingersoll Rand Inc. ($IR) has made takeover bids for component maker SPX Flow Inc. ($FLOW) that have so far been rebuffed, according to people familiar with the matter, the WSJ reported on Sunday. IR’s most recent all-cash offer valued SPX Flow in the low-$80s a share, the people said, or around $3.5 billion https://on.wsj.com/3kB1qlt Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services ($ISS) has favored Brookfield Infrastructure Partners’ ($BIP) offer for Inter Pipeline Ltd ($IPPLF) in a blow to a rival bid from Pembina Pipeline Corp ($PMB). During the past week, Brookfield raised its hostile offer for Inter Pipeline to about C$8.58 billion ($6.80 billion). Alcoa ($AA) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman Sachs Financials Interactive Brokers Group ($IBKR) introduces a new simple flat fee structure of a flat 3 EUR or 3 GBP per trade (trades up to 6,000 EUR/GBP in value) for stock trading in Europe Healthcare Amyris ($AMRS), Zymergen ($ZY), Soaring Eagle Acquisition ($SRNG) are the three main stock plays on synthetic biology, which could become a huge market according to Barron’s this weekend Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) is exploring a plan to offload liabilities from widespread Baby Powder litigation into a newly created business that would then seek bankruptcy protection – Reuters Tempest Therapeutics ($TPST) files $250M mixed securities shelf Technology, Media & Telecom Zoom Video Communications, Inc. ($ZM) to acquire Five9, Inc. ($FIVN) in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $14.7 billion with FIVN holders to receive $200.28 per share; FIVN holders will receive 0.5533 shares of Class A common stock of Zoom Video Communications, Inc. for each share of Five9, Inc. https://on.mktw.net/3xRVVTf SAP AG ($SAP) is moving to cloud, and investors are yet to give company credit, according to Barron’s noting while the transformation will take time, the CEO expects to triple its revenue from the cloud by 2025, and 40% of cloud revenue has been coming from new clients Telefonica SA ($TEF) agreed to sell a stake in its Colombian fiber optic broadband network to KKR & Co. Telefonica will control 40% of the new venture, which will aim to bring high-speed internet access to about 90 cities in the next three years, and KKR the remaining 60%, the carrier said in a statement late Friday. The venture is valued at $500 million Bill Ackman’s blank-check company Pershing Square Tontine Holdings ($PSTH) had dropped a deal to buy 10% of Vivendi’s flagship Universal Music Group after U.S. regulators questioned its stake purchase of Universal Music. DISH ($DISH) signed a transformative, long-term strategic Network Services Agreement (NSA) with AT&T, making AT&T the primary network services partner for DISH MVNO customers
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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., doing business as Royal Caribbean Group, is a cruise vacation company that owns four global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea. Royal Caribbean Group is also a 50% owner of a joint venture that operates TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Together, our brands operate 61 ships with an additional 15 on order as of December 21, 2020.
CEO: Richard Fain
HQ: 1050 Caribbean Way Miami, 33132-2028 Florida