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Monday, November 1, 2021 Futures Up/Down % Last Dow 159.00 0.45% 35,863 S&P 500 20.25 0.44% 4,617 Nasdaq 65.50 0.41% 15,904 Another day, another record for U.S. averages with the S&P, Dow and Nasdaq looking to add to October gains and kick off the new trading month off strong. Materials and some consumer products are getting a boost after the U.S. and European Union reached a trade truce on steel and aluminum tariffs over the weekend. The two sides were working hard to reach a deal before Dec. 1, when the European retaliatory tariffs were set to double; the 25% tariffs will apply to EU exports beyond 3.3 million tons, Bloomberg reported. The EU agreed to drop retaliatory tariffs on U.S. motorcycles, jeans and bourbon whiskey per Bloomberg (shares of names like HOG looking higher). Earnings optimism also continues to offset concern over a near-term move on tapering from the Federal Reserve that could add to signals of slowing growth in the supply chain-snarled economy, ahead of the FOMC meeting later this week. In Asian markets, The Nikkei Index rose 2.6% or over 750 points to 29,647, the Shanghai Index slipped a few points to 3,544 and the Hang Seng Index dropped -0.88% or over 200 points to 25,154. In Europe, the German DAX is up about 135 points to 15,825, while the FTSE 100 gains +0.5% to 7,275. After posting the worst monthly returns since March 2020 in September, it was a rip fest in October as the S&P 500 500 gains 6.9%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbs 5.8%, the Nasdaq Composite adds 7.3% and the Russell 2000 jumps 4.2%. The S&P 500, Dow register 4-straight weeks of gains for the first time since mid-April, Nasdaq notches first 4-week advance since June. As for last week, the S&P 500 gains 1.33%, the Dow rose 0.4% and Nasdaq added 2.71%. overall Friday, the U.S. stock market set another round of record highs as Wall Street looked past disappointing results from major companies Apple and Amazon to wrap up its best month of the year. Market Closing Prices Yesterday The S&P 500 Index gained 8.96 points, or 0.19%, to 4,605.38 The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 89.06 points, or 0.25%, to 35,819.56 The Nasdaq Composite climbed 50.29 points, or 0.33%, to 15,498.39 The Russell 2000 Index slipped -0.79 points, or 0.03% to 2,297.19 Events Calendar for Today 10:00 AM ET Construction Spending for September 10:00 AM ET ISM Manufacturing PMI for October Earnings Calendar: Earnings Before the Open: AMG, BEN, CNA, ENBL, IVAC, JELD, L, OIS, ON, PCG, SXC, TKR Earnings After the Close: ADC, ADTN, ADUS, ANET, APEN, BNL, BRKR, BRX, BWXT, CACC, CAR, CHGG, CLX, CRUS, CSWC, CURO, EPRT, EVER, FANG, GXO, HLIT, HOLX, IPI, KFRC, KMT, LEG, LXU, MCK, MOS, NBIX, NSP, O, OTTR, PLOW, PSA, RHP, RIG, RMBS, SBAC, SKT, SOI, SPG, TA, TTI, UAN, UNVR, VNO, VNOM, VRNS, WMB, ZI Macro Up/Down Last Nymex 0.50 84.07 Brent 0.83 84.55 Gold 4.40 1,790.30 EUR/USD -0.0009 1.1570 JPY/USD 0.18 114.17 10-Year Note +0.023 1.579% World News China’s official manufacturing purchasing managers’ index fell to 49.2, the National Bureau of Statistics said Sunday, the second month it was below the key 50-mark that is between expansion and contraction The U.K. and France have agreed to de-escalate their spat over Brexit and fishing rights following a meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit of leaders in Rome Sector News Breakdown Consumer Barron’s took a deep dive into the roads automakers and their suppliers are taking to build a better battery. Raw materials have gotten an upgrade to shorten the supply chain and boost performance. Tesla ($TSLA) has switched to nickel as a substitute for scarcer cobalt, while General Motors ($GM) has sought out alternatives to graphite since its mostly mined in China, Barron’s said. Companies that benefit from revamped supply chains will be the best investment, Albemarle ($ALB), for instance, supplies about one-third of the world’s lithium. Battery capacity will need to jump fourfold by the next few years, according to Barron’s NVR Corp. ($NVR) mentioned positively in Barron’s noting the stock has been flat in recent months and KeyBanc’s analyst said he saw diminished earnings momentum but still kept a $5,450 price target on the stock, an 11% premium over Friday’s close, and for the first time this year, a company insider recently made an open-market buy Bally’s Corporation ($BALY) submitted a proposal to Chicago to develop and operate the $1.6 billion Bally’s Chicago, an entertainment destination resort. Li Auto ($LI) has delivered 7,649 Li ONEs, up 107.2% year over year; as of October 31, 2021, the year-to-date and cumulative deliveries of Li ONEs reached 62,919 and 96,516 respectively. Nio ($NIO) said it delivered 3,667 vehicles in October 2021, representing a decrease of 27.5% year-over-year. XPeng ($XPEV) said monthly deliveries in October 2021 of 10,138 Smart EVs, representing an increase of 233% Y/Y and a 2.6% decline over last month Wynn Resorts ($WYNN), Melco Gaming (MLCO): Macau’s gaming bureau reported October gross revenue from games of fortune in the region decreased 40% year-over-year to 4.365B patacas. Stanley Black & Decker ($SWK) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Bank America Energy, Industrials and Materials The U.S. and the European Union have announced a deal at the G20 summit in Rome to ease U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum totaling more than $10B of E.U. exports each year, removing one of the most significant trade disputes from the Trump administration’s levies imposed in 2018 Deere ($DE) said it reached a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW) two weeks after more than 10K workers at 14 plants went on strike. The deal, reached after 90% of union members rejected the first tentative agreement, “contains enhanced economic gains and continues to provide the highest quality healthcare benefits in the industry,” the UAW said. China’s Ganfeng Lithium Co Ltd and its unit GFL International Co Ltd have signed a contract to supply battery-grade lithium products to U.S. electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Inc ($TSLA) Financials Barclays PLC ($BCS) CEO Jess Staley was asked to step down Monday following an investigation by U.K. regulators into his relationship with convicted sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein. Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority said Staley, 64, told regulators and the bank that his relationship with Epstein ended in 2015. CNA Financial ($CNA) Q3 core EPS 87c vs. est. 60c; posted record underlying combined ratio of 91.1%, double-digit gross written premium growth across all of our P&C business segments and excellent new business growth of 24% Healthcare Moderna ($MRNA) announced that the FDA informed it on Friday that the agency required additional time to review the company’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) request for COVID-19 vaccine for use in those aged 12 – 17 years. Regulators told Moderna that the analysis may not be completed until January Novavax ($NVAX) files for covid-19 vaccine authorization with health Canada and completes submission for rolling review to European medicines agency Tilray ($TLRY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Cantor Fitzgerald and cut tgt to $11.80 from $18.00 LianBio ($LIAN)3M share IPO priced at $16.00 Technology, Media & Telecom Madison Square Garden Sports ($MSGS) MSG Entertainment $(MSGE) and AMC Networks ($AMCX) are at inexpensive prices according to Barron’s. Online sports gambling, due to start in New York in the next few months, looks like a big plus for both MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment because of advertising, fan engagement, and a potential sports book in Madison Square Garden Pearson Plc ($PSO) may see increased pressure from Europe’s largest activist pressure as the company works to convince holders about a turnaround under CEO Andy Bird, according to a Telegraph report. Activist Cevian Capital now owns 8.5% of Pearson and is the company’s second largest investor, the Telegraph reported. https://bit.ly/3muoDGw Cinemark Holdings Inc. ($CNK) and IMAX Corp. (IMAX) time to shine said Barron’s noting IMAX had its best October on record thanks to “Dune” and other films. Meanwhile, “Cinemark’s 3Q results should show further signs of improvement as the business steadily builds momentum,” writes MKM analyst Eric Handler. AMC Entertainment ($AMC) claimed that the domestic industry box office for October 2021 is estimated to come in considerably higher than that of any previous month since February of 2020. TripAdvisor ($TRIP) downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at Barclays and cut tgt to $30 from $49
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Thursday, October 14, 2021 Futures Up/Down % Last Dow 205.00 0.60% 34,461 S&P 500 28.25 0.67% 4,384 Nasdaq 116.50 0.79% 14,880 Stock futures are jumping overnight, extending yesterday’s gains ahead of key earnings reports and inflation data. Stocks advanced on Wednesday as the S&P 500 and Nasdaq outperformed after a choppy session, with Big Tech doing much of the heavy lifting, led by shares of Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, and Nvidia. Minutes from the September Federal Reserve policy meeting showed central bankers signaled they could start reducing crisis-era support for the economy in mid-November, although they remained divided about how soon they may need to raise interest rates. Inflation data was in-line with forecast for consumer prices ahead of today’s producer price index at 8:30 AM ET. Banks the other top story with earnings this week, with JPMorgan falling after its third-quarter earnings beat expectations. Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley are set to report results this morning. In Asian markets, The Nikkei Index rose 410 points to 28,550, while the Shanghai Index was little changed at 3,558. In Europe, the German DAX is rising 130 points to 15,380, while the FTSE 100 gains about 50-points to move just below the 7,200 level. Market sentiment improving after a rough start to the week, helped yesterday on news Port of Los Angeles to go 24/7 joining neighboring Port of Long Beach as the expanded operations would nearly double the hours that cargo can move and help remove the glut at ports and improve inventory for retail and food stores. Oil prices rose by about 1% after the International Energy Agency said that record natural gas prices will boost demand for oil and top oil producer Saudi Arabia dismissed calls for additional OPEC+ supplies. Market Closing Prices Yesterday The S&P 500 Index gained 13.15 points, or 0.30%, to 4,363.80 The Dow Jones Industrial Average little changed, or 0.00%, to 34,377.81 The Nasdaq Composite jumped 105.71 points, or 0.73%, to 14,571.63 The Russell 2000 Index advanced 7.70 points, or 0.34% to 2,241.97 Events Calendar for Today 8:30 AM ET Weekly Jobless Claims…est. 319K 8:30 AM EST Continuing Claims…est. 2.675M 8:30 AM ET Producer Price Index (PPI) Headline MoM for September…est. +0.6% 8:30 AM ET PPI Core: Ex Food & Energy MoM for September…est. +0.5% 8:30 AM ET Producer Price Index (PPI) Headline YoY for September…est. +8.7% 8:30 AM ET PPI Core: Ex Food & Energy YoY for September…est. 7.1% 10:30 AM ET Weekly EIA Natural Gas Inventory Data 11:00 AM ET EIA Weekly Inventory Data Earnings Calendar: Earnings Before the Open: BAC, C, CMC, DPZ, MS, PGR, UNH, USB, WBA, WFC Earnings After the Close: AA, DCT, TACO Other Key Events: Piper Insurance Summit in New York, 10/14 Macro Up/Down Last Nymex 0.87 81.31 Brent 0.97 84.15 Gold 4.90 1,801.60 EUR/USD 0.0014 1.1606 JPY/USD 0.17 113.41 10-Year Note -0.017 1.532% World News China sept. consumer prices rise7% y/y vs. est. 0.8%; China sept. producer prices rise 10.7% y/y vs. est. 10.5% Oil demand is set to jump by half a million barrels per day (bpd) as the power sector and heavy industries switch from other more expensive sources of energy, the IEA said, warning that the energy crunch could stoke inflation and slow the world’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. In its monthly report, the IEA increased its global oil demand growth forecast by 170,000 bpd to 5.5 million bpd for 2021 and by 210,000 bpd to 3.3 million bpd for 2022. The agency now expects total oil demand in 2022 to reach 99.6 million bpd Sector News Breakdown Consumer Bed Bath & Beyond ($BBBY) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley Wayfair ($W) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley Esports Entertainment Group ($GMBL) rises after forecasting higher revenue in FY22 saying it expects net revenue to increase by at least 490% to $100 mln to $105 mln in FY22 driven primarily by the multiple acquisitions completed in calendar 2021 Good Times Restaurants ($GTIM) said Q4 YoY same store sales ended sept. 28, 2021 decreased 0.2% for its good times brand & increased 22.8% for its Bad Daddy’s brand Hyzon Motors ($HYZM) said in 2022, expects to increase capacity to up to 1,000 trucks/year through operational updates, addition of second shift in Europe facility Winnebago ($WGO) announces new $200M share repurchase authorization Energy, Industrials and Materials Occidental ($OXY) agreed to sell its interests in two Ghana offshore fields for $750 million to Kosmos Energy (KOS) paying $550M and Ghana National Petroleum Corporation paying $200M, prior to closing adjustments to reflect an April 1, 2021 effective date The American Petroleum Institute (API) WD-40 ($WDFC) approves new $75M share repurchase plan Matrix Nac ($MTRX) awarded multiple contracts for electrical infrastructure work that, in aggregate, totals about $50 mln The American Petroleum Institute (API) showed a build of 5.21M barrels of oil for the week ending October 8, a draw of 4.58M barrels, distillate inventories show a draw of 2.71M barrels and Cushing inventories show a draw of 2.28M barrels. Steel Dynamics ($STLD) CEO said steel prices, driven to nosebleed highs by surging demand, should start to “erode” by the first part of next year as COVID-related supply bottlenecks ease and new domestic production comes online. UPS ($UPS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel The Biden administration unveiled plans to hold as many as seven government auctions of offshore wind development rights in the next four years (watch shares of AGR, RDSA) Financials S.-listed Chinese online brokerages Futu Holding ($FUTU) and UP Fintech Holding ($TIGR) face regulatory risks as China’s personal data privacy law takes effect Nov. 1, the official People’s Daily said in an analysis on its website. Such brokerages could violate data privacy rules and also runs compliance risks, the article said. S. Bancorp ($USB) Q3 EPS $1.30 vs. est. $1.16; Q3 revs $5.89B vs. est. $5.77B; return on average assets 1.45% vs. 1.17% y/y; return on average equity 15.9% vs. 12.8% y/y; net charge-offs $147 million, -71% Yoy Healthcare UnitedHealth ($UNH) Q3 adj EPS $4.52 vs. est. $4.41; Q3 revs $72.34B vs. est. $71.19B; Q3 beat helped by a jump in revenue from its Optum unit that manages drug benefits, rising 14%; raises FY21 adjusted EPS view to $18.65-$18.90 from $18.30-$18.80 (est. $18.75) Perrigo ($PRGO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James with a $59 price target saying the recently announced acquisition of leading branded consumer play HRA Pharma is expected to immediately boost the company’s profitability back to 2019 levels while delivering on its goal of becoming a pure-play consumer health company by 2023 Sarepta ($SRPT)17M share secondary priced at $81 per share Lucid Diagnostics ($LUCD) 5M share IPO priced at $14 per share Agilent Technologies Inc. ($A) said its Ki-67 IHC MIB-1 pharmDx (Dako Omnis) is now FDA approved as an aid in identifying patients with early breast cancer (EBC) at high risk of disease recurrence Turning Point Therapeutics ($TPTX) and EQRx announced a clinical collaboration to evaluate elzovantinib or TPX-0022, Turning Point’s drug candidate targeting MET, SRC, and CSF1R, in combination with aumolertinib, EQRx’s drug candidate targeting EGFR for NSCLC Technology, Media & Telecom Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. ($TSM) lifted its revenue growth forecast for 2021, citing an “industry megatrend” of strong chip demand after Q3 rev climbed 22.6% to $14.88B, in line with co’s prior estimated range of $14.6B-$14.9B and vs. est. $14.83B; Q3 profit rose 14% from a year earlier to 156.26 billion New Taiwan dollars (US$5.57 billion) AT&T ($T) upgraded to Sector Weight from Underweight at KeyBanc saying that it appears more difficult to justify further downside from current levels given simplification of the business, reduced leverage, and peers that trade at premiums GitLab ($GTLB)4M share IPO priced at $77.00 Rambus ($RMBS) announced that Rahul Mathur, senior vice president and CFO, will resign from Rambus effective November 15 to pursue another opportunity outside of the semiconductor industry; co affirmed its previously issued guidance for the third quarter fiscal year 2021. E2open ($ETWO) raises FY22 revenue view to $470M-$474M from $369M-$371M (est. $417.13M); adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $161M-$163M vs. prior guidance of $158M provided at the announcement of the BluJay transaction.
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Europe Market Europe finished higher on Friday, amid optimism surrounding the coronavirus vaccines and hopes over further coronavirus aid package in the US. Sodexo jumped 10.5%, after the food services and facilities management company’s revenue trend improved in the first quarter. Infineon Technologies climbed 7.1%, after the semiconductor company’s peer, Samsung Electronics, offered an upbeat outlook. STMicroelectronics rose 0.1%, as the chipmaker’s fourth quarter revenue surpassed its previous guidance. On the other hand, Credit Suisse Group fell 3.6%, as the company reported a loss in the fourth quarter, after setting aside $850.0 million in provisions for the MBIA case and other RMBS-related cases in the US. The FTSEurofirst 300 index gained 0.6%, to settle at 1,585.4. The German DAX Xetra rose 0.6%, to settle at 14,049.5, while the French CAC-40 added 0.7%, to close at 5,706.9. .
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