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Thursday, October 28, 2021 Futures Up/Down % Last Dow 54.00 0.15% 35,443 S&P 500 11.25 0.26% 4,556 Nasdaq 74.50 0.47% 15.662 U.S. futures are looking at a rebound after a late day swoon erased record gains for stocks, as markets again await another earnings barrage, with yesterday and today the two busiest days of the quarter. Drama out of Washington D.C. also adding to the volatility as investors remain hopeful on a spending bill. As for Wednesday, a midday all-time high for the Nasdaq 100 was marred by a late day sell-off in U.S. stocks, as the S&P 500 and Dow each retreated from records set just the previous day, led by weakness in energy stocks as oil prices tumbled from 7-year highs and long-dated Treasury yields also slumped, with the 30-year falling as much as 10bps below 2%. Corporate earnings have generally been better-than-expected, but constant reminders about rising costs, supply-chain issues, and labor shortages on conference calls brings into question the strength of markets going forward. Couple that with expectations for the Fed to begin its asset tapering plans in November and chances of interest rate hikes in mid-2022 to help prevent inflation getting further out of hand remains a market concern. Shares of Dow components McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Microsoft rallied behind strong earnings. In fact, the Nasdaq outperformed behind large cap winners (TSLA, GOOGL MSFT, AMZN), though breadth was decisively negative and SmallCaps plunged with the Russell 200 falling nearly 2%. President Biden’s infrastructure and social-spending plans still remain “up-in-the-air” which also adds uncertainty. In Asian markets, The Nikkei Index fell about 1% to 28,820, the Shanghai Index slipped -1.23% to 3.518 and the Hang Seng Index dipped about -0.25% to 25,555. In Europe, the German DAX is down -0.15% at 15,680, while the FTSE 100 is also down roughly -0.2% at 7,240. Market Closing Prices Yesterday The S&P 500 Index dropped -23.11 points, or 0.51%, to 4,551.68 The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell -266.19 points, or 0.74%, to 35,490.69 The Nasdaq Composite little changed, or 0.00%, to 15,235.84 The Russell 2000 Index declined -43.58 points, or 1.90% to 2,252.49 Events Calendar for Today 8:30 AM ET Weekly Jobless Claims…est. 290K 8:30 AM EST Continuing Claims…est. 2.415M 8:30 AM ET Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for Q3-A…est. 2.7% (down from prior) 8:30 AM ET GDP Consumer Spending for Q3-A…prior month 12.0% 8:30 AM ET GDP Price Deflator for Q3…est. 5.5% 8:30 AM ET Core-PCE Prices Advance for Q3…est. 4.5% 10:00 AM ET Pending Home Sales MoM for September…est. 0% 10:30 AM ET Weekly EIA Natural Gas Inventory Data 11:00 AM ET Kansas City Fed Manufacturing for October 1:00 PM ET U.S. to sell $62 bln 7-year notes Earnings Calendar: Earnings Before the Open: AB, ABMD, ADS, AEP, AGCO, ALNY, AMT, AOS, ATI, BAX, BC, BSIG, BTU, CARR, CAR, CBRE, CBZ, CFR, CG, CMCO, CMCSA, CMS, CNX, COLB, CONE, COOP, COR, CWT, DBD, EME, EXP, FCN, GPI, GVA, HBAN, HSY, IBP, ICE, ITW, KBR, KDP, KEX, LECO, LH, LKQ, MA, MCO, MDD, MO, MRK, NEM, NLSN, NOC, OSK, OSIS, OSTK, PBF, RGEN, RLGY, RS, SAH, SAIA, SNDR, SWI, SWK, TAP, TFX, TPX, TREE, TW, TXT, VC, VLY, WEX, WST, XEL, YUM Earnings After the Close: AAPL, ABCB, ACHC, AGL, AMZN, ASPN, ATEN, ATR, AVT, AX, BIO, BY, CDNA, CHE, COHU, COLM, CPT, CUZ, CWST, DECK, DVA, DXCM, EB, EMN, FISI, FTDR, FTV, GILD, HIG, HUBG, LOPE, LPLA, LTC, NGRC, MHK, MMSI, MPWR, MSTR, NATI, NXGN, PEB, POWI, PSB, PTCT, QUMU, RMD, RSG, SBCF, SBUX, SGEN, SKX, SKYW, SM, SPNE, SSNC, SYK, TEX, TXRH, VCRA, VRSN, WDC, WRAP, WRE, X, ZEN Macro Up/Down Last Nymex -1.61 81.05 Brent -1.37 83.21 Gold -2.10 1,801.20 EUR/USD -0.0006 1.1598 JPY/USD -0.23 113.57 10-Year Note +0.012 1.541% Sector News Breakdown Consumer eBay Inc. (EBAY) 3Q adj EPS $0.90 vs est. $0.89 on revs $2.5B vs est. $2.46B; guides 4Q adj EPS $0.72-0.76 vs est. $1.00, sees 4Q revs $2.57-2.62B vs est. $2.65B; raising estimated FY share buyback from $5.0B to $7.0B Ford Motor (F) announces resumption of stock dividend in 4q; 3Q adj EPS $0.51 vs est. $0.27 on revs $35.7B vs est. $32.5B; expects cash flow over current planning period to be more than sufficient to fund growth, announces resumption of regular stock dividend in 4Q; no changes to FY adj FCF guide of $4.0-5.0B Boot Barn (BOOT) Q2 EPS $1.25 vs est. $0.93 on revenue $312.7M (+67.1% vs 2Q19) vs est. $291M, same-store sales +61.7% YoY, +53.6% vs 2019; sees new unit growth 10% in FY22; named Jim Watkins as CFO with current CFO Greg Hackman continuing as VP and COO Churchill Downs (CHDN) 3Q EPS $1.57 vs est. $1.47 on revs $393Mm vs est. $406.8Mm Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (FDP) said it is raising prices on bananas, pineapples and fresh-cut fruit in response to unprecedented market conditions and inflationary pressures being felt across all industries iRobot (IRBT) Q3 EPS $1.67 vs. est. $0.70; Q3 revs $440.7M vs. est. $417.04M; cuts FY21 non-GAAP EPS view to $1.15-$1.74 from $2.25-$3.15 (est. $2.70) and lowers FY21 revenue view to $1.56B-$1.59B from $1.55B-$1.62B (est. $1.58B) Noodles (NDLS) Q3 adj EPS 12c vs est. 9c on in-line revenue $125.1M with digital sales 52% of total revs; system-wide comp sales +16.3% vs est. +14.3%, avg unit volume $1.38M, +16% YoY; now sees 7-9 new restaurants in 2021, down from prior outlook for 10-15; anticipates system-wide unit growth of at least 8% next year O’Reilly Auto (ORLY) Q3 EPS $8.07 vs. est. $7.18; Q3 sales $3.48B vs. est. $3.3B; gross profit margin 52.3% vs. 52.4% y/y; raises year rev outlook to $12.9B-$13.2B from prior $12.3B-$12.6B (est. $12.73B) Sleep Number (SNBR) 3Q EPS $2.22 vs est. $1.44 on revs $640Mm vs est. $587.1Mm; sees FY EPS $7.25 vs est. $7.15; Spirit Airlines (SAVE) Q3 adj EPS ($0.69) was a narrower loss than est. ($1.02) on in-line revs $922.6M; load factor 77.6%, capacity +3.5% vs 3Q19; is slowing the pace to push back to full fleet utilization, expects to produce 53B-55B available seat miles in 2022 VICI Properties (VICI) 3Q adj FFO/shr $0.45 on revs $375.7Mm; guides FY adj FFO/shr $1.7901.80 vs est. $1.84 Wyndham Hotels (WH) 3Q EPS $1.09 vs est. $0.91 on net revs $463Mm vs est. $463Mm; guides FY RevPAR growth about 43%, sees fee-related and other revs $1.21-1.23B; guides FY adj EPS $2.93-3.03 vs est. $2.69 Yum China (YUMC) Q3 adj EPS $0.22 vs. est. $0.31; Q3 revs $2.55B vs. est. $2.51B; qtrly total system sales increased 1% year over year, with increases of 1% at both KFC and Pizza Hut, excluding f/x; increasing gross new stores target to over 1,700 in 2021; expect that covid-19, especially the delta variant outbreaks, will continue to affect consumer behavior and impact our same-store sales recovery. Solo Brands, Inc. (DTC) prices 12.9M share IPO at $17.00 per share Scientific Games Corp (SGMS) announces sale of lottery business to Brookfield business partners for $6.05 billion; deal consisting of $5.825 bln in cash & an earn-out of up to $225 mln based on achievement of certain ebitda targets in 2022 & 2023 Energy, Industrials & Materials Allison Transmission (ALSN) 3Q EPS $0.89 vs est. $0.90 on revs $567Mm vs est. $584Mm; guides FY sales $2.325-2.4B vs est. $2.36B Flowserve Corp. (FLS) 3Q adj EPS $0.29 vs est. $0.40 on revs $866.1Mm vs est. $899Mm; guides FY revs down 2-4% vs est. -2.3%, sees FY EPS $1.45-1.65 (was $1.40-1.45) vs est. $1.58, sees CAPEX $70-80Mm vs prior $65Mm Kraton (KRA) Q3 adj EPS $0.98 vs. est. $0.79; Q3 revs $526.9M vs. est. $459.1M; Polymer segment operating income of $43.8 million, compared to an operating loss of $5.1 million YoY; Chemical segment operating income of $35.7M, compared to an operating loss of $401.7M YoY Sunnova Energy (NOVA) Q3 EPS ($0.25) vs est. ($0.13) on revenue $68.9M vs est. $67.4M; reaffirmed FY21 view for adj EBITDA $80M-$85M, customer additions 55k-58k; set FY22 guidance for adj EBITDA $117M-$137M, customer additions 83k-87k Tronox Holdings (TROX) Q3 adj EPS $0.72 vs. est. $0.64; Q3 revs rose 29% to $870M vs. est. $905.3M United Rentals (URI) 3Q adj EPS $6.58 vs est. $6.80 on revs $2.6B vs est. $2.58B; guides FY revs $9.6-9.75B vs est. $9.6B, sees FY adj EBITDA $4.325-4.4B vs est. 4.3B Financials Aflac (AFL) Q3 adj EPS $1.53 vs. est. $1.32; Q3 revs $5.2B vs. est. $5.34B; in yen terms, Aflac Japan’s net premium income was ¥323.1 bln for quarter, or 4.0% lower than a year ago AvalonBay (AVB) Q3 core FFO $2.06 vs est. 1.97, EPS $0.56 vs est. $0.77, same-store sales +1.2%; sees Q4 core FFO $2.19-$2.29 vs est. $2.11, raised FY core FFO view to $8.18-$8.28 from $7.92-$8.12 CyrusOne Inc. (CONE) 3Q adj FFO/shr $1.02 vs est. $0.99 on revs $304.1Mm vs est. $290.4Mm; guides FY revs $1.18-1.2B vs est. $1.17B Invitation Homes (INVH) Q3 core FFO 38c/shr vs est. 36c, EPS 12c vs est. 10c, revenue $510M vs est. $497.8M; same-store NOI +11.9% YoY on same-store revs +7.9%; raised FY21 core EPS view to $1.49 at midpoint from $1.44, adj FFO ro $1.28 at midpoint from $1.24 Lending Club (LC) Q3 EPS $0.26 vs est. $0.03 on revenue $246.2M vs est. $221.2M; sees Q4 revs $240M-$250M vs est. $235.7M, loan originations $2.8-$3B; raised FY view for revenue to $796M-$806M from $750M-$780M Raymond James (RJF) Q4 EPS $2.06 vs. est. $1.71; Q4 revs $2.7B vs. est. $2.54B; quarter-end records for client assets under administration of $1.18 trillion, financial assets under management of $191.9B, and net loans at Raymond James Bank of $25B The SEC asked at least one asset manager not to proceed with plans for a leveraged bitcoin exchange-traded fund, according to a person familiar with the matter. The SEC indicated it wants to limit new bitcoin-related products to those that provide unleveraged exposure to bitcoin futures contracts, such as the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy exchange-traded fund, which was launched last week, the person said. https://on.wsj.com/3GvG2qg Healthcare Align Technology (ALGN) 3Q adj EPS $2.87 vs est. $2.60 on revs $1.02B vs est. $978Mm; guides FY revs $3.9-3.95B vs est. $3.94B; says clinical study validates benefits of the Itero Element 5D imaging system Alnylam (ALNY) reports positive topline 18-month results from Helios-a phase 3 study of Vutrisiran in patients with HATTR amyloidosis with polyneuropathy BioMarin (BMRN) Q3 GAAP EPS loss (-$0.20) vs. est. loss (-$0.25); Q3 revs $408.7M vs. est. $435.32M; Lower Kuvan product revenues primarily due to generic competition due to the loss of exclusivity in the U.S.; Lower Aldurazyme product revenues due to timing of product fulfillment to Genzyme Edwards LifeSciences (EW) Q3 EPS $0.54 vs. est. $0.53; Q3 revs $1.3B vs. est. $1.32B; sees FY21 adjusted EPS at high end of $2.07-$2.27 (est. $2.26) and reaffirms FY21 revenue view $5.2B-$5.4B (est. $5.32B); TAVR sales grew 15%; underlying 14%; U.S. TAVR sales grew 12%; OUS approximately 20% Encompass Health (EHC) Q3 adj EPS $1.03 vs. est. $1.06; Q3 revs $1.28B vs. est. $1.31B; cuts FY21 adj EPS view to $4.23-$4.38 from $4.32-$4.47 and lowers FY21 revenue view to $5.08B-$5.13B from $5.1B-$5.25B (est. $5.18B) Molina Healthcare (MOH) Q3 adj EPS $2.83 vs. est. $2.79; Q3 revs $7.04B vs. est. $6.79B; backs FY21 EPS view of no less than $13.25 vs. est. $13.38 and backs FY21 revenue view of no less than $27.5B vs. est. $26.97B; consolidated MCR for Q3 was 88.9%, compared to 85.9% in the third quarter of 2020 Teladoc (TDOC) Q3 EPS loss (-$0.53) vs. est. loss (-$0.65); Q3 revs $521.66M vs. est. $516.6M; Q3 visits topped 3.9M, 37% higher than Q3 2020; sees Q4 EPS loss (73c)-(53c) vs. est. loss (69c); sees Q4 revs $536M-$546M vs. est. $539.74M; sees Q4 total visits 3.9M-4.1M
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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Futures Up/Down % Last Dow 20.00 0.06% 34,484 S&P 500 6.25 0.14% 4,441 Nasdaq 34.50 0.22% 15,414 S&P futures are higher as major averages look to rebound from selling pressure yesterday that saw all 11 sectors close in the red, with basic materials and industrials being the largest losers, followed not far behind by financials which dropped on cautious trading commentary from various banks at a sell-side conference and a drop in Treasury yields as CPI inflation data for August was tamer than expected. Healthcare and technology were among the sectors that faced the least downside pressure. Megacaps were mixed at the close as Apple ($AAPL) continues to fade even after it unveiled the much-awaited iPhone 13, managing to settle just above its 50-day moving average. U.S. listed China stocks tumble again overnight, led by declines in the casino/gaming sector on stricter restrictions. Overnight, Microsoft ($MSFT) board approves new share buyback of up to $60B in shares; raises quarterly dividend 11% to 62c per share. Overseas, China economic data disappointed across the board as monthly retail sales came in well below views, along with misses in industrial production and as China’s new home prices grew at their slowest pace in eight months. In Asian markets, The Nikkei Index fell -158 points to 30,511, the Shanghai Index dipped -6 points to 3,656, and the Hang Seng Index declined -469 points to 25,033. In Europe, the German DAX is down about -15 points to 15,705, while the FTSE 100 is up a few points at 7,040. Busy morning of economic data with manufacturing, import prices and industrial production on the calendar. Market Closing Prices Yesterday The S&P 500 Index dropped -25.68 points, or 0.57%, to 4,443.05 The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell -292.06 points, or 0.84%, to 34,577.57 The Nasdaq Composite slumped -67.82 points, or 0.45%, to 15,037.76 The Russell 2000 Index declined -30.80 points, or 1.37% to 2,209.98 Events Calendar for Today 7:00 AM ET MBA Mortgage Applications Data 8:30 AM ET Empire Manufacturing for September…est. 18.0 8:30 AM ET Import Prices MoM for Aug…est. +0.3% 8:30 AM ET Export Prices MoM for Aug…est. +0.4% 9:15 AM ET Industrial Production MoM for Aug…est. 0.4% 9:15 AM ET Capacity Utilization for Aug…est. 76.4% 10:30 AM ET Weekly DOE Inventory Data Earnings Calendar: Earnings Before the Open: WEBR Earnings After the Close: none Other Key Events: Barclay’s Financial Services Conference (virtual) 2021, 9/13-9/15 Citigroup 2021 Global Technology Conference (virtual), 9/13-9/15 Piper 2021 D.C. Bank Field Trip, 9/13-9/15 Baird Global Healthcare Conference 2021 (virtual), 9/14-9/15 Barclay’s Financial Services Conference (virtual) 2021, 9/13-9/15 HC Wainwright 23rd Annual Global Investment Conference (virtual), 9/13-9/15 Jefferies Software Conference (virtual), 9/14-9/15 Lake Street 5th Annual Best Ideas Growth Conference (virtual), 9/14-9/15 Macro Up/Down Last Nymex 1.09 71.52 Brent 1.04 74.63 Gold -2.80 1,801.70 EUR/USD 0.0023 1.1826 JPY/USD -0.35 109.34 10-Year Note +0.00 1.279% World News China’s retail sales grew a disappointing5% in August from a year ago, well below the forecast for 7% growth, as the country dealt with the worst outbreak of Covid-19 since its initial spread in early 2020. Industrial production growth was also slightly below expectations, up 5.3% in August versus predictions of 5.8% growth China’s new home prices grew at their slowest pace in eight months in August, official data showed on Wednesday. Average new home prices in China’s 70 major cities grew 0.2% month-on-month in August after increasing 0.3% in July. Compared with a year earlier, China’s new home prices grew 4.2% in August, down from a 4.6% increase in July. North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, as Pyongyang returns to weapons tests after saying that its patience for talking had worn thin. UK Aug CPI higher at +0.7% m/m vs 0.5% consensus, 3.2% y/y vs 2.9% consensus; UK Aug CPI Core higher at +0.7% m/m vs 0.4% cons, 3.1% y/y vs 2.9% consensus – U.K. inflation surge prompts bets for sharper rate increases Sector News Breakdown Consumer Yum China ($YUMC) said its adjusted operating profit would take a 50% to 60% hit in Q3 as the spread of the Delta variant in China led to restaurant closures and “sharply reduced sales”; says same-store sales in August declined by mid-teens percentage Y/Y, or close to an approximately 20% decline compared to August 2019 S. casinos with operations in Macau looking sharply lower for a second straight day as Macau government proposes to revise the city’s gaming law, tightening direct supervision of casinos in the world’s largest gambling hub. Reuters noted Macau’s secretary for economy and finance said there were still some deficiencies in industry supervision. P. Morgan downgraded Macau gaming names Galaxy Entertainment (GXYEF), MGM China (MCHVF) SJM Holdings (SJMHY), Melco (MLCO), Wynn Macau (WYNMF) and Sands China (SCHYY) from overweight to neutral or underweight due to heightened scrutiny on capital management and daily operations ahead of license renewals Academy Sports (ASO)645M share Secondary priced at $44.75 Leslie’s ($LESL)8M share Secondary priced at $22.00 DavidsTea ($DTEA) tumbled 25% after the tea retailer said its ecommerce and wholesale sales fell by nearly one-third in its fiscal second quarter European Wax Center ($EWCZ) guides FY21 revs $173-178Mm vs est. $178.2Mm, sees FY system-wide sales $788-793Mm; sees FY adj net income $26.5-28.5Mm Dutch Bros ($BROS) 21M share IPO priced at $23.00 On Holding ($ONON)1M share IPO priced at $24.00 Energy, Industrials and Materials Workhorse Group ($WKHS) shares fell after hours Tuesday as the co voluntarily dismissed its legal challenge against a U.S. Postal Service ($USPS) move to award a multibillion-dollar contract to Oshkosh Defense (OSK) for making postal delivery vehicles, Reuters reported The American Petroleum Institute ($API) showed a draw of 5.44M barrels of oil for the week ending September 10, while gasoline inventories showed a draw of 2.76M barrels, distillate inventories show a draw of 2.89M barrels and Cushing inventories show a draw of 1.36M barrels The first all-civilian mission to orbit Earth is set to take off tonight, within a five-hour launch window that opens at 8:02 p.m. ET. SpaceX will power the expedition, known as Inspiration4, using one of its Dragon capsules atop a reusable Falcon 9 rocket JinkoSolar ($JKS) Q2 EPS $0.22 vs. et. Loss (-$0.16); Q2 revs $1.23B vs. est. $1.22B; Q2 shipments were 5,203 MW; said total Q3 revenue is expected to be in range of $1.24B-$1.37B vs. est. $1.6B; for FY 2021, estimates total shipments (including solar modules, cells and wafers) to be in range of 25 GW-30GW FTC Solar ($FTCI) announced that Tony Etnyre will step down as CEO and board member; board has appointed Sean Hunkler as his successor effective Sep.24. Raytheon Technologies (RTX) has agreed to acquire advanced space electronics supplier SEAKR Engineering Financials BRP Group ($BRP) 8M share Secondary priced at $30.50 Capital One ($COF) reports August net charge-offs 1.54% vs. 1.45% last month and reports August 30-plus day delinquencies 1.79% vs. 1.71% last month Synchrony ($SYF) reported August charge-off rate 2.59% vs. 2.24% last month and also reports August 30-plus day delinquencies 1.33% vs. 1.37% last month The Federal Housing Finance Agency and the U.S. Department of Treasury suspend certain parts of the 2021 Preferred Stock Purchase Agreement with Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC). “This suspension will provide FHFA time to review the extent to which these requirements are redundant or inconsistent with existing FHFA standards, policies, and directives that mandate sustainable lending standards,” said Acting Director Sandra L. Thompson CPI Card Group ($PMTS) files to sell 6.56M shares of common stock for holders Healthcare Dice Molecules Holdings ($DICE) 12M share IPO priced at $17.00 Procept BioRobotics ($PRCT)56M share IPO price $25.00 Tyra Biosciences ($TYRA)8M share IPO priced at $16.00 Pfizer ($PFE) is seeking FDA approval for use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children aged six months to five years, the Financial Times reports. The company is aiming to gain such approval in November Avalo Therapeutics ($AVTX)5M share Spot Secondary priced at $2.20 Sage Therapeutics ($SAGE) announced that the U.S. FDA has granted Fast Track Designation to SAGE-718 for development as a potential treatment for Huntington’s disease. Fast Track is a process designed to facilitate the development and review of new treatments for serious conditions with unmet medical need such as HD Theravance Biopharma ($TBPH) shares down over 30% after announcing its hypotension treatment did not meet main goal, halts non-respiratory disease related programs; also announces cost reduction program to focus on commercializing respiratory therapeutics to maximize shareholder value; will reduce the headcount by ~75%, which will result in annualized operating expense savings of ~$165M in 2022; Unicycive Therapeutics ($UNCY) will be added as a member of the Russell Microcap Index as part of the 2021 Russell indexes reconstitution after the market opens on September 20, 2021 Technology, Media & Telecom Microsoft ($MSFT) board approves new share buyback of up to $60B in shares; raises quarterly dividend 11% to 62c per share Skillsoft ($SKIL) raises FY22 revenue view to $670M-$690M from $645M-$675M and boosts FY22 bookings view to $690M-$710M from $660M-$690M; reaffirms FY22 adjusted EBITDA view $155M-$175M Live Nation (LYV)23M share Spot Secondary priced at $86.90 CS Disco (LAW)5M share Secondary priced at $53.00 Aspen Group (ASPU) 1Q EPS ($0.03) vs est. ($0.05) on revs $19.4Mm vs est. $19.2Mm Bentley Systems, Incorporated ($BSY) announced that its Seequent business unit has acquired Canadian software company Minalytix, the developer of MX Deposit. Sonim Technologies ($SONM) said it plans to effect a one-for-ten reverse split of its issued and outstanding common stock, effective Sep.15.
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Monday, August 30, 2021 Futures Up/Down % Last Dow 22.00 0.06% 35,425 S&P 500 4.25 0.11% 4,510 Nasdaq 26.50 0.17% 15,452 Stock futures in the U.S. are looking higher, extending last week gains following Friday’s dovish address from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, where he laid out the case for the slowing of the Fed’s $120 billion in monthly bond purchases, but offered no firm time table. In Asian markets, The Nikkei Index jumped 148 points to 27,789, the Shanghai Index inched higher about 6 points to 3,538 and the Hang Seng Index rose 131 points to 25,539. In Europe, the German DAX rises 35 points to 15,885, while the FTSE 100 is up about 20 points to 7,150. Shares of U.S. insurance companies, energy firms, utilities and refiners may be active when trading starts Monday after Hurricane Ida slammed ashore, hitting the Louisiana coast with winds more powerful than Hurricane Katrina. Stocks closed out last week at new all-time highs, as the S&P 500 climbed 0.9%, settling above 4,500 for the first time, while the Nasdaq Composite advances 1.2% to a new record. For the week, the S&P 500 rose 1.5%, the Dow rose about 1% and the Nasdaq rose 2.8% and the Russell 2000 index jumped 5.1%. Major averages enjoyed gains all week as Fed Chairman Jerome Powell kept rate hikes far over the horizon at the virtual Jackson Hole speech. Treasury yields slumped after Powell raised the possibility of tapering asset purchases this year but set no timetable and also said there was substantial work to do before any rate moves. Market Closing Prices Yesterday The S&P 500 Index gained 39.37 points, or 0.88%, to 4,509.37 The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 242.70 points, or 0.69%, to 35,455.80 The Nasdaq Composite surged 183.70 points, or 1.23%, to 15,129.50 The Russell 2000 Index advanced 63.17 points, or 2.85% to 2,277.15 Events Calendar for Today 10:00 AM ET Pending Home Sales MoM for July 10:00 AM ET Dallas Fed Manufacturing for August Earnings Calendar: Earnings Before the Open: $CLDR, $CTLT Earnings After the Close: $NDSN, $SOL, $ZM Other Key Events: Citigroup Asia Tech, Media & telecom Virtual Conference, 8/27-8/31 Piper Sandler 2021 Texas Bank Forum (virtual), 8/30-9/1 Piper Houston E&P Bus Tour, 8/30-8/31 China NBS Non-Manufacturing for August Macro Up/Down Last Nymex -0.35 68.39 Brent -0.10 72.60 Gold -1.25 1,816.35 EUR/USD 0.0006 1.18.01 JPY/USD -0.01 109.83 10-Year Note -0.005 1.307% Sector News Breakdown Consumer Li Auto ($LI) posts Q2 revs of 5.04 bln yuan ($779.20M), vs. est. 4.41 bln yuan; Q2 vehicle sales were 4.90 bln yuan during Q2 with deliveries of Li ONE SUVs rising 166% YoY; sees Q3 deliveries of vehicles to be between 25,000 and 26,000, or an increase of 188.7%-200.2% YoY Lululemon Athletica’s ($LULU) mentioned positively in Barron’s noting the stock hasn’t gone very far since its six-month stay as a stay-at-home darling in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic bear market. Its second-quarter earnings might just be the catalyst it needs to get moving again. Energy, Industrials and Materials More than 90% of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico shut down this weekend as Hurricane Ida plowed toward the Louisiana coast, threatening an area that is home to 17% of U.S. oil production, 5% of natural gas output and 15% of U.S. refining capacity. Exxon Mobil ($XOM) reportedly has cut production at its Baton Rouge refinery to 50% of its 520K bbl/day capacity Berry Global ($BERY) a positive mention in Barron’s saying the company makes plastic containers, but writing off Berry for plastics overlooks changing practices in the industry and ignores one of the sturdiest of materials stocks. Berry could narrow the gap between its 10 times 12-month forward earnings and Sealed Air’s ($SEE) and Amcor’s ($AMCR) 15 times, which would imply a 50% gain on multiple expansion alone, the author notes Astra Space Inc ($ASTR) shares fall over -20% after the test launch of its rocket LV0006 was ended prematurely about 2-and-a-half minutes after liftoff; said one of LV0006’s engines shut down less than a second after liftoff United Airlines Holdings Inc. ($UAL) jets like the one that lost an engine cover over Colorado in February aren’t expected to fly until early next year, as federal regulators weigh additional safeguards, people briefed on the matter said. United had hoped to resume flying the wide-body jets this summer. Dow Jones Financials Freshworks Inc. (FRSH) filed for an IPO in the U.S. as the customer relations management software firm looks to compete with larger rivals such as Salesforce.com (CRM). Freshworks wrote in an S-1 filing with the U.S. SEC that it aims to raise $100M Shares of U.S. insurance companies, energy firms, utilities and refiners may be active when trading starts Monday after Hurricane Ida slammed ashore, hitting the Louisiana coast with winds more powerful than Hurricane Katrina Healthcare Baxter International Inc. ($BAX) is in advanced talks to buy medical-equipment maker Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. ($HRC) for around $10 billion, the WSJ reported in a deal that values Hill-Rom at around $150 a share that could be reached by midweek assuming the talks don’t fall apart (talks follow an earlier bid from Baxter worth $144 a share that Hill-Rom rebuffed) https://on.wsj.com/38kIIY9 Catalent Inc. ($CTLT) is expected to announce Monday that it has agreed to buy closely held Bettera Holdings LLC for $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter, the latest deal involving nutritional supplement companies. https://on.wsj.com/3zs40Pi Moderna ($MRNA) slumped after authorities in Japan suspended the use of a second batch of the drugmaker’s coronavirus vaccine following the discovery of contaminants Vapotherm ($VAPO) said the FDA has given regulatory clearance to the company’s new respiratory-therapy device, HVT 2.0. The device would make it easier for hospitals to give breathing therapy in more areas of the hospital, not just in intensive-care units Technology, Media & Telecom Tesla Inc ($TSLA) Chief Executive Elon Musk has signaled competition concerns over Nvidia Corp’s (NVDA) planned purchase of British chip designer Arm, the Telegraph reported on Saturday, citing multiple sources. Amazon.com Inc and smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co Ltd have also lodged opposition to the deal with U.S. authorities, the newspaper reported. Barron’s noted China’s most well-known companies are starting to look cheap to some U.S. investors, though the likelihood of volatility means there will be ample opportunity to buy. Alibaba ($BABA), Tencent ($TCEHY) and Yum China ($YUMC) are among the ones to watch HP Inc. ($HPQ) and Dell ($DELL) look attractive and cheap, according to Barron’s. One peculiar outcome of the pandemic has been a newfound appreciation for the personal computer, with the pandemic underlining the need to upgrade to hardware capable of running videoconferencing and other essential software Globalstar ($GSAT) shares may move on a report that Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 13 will use satellite connectivity so users can make calls and texts in areas without cellular coverage https://bit.ly/3sXY2mN
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Yum China Holdings, Inc. is a licensee of Yum! Brands in mainland China. It has exclusive rights in mainland China to KFC, China's leading quick-service restaurant brand, Pizza Hut, the leading casual dining restaurant brand in China, and Taco Bell, a California-based restaurant chain serving innovative Mexican-inspired food. Yum China also owns the Little Sheep, Huang Ji Huang, East Dawning and COFFii & JOY concepts outright. In addition, Yum China has partnered with Lavazza to explore and develop the Lavazza coffee shop concept in China. The Company had 10,506 restaurants in over 1,500 cities at the end of December 2020. Yum China ranked # 361 on the Fortune 500 list for 2020. Yum China has been named the Industry Leader for the Restaurant & Leisure Facilities Industry in the 2020 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. In 2021, Yum China was named to the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and was certified as a Top Employer 2021 in China by the Top Employers Institute, both for the third consecutive year.
CEO: Joey Wat
HQ: 6F-16F, Yum China Mansion No 20 Tianyaoqiao Road, SHANGHAI Shanghai