Wed Feb 25 2015
Live Index (1359 articles)
Share

Live Index – Wed, 25 Feb 2015 Premarket

PREMARKET WORLD NEWS

March E-mini S&Ps (ESH15 -0.15%) this morning are down -0.11% and European stocks are down -0.26% as the market consolidates Tuesday’s rally that pushed the S&P 500 up to a record high and European stocks up to a 6-1/2 year high. Losses were negligible after a gauge of Chinese manufacturing activity unexpectedly expanded at the fastest pace in 4 months. Global bond markets rallied as the 10-year government bond yields in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Ireland all fell to record lows after Fed Chair Yellen yesterday made it clear that no Fed interest rate increase was imminent. Germany sold 3.28 billion euros of 5-year notes at an average yield of negative -0.08%, the lowest yield ever for 5-year debt in the Eurozone. Asian stocks closed mixed: Japan -0.10%, Hong Kong +0.11%, China -1.24%, Taiwan +0.73%, Australia +0.30%, Singapore +0.09%, South Korea +0.67%, India +0.01%. Commodity prices are mixed. Apr crude oil (CLJ15 +0.57%) is up +0.39% and Apr gasoline (RBJ15 +0.18%) is down -0.12%. Apr gold (GCJ15 +0.98%) is up +0.94%. Mar copper (HGH15 -0.08%) is down -0.13%. Agriculture prices are weaker. The dollar index (DXY00 -0.24%) is down -0.19%. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is up +0.04%. USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is down -0.12%. GBP/USD is up +0.23% at a 1-3/4 month high against the dollar after BOE policy maker Weale said interest rate may need to rise earlier than markets expect. Mar T-note prices (ZNH15 +0.05%) are up +1.5 ticks at a 2-week high.

The China Feb HSBC flash manufacturing PMI unexpectedly rose +0.4 to 50.1, stronger than expectations of -0.2 to 49.5 and the fastest pace of expansion in 4 months.

U.S. STOCK PREVIEW

Fed Chair Yellen today will present her semi-annual testimony before the House Financial Services Committee. Today’s Jan new home sales report is expected to show a small decline of -2.3% to 470,000, settling back after the +11.6% surge to the 6-1/2 year high of 481,000 seen in December. The Treasury today will sell $ 35 billion of 5-year T-notes and $ 13 billion of 2-year floating rate notes. There are 12 of the S&P 500 companies that report earnings today with notable reports including: Lowe’s (consensus $ 0.44), Dollar Tree (1.14), Target (1.46), TJX (0.90), Transocean (0.75), and L Brands (1.80).

Equity conferences during the remainder of this week include: JPMorgan High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference on Mon-Wed, Credit Suisse Energy Summit on Tue-Wed, RBC Capital Markets Global Healthcare Conference on Tue-Wed, Robert W. Baird Business Solutions Conference on Tue-Wed, Wells Fargo Cyber Security Forum on Wed, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Agriculture Conference on Wed-Thu, Auerbach Grayson & Morgan Stanley’s Inaugural Frontier Markets Conference on Thu, Gabelli & Company Pump, Valve & Water Systems Symposium on Thu, Gabelli & Company Inaugural Waste & Environmental Services Symposium on Fri.

 

 

 

 

PREMARKET U.S. STOCKS

Lowe’s (LOW +1.25%) reported Q4 EPS of 46 cents, better than consensus of 44 cents.

Masonite (DOOR -0.48%) reported Q4 EPS of 6 cents, less than consensus of 9 cents.

Papa John’s (PZZA -0.24%) slid 4% in after-hours trading after it reported reported Q4 EPS of 52 cents, better than consensus of 50 cents, but then lowered guidance on fiscal 2015 EPS to $ 1.98-$ 2.06, below consensus of $ 2.11.

HealthSouth (HLS +0.15%) reported Q4 EPS with items of 41 cents, less than consensus of 48 cents, and then lowered guidance on fiscal 2015 EPS to $ 2.24-$ 2.29, below consensus of $ 2.44.

Dycom (DY -1.79%) reported Q2 EPS of 27 cents, well above consensus of 10 cents.

QEP Resources (QEP -0.62%) reported Q4 adjusted EPS of 22 cents, below consensus of 25 cents.

Range Resources (RRC -0.21%) reported Q4 adjusted EPS of 39 cents, better than consensus of 28 cents.

Alleghany (Y -0.63%) reported Q4 EPS of $ 8.61, higher than consensus of $ 8.36.

Verisk Analytics (VRSK +0.16%) reported Q4 adjusted EPS of 65 cents, better than consensus of 63 cents.

Matson (MATX +0.98%) reported Q4 EPS of 63 cents, above consensus of 58 cents.

First Solar (FSLR +10.19%) reported Q4 GAAP EPS of $ 1.89, over double consensus of 76 cents.

Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI +2.18%) rose 3% in after-hours trading after it reported Q4 adjusted EPS of $ 1.47, better than consensus $ 1.44.

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ +0.79%) dropped 7% in after-hours trading after it reported Q1 revenue of $ 26.8 billion, below consensus of $ 27.34 billion, and then lowered guidance on fiscal 2015 EPS view to $ 3.53-$ 3.73 from $ 3.83.-$ 4.03, well below consensus of $ 3.95.

Edison International (EIX +0.26%) reported Q4 EPS of $ 1.08, well above consensus of 83 cents.

Century Aluminum (CENX +0.45%) reported Q4 EPS of 63 cents, less than consensus of 64 cents.

MARKET COMMENTS

Mar E-mini S&Ps (ESH15 -0.15%) this morning are down -2.25 points (-0.11%). The S&P 500 index on Tuesday posted a new all-time high and closed higher: S&P 500 +0.28%, Dow Jones +0.51%, Nasdaq +0.03%. Bullish factors included (1) comments from Fed Chair Yellen that signaled an increase in interest rates was unlikely before mid-year as inflation and wage growth remain too low, and (2) carry-over support from a rally in European stocks after Eurozone finance ministers approved an extension of bailout funds to Greece. Strength is stocks was muted after the U.S. Feb consumer confidence (Conference Board) fell -7.4 to 96.4, weaker than expectations of -3.4 to 99.5.

Mar 10-year T-notes (ZNH15 +0.05%) this morning are up +1.5 ticks at a 2-week high. Mar 10-year T-note futures prices on Tuesday closed higher. Closes: TYH5 +21.50, FVH5 +14.25. Bullish factors included (1) comments from Fed Chair Yellen who said the Fed will be “patient” on when to raise interest rates and that an increase is unlikely for “at least the next couple” of FOMC meetings, and (2) the weaker-than-expected U.S. Feb consumer confidence.

The dollar index (DXY00 -0.24%) this morning is down -0.176 (-0.19%). EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is up +0.0005 (+0.04%). USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is down -0/14 (-0.12%). The dollar index on Tuesday posted a 2-week high but then fell back and closed lower: Dollar index -0.076 (-0.08%), EUR/USD +0.00056 (+0.05%), USD/JPY +0.15 (+0.13%). Negative factors included (1) comments from Fed Chair Yellen that signaled the Fed is in no hurry to raise interest rates, and (2) the weaker-than-expected U.S. Feb consumer confidence report. A bullish factor for the dollar was the rally in the S&P 500 to a record high that reduced the safe-haven demand for the yen and sent USD/JPY up to a 2-week high.

Apr WTI crude oil (CLJ15 +0.57%) this morning is up +19 cents (+0.39%) and Apr gasoline (RBJ15 +0.18%) is down -0.0021 (-0.12%). Apr crude and Apr gasoline prices on Tuesday closed lower: CLJ5 -0.17 (-0.34%), RBJ5 -0.0207 (-1.13%). Bearish factors included (1) comments by an unnamed OPEC delegate that despite the plunge in oil prices, OPEC has had no concrete discussions about holding an emergency meeting, and (2) expectations for Wednesday’s weekly EIA data to show crude stockpiles increased by +4.0 million bbl.

GLOBAL EVENT CALENDAR02/25/2015
US0700 ETWeekly MBA mortgage applications, previous -13.2% with purchase sub-index -7.1% and refi sub-index 16.0%.
1000 ETFed Chair Janet Yellen delivers semi-annual monetary policy testimony to House Financial Services Committee.
1000 ETJan new home sales expected -2.3% to 470,000, Dec +11.6% to 481,000.
1030 ETEIA Weekly Petroleum Status Report.
1130 ETTreasury auctions $ 13 billion 2-year floating-rate notes.
1300 ETTreasury auctions $ 35 billion 5-year T-notes.
EUR1000 ETECB President Mario Draghi takes part in the European Parliament debate on ECB policy.
1130 ETECB President Mario Draghi testifies to the European Parliament on the ECB Annual Report.
U.S. STOCK CALENDAR02/25/2015
CompanyTickerTimeEvent DescriptionPeriodEstimate
Dollar Tree IncDLTR USBef-mktQ4 2015 Earnings ReleaseQ4 20151.143
Cablevision Systems CorpCVC USBef-mktQ4 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ4 20140.188
Campbell Soup CoCPB USBef-mktQ2 2015 Earnings ReleaseQ2 20150.652
Target CorpTGT USBef-mktQ4 2015 Earnings ReleaseQ4 20151.459
TJX Cos Inc/TheTJX USBef-mktQ4 2015 Earnings ReleaseQ4 20150.9
Chesapeake Energy CorpCHK USBef-mktQ4 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ4 20140.245
Ameren CorpAEE USBef-mktQ4 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ4 20140.143
Lowe’s Cos IncLOW USBef-mktQ4 2015 Earnings ReleaseQ4 20150.435
Campbell Soup CoCPB US8:30Q2 2015 Earnings CallQ2 2015
Express Scripts Holding CoESRX US8:30Investor DayY 2015
Dollar Tree IncDLTR US9:00Q4 2015 Earnings CallQ4 2015
Chesapeake Energy CorpCHK US9:00Q4 2014 Earnings CallQ4 2014
QEP Resources IncQEP US9:00Q4 2014 Earnings CallQ4 2014
Lowe’s Cos IncLOW US9:00Q4 2015 Earnings CallQ4 2015
Range Resources CorpRRC US9:00Q4 2014 Earnings CallQ4 2014
Vulcan Materials CoVMC US9:30Investor DayY 2015
Cablevision Systems CorpCVC US10:00Q4 2014 Earnings CallQ4 2014
Ameren CorpAEE US10:00Q4 2014 Earnings CallQ4 2014
Target CorpTGT US10:30Q4 2015 Earnings CallQ4 2015
Deere & CoDE US11:00Annual General MeetingY 2015
TJX Cos Inc/TheTJX US11:00Q4 2015 Earnings CallQ4 2015
Newfield Exploration CoNFX US11:00Q4 2014 Earnings CallQ4 2014
State Street CorpSTT US12:30Analyst and Investor MeetingY 2015
salesforce.com incCRM US17:00Q4 2015 Earnings CallQ4 2015
Avago Technologies LtdAVGO US17:00Q1 2015 Earnings CallQ1 2015
salesforce.com incCRM USAft-mktQ4 2015 Earnings ReleaseQ4 20150.136
Avago Technologies LtdAVGO USAft-mktQ1 2015 Earnings ReleaseQ1 20151.937
Transocean LtdRIG USAft-mktQ4 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ4 20140.749
L Brands IncLB USAft-mktQ4 2015 Earnings ReleaseQ4 20151.802

Copyright (2015) © LiveIndex.org


Tags EPS, Premarket
Live Index

Live Index