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PREMARKET WORLD NEWS

June E-mini S&Ps (ESM15 +0.23%) this morning are up +0.19% and European stocks are up +0.31% after Eurozone manufacturing activity this month expanded at the fastest pace in 10 months. Upbeat comments from St. Louis Fed President Bullard also gave stocks a lift when he said he expects the U.S. economy to grow at a 3.0% rate this year and that falling unemployment will herald a “boom time.” Asian stocks closed mixed: Japan -0.21%, Hong Kong -0.39%, China +0.02%, Taiwan -0.27%, Australia +0.22%, Singapore +0.09%, South Korea +0.08%, India -0.11%. China’s Shanghai Stock Index eked out a gain for the tenth consecutive session and climbed to the highest in 6-3/4 years after weaker-than-expected manufacturing data bolstered speculation that the government will expand stimulus. The China Mar HSBC flash manufacturing PMI fell -1.5 to 49.2 and contracted at the fastest pace in 11 months. Commodity prices are mostly higher. May crude oil (CLK15 +0.63%) is up +0.82% and May gasoline (RBK15 +0.54%) is up +0.93%, both at 1-week highs. Apr gold (GCJ15 +0.46%) is up +0.52%. May copper (HGK15 +0.14%) is up +0.29%. Agriculture prices are mixed. The dollar index (DXY00 -0.25%) is down -0.36%. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is up +0.36%. USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is down -0.29%. Jun T-note prices (ZNM15 +0.07%) are up +3.5 ticks.

The Eurozone Mar Markit manufacturing PMI rose +0.9 to 51.9, stronger than expectations of +0.5 to 51.5 and the fastest pace of expansion in 10 months. The Mar Markit composite PMI rose +0.8 to 54.1, stronger than expectations of +0.3 to 53.6 and the highest since the data series began in 2012.

The German Mar Markit/BME manufacturing PMI rose +1.3 to 52.4, stronger than expectations of +0.4 to 51.5 and the fastest pace of expansion in 8 months. The Mar Markit services PMI rose +0.6 to 55.3, stronger than expectations of +0.3 to 55.0 and the fastest pace of expansion in 6 months.

UK Feb CPI rose +0.3% m/m, right on expectations, nut was unch, y/y, weaker than expectations of +0.1% y/y and the slowest pace since the data series began in 1989. Feb core CPI rose +1.2% y/y, weaker than expectations of +1.3% y/y and matched November as the slowest pace of increase in 6 years.

St. Louis Fed President Bullard said the U.S. economy will grow at a 3.0% rate through 2015 and falling employment will herald a “boom time” for the U.S. He said developing economic conditions will set up the Fed to start normalizing policy in 2015 and that Fed policy will still be very accommodative after a “small rise.”

The China Mar HSBC flash manufacturing PMI fell -1.5 to 49.2, weaker than expectations of -0.2 to 50.5 and the fastest pace of contraction in 11 months.

The Japan Mar Markit/JMMA manufacturing PMI unexpectedly fell -1.2 to 50.4, weaker than expectations of +0.4 to 52.0 and the slowest pace of expansion in 10 months.

U.S. STOCK PREVIEW

Today’s Feb headline CPI report is expected to be unchanged from Jan on a year-on-year basis at -0.1% y/y. Meanwhile, today’s Feb core CPI is expected to rise slightly to +1.7% y/y from +1.6% in Jan. Today’s Feb new home sales report is expected to show a -3.4% decline to 465,000, adding to January’s small decline of -0.2% to 481,000. Today’s Jan FHFA house price index is expected to show a solid increase of +0.6% m/m, adding to December’s sharp increase of +0.8% m/m. The Treasury today will sell $ 26 billion of 2-year T-notes. There are three of the Russell 1000 companies that reports earnings today: IHS (consensus $ 1.37), McCormick (0.64), HD Supply (0.10).

Equity conferences during the remainder of this week include: Barclays Emerging Payments Forum on Mon-Tue, Goldman Sachs Houston Chemical Intensity Days on Mon-Tue, Howard Weil Energy Conference on Mon-Tue, BioPharma Asia Convention 2015 on Mon-Wed, Canaccord Genuity Musculoskeletal Conference on Tue, Barclays Select Series Metals & Materials Cross Asset Forum on Tue, Excellence in Data Analytics for Shared Services and Outsourcing 2015 on Tue-Wed, Telsey Advisory Group (TAG) Spring Consumer Conference on Tue-Wed, Leerink Booth Tours At American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons on Wed-Thu, CIBC Real Estate Conference on Thu, Nomura – Conference: Global Chemicals Industry Leaders Conference – London on Thu, Jefferies Animal Health Summit on Thu, Gabelli Specialty Chemicals Conference on Thu.

 

 

 

 

PREMARKET U.S. STOCKS

RW Baird upgraded Cummins (CMI -0.01%) to ‘Outperform’ from ‘Neutral’ and raised its price target to $ 166 from $ 155.

L Brands (LB +0.02%) was initiated with a ‘Buy’ at Topeka with a price target of $ 106.

Estee Lauder (EL -0.78%) was upgraded to ‘Outperform’ from ‘Market Perform’ at Wells Fargo.

Hartford Financial (HIG -0.26%) coverage resumed with a ‘Buy’ at Goldman Sachs with a price target of $ 49.

McCormick & Co. (MKC +0.44%) reported Q1 EPS of 70 cents, higher than consensus of 64 cents.

IHS Inc. (IHS -0.16%) reported Q1 adjusted EPS of $ 1.36, right on consensus, but then lowered guidance on fiscal 2015 adjusted EPS to $ 5.77-$ 5.97 from $ 6.10-$ 6.30, below consensus of $ 6.18.

HD Supply (HDS -0.98%) reported Q4 EPS of 11 cents, better than consensus of 10 cents.

Fluor (FLR +1.03%) was awarded an engineering contract for a new Chinese polysilicon plant in Yulin, Shaanxi Province, China, that will have an anticipated total investment of more than $ 1 billion.

Starboard reported a 13.1% stake in Insperity (NSP -3.55%) .

Carl Icahn reported a 10.98% stake in Chesapeake (CHK +3.67%) .

The U.S. FDA approved Abiomed’s (ABMD +2.38%) Impella 2.5 System, a miniature blood pump system intended to help certain patients maintain stable heart function and circulation during certain high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention procedures.

American Water (AWK -0.76%) coverage was resumed with a ‘Buy’ at Janney Capital with a price target of $ 62.

MARKET COMMENTS

Jun E-mini S&Ps (ESM15 +0.23%) this morning are up +4.00 points (+0.19%). Monday’s Closes: S&P 500 -0.17%, Dow Jones -0.06%, Nasdaq -0.292%. The stock market moved lower on Monday on the weaker than expected U.S. Feb existing home sales report (+1.2% to 4.88 million) and Feb Chicago Fed national activity index (-0.01 to a 6-month low of -0.01). In addition, Fed Vice Chairman Fisher said that raising interest rates “likely will be warranted before the end of the year.”

Jun 10-year T-notes (ZNM15 +0.07%) this morning are up +3.5 ticks. Monday’s Closes: TYM5 +5.00, FVM5 +3.50. T-note prices move higher on Monday due to the weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data and safe-haven demand with the sell-off in stocks.

The dollar index (DXY00 -0.25%) this morning is down -0.347 (-0.36%). EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is up +0.0039 (+0.36%). USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is down -0.35 (-0.29%). Monday’s closes: Dollar index -0.876 (-0.89%), EUR/USD +0.01276 (+1.18%), USD/JPY -0.302 (-0.25%). The dollar was undercut on Monday by the weaker-than-expected U.S. Feb existing home sales report and Feb Chicago Fed national activity index. Meanwhile, EUR/USD received a boost as the Eurozone Mar consumer confidence rose to a 7-1/2 year high.

May WTI crude oil (CLK15 +0.63%) this morning is up +39 cents (+0.82%) at a 1-week high and May gasoline (RBK15 +0.54%)is up +0.0168 (+0.93%), also at a 1-week high. Monday’s closes: CLK5 +0.88 (+1.89), RBK5 +0.0063 (+0.35%). Energy prices received a boost on Monday from the weaker dollar and the early rally in the S&P 500 index to a 2-1/2 week high. Oil prices overcame early losses tied to Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi’s comment that Saudi Arabia will not repeat the mistakes of the 1980s when it cut production as oil prices fell.

GLOBAL EVENT CALENDAR03/24/2015
US 0605 ET St. Louis Fed President James Bullard speaks at an event in London on The Role of International Financial Services in Driving the Global Economic Recovery.
0830 ET Feb CPI expected +0.2% m/m and -0.1% y/y, Jan -0.7% m/m and -0.1% y/y, Feb CPI ex food & energy expected +0.1% m/m and +1.7% y/y, Jan +0.2% m/m and +1.6% y/y.
0900 ET Jan FHFA house price index expected +0.6% m/m, Dec +0.8% m/m.
0945 ET Preliminary U.S. Mar Markit manufacturing PMI expected -0.5 to 54.6, Feb +1.2 to 55.1.
1000 ET Feb new home sales expected -3.4% to 465,000, Jan -0.2% to 481,000.
1000 ET Mar Richmond Fed manufacturing index expected +3 to 3, Feb -6 to 0.
1300 ET Treasury auctions $ $ 26 billion 2-year T-notes.
GER 0430 ET German Mar Markit/BME manufacturing PMI expected +0.4 to 51.5, Feb 51.1. Mar Markit services PMI expected +0.3 to 55.0, Feb 54.7.
EUR 0500 ET Eurozone Mar Markit manufacturing PMI expected +0.5 to 51.5, Feb 51.0. Mar Markit composite PMI expected +0.3 to 53.6, Feb 53.3.
UK 0530 ET UK Feb CPI expected +0.3% m/m and +0.1% y/y, Jan -0.9% m/m and +0.3% y/y. Feb core CPI expected +1.3% y/y, Jan +1.4% y/y.
0530 ET UK Feb RPI expected +0.4% m/m and +0.9% y/y, Jan -0.8% m/m and +1.1% y/y. Feb RPI ex-mortgage interest payments expected +1.0% y/y, Jan +1.2% y/y.
0530 ET UK Feb PPI input prices expected +1.6% m/m and -12.3% y/y, Jan -3.7% m/m and -14.2% y/y.
0530 ET UK Feb PPI output prices expected unch m/m and -2.0% y/y, Jan -0.5% m/m and -1.8% y/y. Feb PPI core output prices expected +0.1% m/m and +0.4% y/y, Jan +0.2% m/m and +0.5% y/y.
0530 ET UK Jan ONS house prices expected +8.9% y/y, Dec +9.8% y/y.
JPN 1950 ET Japan Feb PPI services expected +3.3% y/y, Jan +3.4% y/y.
U.S. STOCK CALENDAR03/24/2015
Company Ticker Time Event Description Period Estimate
IHS Inc IHS US 6:00 Q1 2015 Earnings Release Q1 2015 1.368
HD Supply Holdings Inc HDS US 6:00 Q4 2015 Earnings Release Q4 2015 0.101
McCormick & Co Inc/MD MKC US 6:30 Q1 2015 Earnings Release Q1 2015 0.638
McCormick & Co Inc/MD MKC US 8:00 Q1 2015 Earnings Call Q1 2015
IHS Inc IHS US 8:00 Q1 2015 Earnings Call Q1 2015
HD Supply Holdings Inc HDS US 8:00 Q4 2015 Earnings Call Q4 2015

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