Live Index – Wed, 12 Feb 2014 Premarket
March E-mini S&Ps (ESH14 +0.04%) this morning are down -0.01% and European stocks are ahead by +0.41% as emerging-markets rallied on signs of strength in China’s economy after China Jan exports and imports accelerated. Asian stocks closed higher: Japan +0.56%, Hong Kong +1.47%, China +0.25%, Taiwan +0.95%, Australia +1.06%, Singapore +0.21%, South Korea +0.17%, India +0.42%. Reduced European sovereign-debt concerns also gave a boost to European stocks after Italy’s 10-year bond yield fell to an 8-year low of 3.66%. Commodity prices are mixed. Mar crude oil (CLH14 +0.62%) is up +0.46% at a 1-1/2 month high after China Jan crude imports jumped +12% y/y to a record 28.15 MMT. Mar gasoline (RBH14 +0.76%) is up +0.48%, also at a 1-1/2 month high. Apr gold (GCJ14 +0.02%) is down -0.21%. March copper (HGH14 +0.92%) is up +0.86% after China Jan refined copper imports surged +21% m/m and +53% y/y to an all-time high 536,000 MT. Agriculture and livestock prices are mixed. The dollar index (DXY00 +0.14%) is up +0.09%. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is down -0.40% after ECB Council member Coeure said the ECB is considering a negative deposit rate “very seriously.” USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is down -0.34%. March T-note prices (ZNH14 -0.12%) are down -7 ticks.
The China Jan trade balance was a +$ 31.86 billion surplus, wider than expectations of a +$ 23.45 billion surplus. Jan exports jumped +10.6% y/y, well above expectations of +0.1% y/y, and Jan imports rose +10.0% y/y, more than double expectations of +4.0% y/y
Speaking yesterday evening, Dallas Fed President Fisher signaled he is for continued tapering of QE when he said there is little “efficacy derived from additional expansion of the Fed’s balance sheet.”
Eurozone Dec industrial production fell -0.7% m/m and rose +0.5% y/y, weaker than expectations of -0.3% m/m and +1.8% y/y.
Japan Dec machine orders plunged -15.7% m/m, a much bigger decline than expectations of -4.0% m/m and the largest fall since 1998. On an annual basis, Dec machine orders rose +6.7% y/y, a slower pace than expectations of +17.4% y/y.
The Japan Dec tertiary industry index fell -0.4% m/m, a bigger decline than expectations of -0.3%, but Nov was revised upward to +0.8% m/m from the originally reported +0.6% m/m.
The Treasury today will sell $ 24 billion of 10-year T-notes. The Treasury will then conclude this week’s $ 70 billion coupon package by selling $ 16 billion of 30-year T-bonds on Thursday. There are 14 of the S&P 500 companies that report earnings today. Notable reports include Dr Pepper (consensus $ 0.84), Deere (1.53), CBS (0.76), NVIDIA (0.24), Applied Materials (0.22), Cisco (0.46), Equifax (0.91), Whole Foods (0.44), MetLife (1.29).
Equity conferences during the remainder of this week include: Stifel Nicolaus Technology, Internet & Media Conference on Mon-Wed, Stifel Nicolaus Transportation and Logistics Conference on Tue-Wed, Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference on Tue-Thu, Credit Suisse Global Energy Summit on Tue-Thu, Credit Suisse Financial Services Forum on Tue-Wed, E&P Information & Data Management on Wed, Cleantech Innovation Summit on Wed, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Insurance Conference on Wed-Thu, BB&T Capital Markets Transportation Services Conference on Wed-Thu, Leerink Swann Global Healthcare Conference on Wed-Thu, and Sterne Agee Financial Institutions Investor Conference on Thu.
Lorillard (LO +1.01%) reported Q4 EPS of 82 cents, below consensus of 85 cents.
Valspar (VAL -0.21%) reported Q1 adjusted EPS of 70 cents, better than consensus of 66 cents.
Deere (DE +0.11%) reported Q1 EPS of $ 1.81, well above consensus of $ 1.53.
Packaging (PKG +0.06%) reported Q4 ex-items EPS of $ 1.04, stronger than consensus of 89 cents.
Willis Group (WSH +1.26%) reported Q4 adjusted EPS of 42 cents, weaker than consensus of 49 cents.
Procter & Gamble (PG +1.04%) said it expects an 8 cent-10 cent a share charge due to the devaluation of Venezuela’s currency.
Midcoast Energy (MEP +1.01%) reported Q4 EPS of 6 cents, well below consensus of 16 cents.
Senior Housing (SNH -1.09%) was downgraded to ‘Sell’ from ‘Neutral’ at UBS.
Service (SCI +0.34%) reported Q4 EPS ex-items of 27 cents, higher than consensus of 24 cents.
Fossil (FOSL +1.70%) jumped 6% in after-hours trading after it reported Q4 EPS of $ 2.68, stronger than consensus of $ 2.43.
DaVita (DVA +0.77%) reported Q4 adjusted EPS of $ 1.10, above consensus of 98 cents.
Andersons (ANDE +0.97%) reported Q4 EPS of $ 1.08, well below consensus of $ 1.61 as Q4 revenue was $ 1.6 billion, lower than consensus of $ 1.74 billion.
Team Health (TMH -1.73%) reported Q4 adjusted EPS of 46 cents, better than consensus of 44 cents.
Western Union (WU +1.53%) fell 3% in after-hours trading after it reported Q4 EPS of 31 cents, below consensus of 32 cents.
Intuit (INTU +1.78%) fell 2% in after-hours trading after it lowered guidance on Q2 EPS to 1 cent-2 cents, well below consensus of 26 cents.
Mar E-mini S&Ps (ESH14 +0.04%) this morning are little changed, down -0.25 of a point (-0.01%). The S&P 500 on Tuesday climbed to a 2-week high and closed higher after comments from Fed Chair Yellen bolstered optimism in the U.S. economy when she said economic growth has strengthened and there is “broad improvement” in the labor market. Yellen added that while growth has picked up, “the recovery in the labor market is far from complete” and that the FOMC is likely to continue to taper QE in “measured steps.” Her comments boosted speculation the U.S. economy is strong enough to handle further cuts in stimulus. Closes: S&P 500 +1.11%, Dow Jones +1.22%, Nasdaq 100 +1.11%.
Mar 10-year T-notes (ZNH14 -0.12%) this morning are down -7 ticks. Mar 10-year T-note futures prices on Tuesday fell back after Fed Chair Yellen said that that the FOMC is likely to continue to taper QE in “measured steps,” which was less dovish than market expectations. T-notes were also undercut on supply pressures with the Treasury auctioning $ 70 billion of T-notes and T-bonds in this week’s Feb quarterly refunding. Closes: TYH4 -11.50, FVH4 -7.50.
The dollar index (DXY00 +0.14%) this morning is up +0.075 (+0.09%). EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is down -0.0055 (-0.40%). USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is down -0.35 (-0.34%). The dollar index Tuesday fell to a 1-1/2 week low and closed slightly lower. Negative factors included (1) reduced safe-haven demand for the dollar after the S&P 500 rallied up to a 2-week high, and (2) comments from Fed Chair Yellen who said the labor market recovery is “far from complete,” which boosted speculation that the Fed will be slow to remove its overly easy monetary policies. Closes: Dollar index -0.004 (-0.01%), EUR/USD -0.0008 (-0.06%), USD/JPY +0.371 (+0.36%).
Mar WTI crude oil (CLH14 +0.62%) this morning is up +46 cents (+0.46%) and Mar gasoline (RBH14 +0.76%) is up +0.0131 (+0.48%), both at 1-1/2 month highs. Mar crude and gasoline prices Tuesday settled mixed. Bullish factors included (1) the slide in the dollar index to a 1-1/2 week low, (2) expectations for weekly EIA distillate supplies to fall 2.25 million bbl on Wed due to increased demand for heating fuels, and (3) strength in gasoline on supply concerns after researcher Energy Aspects Ltd. said that an average of 1.6 million bpd of U.S. refining capacity will be offline this month due to seasonal maintenance and unplanned shutdowns. Crude prices erased gains and closed lower after Fed Chair Yellen said the Fed will continue to taper QE3. Closes: CLH4 -0.12 (-0.12%), RBH4 +0.0278 (+1.02%).
|US||0700 ET||Weekly MBA mortgage applications, previous +0.4% with purchase sub-index -3.8% and refi sub-index +2.9%.|
|0845 ET||St. Louis Fed President James Bullard speaks on a panel discussion about Economic and Monetary Policy Challenges Facing the U.S. and the Eurozone in 2014.|
|1030 ET||EIA Weekly Petroleum Status Report.|
|1300 ET||Treasury auctions $ 24 billion 10-year T-notes.|
|1400 ET||Jan monthly budget statement expected -$ 28.5 billion, Dec +$ 53.220 billion.|
|JPN||0100 ET||Japan Jan machine tool orders, Dec +28.1% y/y.|
|1850 ET||Japan Jan domestic CGPI expected +0.1% m/m and +2.4% y/y, Dec +0.3% m/m and +2.5% y/y.|
|EUR||0500 ET||Eurozone Dec industrial production expected -0.3% m/m and +1.8% y/y, Nov +1.8% m/m and +3.0% y/y.|
|1030 ET||ECB President Mario Draghi delivers keynote address at a conference in Brussels titled Progress Through Crisis.|
|UK||0530 ET||BOE releases quarterly inflation report.|
|1901 ET||UK Jan RICS house price balance expected 58%, Dec 56%.|
|Company Name||Ticker||Time||Event Description||Period||Estimate|
|Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc||DPS US||Bef-mkt||Q4 2013 Earnings Release||Q4 2013||0.841|
|Hospira Inc||HSP US||Bef-mkt||Q4 2013 Earnings Release||Q4 2013||0.498|
|Lorillard Inc||LO US||Bef-mkt||Q4 2013 Earnings Release||Q4 2013||0.851|
|Deere & Co||DE US||Bef-mkt||Q1 2014 Earnings Release||Q1 2014||1.53|
|Hospira Inc||HSP US||9:00||Q4 2013 Earnings Call||Q4 2013|
|Lorillard Inc||LO US||9:00||Q4 2013 Earnings Call||Q4 2013|
|Applied Materials Inc||AMAT US||Aft-mkt||Q1 2014 Earnings Release||Q1 2014||0.224|
|NetApp Inc||NTAP US||Aft-mkt||Q3 2014 Earnings Release||Q3 2014||0.71|
|Cisco Systems Inc||CSCO US||Aft-mkt||Q2 2014 Earnings Release||Q2 2014||0.458|
|CenturyLink Inc||CTL US||Aft-mkt||Q4 2013 Earnings Release||Q4 2013||0.589|
|Equifax Inc||EFX US||Aft-mkt||Q4 2013 Earnings Release||Q4 2013||0.911|
|Whole Foods Market Inc||WFM US||Aft-mkt||Q1 2014 Earnings Release||Q1 2014||0.44|
|MetLife Inc||MET US||Aft-mkt||Q4 2013 Earnings Release||Q4 2013||1.294|
|Progressive Corp/The||PGR US||January 2014 Sales and Revenue Release||2014|