Wed Sep 14 2016
Nikki Bailey (1071 articles)

US : Pre Market News – 14 Sep 2016



Dec E-mini S&Ps (ESZ16 +0.26%) are up +0.07% and European stocks are up +0.14% as a rally in copper prices lifts mining stocks. Copper (HGZ16 +1.28%) is up +1.31% at a 3-week high on speculation Chinese economic growth may rebound after China Aug credit growth expanded more than forecast. Gains in European stocks were limited after Eurozone Jul industrial production fell more than expected. Asian stocks settled mostly lower: Japan -0.69%, Hong Kong -0.11%, China -0.68%, Taiwan -0.43%, Australia +0.38%, Singapore -0.32%, South Korea closed for holiday, India +0.07%. China’s Shanghai Composite fell to a 5-week low ahead of holidays on Thursday and Friday. Japan’s Nikkei Stock Index dropped to a 2-week low as bank stocks sold off on profit concerns after the Nikkei newspaper reported the BOJ is considering pushing interest rates deeper into negative territory.

The dollar index (DXY00 -0.18%) is down -0.12%. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is up +0.05%. USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is up +0.12% at a 1-week high.

Dec T-note prices (ZNZ16 +0.13%) are up +4 ticks.

Eurozone Jul industrial production fell -1.1% m/m, weaker than expectations of -1.0% m/m.

China Aug aggregate financing, the broadest measure of credit growth, climbed +1.47 trillion yuan, stronger than expectations of 900 billion yuan.


Key U.S. news today includes: (1) weekly MBA mortgage applications (previous +0.9% with purchase sub-index +1.2% and refi sub-index +0.7%), (2) Aug import price index (expected -0.1% m/m and -2.2% y/y, Jul +0.1% m/m and -3.7% y/y), (3) EIA Weekly Petroleum Status Report.

Russell 1000 companies that report earnings today: none.

U.S. IPO’s scheduled to price today: Noble Midstream Partners (NBLX)

Equity conferences today include: Barclays Global Financial Services Conference on Mon-Wed, Morgan Stanley Global Health Care Conference on Mon-Thu, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Real Estate Conference on Tue-Wed, Deutsche Bank Technology Conference on Tue-Wed, Hart Energy DUG Eagle Ford Conference on Tue-Wed, KeyBanc Basic Materials & Packaging Conference on Tue-Wed, Credit Suisse Basic Materials Conference on Tue-Thu, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Power & Gas Leaders Conference on Wed, Credit Suisse European Industrials Conference on Wed, Deutsche Bank Metals and Mining Conference on Wed, Mizuho Investment Conference on Wed, Peters & Co.Limited Energy Conference on Wed, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference on Wed-Thu, Morgan Stanley Laguna Conference on Wed-Fri, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Japan Conference on Thu, BMO Capital Markets Back to School Education Conference on Thu, UBS Best of Americas Conference on Thu, Citi Global Industrials Conference on Fri, Kazakh Drilling Roundtable – 2nd Annual on Fri.



F5 Networks (FFIV -1.62%) was upgraded to ‘Outperform’ from ‘Market Perform’ at Oppenheimer with an 18-month price target of $ 140.

Consolidated Edison (ED -1.64%) was upgraded to ‘Buy’ from ‘Hold’ at Jeffries with a 12-month target price of $ 82.

Macy’s (M -2.72%) gained nearly 2% in pre-market trading after Citigroup upgraded the stock to ‘Buy’ from ‘Neutral.’

Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI -5.94%) jumped nearly 6% in after-hours trading after it was rated a ‘Strong Buy’ at Raymond James with a 12-month target price of $ 48.

At Home Group (HOME +6.23%) gained over 3% in after-hours trading after it reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 13 cents, better than consensus of 11 cents.

Brooks Automation (BRKS -1.67%) was rated a new ‘Buy’ at Janney Montgomery with a 12-month target price of $ 20.

American Electric Power (AEP -1.39%) slid nearly 2% in after-hours trading after it said it will sell its Midwest power plants to Blackstone, Arclight for about $ 2.1 billion.

Oasis Petroleum (OAS -6.55%) lost nearly 3% in after-hours trading after it offered $ 250 million of senior convertible notes due 2023.

Callidius Software (CALD -1.97%) dropped 4% in after-hours trading after it reported a public offering of 4 million shares of common stock.

Avinger (AVGR -1.59%) gained over 4% in after-hours trading after it signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for Lumivascular technology.

Herbalife (HRB -0.54%) is up over 2% in after-hours trading after Carl Icahn asked the FTC for permission to raise his stake in the company to 50%, up from the 35% he already has permission to buy.

Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO +0.33%) fell 5% in after-hours trading after it proposed an offering of up to $ 150 million of common stock.

Radiant Logistics (RLGT -3.55%) slipped 5% in after-hours trading after it reported a Q4 loss of -1 cent per share and said Q4 revenue was down -6.4% y/y to $ 183.6 million.


Dec E-mini S&Ps (ESZ16 +0.26%) this morning are up +1.50 points (+0.07%). Tuesday’s closes: S&P 500 -1.48%, Dow Jones -1.41%, Nasdaq -0.88%. The S&P 500 on Tuesday closed lower on weakness in energy producer stocks after crude oil plunged -3%. Stocks were also undercut by the sharp sell-off in T-bond prices and by continued concern that global central banks will stop expanding their stimulus measures.

Dec 10-year T-notes (ZNZ16 +0.13%) this morning are up +4 ticks. Tuesday’s closes: TYZ6 -16.50, FVZ6 -8.75. Dec T-notes on Tuesday closed lower on weak demand for the Treasury’s $ 15 billion auction of 30-year T-bonds that had a bid-to-cover ratio of 2.13, below the 12-auction average of 2.36. T-note prices were also undercut by a relatively heavy slate of corporate debt offerings with 15 companies selling corporate debt on Tuesday, which prompts bond dealers to sell T-notes futures to hedge their corporate bond purchases.

The dollar index (DXY00 -0.18%) this morning is down -0.117 (-0.12%). EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is up +0.0006 (+0.05%). USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is up +0.12 (+0.12%). Tuesday’s closes: Dollar index +0.538 (+0.57%), EUR/USD -0.0015 (-0.13%), USD/JPY +0.71 (+0.70%). The dollar index on Tuesday closed higher on weakness in the currencies of the crude-exporting countries of Canada and Russia after crude oil fell 3%. There was also weakness in GBP/USD, which fell to a 1-week low on speculation the BOE may boost stimulus measures after UK Aug CPI rose less than expected.

Oct crude oil (CLV16 +0.47%) this morning is up +23 cents (+0.51%) and Oct gasoline (RBV16 -0.23%) is down -0.0047 (-0.34%). Tuesday’s closes: CLV6 -1.39 (-3.00%), RBV6 -0.0134 (-0.96%). Oct crude and gasoline on Tuesday closed lower on a stronger dollar and on the IEA’s projection that the global oil market will remain oversupplied through 2017, longer than last month’s estimate for the global oil market to reach equilibrium this year. Crude oil prices were also undercut by expectations for Wednesday’s weekly EIA crude inventories report to show a rise of +4.0 million bbl.

Wednesday, Sep 14
US0700 ETWeekly MBA mortgage applications, previous +0.9% with purchase sub-index +1.2% and refi sub-index +0.7%.
0830 ETAug import price index expected -0.1% m/m and -2.2% y/y, Jul +0.1% m/m and -3.7% y/y.
1030 ETEIA Weekly Petroleum Status Report.
Thursday, Sep 15
US0830 ETWeekly initial unemployment claims expected +6,000 to 265,000, previous -4,000 to 259,000. Weekly continuing claims expected +6,000 to 2.150 million, previous -7,000 to 2.144 million.
0830 ETQ2 current account balance expected -$ 120.8 billion, Q1 -$ 124.67 billion.
0830 ETAug retail sales expected -0.1% m/m and +0.2% ex autos, Jul unch and -0.3% ex autos.
0830 ETSep Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey expected -1.0 to 1.0, Aug +4.9 to 2.0.
0830 ETSep Empire manufacturing survey general business conditions expected +3.2 to -1.0, Aug -4.8 to -4.2.
0830 ETAug PPI final demand expected +0.1% m/m and +0.1% y/y, Jul -0.4% m/m and -0.2% y/y. Aug PPI ex food & energy expected +0.1% m/m and +1.0% y/y, Jul -0.3% m/m and +0.7% y/y.
0830 ETUSDA weekly Export Sales.
0915 ETAug industrial production expected -0.2%, Jul +0.7%. Aug manufacturing production expected -0.3%, Jul +0.5%. Aug capacity utilization expected -0.2 to 75.7%, Jul +0.5 to 75.9%.
1000 ETJul business inventories expected +0.1%, Jun +0.2%.
1100 ETTreasury announces amount of 10-year TIPS to be auctioned Sep 22 (previous $ 13 billion).
EUR0200 ETEurozone Aug new car registrations, Jul +6.9% y/y.
0500 ETRevised Eurozone Aug CPI, prelim-Aug +0.2% y/y. Revised Aug core CPI, prelim-Aug +0.8% y/y.
UK0430 ETUK Aug retail sales ex auto fuel expected -0.7% m/m and +4.8% y/y, Jul +1.5% m/m and +5.4% y/y.
0430 ETUK Aug retail sales including auto fuel expected -0.4% m/m and +5.4% y/y, Jul +1,4% m/m and +5.9% y/y.
0700 ETBOE announces interest rate decision and asset purchase target, expected no change to the 0.25% benchmark rate or to the 435 billion-pound asset purchase target.
U.S. STOCK CALENDAR 09/14/2016
CompanyTickerTimeEvent DescriptionPeriodEstimate
Leggett & Platt IncLEG US8:30Investor DayY 2016
Ford Motor CoF US10:00Investor DayY 2016
Expedia IncEXPE US11:00Annual General MeetingY 2016
Prudential Financial IncPRU US19:30Investor DayY 2016
E*TRADE Financial CorpETFC USAugust 2016 Sales and Revenue Release – Activity Report2016
Ameren CorpAEE USInvestor MeetingY 2016
Nikki Bailey

Nikki Bailey

Nikki Bailey reports on US Stocks. She covers also economy and related aspects. She has been tracking US Stock markets for several years now. She is based in New York


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