Tue Apr 18 2017
Nikki Bailey (1044 articles)

US : Pre Market News – 18 Apr 2017


Jun E-mini S&Ps (ESM17 -0.22%) this morning are down -0.30% and European stocks are down -0.98% at a 3-week low as weakness in energy producing stocks and mining companies drags the overall market lower. May WTI crude oil (CLK17 -0.85%) is down -0.78% at a 1-week low on concern that U.S. shale oil production is ramping up after the latest data showed active U.S. oil rigs last week increased to their highest in 1-1/2 years. Freeport McMoRan and U.S. Steel are both down more than 1% in pre-market trading as iron ore prices tumbled to a 4-3/4 month low after Citigroup said it was bearish in the outlook for the metal. GBP/USD jumped +0.79% to a 2-1/2 month high after British Prime Minister May announced as early general election set for June 8 as she seeks approval from voters as she heads into negotiations with the EU over Brexit. Also weighing on European stocks is political risks from this Sunday’s presidential election in France that is still too close to call. Asian stocks settled mostly lower: Japan +0.35%, Hong Kong -1.39%, China -0.79%, Taiwan +0.31%, Australia -0.90%, Singapore -0.02%, South Korea +0.05%, India -0.32%. China’s Shanghai Composite fell to a 2-week low as tensions on the Korean peninsula along with tougher regulatory scrutiny on stock trading led to selling of Chinese stocks.

The dollar index (DXY00 -0.27%) is down -0.17%. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is up +0.24%. USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is down -0.03%.

Jun 10-year T-note prices (ZNM17 +0.11%) are up +7 ticks.

China Mar new home prices rose in 62 out of the 70 cities tracked by the government, the most in 5 months.


Key U.S. news today includes: (1) Mar housing starts (expected -3.0% to 1.250 million, Feb +3.0% to 1.288 million), (2) Kansas City Fed President Esther George (non-voter) speaks at a conference at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, (3) Mar industrial production (expected +0.4%, Feb unch).

Notable Russell 1000 earnings reports today include: Goldman Sachs (consensus $ 5.34), Bank of America (0.35), IBM (2.35), Charles Schwab (0.37), Yahoo (0.14), Navient (0.42), Harley-Davidson (1.02), Kansas City Southern (1.16), Johnson & Johnson (1.77), UnitedHealth Group (2.17).

U.S. IPO’s scheduled to price today: none.

Equity conferences: none.


Goldman Sachs (GS +1.32%) dropped over 2% in pre-market trading after it reported Q1 net revenue of $ 8.03 billion, weaker than consensus of $ 8.33 billion.

Harley-Davidson (HOG -0.50%) slumped 5% in pre-market trading after it reported Q1 total motorcycles and related products revenue of $ 1.33 billion, below consensus of $ 1.35 billion.

Netflix (NFLX +3.03%) rose over 1% in after-hours trading after it reported 3.2 million new subscribers in Q2, higher than consensus of 2.5 million.

First Horizon National (FHN +1.93%) was upgraded to ‘Outperform’ from ‘Market Perform’ at Vining Sparks with a 12-month target price of $ 21.

United Continental Holdings (UAL +2.46%) gained over 1% in after-hours trading after it reported Q1 adjusted EPS of 41 cents, above consensus of 38 cents.

Synovus (SNV +2.05%) reported Q1 adjusted EPS of 57 cents, higher than consensus of 51 cents.

Celanese (CE +1.50%) reported Q1 adjusted EPS of $ 1.81, better than consensus of $ 1.72.

Galapagos NV (GLPG +2.71%) slipped over 2% in after-hours trading after it announced that it will share $ 275 million in American Depository Shares (ADS) via Morgan Stanley.

Barracuda Networks (CUDA +1.08%) dropped nearly 3% in after-hours trading after it said it expects fiscal 2018 revenue of $ 370 million-$ 380 million, the midpoint which trails consensus of $ 378.1 million.

Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO +0.33%) lost 3% in after-hours trading after it proposed selling up to 4.5 million shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering.

Cabela’s (CAB +0.56%) rallied 6% in after-hours trading after it announced an amended deal with Bass Pro Shops who will buy Cabela’s for $ 61.50 a share versus an October 2016 offer of $ 65.50 a share.

Rigel Pharmaceuticals (RIGL +0.32%) gained almost 2% in after-hours trading after it submitted to the FDA an NDA for its fostamatinib drug for patients with chronic and persistent immune thrombocytopenia.

Wi-LAN (WILN +1.01%) jumped 10% in after-hours trading after it announced a pact to buy International Road Dynamics for $ 47.4 million.


Jun E-mini S&Ps (ESM17 -0.22%) this morning are down -7.00 points (-0.30%). Monday’s closes: S&P 500 +0.86%, Dow Jones +0.90%, Nasdaq +0.85%. The S&P 500 on Monday closed higher on optimism about the global growth prospects after China Q1 GDP rose +6.9% y/y, stronger than expectations of +6.8% y/y and the fastest pace of growth since Q3 of 2015. Stocks also received a boost from optimism about S&P 500 Q1 corporate quarterly earnings results that are expected to increase +10.4% y/y. Stocks were undercut by the -11.2 point decline in the U.S. Apr Empire manufacturing index to a 5-month low of 5.2, weaker than expectations of -1.4 to 15.0.

Jun 10-year T-notes (ZNM17 +0.11%) this morning are up +7 ticks. Monday’s closes: TYM7 -5.50, FVM7 -2.00. Jun 10-year T-notes on Monday fell back from a 5-month nearest-futures high and closed lower. T-note prices were undercut by the stronger-than-expected Chinese Q1 GDP report and by reduced safe-haven demand for T-notes after stocks rallied and the North Korean situation calmed down a little.

The dollar index (DXY00 -0.27%) this morning is down -0,17 (-0.17%). EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is up +0.0026 (+0.24%) and USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is down -0.03 (-0.03%). Monday’s closes: Dollar index -0.22 (-0.22%), EUR/USD +0.0025 (+0.24%), USD/JPY +0.27 (+0.25%). The dollar index on Monday fell to a 2-week low and closed lower on last Friday’s U.S. Mar CPI data, which was dovish for Fed policy since it showed Mar core CPI fell -0.1% m/m, the first monthly decline in 7 years. The dollar was also undercut by the weaker than expected U.S. Mar Empire manufacturing index of -11.2 to a 5-month low of 5.2.

May WTI crude oil prices (CLK17 -0.85%) this morning are down -41 cents (-0.78%) and May gasoline (RBK17 -0.96%) is down -0.0150 (-0.87%, both at 1-week lows. Monday’s closes: May crude -0.53 (-1.00%), May gasoline -0.0153 (-0.88%). May WTI crude oil and gasoline on Monday closed lower on concern about increasing U.S. crude production after last Friday’s data from Baker Hughes showed U.S. active oil rigs in the week ended Apr 14 rose +11 to 683, the most in 1-3/4 years. In addition, the crack spread fell to a 3-week low, which may curb refinery demand for crude to refine into gasoline. Crude oil prices found some support on the fall in the dollar index to a 2-week low.

Tuesday, Apr 18
US0830 ETMar housing starts expected -3.0% to 1.250 million, Feb +3.0% to 1.288 million. Mar building permits expected +2.8% to 1.250 million, Feb -6.0% to 1.216 million.
0900 ETKansas City Fed President Esther George (non-voter) speaks at a conference at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.
0915 ETMar industrial production expected +0.4%, Feb unch. Mar manufacturing production expected +0.1%, Feb +0.5%. Mar capacity utilization expected +0.2 to 76.1%, Feb unch at 75.9%.
Wednesday, Apr 19
US0700 ETWeekly MBA mortgage applications, previous +1.5% with purchase sub-index +2.9% and refi sub-index unch.
1030 ETEIA Weekly Petroleum Status Report.
1200 ETBoston Fed President Eric Rosengren (non-voter) speaks at a conference at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.
1400 ETFed Beige Book.
U.S. STOCK CALENDAR 04/18/2017
CompanyTickerTimeEvent DescriptionPeriodEstimate
Charles Schwab Corp/TheSCHW USBef-mktQ1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 170.366
Harley-Davidson IncHOG USBef-mktQ1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 171.015
Lincoln Electric Holdings IncLECO USBef-mktQ1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 170.782
Regions Financial CorpRF US06:00Q1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 170.223
UnitedHealth Group IncUNH USBef-mktQ1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 172.169
Progressive Corp/ThePGR USBef-mktQ1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 170.682
Synovus Financial CorpSNV USBef-mktQ1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 170.511
Omnicom Group IncOMC USBef-mktQ1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 170.961
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ US06:40Q1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 171.77
Comerica IncCMA US06:40Q1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 170.956
Bank of America CorpBAC US06:45Q1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 170.349
Goldman Sachs Group Inc/TheGS US07:30Q1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 175.339
WW Grainger IncGWW US07:30Q1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 172.993
Brown & Brown IncBRO US08:00Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
Prologis IncPLD US08:00Q1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 170.623
Comerica IncCMA US08:00Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ US08:30Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
Synovus Financial CorpSNV US08:30Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
Omnicom Group IncOMC US08:30Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
Bank of America CorpBAC US08:30Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
UnitedHealth Group IncUNH US08:45Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
Harley-Davidson IncHOG US09:00Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
Whirlpool CorpWHR US09:00Annual General Meeting
Goldman Sachs Group Inc/TheGS US09:30Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
Lincoln Electric Holdings IncLECO US10:00Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
Celanese CorpCE US10:00Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
United Continental Holdings IncUAL US10:30Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
WW Grainger IncGWW US11:00Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
Regions Financial CorpRF US11:00Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
Equity LifeStyle Properties IncELS US11:00Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
Fifth Third BancorpFITB US11:30Annual General Meeting
Kansas City SouthernKSU USQ1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 171.155
Allied World Assurance Co Holdings AGAWH USQ1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 170.683
US BancorpUSB USAnnual General Meeting
M&T Bank CorpMTB USAnnual General Meeting
Lennar CorpLEN USAnnual General Meeting
Public Service Enterprise Group IncPEG USAnnual General Meeting
Prologis IncPLD US12:00Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
Intuitive Surgical IncISRG USAft-mktQ1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 174.954
International Business Machines CorpIBM US16:00Q1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 172.347
Interactive Brokers Group IncIBKR US16:00Q1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 170.408
Navient CorpNAVI USAft-mktQ1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 170.418
Lam Research CorpLRCX USAft-mktQ3 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ3 172.556
Yahoo! IncYHOO USAft-mktQ1 2017 Earnings ReleaseQ1 170.141
Intuitive Surgical IncISRG US16:30Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
Interactive Brokers Group IncIBKR US16:30Q1 2017 Earnings CallQ1 17
Lam Research CorpLRCX US17:00Q3 2017 Earnings CallQ3 17
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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