Thu Jun 26 2014
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PREMARKET WORLD NEWS

September E-mini S&Ps (ESU14 -0.05%) this morning are down -0.09% and European stocks are also down -0.09%. EU leaders begin a 2-day summit in Brussels today and may consider further sanctions against Russia if the situation in Ukraine deteriorates. U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, who met with his French counterpart in Paris, said that it was “critical for Russia to show, in the next hours literally, that they are moving to help disarm the separatists.” Asian stocks closed mostly higher on speculation that recent weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data will prompt the Fed to keep interest rates lower for longer: Japan +0.27%, Hong Kong +1.45%, China +0.74%, Taiwan +0.85%, Australia +1.15%, Singapore +0.52%, South Korea +0.72%, India -0.99%. Commodity prices are mixed. Aug crude oil (CLQ14 -0.18%) is down -0.16%. Aug gasoline (RBQ14 -0.11%) is down -0.04%. Aug gold (GCQ14 -0.86%) is down -0.88% after China’s chief auditor discovered 94.4 billion yuan ($ 15.2 billion) of loans backed by falsified gold transactions, adding to signs of possible fraud in commodities financing deals. July copper (HGN14 -0.41%) is down -0.19%. Agriculture and livestock prices are mostly higher. The dollar index (DXY00 +0.03%) is down -0.02%. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is down -0.12%. USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is down -0.15%. Sep T-note prices (ZNU14 -0.03%) are unchanged.

ECB Governing Council member and Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said that even though inflation rates will remain “significantly below 2%” until the end of 2016, “the Eurozone is not in a deflationary spiral.” With the introduction of a negative deposit rate and targeted loans, “we have entered uncharted territory and I’m taking a stand for not keeping interest rates low for longer than absolutely necessary.”

U.S. STOCK PREVIEW

Today’s weekly initial unemployment claims report is expected to show a decline of -2,000 to 310,000, adding to last week’s decline of -6,000 to 312,000. Meanwhile, continuing claims are expected to fall -1,000 to 2.560 million, adding to last week’s decline of -54,000 to 2.561 million. Today’s May personal income and spending reports are both expected to show decent increases of +0.4% m/m. Today’s May PCE deflator report is expected to move higher, thus confirming the upward inflation trend that has been seen in the CPI and PPI data. Today’s May PCE deflator is expected to rise to +1.8% y/y from +1.6% in April. Meanwhile, the May PCE core deflator is expected to rise to +1.6% y/y from +1.4% in April. The Treasury today will sell $ 29 billion of 7-year T-notes, concluding this week’s T-note auction package. There are 5 of the Russell 1000 companies that report earnings today: Lennar (consensus $ 0.51), Accenture (1.21), ConAgra (0.55), NIKE (0.75), McCormick (0.62). Equity conferences during the remainder of this week include: Mobile Pharma Biztech 2014 on Wed-Thu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREMARKET U.S. STOCKS

Estee Lauder (EL +0.64%) was downgraded to ‘Neutral’ from ‘Buy’ at B. Riley.

Accenture PLC (ACN +0.75%) reported Q3 EPS of $ 1.26, higher than consensus of $ 1.21.

McCormick (MKC -0.17%) reported Q2 EPS of 64 cents, better than consensus of 62 cents.

Lennar (LEN +1.14%) reported Q2 EPS of 61 cents, well ahaead of consensus of 51 cents.

C&J Energy (CJES +3.70%) said it will acquire Nabors (NBR +1.87%) completion and production businesses for $ 2.86 billion.

H.B. Fuller (FUL +0.32%) reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 78 cents, right on consensus, but then lowered guidance on fiscal 2014 EPS view to $ 2.80-$ 2.95 from $ 3.00-$ 3.15, well below consensus of $ 3.07.

Reuters reports that General Motors (GM +1.39%) told its North American dealers to halt sales of 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedans due to airbag issues.

Barclays (BCS -0.82%) is down over 5% in pre-market trading after the New York Attorney General announced a lawsuit against the bank from the operation of Barclays’ dark pool and other aspects of its electronic trading division.

Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY +0.78%) dropped 6% in after-hours trading after it reported Q1 EPS of 93 cents, weaker than consensus of 94 cents, and then said it expects Q2 EPS between $ 1.08-$ 1.16, below consensus of $ 1.20.

Iron Mountain (IRM -0.33%) surged over 15% in after-hours trading after its Board of Directors approved the company’s conversion to a real estate investment trust – a REIT – for the taxable year beginning January 1.

Disney (DIS +1.48%) was initiated with a ‘Buy’ at Jefferies with a price target of $ 100.

Gannett (GCI +5.07%) was initiated with a ‘Buy’ at Jefferies with a price target of $ 35.

Herman Miller (MLHR +1.31%) fell nearly 4% in after-hours trading after it reported Q4 adjusted EPS of 50 cents, better than consensus of 46 cents, but then said it sees sees Q1 EPS of 44 cents-48 cents, on the lower end of consensus of 48 cents.

MARKET COMMENTS

Sep E-mini S&Ps (ESU14 -0.05%) this morning are down -1.75 points (-0.09%). The S&P 500 index on Wednesday shook off early losses and closed higher on optimism that the U.S. economy is recovering from a weak Q1. Stocks initially opened lower after (1) May durable goods orders unexpectedly fell -1.0% and -0.1% ex-transportation, weaker than expectations of unch and +0.3% ex-transportation, and (2) U.S. Q1 GDP was revised lower to -2.9% (annualized q/q), weaker than expectations of -1.8% and the steepest pace of contraction in 5 years. Closes: S&P 500 +0.49%, Dow Jones +0.29%, Nasdaq +0.73%.

Sep 10-year T-notes (ZNU14 -0.03%) this morning are unchanged. Sep 10-year T-note futures prices on Wednesday rallied to a 3-week high and closed higher. Bullish factors included (1) the unexpected decline in May durable goods orders, and (2) the larger-than-expected downward revision of Q1 GDP to its steepest pace of contraction in 5 years. Closes: TYU4 +7.50, FVU4 +5.25.

The dollar index (DXY00 +0.03%) this morning is down -0.014 (-0.02%). EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is down -0.0016 (-0.12%). USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is down -0.15 (-0.15%). The dollar index on Wednesday fell to a 1-month low and closed lower on concerns about the U.S. economy after May durable goods orders unexpectedly declined and after U.S. Q1 GDP was revised lower to its largest contraction in 5 years. EUR/USD climbed to a 2-week high after the German July GfK consumer confidence rose more than expected to a 7-1/2 year high. Closes: Dollar Index -0.102 (-0.13%), EUR/USD +0.00227 (+0.17%), USD/JPY -0.107 (-0.10%).

Aug WTI crude oil (CLQ14 -0.18%) this morning is down -17 cents (-0.16%) . Aug gasoline (RBQ14 -0.11%) is down -0.0013 (-0.04%). Aug crude and gasoline prices on Wednesday settled mixed. Bullish factors included (1) the fall in the dollar index to a 1-month low, and (2) news that the U.S. will begin to step up oil exports, which have been largely banned for the past 41 years, after federal officials told two energy companies they can legally export light crude after minimal processing. Bearish factors included (1) the unexpected +1.74 million bbl increase in weekly EIA crude inventories, more than expectations for a -1.7 million bbl draw and (2) the +416,000 bbl increase in crude supplies at Cushing, OK, the delivery point of WTI futures, the second straight increase. Closes: CLQ4 +0.47 (+0.44%) RBQ4 -0.0260 (-0.84%).

GLOBAL EVENT CALENDAR06/26/2014
US0830 ETWeekly initial unemployment claims expected -2,000 to 310,000, previous -6,000 to 312,000. Weekly continuing claims expected -1,000 to 2.560 million, previous -54,000 to 2.561 million.
0830 ETMay personal spending expected +0.4%, Apr -0.1%. May personal income expected +0.4%, Apr +0.3%.
0830 ETMay PCE deflator expected +0.3% m/m and +1.8% y/y, Apr +0.2% m/m and +1.6% y/y. May PCE core deflator expected +0.2% m/m and +1.6% y/y, Apr +0.2% m/m and +1.4% y/y.
0830 ETRichmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker speaks at the Lynchburg Colleges School of Business and Economics on the topic Investing in People as an Economic Growth Strategy.
0830 ETUSDA weekly Export Sales.
1100 ETJune Kansas City Fed manufacturing index expected unch at 10, May 10.
1300 ETTreasury auctions $ 29 billion 7-year T-notes.
1305 ETSt. Louis Fed President James Bullard speaks on Five Comments on Monetary Policy and Income Equality to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
UK1905 ETUK Jun GfK consumer confidence expected +2 to 2, May was 0.
JPN1930 ETJapan May jobless rate expected unch at 3.6%. May job-to-applicant ratio expected unch at 1.08.
1930 ETJapan May overall household spending expected -2.3% y/y, Apr -4.6% y/y.
1930 ETJapan May national CPI expected +3.7% y/y, Apr +3.4% y/y. May national CPI ex-fresh food expected +3.4% y/y, Apr +3.2% y/y. May national CPI ex food & energy expected +2.2% y/y, Apr +2.3% y/y.
1930 ETJapan Jun Tokyo CPI expected +3.1% y/y, May +3.1% y/y. Jun Tokyo CPI ex-fresh food expected +2.8% y/y, May +2.8% y/y. Jun Tokyo CPI ex food & energy expected +1.9% y/y, May +1.9% y/y.
1950 ETJapan May retail sales expected +2.9% m/m and -2.0% y/y, Apr -13.6% m/m and -4.3% y/y.
CHI2130 ETChina May industrial profits, Apr +9.6% y/y.
U.S. STOCK CALENDAR06/26/2014
Company NameTickerTimeEvent DescriptionPeriodEstimate
Philip Morris International IncPM US3:00Investor Day – Day 1Y 2014
Lennar CorpLEN USBef-mktQ2 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ2 20140.513
Accenture PLCACN USBef-mktQ3 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ3 20141.21
ConAgra Foods IncCAG US7:30Q4 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ4 20140.55
Big Lots IncBIG US8:00Investor And Analyst ConferenceY 2014
McCormick & Co Inc/MDMKC US8:00Q2 2014 Earnings CallQ2 2014
Accenture PLCACN US8:00Q3 2014 Earnings CallQ3 2014
Iron Mountain IncIRM US8:30Business Update Call
ConAgra Foods IncCAG US9:30Q4 2014 Earnings CallQ4 2014
Liberty Global PLCLBTYA US10:00Annual General MeetingY 2014
Kroger Co/TheKR US11:00Annual General MeetingY 2014
Lennar CorpLEN US11:00Q2 2014 Earnings CallQ2 2014
Nabors Industries LtdNBR US11:00Business Update Call
NIKE IncNKE US16:15Q4 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ4 20140.751
NIKE IncNKE US17:00Q4 2014 Earnings CallQ4 2014
Questar CorpSTR USRoadshow – Day 4Y 2014
McCormick & Co Inc/MDMKC USQ2 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ2 20140.621
Chico’s FAS IncCHS USAnnual General Meeting
Guess? IncGES USAnnual General Meeting
United Therapeutics CorpUTHR USAnnual General Meeting
Liberty Global PLCLBTYA USAnnual General Meeting
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