Tue Aug 12 2014
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September E-mini S&Ps (ESU14 +0.16%) this morning are up +0.19% on optimism that Q2 company earnings results will remain strong, while European stocks are down -0.17% after German investor confidence dropped for an eighth month. Asian stocks closed mixed: Japan +0.20%, Hong Kong +0.18%, China -0.35%, Taiwan -0.11%, Australia +1.34%, Singapore -0.09%, South Korea +0.01%, India +1.42%. Commodity prices are mixed. Sep crude oil (CLU14 -0.71%) is down -0.81% after the IEA reduced its estimates for 2014 global oil demand by -180,000 barrels a day and by -90,000 barrels a day for 2015. Sep gasoline (RBU14 -0.36%) is down -0.47%. Dec gold (GCZ14 +0.18%) is up +0.21%. Sep copper (HGU14 +0.22%) is up +0.30%. Agriculture and livestock prices are lower ahead of today’s USDA Aug WASDE crop production report. The dollar index (DXY00 +0.21%) is up +0.24%. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is down -0.33% after German Aug ZEW investor confidence fell to the lowest in 20 months. USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is up +0.10%. GBP/USD fell -0.03% to a 2-month low after a gauge of British retail sales fell for a second month. Sep T-note prices (ZNU14 -0.05%) are down -2 ticks.

The German Aug ZEW survey expectations of economic growth slumped -18.5 to 8.6, a much bigger decline than expectations of -10.1 to 17.0 and the lowest in 20 months. The Aug ZEW survey current situation fell -17.5 to 44.3, a bigger drop than expectations of -7.8 to 54.0 and the lowest in 7 months.

UK Jul BRC sales like-for-like unexpectedly fell for a second month as it slid -0.3% y/y, weaker than expectations of +0.9% y/y.

Japan Jul PPI rose +0.3% m/m and +4.3% y/y, less than expectations of +0.4% m/m and +4.4% y/y.

The Japan Jun industrial production was revised lower to -3.4% m/m and +3.1% y/y from the originally reported -3.3% m/m and +3.2% y/y. The -3.4% m/m drop is the largest monthly decline in 3-1/4 years. Jun capacity utilization fell -3.3% m/m, the biggest decline in 1-3/4 years.


The Treasury today will sell $ 27 billion of 3-year T-notes. Today’s July monthly budget statement is expected to show a deficit of -$ 96.0 billion in a turnaround from June’s surplus of +$ 70.5 billion. There are 12 of the Russell 1000 companies that report earnings today with notable reports including Fossil Group (consensus $ 0.96), Valspar (1.16), Kate Spade (0.00), Cree (0.41), and JDS Uniphase (0.13).

Equity conferences during the remainder of this week include: Pacific Crest Global Technology Leadership Forum on Mon-Tue, Jefferies Global Industrials Conference on Mon-Thu, Goldman Sachs Power, Utilities, MLP & Pipeline Conference on Tue, Wedbush Life Sciences Management Access Conference on Tue, 8/12/2014 on Tue-Wed, J.P. Morgan Auto Conference on Tue, Oppenheimer Technology, Internet & Communications Conference on Tue-Wed, JP Morgan Auto Conference on Wed, Canaccord Genuity Growth Conference on Wed-Thu, and Barclays Summer Utilities Conference on Thu.



Dean Foods (DF -3.86%) was upgraded to ‘Outperform’ from ‘Neutral’ at Credit Suisse.

Stryker (SYK -0.33%) was upgraded to ‘Buy’ from ‘Hold’ at Needham.

Citigroup added shares of First Solar (FSLR +1.98%) and Foot Locker (FT +0.55%) to its Focus List.

Towers Watson (TW +1.65%) reported Q4 adjusted EPS of $ 1.34, higher than consensus of $ 1.25.

Flowers Foods (FLO +0.35%) reported Q2 EPS of 21 cents, weaker than consensus of 24 cents, and then cut its fiscal 2014 EPS view to to 92 cents-98 cents from 98 cents-$ 1.05, below consensus of $ 1.02.

Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF +0.39%) was upgraded to ‘Buy’ from ‘Hold’ at Stifel with a price target of $ 50.

Paulson & Co. reported a 10.1% passive stake in Cobalt (CIE +2.46%) .

MasTec (MTZ +4.50%) fell nearly 4% in after-hours trading after it reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 40 cents, right on consensus, but then lowered guidance on fiscal 2014 adjusted EPS to $ 1.55-$ 1.58, well below consensus of $ 1.82.

Convergys (CVG +1.62%) reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 34 cents, better than consensus of 32 cents.

Caesar’s (CZR +2.32%) reported a Q2 EPS losss of -$ 3.24, over double consensus of a -$ 1.19 loss.

Ventas (VTR +0.35%) reported Q2 normalized FFO of $ 1.12, higher than consensus of $ 1.09

Nuance (NUAN +1.06%) tumbled 9% in after-hours trading after it reported Q3 EPS of 27 cents, right on consensus, but then lowered guidance on fiscal 2014 EPS to $ 1.03-$ 1.08, below consensus of $ 1.13.


Sep E-mini S&Ps (ESU14 +0.16%) this morning are up +3.75 points (+0.19%). The S&P 500 index on Monday rallied to a 1-week high and closed higher: S&P 500 +0.28%, Dow Jones +0.10%, Nasdaq +0.58%. Bullish factors included (1) carry-over support from a rally in European stocks on reduced tensions in Ukraine after Russia said it had withdrawn troops from the Ukraine border, and (2) signs of optimism about the global economic outlook after Japan Jul consumer confidence climbed to an 8-month high and UK Jul Lloyds employment confidence rose to its highest level since the data series began in 2004.

Sep 10-year T-notes (ZNU14 -0.05%) this morning are down -2 ticks. Sep 10-year T-note futures prices on Monday closed slightly lower. Bearish factors included (1) reduced safe-haven demand as global equity markets rallied after Russia said it had withdrawn troops from the Ukraine border, and (2) supply pressures as the Treasury prepares to auction $ 67 billion of T-notes and T-bonds this week in the Aug quarterly refunding that begins with Tuesday’s $ 27 billion auction of 3-year T-notes. Closes: TYU4 -1.50, FVU4 -0.50.

The dollar index (DXY00 +0.21%) this morning is up +0.197 (+0.24%). EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is down -0.0044 (-0.33%) and USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is up +0.10 (+0.10%). The dollar index on Monday closed higher. Bullish factors included (1) weakness in the yen as USD/JPY rallied after strength in global equity markets reduced the safe-haven demand for the yen, and (2) overall negative sentiment toward EUR/USD on speculation the Fed will tighten monetary policy before the ECB. Closes: Dollar index +0.077 (+0.09%), EUR/USD -0.00259 (-0.19%), USD/JPY +0.152 (+0.15%).

Sep WTI crude oil (CLU14 -0.71%) this morning is down -79 cents (-0.81%) after the IEA cut its global oil demand forecasts for this year and next. Sep gasoline (RBU14 -0.36%) is down -0.0129 (-0.47%). Sep crude and gasoline prices on Monday closed higher: CLU4 +0.43 (+0.44%), RBU4 +0.0009 (+0.03%). Bullish factors included (1) a rally in global stock markets, which signals confidence in the economic outlook and energy demand, and (2) expectations that Wednesday’s weekly EIA data will show crude stockpiles declined for the seventh consecutive week.

US1200 ETAug WASDE crop production.
1300 ETTreasury auctions $ 27 billion 3-year T-notes.
1400 ETJul monthly budget statement expected -$ 96.0 billion, Jun +$ 70.5 billion.
JPN0030 ETRevised Japan Jun industrial production, previous -3.3% m/m and +3.2% y/y.
0030 ETJapan Jun capacity utilization, May -0.7% m/m
1950 ETJapan Q2 GDP expected -7.0% q/q annualized, Q1 +6.7% q/q annualized. Q2 deflator expected +1.6% y/y, Q1 0.1% y/y. Q2 consumer spending expected -3.7% q/q, Q1 +2.2% q/q. Q2 business spending expected -3.0% q/q, Q1 +7.6% q/q.
GER0500 ETGerman Aug ZEW survey expectations of economic growth expected -10.1 to 17.0, Jul 27.1. Aug ZEW survey current situation expected -7.8 to 54.0, Jul 61.8.
Company NameTickerTimeEvent DescriptionPeriodEstimate
Kate Spade & CoKATE USBef-mktQ2 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ2 2014-0.003
Valspar Corp/TheVAL USBef-mktQ3 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ3 20141.159
Flowers Foods IncFLO USBef-mktQ2 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ2 20140.235
CST Brands IncCST USBef-mktQ2 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ2 20140.487
Towers Watson & CoTW US6:00Q4 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ4 20141.252
Charles River Laboratories International IncCRL US8:30Investor MeetingY 2014
Flowers Foods IncFLO US8:30Q2 2014 Earnings CallQ2 2014
Ventas IncVTR US9:00Q2 2014 Earnings CallQ2 2014
Towers Watson & CoTW US9:00Q4 2014 Earnings CallQ4 2014
CST Brands IncCST US9:00Q2 2014 Earnings CallQ2 2014
Kate Spade & CoKATE US10:00Q2 2014 Earnings CallQ2 2014
Chimera Investment CorpCIM US10:00Q2 2014 Earnings CallQ2 2014
Valspar Corp/TheVAL US11:00Q3 2014 Earnings CallQ3 2014
Precision Castparts CorpPCP US16:00Annual General Meeting
Fossil Group IncFOSL US16:30Q2 2014 Earnings CallQ2 2014
Myriad Genetics IncMYGN US16:30Q4 2014 Earnings CallQ4 2014
Cree IncCREE US17:00Q4 2014 Earnings CallQ4 2014
JDS Uniphase CorpJDSU US17:00Q4 2014 Earnings CallQ4 2014
URS CorpURS USAft-mktQ2 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ2 20140.74
Fossil Group IncFOSL USAft-mktQ2 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ2 20140.964
Jack Henry & Associates IncJKHY USAft-mktQ4 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ4 20140.595
Cree IncCREE USAft-mktQ4 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ4 20140.409
JDS Uniphase CorpJDSU USAft-mktQ4 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ4 20140.13
Myriad Genetics IncMYGN USAft-mktQ4 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ4 20140.464
Tahoe Resources IncTHO CNAft-mktQ2 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ2 20140.213
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