From Between the Hedges:
- Fidelity Investments is in talks to build a facility for as many as 5,000 workers in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.
- Amgen(AMGN) plans to sell $4 billion of convertible notes to fund a $3 billion stock repurchase plan.
- Whirlpool(WHR) agreed to delay the completion of its acquisition of Maytag(MYG) so that the US Justice Dept. can have more time to review the transaction.
Wall Street Journal:
- Starbucks Corp.(SBUX) Chairman Howard Schultz said the coffee chain will continue its aggressive expansion in China.
- India may invest as much as $1 billion to develop oil-sands projects in Canada within the next 12 months, citing an Indian government official.
- Morgan Stanley(MWD) CEO John Mack, who last month ended talks to buy a majority stake of money-manager BlackRock(BLK), may try to buy as many as 12 smaller hedge funds.
- Intel Corp.(INTC) plans to reduce prices of some of its newest microprocessors by as much as 50% in April to spur demand.
- Unilever NV will award an $871.3 million outsourcing contract to Accenture Ltd.(ACN).
Asian Indices are -.50% to +.25% on average.
S&P 500 indicated unch.
NASDAQ 100 indicated +.03%.
US AM Market Call
NASDAQ 100 Pre-Market Indicator/Heat Map
Before the Bell CNBC Video(bottom right)
Top 20 Business Stories
Daily Stock Events
Rasmussen Consumer/Investor Daily Indices
CNBC Guest Schedule
- (WGOV) 3-for-1
8:30 am EST
- Advance Retail Sales for January are estimated to rise .9% versus a .7% increase in December.
- Retail Sales Less Autos for January are estimated to rise .8% versus a .2% gain in December.
10:00 pm EST
- Business Inventories for December are estimated to rise .5% versus a .5% gain in November.
BOTTOM LINE: Asian indices are mostly lower, pressured by exorters in the region. I expect US equities to open modestly lower and to trade higher into the afternoon, finishing mixed.