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    Mar 11, 2013 1:07 PM | about stocks: DKS, CSIQ, KHC, STRZA, DEL, LYV, GNW, ITRI, AGI, EW, URBN, YUMIQ

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    June E-mini S&Ps (ESM13 -0.18%) this morning are down -0.15% on a -0.67%sell-off in the Euro Stoxx 50 index and generally bearish economic news since last Friday. Negative factors this morning include the late-Friday Italian debt downgrade and weaker-than-expected Chinese industrial production, retail sales, and new yuan loans reports, and Japan's weaker-than-expected Japan Feb machine orders report. The main supportive factor is today's +1.4% m/m increase in German Jan exports. Asian stocks closed mixed today. China's CSI 300 index fell -0.56% on the weak Chinese economic data, while Hong Kong was unchanged and Japan closed +0.53%. Commodity prices this morning are down -0.13%. April crude oil (CLJ13-0.21%) is down -0.28%, April gasoline (RBJ13 +1.08%) is up +1.55%, April gold (GCJ13 +0.15%) is up +0.01%, May copper (HGK13 -0.54%) is down-0.77%, grain prices are up about +0.4% on average, and softs are trading lower. The dollar index (DXY00 +0.11%) is slightly higher by +0.06%. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is down -0.07% and USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is up +0.08%. June 10-year T-notes (ZNM13 +0.10%) are up +3.5 ticks.
    Fitch late Friday downgraded Italy's debt rating by one notch to BBB+ from A- with a negative outlook, leaving the rating three notches above junk and one notch above Spain. The downgrade was caused by Italy's political stalemate and the inability of the country to respond to the recession and the Eurozone debt crisis. Italian credit default swap price today rose by 6.5 bp to 264 bp.
    China's Feb industrial production eased to +9.9% y/y from +10.0% y/y in Jan and was weaker than market expectations of +10.6% y/y. Chinese retail sales were also weaker than expected. Chinese Feb retail sales eased to +12.3% year-to-date y/y from +14.3% in Jan and were weaker than market expectations of +15.0%.
    China's Feb new yuan loans fell to 620 billion yuan from 1.070 trillion yuan in Jan and were weaker than market expectations of 700 billion yuan. China's M2 money supply report of +15.2% y/y was down from Jan's +15.9% but was stronger than market expectations of +14.9% y/y.
    Japan's Feb machine orders report of -13.1% m/m was much weaker than market expectations of -1.7% m/m and was down from +2.8% in Jan. On a year-on-year basis, Feb machine orders fell to -9.7% y/y from -3.4% in Jan.
    Japan's Feb machine tool orders improved to -21.5% y/y from -26.4% y/y in Jan.
    Japan's Feb M2 money supply report of +2.9% y/y was up from +2.7% y/y in Jan and was 0.2 points higher than market expectations of +2.7% y/y.
    Germany's Jan trade surplus of 13.7 billion euros was up from a revised 12.1 billion euros in Dec but was slightly below expectations of 13.9 billion euros. Germany's Jan exports were up +1.4% m/m, which was stronger than market expectations of +0.5% m/m and Dec's report of a revised +0.2% m/m. Germany's Jan current account surplus fell to 11.3 billion euros from a revised 20.2 billion euros and was above the market consensus of 10.5 billion euros.
    French Jan industrial production fell by -1.2% m/m, which was much weaker than market expectations of -0.2% m/m. France may be back in a recession with the market consensus for French Q1 GDP of -0.1% q/q that would follow the -0.2% q/q decline in Q4.

    Market attention this week will focus on the ongoing U.S. fiscal battles with the Senate due to take up the House version of the continuing resolution that must be approved in 2-1/2 weeks to keep the government open past March 27. The Senate is expected to make relatively minor changes and a government shut-down on March 27 appears unlikely. Also on the fiscal front, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is due to release his 2014 budget on Tuesday.
    This is a light earnings week with only 9 of the Russell 1000 companies due to report. Today brings reports from Dick's Sporting Goods (consensus $1.07), Urban Outfitters (0.57), and Molycorp (-0.30).
    Conferences this week include the BIO-Europe Spring Partnering Conference on Monday, Edison Electric Institute - International Utility Conference on Mon-Tue, Credit Suisse Global Services Conference on Mon-Wed, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Consumer & Retail Conference on Tue-Wed, World Biofuels Markets 2013 on Tue-Wed, China Healthcare Investment Conference on Tue-Wed, FIA International Derivatives Conference on Tue-Thu, Piper Jaffray Technology Media and Telecommunications Conference on Tue-Wed, Barclays Capital Healthcare Conference on Tue-Thu, UBS Global Consumer Conference on Wed-Thu, and Susquehanna Chemical Conference on Thu.

    June E-mini S&Ps (ESM13 -0.18%) are down -2.25 points (-0.15%) this morning on today's -0.67% sell-off in European stocks, the late-Friday Fitch downgrade of Italy, and generally negative Chinese, Japanese and European economic data released since Saturday. The S&P 500 index on Friday closed higher with the Dow at a record high and the S&P 500 at a 5-1/3 year high. Bullish factors included (1) the stronger-than-expected U.S. Feb payroll report and (2) the continued decline in Spanish and Italian bond yields. Closes: S&P 500 +0.45%, Dow Jones +0.47%, Nasdaq +0.17%.


    • Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS +0.48%) reported Q4 EPS of $1.03, below the consensus of $1.06.
    • Canadian Solar (CSIQ +0.54%) reported Q4 adjusted EPS at -$1.01, worse than the consensus of -92 cents.
    • Kraft Foods (KRFT +1.37%) will join the NASDAQ-100 index effective March 18, replacing STARZ (STRZA +2.05%).
    • The Icahn proposal could kill the Dell (DELL -0.42%) buyout, boost Dell's value, according to Barron's.
    • Live Nation (LYV +1.53%) may have more upside, according to Barron's.
    • Genworth Financial (GNW +1.97%) is undervalued, according to Barron's.
    • Railroads are profiting from hauling overflow oil production, according to Barron's.
    • Itron (ITRI +0.51%) announced a new $50 million share repurchase plan.

    June 10-year T-notes (ZNM13 +0.10%) are up 3.5 ticks this morning on increased safe-haven demand with the sell-off in U.S. and European stock indexes. June 10-year T-note prices on Friday fell sharply on the stronger-than-expected U.S. payroll report combined with reduced safe-haven demand with the rally in the S&P 500 index to a new 5-1/3 year high and the continued decline in Italian and Spanish bond yields. Closes: TYM3 -16, FVM3 -6.5.
    The dollar index (DXY00 +0.11%) is slightly higher by +0.05 points (+0.06%) on some increased safe-haven demand. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is slightly lower by -0.0009 (-0.07%) on the Italian downgrade. USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is up +0.08 (+0.08%). The dollar index on Friday rallied to a new 6-month high on the stronger-than-expected U.S. payroll report, which put the U.S. economy is a stronger light that should attract foreign investment and boost the dollar's interest rate differentials. Closes: Dollar index +0.62 (+0.75%), EUR/USD -0.0102 (-0.78%), USD/JPY +1.18 (+1.24%).
    April WTI crude oil (CLJ13 -0.21%) is mildly lower by -0.26 (-0.28%), while April gasoline (RBJ13 +1.08%) is up +0.0497 (+1.55%). Crude oil and gasoline prices on Friday rallied on hopes for improved fuel demand with last Friday's stronger-than-expected U.S. payroll report. Brent crude oil, however, closed lower as capacity came back on line from the damaged North Sea pipeline. Closes: CLJ3 +0.39 (+0.43%), RBJ3 +0.0802 (+2.57%).


    US 1100 ET USDA weekly grain export inspections.
    JPN 0200 ET Japan Feb machine tool orders, Jan -26.4% y/y.
      1950 ET Japan Feb domestic CGPI expected +0.3% m/m and -0.1%y/y, Jan +0.4% m/m and -0.2% y/y.
      1950 ET Japan Jan tertiary industry index expected -0.2% m/m, Dec +1.4% m/m.
      1950 ET Japan Q1 BSI large all industry, Q4 -5.5. Q1 BSI large manufacturing, Q4 -10.3.
    GER 0300 ET German Jan trade balance expected 13.9 bln euros, Dec +12.0 bln euros. Jan exports expected +0.5% m/m, Dec +0.3% m/m. Jan imports expected +0.7% m/m, Dec -1.5%m/m.
      0300 ET German Jan current account expected 10.5 bln euros, Dec 17.3 bln euros.
    UK 2001 ET U.K. Feb RICS house price balance expected -1%, Jan -4%.
    CHI 2001 ET China Q2 Manpower survey, Q1 +14%.

    U.S. STOCK CALENDAR03/11/2013

    Company Name Symbol Time Event Description Period EPS Est (US$)
    Dick's Sporting Goods Inc DKS US 7:30 Q4 2013 Earnings Release Q4 2013 1.065
    Akamai Technologies Inc AKAM US 8:00 Investor Summit Y 2013  
    Dick's Sporting Goods Inc DKS US 10:00 Q4 2013 Earnings Call Q4 2013  
    Edwards Lifesciences Corp EW US 11:00 ACC, PARTNER 1 Cohort A 3 Yr Data    
    Urban Outfitters Inc URBN US 16:00 Q4 2013 Earnings Release Q4 2013 0.573
    Urban Outfitters Inc URBN US 17:00 Q4 2013 Earnings Call Q4 2013  
    Yum! Brands Inc YUM US Aft-mkt February 2013 Sales and Revenue Release 2013  
    Molycorp Inc MCP US   Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012 -0.3
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