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    May 6, 2013 11:50 AM | about stocks: TSN, CTSH, DG, CMA, KHC, ADT, HOG, APO, JCP, BKS, MCD, HD, GPS, OFI, BRK.B, SWX, REGI, RNR, SYY, MDT, CELG, TGT, FTR, FSLR, ADBE, APC, EOG, VNO, AFL


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    June E-mini S&Ps (ESM13 -0.05%) this morning are down -0.05% and European stocks are down -0.45%. Asian stocks closed mostly higher: Japan closed for holiday, Hong Kong +0.99%, China +1.33%, Taiwan +0.42%, Australia +0.52%,Singapore +0.37%, South Korea -0.32%, India +0.50%. Commodity prices are mixed. June WTI crude oil (CLM13 +0.09%) is up +0.56% and jumped to a 1-month high in overnight trade after Israeli aircraft reportedly attacked a Syrian military research center on Sunday, which raises geopolitical risks in the Middle East. June gasoline (RBM13 -0.10%) is up +0.32%, June natural gas (NGM13 -0.49%) is down -0.84%, June gold (GCM13 +0.66%) is up +0.72%, July copper (HGN13 -0.57%) is down -0.26%. Agriculture prices are lower. The dollar index (DXY00 +0.06%) is up +0.07%. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is down-0.10% after dovish comments from ECB Executive Board member Coeure weakened the euro. USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is up +0.19% as the yen posted a 1-week low. June 10-year T-note futures prices (ZNM13 -0.01%) are up +2 ticks.
    Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Mekdad said that recent Israeli airstrikes on his country were a "declaration of war" and that his government would retaliate in its own time. Israel has staged air strikes into Syria twice over the past 3 days reportedly targeting a shipment of missiles thought to be bound for Hezbollah militants in Lebanon, according to the Associated Press who cited unidentified Israeli officials.
    The German Apr PMI Services index was unexpectedly revised up to 49.6 from the originally reported 49.2.
    Eurozone Mar retail sales fell -0.1% m/m, right on expectations, and fell -2.4% y/y, weaker than expectations of -2.2% y/y.
    The Eurozone Apr PMI Composite index was unexpectedly revised up to 46.9 from the originally reported 46.6.
    The Eurozone May Sentix investor confidence rose +1.7 to -15.6, weaker than expectations of +2.1 to -15.2.
    ECB Executive Board member Coeure said the ECB is ready to cut interest rates further if the economic outlook in the Eurozone worsens.
    The China April HSBC Services PMI fell -3.2 points to 51.1 from 54.3 in March.
    The Chinese yuan fell back from a 19-year high of 6.1521 against the dollar after China's currency regulator said it will increase scrutiny of cross-border capital flows entering the country disguised as trade bills.

    This week's U.S. economic schedule is relatively light and is focused on this week's $72 billion Treasury coupon package, Fed Chairman Bernanke's keynote address on Friday, and another heavy earnings week. Q1 earnings season has peaked but there are still 46 of the S&P 500 companies that are scheduled to report this week. Q2 earnings growth for the S&P 500 companies is now expected at +5.1% y/y, better than +1.5% as of April 1, according to Thomson I/B/E/S. There are 6 of the S&P 500 companies that report earnings today: Sysco (consensus $0.43), Tyson Foods (0.45), Andarko (0.95), Frontier Communications (0.06), First Solar (0.75), EOG Resources (1.19), Vornado Realty (1.71).
    Conferences this week include American Gas Association (NYSEARCA:AGA) Financial Forum on Mon, Mizuho Securities USA Healthcare Access Day on Tue, Barclays Chemical ROC Star Conference on Tue, Robert W. Baird Growth Stock Conference on Tue-Thu, Jefferies Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference on Tue-Thu, ISI Bermuda Energy Conference on Wed, 17th Annual International Cash and Treasury Management Conference on Wed-Thu, Wells Fargo Industrial and Construction Conference on Wed-Thu, Skybridge Alternatives Conference (NYSE:SALT)-Las Vegas on Wed-Thu, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co IT Services Conference on Thu.

    Tyson Foods (TSN +1.30%) reported Q1 adjusted EPS of 36 cents, weaker than expectations of 45 cents.
    Cognizant (CTSH +3.53%) was added to Evercore's "Conviction Buy List" with a $96 a share price target.
    Dollar General (DG +0.19%) was upgraded to a "Buy" from "Neutral" at BofA/Merril and they raised their price target on the stock to $60 a share from $55.
    Comerica (CMA +2.26%) was downgraded to "Neutral" from "Buy" at BTIG due to valuation.
    Jefferies reaffirmed its "Buy" rating on Kraft Foods (KRFT +5.11%) and raised its price target on the stock to $60 a share from $52.
    ADT Corp. (ADT +2.47%) was upgraded to "Equal Weight" from "Underweight" at Morgan Stanley based on valuation.
    Harley-Davidson (HOG +0.35%) was initiated with an "Overweight" at Morgan Stanley with a price target of $62.
    Apollo Global (APO +1.30%) reported Q1 EPS of $1.60, well ahead of consensus of $1.24.
    Retailers including J.C. Penney (JCP +2.74%), Best Buy (BBY +0.99%), Barnes & Noble (BKS +1.37%), McDonald's (MCD +0.84%), Home Depot (HD +0.86%), and Gap (GPS +2.21%), lost a court bid to invalidate patents held by Alexsam related to systems that activate and recharge gift cards, according to a report by Bloomberg.
    Lord, Abbett & Co. reported a 12.1% stake in Overhill Farms (OFI -1.30%).
    Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) reported Q1 operating EPS of $2,302, better than consensus of $1,995.
    Southwest Gas (SWX +0.42%) reported Q1 EPS of $1.73, better than consensus of $1.67.
    Bunge North America reported a 10.14% passive stake in Renewable Energy (REGI +4.41%).
    SAC Capital reported a 5.3% passive stake in RenaissanceRe (RNR -0.35%).

    June E-mini S&Ps (ESM13 -0.05%) this morning are little changed, down -0.75 of a point (-0.05%). The S&P 500 index on Friday rallied to a record high and closed higher. Stocks found support from a larger-than-expected +165,000 increase in Apr non-farm payrolls (vs expectations of +140,000). March and Feb payrolls were revised upward by an additional +114,000. Also, the Apr unemployment rate unexpectedly fell -0.1 to a 4-1/3 year low of 7.5%. Stocks shook off the -4.0% fall in Mar factory orders (vs expectations of -2.9%), and the -1.3 point slide in the Apr ISM non-manufacturing index to 53.1, a bigger drop than expectations of -0.4 to 54.0. Closes: S&P 500 +1.05%, Dow Jones +0.96%, Nasdaq 100 +1.15%.
    June 10-year T-notes (ZNM13 -0.01%) this morning are up +2 ticks. June 10-year T-note futures prices on Friday tumbled to a 3-week low and closed sharply lower. The stronger-than-expected Apr non-farm payrolls boosted the outlook for economic growth and sent the S&P 500 soaring to a record high, thus reducing the safe-haven demand for Treasuries. Closes: TYM3 -25.0, FVM3 -11.5.
    The dollar index (DXY00 +0.06%) this morning is up slightly by +0.054 (+0.07%). EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is down -0.0013 (-0.10%) and USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is up +0.19 (+0.19%). The dollar index on Friday rallied initially on the stronger-than-expected Apr non-farm payrolls, but then shed its gains and closed lower on speculation the data wasn't strong enough for the Fed to reduce its dollar-negative stimulus. EUR/USD received a boost after ECB Governing Council member Nowotny said markets "over-interpreted" ECB President Draghi's comments Thursday that the ECB would consider a deposit rate below zero. Closes: Dollar index -0.099 (-0.12%), EUR/USD +0.00501 (+0.38%), USD/JPY +1.064 (+1.09%).
    June WTI crude oil (CLM13 +0.09%) this morning is up +0.54 (+0.56%) and posted a fresh 1-month high in overnight trade after Israeli airstrikes into Syria over the weekend raised geopolitical risks in the Middle East. June gasoline (RBM13 -0.10%) is up +0.0090 (+0.32%). June crude oil and gasoline on Friday closed higher as June crude posted a 1-month high. Economic optimism boosted energy prices after U.S. Apr non-farm payrolls rose more than expected, which boosted the S&P 500 to a record high and stoked speculation that fuel demand will increase. Closes: CLM3 +1.62 (+1.72%), RBM3 +0.0448 (+1.61%).


    US1100 ETUSDA weekly grain export inspections.
     1600 ETUSDA Crop Progress.
    GER0355 ETRevised German Apr PMI services expected unch at 49.2.
    EUR0400 ETRevised Eurozone Apr PMI composite expected unch at 46.5.
     0430 ETEurozone May Sentix investor confidence expected -15.0, Apr -17.3.
     0500 ETEurozone Mar retail sales expected -0.1% m/m and -2.2% y/y, Feb -0.3% /m and -1.4% y/y.
    UK1901 ETUK Apr Lloyds employment confidence, Mar -45.
    JPNn/aMarkets closed for final day of Golden Week holiday.

    U.S. STOCK CALENDAR05/06/2013

    Company NameSymbolTimeEvent DescriptionPeriodEPS Est (US$)
    Sysco CorpSYY USBef-mktQ3 2013 Earnings ReleaseQ3 20130.428
    Tyson Foods IncTSN USBef-mktQ2 2013 Earnings ReleaseQ2 20130.452
    Covidien PLCCOV US8:00Q4 2013 Guidance CallQ4 2013 
    Tyson Foods IncTSN US9:00Q2 2013 Earnings CallQ2 2013 
    Sysco CorpSYY US10:00Q3 2013 Earnings CallQ3 2013 
    Celgene CorpCELG US13:00Analyst & Investor DayY 2013 
    Target CorpTGT US16:15Vancouver Board of Trade Presents President, Tony Fisher, Target Canada  
    Frontier Communications CorpFTR US16:30Q1 2013 Earnings CallQ1 2013 
    First Solar IncFSLR US16:30Q1 2013 Earnings CallQ1 2013 
    Adobe Systems IncADBE US17:30Analyst and Investor MeetingY 2013 
    Anadarko Petroleum CorpAPC USAft-mktQ1 2013 Earnings ReleaseQ1 20130.945
    Frontier Communications CorpFTR USAft-mktQ1 2013 Earnings ReleaseQ1 20130.058
    First Solar IncFSLR USAft-mktQ1 2013 Earnings ReleaseQ1 20130.747
    EOG Resources IncEOG USAft-mktQ1 2013 Earnings ReleaseQ1 20131.185
    Vornado Realty TrustVNO USAft-mktQ1 2013 Earnings ReleaseQ1 20131.712
    Aflac IncAFL US Annual General Meeting

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