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    Aug 2, 2013 10:19 AM | about stocks: CBOE, HMC, AVGO, LNT, GME, VIAB, ED, BERY, LMT, MRC, T, ATVI, INTU, LNKD, KHC, PNW, CVC, CVX, ETN, HST, SEE, AIG, TSO, MS, SWN, PSA, AIV, DELL, BRK.A, AN, GHC
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    OVERNIGHT MARKETS AND NEWS
    September E-mini S&Ps (ESU13 +0.12%) this morning are up +0.09% and European stocks are up +0.15%. Asian stocks closed mostly higher: Japan +3.29%, Hong Kong +0.46%, China +0.08%, Taiwan +0.54%, Australia +1.09%, Singapore +0.33%, South Korea +0.18%, India-0.79%. Expectations for a strong U.S. July non-farm payrolls report today along with Thursday's data that showed factory output from the U.S. to China and Europe expanded in July is lifting global stocks. Commodity prices are mixed. Sep crude oil (CLU13 -0.29%) is down -0.24% as it retreated from a 2-week high. Sep gasoline (RBU13 -0.46%) is down -0.51%, Dec gold (GCZ13 -1.71%) is down -1.69% at a 2-week low as improving U.S. economic data boosts expectations the Fed will curb stimulus, and Sep copper (HGU13 +0.49%) is up +0.55%. Agricultural and livestock prices are mixed. The dollar index (DXY00 +0.12%) is up +0.12% at a 1-1/2 week high. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is down -0.01% and USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is up +0.26%. September T-note prices (ZNU13 -0.14%) are down -4 ticks at a 3-week low on expectations that today's U.S. July non-farm payrolls will be strong enough to prompt the Fed to taper its bond buying.
    UK July nationwide house prices rose +0.8% m/m, double expectations of +0.4% m/m and the biggest monthly gain in 11-months, while prices also rose +3.9% y/y, stronger than expectations of +3.1% y/y and the biggest annual gain in 3-years.
    UK July PMI construction jumped +6.0 points to 57.0, stronger than expectations of +0.5 to 51.5 and its fastest pace of expansion in 3-years.
    Eurozone Jun PPI was unch m/m and rose +0.3% y/y, right on expectations.
    Spain's Labor Ministry reported that Spain July jobless claims fell -64,900, smaller than expectations of a -75,000 decline.

    U.S. STOCK PREVIEW
    Today's July non-farm payroll report is expected to show an increase of +185,000, which would be just below the increases of +195,000 or above seen in the previous 3 months (April +199,000, May +195,000, June +195,000). Meanwhile, today's July unemployment rate is expected to fall-0.1 point to 7.5% after being unchanged at 7.6% in June. Today's June personal income and spending reports are expected to be relatively strong at +0.4% m/m and +0.5%, following the May reports of +0.5% and +0.3%, respectively. Today's June core PCE deflator, which is the Fed's preferred inflation measure, is expected to be unchanged from the April and May reports of +1.1% y/y, thus remaining at the record low for the series. Today's June factory orders report is expected to show an increase of +2.3%, adding to the +2.1% increase seen in May. There are no equity conferences today.
    There are 9 of the S&P 500 companies that report earnings today. Reports today include Pinnacle West Capital (consensus $1.14), Cablevision (0.05), Chevron (2.96), Eaton (1.11), Host Hotels & Resorts (0.42), Sealed Air (0.25), Berkshire Hathaway ($2165), Viacom (1.30), Washington Post.

    OVERNIGHT U.S. STOCK MOVERS
    CBOE Holdings (CBOE +1.40%) reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 54 cents, better than consensus of 51 cents.
    Honda (HMC -0.51%) was upgraded to "Outperform" from "Neutral" at Credit Suisse.
    Broadcom (BRCM +0.22%) was downgraded to "Neutral" from "Buy" at UBS.
    Alliant Energy (LNT +1.45%) reported Q2 EPS of 59 cents, stronger than consensus of 55 cents.
    GameStop (GME +1.88%) was downgraded to "Neutral" from "Outperform" at Credit Suisse.
    Viacom (VIAB +2.18%) reported Q3 EPS of $1.29, weaker than consensus of $1.30, and also boosted its share buyback program by $10 billion to $20 billion.
    Consolidated Edison (ED +0.72%) reported Q2 EPS of 59 cents, better than consensus of 57 cents.
    Berry Plastics (BERY +1.26%) reported Q3 adjusted EPS of 35 cents, lower than consensus of 37 cents.
    Lockheed Martin (LMT +1.71%) was awarded a firm-fixed-price governemnt contract woth up to $223.31 million for the procurement of Modernized-Target Acquisition Designations Sight pilot night vision sensors and related services.
    MRC Global (MRC +1.23%) reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43 cents, stronger than consensus of 38 cents.
    Leap Wireless (LEAP -0.30%) reported a Q2 EPS loss of -$2.09, much weaker than consensus of -$1.12.
    Activision Blizzard (ATVI +1.17%) reported Q2 EPS of 8 cents, better than consensus of 7 cents.
    Intuit (INTU +0.89%) lowered guidance on fiscal 2013 EPS to $3.16-$3.18 vs. prior view of $3.31-$3.35.
    LinkedIn (LNKD +4.52%) rose over 7% in after-hours trading after it reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 38 cents, better than consensus of 31 cents.
    Kraft Foods (KRFT +0.99%) reported Q2 EPS ex-gain of 76 cents, stronger than consensus of 66 cents.

    MARKET COMMENTS
    Sep E-mini S&Ps (ESU13 +0.12%) this morning are up +1.50 points (+0.09%). The S&P 500 index on Thursday rallied to a new record high. Bullish factors included (1) reduced global growth concerns after the China July manufacturing PMI unexpectedly rose +0.2 to 50.3 and the Eurozone July PMI manufacturing was revised upward to a 2-year high of 50.3, and (2) strength in U.S. economic data after weekly initial unemployment claims unexpectedly fell -19,000 to a 5-1/2 year low of 326,000 and after the U.S. July ISM manufacturing index climbed +4.5 to a 2-year high of 55.4. Closes: S&P 500 +1.25%, Dow Jones +0.83%, Nasdaq 100 +1.17%.
    Sep 10-year T-notes (ZNU13 -0.14%) this morning are down -4 ticks at a new 3-week low. Sep 10-year T-note prices on Thursday closed sharply lower as stronger-than-expected U.S. economic data on weekly initial unemployment claims boosted expectations for the Fed to cut its bond purchases, while the surge in the S&P 500 to a record high reduced the safe-haven demand for Treasuries. Closes: TYU3 -1-2.00, FVU3 -16.75.
    The dollar index (DXY00 +0.12%) this morning is up +0.098 (+0.12%). EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is down -0.0001 (-0.01%) and USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is up +0.26 (+0.26%). The dollar index on Thursday closed higher on stronger-than-expected U.S. economic data (weekly jobless claims and the July ISM manufacturing index), which bolsters expectations the Fed will taper QE3 within a few months. EUR/USD fell back after ECB President Draghi said that risks to the economic outlook for the Eurozone "continue to be on the downside." Closes: Dollar index +0.884 (+1.09%), EUR/USD -0.0095 (-0.71%), USD/JPY +1.664 (+1.70%).
    Sep WTI crude oil (CLU13 -0.29%) this morning is down -0.26 (-0.24%) and Sep gasoline (RBU13 -0.46%) is down -0.0155 (-0.51%). Sep crude oil and gasoline prices on Thursday rose to 1-week highs and closed higher. Bullish factors included (1) stronger than expected U.S. economic data on weekly jobless claims and July ISM manufacturing, (2) expansion in China's and the Eurozone's July manufacturing PMIs, and (3) ECB President Draghi's pledge to maintain accommodative monetary policy. Closes: CLU3 +2.86 (+2.72%), RBU3 +0.0321 (+1.07%).

    GLOBAL EVENT CALENDAR08/02/2013

    US 0830 ET July non-farm payrolls expected +185,000, Jun +195,000. July private payrolls expected +195,000, Jun +202,000. July manufacturing payrolls expected +2,000, Jun 6,000. July unemployment rate expected -0.1 to 7.5%, Jun unch at 7.6%.
      0830 ET July avg hourly earnings expected +0.2% m/m and +2.2% y/y, Jun +0.4% m/m and +2.2% y/y. July avg weekly hours expected unch at 34.5, Jun 34.5.
      0830 ET Jun personal spending expected +0.5%, May +0.3%. Jun personal income expected +0.4%, May +0.5%. Personal income and spending annual revisions.
      0830 ET Jun PCE deflator expected +0.4% m/m and +1.3% y/y, May +0.1% m/m and +1.0% y/y. Jun core PCE deflator expected +0.1% m/m and +1.1% y/y, May +0.1% m/m and +1.1% y/y.
      1000 ET Jun factory orders expected +2.3%, May +2.1%.
      1215 ET St. Louis Fed President James Bullard speaks on the economy at the 2013 Municipal Finance Conference in Boston, MA.
    UK 0200 ET UK July nationwide house prices expected +0.4% m/m and +3.1% y/y, Jun +0.3% m/m and +1.9% y/y.
      0430 ET UK July PMI construction expected +0.5 to 51.5, Jun 51.0.
    EUR 0500 ET Eurozone Jun PPI expected unch m/m and +0.3% y/y, May -0.3% m/m and -0.1% y/y.
    CHI 2100 ET China July non-manufacturing PMI, Jun -0.4 to 53.9.

    U.S. STOCK CALENDAR08/02/2013

    Company Name Symbol Time Event Description Period EPS Est (US$)
    Pinnacle West Capital Corp PNW US Bef-mkt Q2 2013 Earnings Release Q2 2013 1.139
    Cablevision Systems Corp CVC US Bef-mkt Q2 2013 Earnings Release Q2 2013 0.045
    Chevron Corp CVX US Bef-mkt Q2 2013 Earnings Release Q2 2013 2.955
    Eaton Corp PLC ETN US Bef-mkt Q2 2013 Earnings Release Q2 2013 1.107
    Host Hotels & Resorts Inc HST US Bef-mkt Q2 2013 Earnings Release Q2 2013 0.417
    Sealed Air Corp SEE US 7:30 Q2 2013 Earnings Release Q2 2013 0.247
    American International Group Inc AIG US 8:00 Q2 2013 Earnings Call Q2 2013  
    Viacom Inc VIAB US 8:30 Q3 2013 Earnings Call Q3 2013  
    Tesoro Corp TSO US 8:30 Q2 2013 Earnings Call Q2 2013  
    Morgan Stanley MS US 9:00 Fixed Income Investor Update Call    
    Cablevision Systems Corp CVC US 10:00 Q2 2013 Earnings Call Q2 2013  
    Southwestern Energy Co SWN US 10:00 Q2 2013 Earnings Call Q2 2013  
    Eaton Corp PLC ETN US 10:00 Q2 2013 Earnings Call Q2 2013  
    Host Hotels & Resorts Inc HST US 10:00 Q2 2013 Earnings Call Q2 2013  
    Chevron Corp CVX US 11:00 Q2 2013 Earnings Call Q2 2013  
    Sealed Air Corp SEE US 11:00 Q2 2013 Earnings Call Q2 2013  
    Pinnacle West Capital Corp PNW US 12:00 Q2 2013 Earnings Call Q2 2013  
    Public Storage PSA US 13:00 Q2 2013 Earnings Call Q2 2013  
    Apartment Investment & Management Co AIV US 13:00 Q2 2013 Earnings Call Q2 2013  
    Dell Inc DELL US 18:00 Extraordinary Shareholders Meeting (M&A Vote)    
    Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A US   Q2 2013 Earnings Release Q2 2013 2165.8
    Viacom Inc VIAB US   Q3 2013 Earnings Release Q3 2013 1.298
    AutoNation Inc AN US   July 2013 Sales and Revenue Release 2013  
    Washington Post Co/The WPO US   Q2 2013 Earnings Release Q2 2013
    Stocks: CBOE, HMC, AVGO, LNT, GME, VIAB, ED, BERY, LMT, MRC, T, ATVI, INTU, LNKD, KHC, PNW, CVC, CVX, ETN, HST, SEE, AIG, TSO, MS, SWN, PSA, AIV, DELL, BRK.A, AN, GHC
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