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  • Barchart Morning Call 8/16 0 comments
    Aug 16, 2013 2:12 PM | about stocks: LLTC, XLNX, P, APC, AA, GIS, STM, JOSB, LEN, JWN, AMAT, DELL, MCHP
    Barchart Morning Call

    BC - Fri Aug 16, 6:45AM CDT

     

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    OVERNIGHT MARKETS AND NEWS

    September E-mini S&Ps (ESU13 +0.32%) this morning are up +0.24% and European stocks are up +0.08%. Asian stocks closed mostly lower: Japan -0.75%, Hong Kong -0.10%, China -0.75%, Taiwan +0.48%, Australia -0.75%, Singapore -0.73%, South Korea -0.24%, India -3.97%. China's Shanghai Stock Index closed down -0.75% after being up +5.6% when a trading error at Everbright Securities spurred a 53% surge in trading volumes. India's Sensex Stock Index sank -3.97%, its biggest plunge since Sep 2011, as Indian banking stocks tumbled on concern that measures taken by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to bolster the rupee are failing. The rupee dropped to a record 62.005 per dollar today and has slumped -4.4% in the past 3-weeks even after the RBI tightened the cash supply, restricted currency derivatives and curbed gold imports. Commodity prices are mixed. Sep crude oil (CLU13 +0.20%) is up +0.05% and Sep gasoline (RBU13 +0.29%) is up +0.04%. Dec gold (GCZ13 +0.22%) is up +0.05% at a 1-3/4 month high, and Sep copper (HGU13 +0.67%) is up +0.85%. Agricultural and livestock prices are mixed. The dollar index (DXY00 +0.08%) is up +0.06%. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is down -0.07% and USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is up +0.06%. September T-note prices (ZNU13 -0.21%) are down -4 ticks.

    The Eurozone Jun trade surplus widened to 14.9 billion euros from a 13.8 billion euro surplus in May. June exports rose a seasonally adjusted +3.0% m/m, their first increase in 3-months, from a -2.6% m/m decline in May. June imports rose +2.5% m/m after a -2.1% decline in May.

    The July Eurozone CPI fell -0.5% m/m, right on expectations and the biggest decline in 6-months. The Eurozone CPI was left unrevised at +1.6% y/y and the July core CPI was also left unrevised at the originally reported +1.1% y/y.

    U.S. STOCK PREVIEW
    Today's early-Aug U.S. consumer confidence index from the University of Michigan is expected to show a +0.1 point increase to 85.2, adding to the +1.0 point increase to 85.1 seen in July. Today's July housing starts report is expected to show an increase of +7.7% to 900,000, reversing some of the sharp -9.9% decline to 836,000 seen in June. Today's Q2 non-farm productivity report is expected to improve to +0.6% from +0.5% in Q1. None of the Russell 1000 companies report earnings today. There are no equity conferences today.

    OVERNIGHT U.S. STOCK MOVERS

    Linear Technology (LLTC -1.31%) was upgraded to "Overweight" from "Equal Weight" at Morgan Stanley who also raised its price target on the stock to $48 from $40.

    Xilinx (XLNX -2.33%) was upgraded to "Overweight" from "Equal Weight" at Morgan Stanley who also raised its price target on the stock to $40 from $38.

    Pandora (P -3.50%) was upgraded to "Buy" from "Neutral" with a price target of $27 at Goldman.

    Anadarko (APC +0.25%) was upgraded to "Strong Buy" from "Buy" at ISI Group.

    Alcoa (AA unch) was downgraded to "Underperform" from "Neutral" at BofA/Merrill.

    General Mills (GIS -2.88%) was downgraded to "Underperform" from "Hold" at Jefferies.

    STMicroelectronics (STM -1.52%) was downgraded to "Underweight" from "Neutral" at HSBC.

    JoS. A. Bank (JOSB -1.76%) fell 5% in after-hours trading after it lowered its Q2 EPS estimate to 49 cents-53 cents, well below consensus of 68 cents.

    Gabelli reports 5.09% stake in Lennar (LEN +5.12%) .

    Nordstrom (JWN -0.35%) fell over 3% in after-hours trading after it reported Q2 EPS of 93 cents, stronger than consensus of 88 cents, but then lowered guidance on fiscal 2013 EPS view to $3.60-$3.70 from $3.65-$3.80, lower than consensus of $3.78.

    Applied Materials (AMAT -2.61%) reported Q3 adjusted EPS of 18 cents, weaker than consensus of 19 cents.

    Dell (DELL -0.15%) reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 25 cents, better than consensus of 24 cents.

    MARKET COMMENTS

    Sep E-mini S&Ps (ESU13 +0.32%) this morning are up +4.00 points (+0.24%). The S&P 500 index on Thursday tumbled to a 1-month low and closed lower on concern that stronger-than-expected Eurozone and U.S. economic data will prompt the Fed to taper QE3 soon. U.S. weekly jobless claims fell -15,000 to a 5-3/4 year low of 320,000, while the Aug NAHB housing market index rose +3 to a 7-3/4 year high of 59. Other bearish factors included a slide in technology stocks after bellwether Cisco said its fiscal Q1 revenue will be lower than consensus, and after retail stocks fell when Wal-Mart cut its full-year EPS forecast. Closes: S&P 500 -1.43%, Dow Jones -1.47%, Nasdaq 100 -1.70%.

    Sep 10-year T-notes (ZNU13 -0.21%) this morning are down -4 ticks. Sep 10-year T-note prices on Thursday fell to a 5-week low and the 10-year T-note yield surged to a 2-year high of 2.82% after U.S. weekly jobless claims fell to their lowest level in 5-3/4 years and after the Aug NAHB housing market index climbed to its best level in 7-3/4 years. T-note prices rose from their worst levels after July industrial production was unchanged (weaker-than-expectations of +0.3%) and after the Aug Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index fell more than expected. Closes: TYU3 -9.0, FVU3 -7.25.

    The dollar index (DXY00 +0.08%) this morning is up +0.052 (+0.06%). EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is down -0.0010 (-0.07%) and USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is up +0.06 (+0.06%). The dollar index on Thursday posted a 1-week high after initial unemployment claims fell to a 5-3/4 year low, but gave up its advance and closed lower after July industrial production unexpectedly stagnated. Closes: Dollar index -0.547 (-0.67%), EUR/USD +0.00917 (+0.69%), USD/JPY -0.771 (-0.79%).

    Sep WTI crude oil (CLU13 +0.20%) this morning is up +5 cents (+0.05%) and Sep gasoline (RBU13 +0.29%) is up +0.0011 (+0.04%). Sep crude oil and gasoline prices on Thursday climbed to 2-week highs and settled higher on concern that the civil unrest in Egypt will escalate and threaten the supplies of Middle East crude oil through the Suez Canal. Other bullish factors included (1) the weaker dollar and (2) the decline in U.S. weekly jobless claims to a 5-3/4 year low. Closes: CLU3 +0.48 (+0.45%), RBU3 +0.0015 (+0.05%).

    GLOBAL EVENT CALENDAR08/16/2013

    US 0830 ET Q2 non-farm productivity expected +0.6%, Q1 +0.5%. Q2 unit labor costs expected +1.2%, Q1 -4.3%.
      0830 ET July housing starts expected +7.7% to 900,000, Jun -9.9% to 836,000. July building permits expected +2.9% to 945,000, Jun -6.8% to 918,000.
      0955 ET Preliminary U.S. Aug University of Michigan consumer confidence expected +0.1 to 85.2, July +1.0 to 85.1.
    EUR 0500 ET Revised Eurozone July CPI, previous +0.1% m/m and +1.6% y/y. Revised July core CPI, previous +1.1% y/y.
      0500 ET Eurozone Jun trade balance (sa), May +14.6 billion euros.
    CHI 2130 ET China July property prices.
    UK 1901 ET UK Aug Rightmove house prices, July +0.3% m/m and +4.8% y/y.
    JPN 1950 ET Japan July trade balance expected -803.0 billion yen, Jun -182.3 billion yen. July exports expected +15.4% y/y, Jun +7.4% y/y. July imports expected +18.9% y/y, Jun +11.8% y/y.

    U.S. STOCK CALENDAR08/16/2013

    Company Name Symbol Time Event Description Period EPS Est (US$)
    Microchip Technology Inc MCHP US 12:00 Annual General Meeting Y 2013
    Stocks: LLTC, XLNX, P, APC, AA, GIS, STM, JOSB, LEN, JWN, AMAT, DELL, MCHP
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