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  • Barchart Morning Call 8/20 0 comments
    Aug 20, 2013 2:08 PM | about stocks: TGT, DKS, JCP, BBY, HDCF, PWRD, ANW, FB, URBN, BOBE, MDT, TJX, INTU, ADI
    Barchart Morning Call

    BC - Tue Aug 20, 6:46AM CDT


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    September E-mini S&Ps (ESU13 +0.18%) this morning are down -0.02% at a 6-week low and European stocks are down -1.32%. Asian stocks closed lower: Japan -2.63%, Hong Kong -2.20%, China -0.81%, Taiwan -0.86%, Australia -0.67%, Singapore -1.40%, South Korea -1.51%, India -0.34%. Stocks and commodity prices are mostly lower on speculation the Fed will begin cutting its bond purchases next month. Expectations increased for the Fed to begin tapering QE3 after Richmond Fed President Lacker in a Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper interview said that the benefits of more bond purchases by the Fed "are likely to be negligible." Oct crude oil (CLV13 -0.65%) is down -0.66% and Oct gasoline (RBV13 -0.38%) is down -0.49%. Dec gold (GCZ13 -0.06%) is down -0.10%, and Sep copper (HGU13 -0.26%) is down -0.26%. Agricultural and livestock prices are mostly lower. The dollar index (DXY00 -0.20%) is down -0.20% at a 1-week low. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is up +0.33% at a 2-month high and USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is down -0.29%. September T-note prices (ZNU13 +0.40%) are up +19 ticks on short-covering from the recent rout that sent Treasury yields to a 2-year high on Monday.

    German July PPI unexpectedly fell -0.1% m/m, weaker than expectations of a +0.2% m/m increase as producer prices have now fallen in 5 of the last 6 months. On an annual basis July PPI rose +0.5% y/y, a smaller increase than expectations of +0.7% y/y.

    Eurozone Jun construction output rose +0.7% m/m, up from a revised +0.5% in May that was originally reported as a -0.3% m/m decline. Year-over-year, Jun construction output fell -3.0% y/y, the eighteenth straight month that construction output has declined an on annual basis.

    Japan July nationwide department store sales fell -2.5% y/y from a +7.2% increase in Jun, the first decline in a year.

    The Japan Jun all-industry activity index fell -0.6% m/m, its first decline in 6 months, although a smaller decline than expectations of -0.7% m/m.

    In the minutes of its Aug 6 policy meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia (NYSE:RBA) said the direction of the currency will be important in setting policy and signaled that further interest-rate cuts remain a possibility. The minutes stated that "A rate cut remains possible should the business sentiment and the non-mining economy show no meaningful signs of picking up in the next few months, or if the Australian dollar unexpectedly rallies."

    There are no U.S. econonmic reports today. There are 7 of the S&P 500 companies that report earnings today: Home Depot (consensus $1.21), Best Buy (0.12), Medtronic (0.88), JC Penney (-1.07), TJX (0.63), Intuit (-0.01), Analog Devices (0.54). Equity conferences during the remainder of this week include CRM Evolution Conference & Exhibition 2013 on Tue-Wed, Morgan Stanley Semiconductor & Semi-Cap Equipment Corporate Access Day on Wed, Citi One on One Midstream/Infrastructure Conference on Wed, and Raymond James Bank Conference on Thu.


    Target (TGT -0.50%) and Wal-Mart (WMT -0.72%) were both downgraded to "Neutral" from "Positive" at Susquehanna.

    Dick's Sporting (DKS +1.20%) reported Q2 EPS of 71 cents, weaker than consensus of 74 cents.

    JC Penney (JCP -1.34%) reported a Q2 EPS loss of -$2.16, a bigger loss than consensus of -$1.01.

    Best Buy (BBY +1.19%) jumped 11% in pre-market trading after it reported Q2 EPS of 32 cents, well ahead of consensus of 12 cents.

    Home Depot (HD -0.23%) reported Q2 EPS of $1.24, better than consensus of $1.21.

    Robert Kopple reported a 19.99% stake in Cardero Resource (CDY +13.33%) .

    Perfect World (PWRD +2.49%) reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 33 cents, better than consensus of 30 cents.

    Aegean Marine (ANW +1.11%) reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 13 cents, below consensus of 17 cents.

    Facebook (FB +1.97%) was initiated with a "Buy" at Janney Capital with a price target of $50.

    Urban Outfitters (URBN +0.45%) rose nearly 7% in after-hours trading after it reported Q2 EPS of 51 cents, stronger than consensus of 48 cents.

    Bob Evans (BOBE -0.36%) reported Q1 EPS ex-charges of 58 cents, better than consensus of 57 cents, and raised its quarterly dividend to 31 cents from 27.5 cents.


    Sep E-mini S&Ps (ESU13 +0.18%) this morning are little changed, down -0.25 of a point (-0.02%). The S&P 500 index on Monday fluctuated on both sides of unchanged and closed lower as strength in technology stocks was offset by concern that the Fed may be closer to cutting stimulus. Technology stocks rallied after Piper Jaffray raised its rating on bellwether Intel to neutral from underweight. Another positive for stocks was carry-over support from a gain in Japanese stocks after Japan's July exports climbed +12.2% y/y, their fastest pace in 2-1/2 years. Closes: S&P 500 -0.59%, Dow Jones -0.47%, Nasdaq 100 -0.14%.

    Sep 10-year T-notes (ZNU13 +0.40%) this morning are up +19 ticks. Sep 10-year T-note prices on Monday fell to a 6-week low and the 10-year T-note yield rose to a 2-year high of 2.89% on concern that Wednesday's FOMC minutes from the July 30-31 policy meeting will show Fed members favored a tapering of their bond buying. Another negative for T-note prices was carry-over bearishness from a slide in bund prices after the German bund 10-year yield rose to a 1-1/3 year high after the Bundesbank warned in its monthly report that the ECB could still raise interest rates if inflation pressures emerge. Closes: TYU3 -16.5, FVU3 -6.75.

    The dollar index this morning is down -0.166 (-0.20%) at a 1-week low. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is up +0.0044 (+0.33%) ata 2-month high and USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is down -0.28 (-0.29%). The dollar index on Monday closed little changed. EUR/USD received a boost after the Bundesbank warned in its monthly report that the ECB could still raise interest rates if inflation pressures emerge. Losses were limited in the dollar after the 10-year T-note yield rose to a 2-year high, which improves the dollar's interest rate differentials and may prompt increased foreign demand of dollar assets. Closes: Dollar index -0.031 (-0.04%), EUR/USD -0.0005 (-0.04%), USD/JPY +0.042 (+0.04%).

    Oct WTI crude oil (CLV13 -0.65%) this morning is down -71 cents (-0.66%) and Oct gasoline (RBV13 -0.38%) is down -0.0139 (-0.49%). Oct crude oil and gasoline prices on Monday closed lower on concern the Fed will soon cut stimulus along with reduced threats of damage or loss of production at oil platforms and refineries in or near the Gulf of Mexico after the NWS said there was no tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic basin. Losses remain limited on concern the ongoing civil unrest in Egypt may spread throughout the Middle East and lead to a disruption of the region's oil supplies. Closes: CLV3 -0.43 (-0.40%), RBV3 -0.0301 (-1.06%).


    US0830 ETJuly Chicago Fed national activity index expected -0.10, Jun -0.13.
     1630 ETAPI weekly U.S. oil statistics.
    JPN0030 ETJapan Jun all industry activity index expected -0.7%, May +1.1% m/m.
     0130 ETJapan July nationwide department store sales, Jun +7.2% y/y.
    GER0200 ETGerman July PPI expected +0.2% m/m and +0.7% y/y, Jun unch m/m and +0.6% y/y.
    EUR0500 ETEurozone Jun construction output, May -0.3% m/m and -5.1% y/y.

    U.S. STOCK CALENDAR08/20/2013

    Company NameCompany TickerTimeEvent DescriptionPeriodEstimate
    Home Depot Inc/TheHD US6:00Q2 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ2 20141.211
    Best Buy Co IncBBY US7:00Q2 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ2 20140.12
    Medtronic IncMDT US7:15Q1 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ1 20140.881
    JC Penney Co IncJCP US7:30Q2 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ2 2014-1.074
    Best Buy Co IncBBY US8:00Q2 2014 Earnings CallQ2 2014 
    Medtronic IncMDT US8:00Q1 2014 Earnings CallQ1 2014 
    JC Penney Co IncJCP US8:30Q2 2014 Earnings CallQ2 2014 
    Home Depot Inc/TheHD US9:00Q2 2014 Earnings CallQ2 2014 
    TJX Cos IncTJX US9:30Q2 2014 Earnings ReleaseQ2 20140.632
    TJX Cos IncTJX US11:00Q2 2014 Earnings CallQ2 2014 
    Intuit IncINTU US16:00Q4 2013 Earnings ReleaseQ4 2013-0.005
    Intuit IncINTU US16:30Q4 2013 Earnings CallQ4 2013 
    Analog Devices IncADI US17:00Q3 2013 Earnings CallQ3 2013 
    Analog Devices IncADI USAft-mktQ3 2013 Earnings ReleaseQ3 20130.543

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