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    Feb 3, 2014 1:00 PM | about stocks: GS, NOC, NVDA, MAT, HLF, ORLY, SNN, EV, CRI, RNA, AMRN, EPE, SYY, F, EW, CFN, APC, DNB, YUM, HIG, TMK, GGP, PFG

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    OVERNIGHT MARKETS AND NEWS

    March E-mini S&Ps (ESH14 +0.07%) this morning are little changed, up +0.03%, while European stocks are down -0.31% as emerging market currencies weakened and after a gauge of Chinese manufacturing activity declined. Asian stocks closed lower: Japan -1.98%, Australia -0.04%, Singapore -1.20%, South Korea -1.14%, India -1.48%. Markets in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan were closed for holiday. Japan's Nikkei Stock Index tumbled to a 2-1/2 month low and India's S&P Sensex Stock Index also fell to a 2-1/2 month low after the Indian government cut its 2013 GDP growth forecast to 4.5% from 5.0%. Commodity prices are mixed. Mar crude oil (CLH14 +0.15%) is down -0.01%. Mar gasoline (RBH14 +0.19%) is up +0.19%. Apr gold (GCJ14 +0.64%) is up +0.41%. March copper (HGH14 +0.14%) is up +0.08% as it recovered from a 1-3/4 month low. Agriculture prices are mixed. The dollar index (DXY00 -0.13%) is down -0.16%. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is up +0.14% after it recovered from a 2-1/4 month low when the Eurozone Jan manufacturing PMI was revised up to a 2-1/2 year high. USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is down -0.16% at a 1-3/4 month low as the slide in global stocks boosts the safe-haven demand for the yen. March T-note prices (ZNH14 -0.04%) are down -1 tick.

    The China Jan manufacturing PMI fell -0.5 to 50.5, a 6-month low but right on expectations. The Jan non-manufacturing PMI fell -1.2 to 53.4, the slowest pace of expansion since data began in 2011.

    The German Jan PMI manufacturing was revised upward to 56.5 from the originally reported 56.3, the fastest pace of expansion in 2-1/2 years.

    The Eurozone Jan PMI manufacturing was revised upward to 54.0 from the originally reported 53.9, the fastest pace of expansion in 2-1/2 years.

    The UK Jan PMI manufacturing fell -0.5 to 56.7, a bigger decline than expectations of unch at 57.3.

    U.S. STOCK PREVIEW

    Today's Jan ISM manufacturing index is expected to show a -1.0 point decline to 56.1, adding to the -0.3 point decline to 57.0 seen in December. Today's Jan total vehicle sales report is expected to improve to 15.60 million units from 15.30 million units in December. The Chinese markets are closed today through Thursday due the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday.

    There are 10 of the S&P 500 companies that report earnings today: Sysco (consensus $0.40), Edwards Lifesciences (0.82), Anadarko Petroleum (0.90), Dun & Bradstreet (2.83), Yum Brands (0.80), Hartford Financial Services (0.90), Torchmark (1.46), Carefusion (0.54), General Growth Properties (0.35), and Principal Financial Group (0.94). Equity conferences this week include Defexpo India 2014 on Wed, Cowen and Company Aerospace Defense & Transportation Conference on Wed-Thu, Wind Power Finance & Investment Summit 2014 on Wed-Thu, UBS Industrials Conference on Thu, and India Auto Expo 2014 on Fri.

    OVERNIGHT U.S. STOCK MOVERS

    Goldman Sachs (GS -1.04%) was upgraded to 'Buy' from 'Neutral' at Guggenheim.

    Northrop Grumman (NOC +2.03%) was upgraded to 'Buy' from 'Hold' at Drexel Hamilton.

    NVIDIA (NVDA -0.13%) was upgraded to 'Neutral' from 'Negative' at Susquehanna.

    Mattel (MAT -12.02%) was downgraded to 'Neutral' from 'Buy' at B. Riley and at SunTrust.

    Herbalife (HLF -0.62%) raised guidance on Q4 adjusted EPS to $1.26-$1.30, higher than consensus of $1.17.

    O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY -0.99%) was upgraded to 'Buy' from 'Neutral' at ISI Group.

    Smith & Nephew (SNN -1.53%) to acquire ArthroCare (ARTC -0.46%) for nearly $1.7 billion.

    Eaton Vance (EV -2.21%) was downgraded to 'Sell' from 'Neutral' at Goldman.

    Hound Partners reported a 5.01% passive stake in Carter's (CRI -0.69%) .

    New Enterprise Associates 13 reported a 18.0% passive stake in Prosensa (RNA +4.33%) .

    Camber Capital reported a 5.97% passive stake in Amarin (AMRN +1.67%) .

    Texas Oil & Gas Holdings reported a 14.33% stake in EP Energy (EPE -0.92%) .

    MARKET COMMENTS

    Mar E-mini S&Ps (ESH14 +0.07%) this morning are up +0.50 of a point (+0.03%). The S&P 500 on Friday posted a 1-1/2 month low and closed lower after emerging-market currencies slumped, but strength in U.S. economic data lifted stocks from their worst levels. U.S. Dec personal spending rose +0.4%, greater than expectations of +0.2%, while Nov was revised upward to +0.6% from the originally reported +0.5%. Also, the U.S. Jan University of Michigan consumer confidence climbed +0.8 to 81.2, higher than expectations of +0.6 to 81.0. Closes: S&P 500 -0.65%, Dow Jones -0.94%, Nasdaq 100 -0.30%.

    Mar 10-year T-notes (ZNH14 -0.04%)this morning are down -1 tick. Mar 10-year T-note futures prices on Friday rallied up to a 2-1/2 month high as a slide in global stocks and in emerging-market currencies fueled safe-haven demand for Treasuries. Other supportive factors included (1) slower-than-expected Eurozone inflation, which boosted European bond markets on speculation the ECB may boost its stimulus measures, and (2) month-end buying by bond-fund managers who purchased longer-maturity Treasuries to extend the duration of their debt holdings with the bond indexes that they track. T-notes came off of their best levels after stocks recovered from their worst levels. Closes: TYH4 +9.50, FVH4 +4.75.

    The dollar index (DXY00 -0.13%) this morning is down -0.132 (-0.16%). EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is up +0.0019 (+0.14%). USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is down -0.16 (-0.16%) at a 1-3/4 month low. The dollar index on Friday closed higher as stronger-than-expected U.S. Dec personal spending and Jan University of Michigan consumer confidence bolstered the outlook for the Fed to keep tapering QE3. EUR/USD slumped to a 5-week low after the Eurozone Jan CPI estimate rose a smaller-than-expected +0.7% y/y, which may pressure the ECB to boost its stimulus measures. USD/JPY retreated as the yen gained after the Japan Dec national CPI ex-fresh food rose a greater-than-expected +1.3% y/y, which reduces the case for additional stimulus from the BOJ. Closes: Dollar index +0.226 (+0.28%), EUR/USD -0.00685 (-0.51%), USD/JPY -0.689 (-0.67%).

    Mar WTI crude oil (CLH14 +0.15%) this morning is down -1 cent (-0.01%) and Mar gasoline (RBH14 +0.19%) is up +0.0050 (+0.19%). Mar crude oil and gasoline prices on Friday closed lower on concern the turmoil in emerging markets may spread and slow the global economy. Crude prices came off of their worst levels after U.S. Dec personal spending and the Jan University of Michigan consumer confidence rose more than expected. Closes: CLH4 -0.74 (-0.75%), RBH4 -0.0429 (-1.60%).

    GLOBAL EVENT CALENDAR02/03/2014

    US 1000 ET Jan ISM manufacturing index expected -1.0 to 56.0, Dec -0.3 to 57.0. Jan ISM prices paid sub-index expected +0.3 to 53.8, Dec +1.0 to 53.5.
      1000 ET Dec construction spending expected +0.3% m/m, Nov +1.0% m/m.
      1100 ET USDA weekly grain export inspections.
      1700 ET Jan total vehicle sales expected 15.70 million, Dec 15.30 million. Jan domestic vehicle sales expected 12.0 million, Dec 11.65 million.
    JPN 0000 ET Japan Jan vehicle sales, Dec +18.7% y/y.
    GER 0355 ET Revised German Jan PMI manufacturing, previous 56.3.
    EUR 0400 ET Revised Eurozone Jan PMI manufacturing, previous 53.9.
    UK 0430 ET UK Jan PMI manufacturing expected -0.2 to 57.1, Dec 57.3.
    CHI n/a Chinese markets are closed Monday-Thursday for Lunar New Year holiday.

    U.S. STOCK CALENDAR02/03/2014

    Company Name Ticker Time Event Description Period Estimate
    Sysco Corp SYY US Bef-mkt Q2 2014 Earnings Release Q2 2014 0.4
    Ford Motor Co F US 9:30 January 2014 Sales and Revenue Release 2014  
    Sysco Corp SYY US 10:00 Q2 2014 Earnings Call Q2 2014  
    Ford Motor Co F US 10:00 January 2014 Sales and Revenue Call 2014  
    Edwards Lifesciences Corp EW US 16:00 Q4 2013 Earnings Release Q4 2013 0.823
    Edwards Lifesciences Corp EW US 17:00 Q4 2013 Earnings Call Q4 2013  
    CareFusion Corp CFN US 17:00 Q2 2014 Earnings Call Q2 2014  
    Anadarko Petroleum Corp APC US Aft-mkt Q4 2013 Earnings Release Q4 2013 0.904
    Dun & Bradstreet Corp/The DNB US Aft-mkt Q4 2013 Earnings Release Q4 2013 2.834
    Yum! Brands Inc YUM US Aft-mkt Q4 2013 Earnings Release Q4 2013 0.795
    Hartford Financial Services Group Inc HIG US Aft-mkt Q4 2013 Earnings Release Q4 2013 0.895
    Torchmark Corp TMK US Aft-mkt Q4 2013 Earnings Release Q4 2013 1.456
    CareFusion Corp CFN US Aft-mkt Q2 2014 Earnings Release Q2 2014 0.54
    General Growth Properties Inc GGP US   Q4 2013 Earnings Release Q4 2013 0.351
    Principal Financial Group Inc PFG US   Q4 2013 Earnings Release Q4 2013 0.933
    Stocks: GS, NOC, NVDA, MAT, HLF, ORLY, SNN, EV, CRI, RNA, AMRN, EPE, SYY, F, EW, CFN, APC, DNB, YUM, HIG, TMK, GGP, PFG
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