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Fed Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will be in the spotlight next week when the Federal Open Market Committee meets on June 9-10. Powell is expected to face questions on the central bank's role in the economic recovery and what tools are still available to use. "We think right now they’re just trying to get this Main Street lending program to work. The question is are they going to do more things around what they do in terms of forward guidance and next steps of macro easing," previews Bank of America economist Ethan Harris. On the economic front, reports on consumer prices, producer prices and consumer sentiment will be watched closely. The weekly jobless claims numbers due out on June 11 will be crucial for sentiment after May’s employment report showed a surprising record gain of 2.5M jobs. On the corporate side of things, Lululemon (LULU) reports earnings with shares sitting near their all-time high and a board battle at GameStop (GME) goes to a vote.
Earnings spotlight: REV Group (REVG) and Stitch Fix (SFIX) on June 8; Signet Jewelers (SIG), AMC Entertainment (AMC), Chewy (CHWY), Five Below (FIVE) and GameStop on June 9; Guess (GES) and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB) on June 10; Adobe (ADBE), Dave & Buster's Entertainment (PLAY) and Lululemon on June 11.
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IPO watch: Online car seller Vroom (VRM) is offering about 18.8M shares in an expected range of $17 to $19. The timing for the IPO is intriguing with the pandemic leading to more online shopping for cars, but sales and margins under pressure. How well the Vroom IPO is received by investors could be of interest to Carvana (CVNA), Cars.com (CARS), TrueCar (TRUE), AutoNation (AN) and even Tesla (TSLA) as the concept of online car shopping heads more mainstream. Vroom is expected to have a market capitalization of around $1.92B if it prices at the higher end of the indicated range. Across the Pacific, Chinese gaming company NetEase (NTES) is looking to raise $1.2B in a Hong Kong listing to fund strategies for international expansion. Shares are expected to start trading on June 11. Also in the IPO world, the quiet period expires for ADC Therapeutics (ADCT) on June 9 and IPO share lockups end on XP (XP), Bill Holdings (BILL), OneConnect Financial (OCFT) and Sprout Social (SPT) later in the week. There are also secondary offering lockup expirations on Tilray (TLRY) and BlackRock (BLK) to keep an eye on.
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M&A tidbits: Gaming officials in New Jersey meet to discuss the Caesars Entertainment (CZR)-Eldorado Resorts (ERI) merger. The tender offer on the Menarini Group pickup of Stemline Therapeutics (STML) is also due to expire. Keep an eye on Western Union (WU) and MoneyGram International (MGI) for reports on if the companies are in talks and expect a little more drama around the Tiffany (TIF)-LVMH (OTCPK:LVMHF) merger.
Projected dividend changes (quarterly): W.R. Berkley (WRB) to $0.12 from $0.11, Casey's General Stores (CASY) to $0.34 from $0.32, National Fuel Gas (NFG) to $0.445 from $0.435, Realty Income (O) to $0.2330 (monthly), Urstadt Biddle (UBA) to $0.14 from $0.28.
Spotlight on Snap: Snap (SNAP) has its partner summit event scheduled for June 11. The virtual event will feature a keynote address by Snap co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, as well as talks from other team members from across the company. New product features and partnerships will be announced around Snap's augmented reality offerings and a stripped-down version of its platform that partners can embed in their own apps is expected to be unveiled. Developers are expected to be able to use a toolkit provided by Snap to build a Snapchat-like mini-app right in their own websites. The Snap event takes place with the company under a brighter spotlight for how it curates its promoted content on the Discover page. Heading into the summit, shares of Snap are up more than 50% over the last 90 days.
Airlines: How high can the airline sector fly? After a series of reports on improved bookings trends, airline stocks are showing positive momentum. American Airlines (AAL) paced the sector with a 77% gain last week, while Spirit Airlines (SAVE) +75%, JetBlue (JBLU) +36%, Delta Air Lines (DAL) +36%, Hawaiian Holdings (HA) +34% and SkyWest (SKYW) +33% also reeled off big gains. Traffic reports for May are due out next week, which could include more market-moving metric updates.
Healthcare watch: At ENDO Online, OPKO Health (OPK) is due to present data on Somatrogon on June 8 and Neurocrine Biosciences (NBIX) will present on Crinecerfont. Virtual presentations scheduled for the European Hematology Association conference starting on June 11 include bluebird bio (BLUE) on LentiGlobin data, Merus (MRUS) on MCLA-117, Altex Industries (OTCQB:ALTX) on Nomacopan, Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) on CTX001, AstraZeneca (AZN) on AZD1222 and Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) on AG-348.
Analyst meetings and business updates: Equifax (EFX) has an investor update scheduled for June 8. Intel (INTC) CEO Bob Swan will talk ESG in a discussion with JUST Capital on June 8 and Ericsson (ERIC) has a business update call scheduled for June 9 covering networks and digital services. Avery Dennison (AVY) has a conference call scheduled with R.W. Baird on June 9. Salesforce.com (CRM) cloud exec Mike Micucci is participating in the Citi Virtual Software Bus Tour on June 10. Finally, Overstock.com (OSTK) has an Investor Day scheduled for June 10 and Centene (CNC) has a Virtual Investor Day presentation scheduled for June 12.
Conferences rundown: Cowen hosts a conference covering the "New Retail Ecosystem" with virtual presentations from Vince Holdings (VNCE), Lands' End (LE) and Macy's (M). Also next week, William Blair has a growth stock conference with online talks by execs from a long list of companies, including Pluralsight (PS), Appian (APPN), TransUnion (TRU), Arista Networks (ANET), CyberArk Software (CYBR), QAD (QADA), Talend (TLND), Workday (WDAY), SmileDirectClub (SDC), DocuSign (DOCU), Chewy (CHWY), Zendesk (ZEN) and Varonis Systems (VRNS). The hodge-podge list of companies due to participate at the Stifel 2020 Virtual Cross Sector Insight Conference include Starbucks (SBUX), Donaldson (DCI), HubSpot (HUBS), S&P Global (SPGI), Autodesk (ADSK), Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM), MasTec (MTZ), Lindsay (LNN), Dycom Industries (DY) and Cronos (CRON). Meanwhile, the Deutsche Bank 11th Annual Virtual Global Industrials & Materials Summit 2020 will also run next week with presentations ranging from airline companies, paper producers, construction concerns to home builders. Appearances are expected from MYR Goup (MYRG), WillScot (WSC), Berry Global (BERY), Builders FirstSource (BLDR), Cabot Corp. (CBT), Canadian Pacific (CP), Clearwater (CLW), Crown Holdings (CCK), AMETEK (AME), ArcelorMittal (MT), Ahland Global (ASH), AXTA, Delta Air Lines (DAL), Dow Inc. (DOW), Fluor (FLR), Garrett Motion (GTX), Rio Tinto (RIO), Saia (SAIA), Silgan Holdings (SLGN), Sonoco Products (SON), Summit Materials (SUM), Target Hospitality (TH), Vulcan Materials (VMC), Westlake Chemical (WLK), XPO Logistics (XPO), Meritor (MTOR), nVent Electric (NVT), Peabody Energy (BTU), PPG Industries (PPG), PQ Group (PQG), REVG, Alcoa (AA), Rexnord Corp. (RXN), Canadian National (CNI), CSX Corporation (CSX), Union Pacific (UNP), Kansas City Southern (KSU), Honeywell (HON), Ball Corporation (BLL) and O-I Glass (OI).
Eating out: The week ahead will see the eat-at-home vs. restaurants trade be hashed around again. Nielsen data could show a deceleration in the stockpiling benefits for Campbell Soup (CPB), J.M. Smucker (SJM), B&G Foods (BGS), Blue Apron (APRN), Hain Celestial (HAIN) and General Mills (GIS) - while restaurant stocks like Cracker Barrel (CBRL), Denny's (DENN), Dine Brands Global (DIN), Brinker International (EAT) and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB) will look to scrap back from their YTD losses with more people eating out.
Notable annual meetings: GameStop may generate the most drama of the annual meetings next week with the company's board up for re-election. Two proxy firms are backing candidates from stakeholders Hestia Capital and Permit Capital for board inclusion, while Michael Burry's Scion Asset management is voting in favor of the board's slate. The annual shareholder meeting arrives with shares of GameStop down 32% YTD. Other annual meetings to watch this week include MercadoLibre (MELI), SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS), Shake Shack (SHAK), Target (TGT), Wingstop (WING), TJX Companies (TJX), Mattel (MAT), Nvidia (NVDA), Best Buy (BBY) and Dollar Tree (DLTR).
Betting on betting: The brand-new Roundhill Sports Betting & iGaming ETF (BETZ) heads into its first full week of trading just ahead of the re-emergence of major sports in the months ahead. The Roundhill Sports Betting & iGaming ETF is designed to offer retail and institutional investors exposure to sports betting and iGaming industries. Holdings include DraftKings (DKNG), Flutter Entertainment (OTCPK:PDYPY), Penn National Gaming (PENN), William Hill (OTCPK:WIMHF), Scientific Games (SGMS), GAN (GAN), Churchill Downs (CHDN) and PointsBet (OTCQX:PBTHF).
Barron's mentions: Twitter (TWTR) makes the cover this week with the company in the middle of the political firestorm. For investors, the bigger issue than the culture debate is that the stock is valued at a sales multiple lower than social media peers. Food suppliers Sysco (SYY), US Food Holdings (USFD) and Performance Food Group (PFGC) are recommended with sales volume slowly recovering. The publication notes that large investors like KKR and Trian Fund Management are taking an interest in the sector. There is also a reminder that COVID-19 drug trials are progressing. Eli Lilly (LLY) is testing its antibody in a Phase 1 trial. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) is also set to begin testing this month, while a collaboration between Vir Biotechnology (VIR) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will begin trials later this summer. If the trial results are positive and the pandemic remains intense, emergency authorization of some of the drugs could follow.
Sources: Bloomberg, Reuters, CNBC, BioPharmCatalyst, EDGAR