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Barchart Morning Call 3/18

|Includes: ACFN, AMRC, BA, CCRN, CEDC, CHG, CMLS, CXPO, EADSY, VAALCO Energy, Inc. (EGY), EIG, FALC, FF, GMAN, HWCC, HZNP, INTX, ITGR, KCAP, KIOR, KKD, KWK, LMT, MDC, MILL, MXWL, NKE, NMRX, PRKR, PTX, RMTI, STRL, TM, TWER, VASC, VTG, WCBO

BARCHART MORNING CALL 3/18

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OVERNIGHT MARKETS AND NEWS
June E-mini S&Ps (ESM13 -0.79%) this morning are sharply lower by -0.95%after Eurozone officials with their Cyprus bailout agreement on Saturday managed to spark contagion concerns for other Eurozone countries with an ill-advised tax on bank deposits. The Euro Stoxx 50 index is down sharply by -1.90% today. The Euro Stoxx 600 Bank stock index this morning is down -2.21%. Asian stocks closed sharply lower across the board thanks to the Cyprus bank deposit tax plan. The Japanese Nikkei index closed -2.71% today, the Hong Kong Hang Seng closed -2.00%, and the Chinese CSI 300 index closed -1.47%. Global stocks are also reacting negatively to the strong Chinese property price report released on Sunday night, which is likely to attract further government measures to try to halt the rise in prices. Commodity prices are sharply lower by-0.80% on the sharp rally in the dollar index and fears about weaker economic growth and commodity demand. April crude oil (CLJ13 -1.02%) is down -1.22%, April gasoline (RBJ13 -1.38%) is down -1.88%, April gold (GCJ13 +0.62%) is up +0.43%, May copper (HGK13 -2.26%) is down -2.51%, and grain and softs prices are lower across the board. The dollar index (DXY00 +0.50%) is up +0.43% this morning, while EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is down -0.94% and USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is down -0.40%. June 10-year T-notes (ZNM13 +0.36%) are sharply higher by +17 ticks.
The Cyprus parliament is due to vote today on a tax levy on bank deposits that would effectively confiscate part of depositor funds in banks to contribute toward the bailout that the Cyprus government and banking system needs to stay afloat. The tax will be 6.75% on deposits up to 100,000 billion euros and 9.9% on deposits in accounts with more than 100,000 euros. There is a report that the president of Cyprus is trying to get those tax rates reduced by Eurozone officials to make the plan more palatable to the Cyprus parliament. Eurozone officials made the deposit tax a condition of a 10 billion euro bailout package agreed upon on Saturday. Cypriot depositors lined up over the weekend at ATMs to try to withdraw cash from bank accounts before the tax takes effect. However, a bank holiday has been declared for today to allow time for the tax to be approved by the Cypriot parliament and for the tax to be withheld. There is no guarantee that the Cyprus parliament today will approve the tax. If the tax is not approved, then there will be an even bigger mess since there will be a huge bank run as soon as the banks reopen. The tax on depositors is the first time that a Eurozone bailout has forced depositors to contribute to a bank and government bailout that was caused, not by the depositors, but by the government and bank management. The deposit tax is likely to cause a continued slow bank run at other banks in the Eurozone such as in Italy and Spain as depositors fear that their cash might be next for a tax. Eurozone officials have once again shot themselves in the foot in trying to contain the Eurozone debt crisis as politics intrudes on sensible solutions.
The bank deposit levy in Cyprus has caused the Italian 10-year bond yield today to rise by 9 bp to 4.68% and the Spanish 10-year bond yield to rise by 9 bp to 5.00%. Meanwhile, the German 10-year bond yield today fell by 6 bp to 1.39% on safe-haven demand.
The Eurozone Jan trade balance (seasonally adjusted) of 9.0 billion euros was narrower than market expectations of 10.9 billion euros and was down from a revised 10.3 billion euros in Dec (prelim 12.0 bln euros).
UK March Rightmove house prices rose by +1.7% m/m and +1.2% y/y, which was stronger than market expectations of +1.7% m/m and +1.1% y/y.
China's Feb property price report, released Sunday night NY time, showed a further increase in Chinese property prices that is likely to cause the government to institute further controls to try to halt the surge in property prices. Prices on new residential apartments rose on a year-on-year basis in 62 of the 70 cities surveyed, up from 53 in Jan, 40 in Dec, 25 in Nov and 12 in Oct. Prices on existing residential prices rose in 49 of the 70 cities surveyed, up from 36 in Jan and 25 in Dec. On a month-on-month basis, prices in Feb rose in 66 of 70 cities surveyed on new residential apartments and in 66 of 70 cities surveyed on existing residential apartments.

U.S. STOCK PREVIEW
This week's main focus will be on (1) the Eurozone debt crisis with the weekend Cyprus bailout announcement, and (2) the 2-day FOMC meeting that concludes on Wednesday. The Senate and House this week need to iron out the continuing spending resolution that is necessary to keep the government operating past next Wednesday (March 27). Today's March NAHB housing market index is expected to show a +1 point increase to 47, reversing the -1 point dip to 46 seen in February. This is a light earnings week with only 14 of the S&P 500 companies scheduled to release earnings. Key reports include Adobe on Tuesday; Lennar, FedEx and Oracle on Wednesday; Nike, Ross stores, and Discover Financial Services on Thursday; and Darden Restaurants and Tiffany on Friday.
Conferences this week include Barclays Select Series Insurance Forum on Monday, ROTH OC Growth Stock Conference on Mon, Consumer Analyst Group of Europe (CAGE) Conference on Mon-Wed, Howard Weil Energy Conference on Mon-Wed, ISI Group Retail Summit on Tue, Barclays Emerging Payments Forum on Tue-Wed, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Industrials & EU Autos Conference on Tue-Thu, Gabelli Asset Management Specialty Chemicals & Agriculture Conference on Wed, International Strategy & Investment Group (ISI) Retail Summit on Wed, BB&T Commercial & Industrial Conference on Wed-Thu, J.P. Morgan Insurance Conference on Thu, National Coffee Association Annual Conference on Thu, Nomura Global Chemical Industry Leaders Conference on Thu, and The Future of Utilities - 18th Annual Conference on Tue-Thu.

June E-mini S&Ps this morning are sharply lower by -14.75 points (-0.95%) on the flare-up in the Eurozone debt crisis thanks to the Eurozone bailout for Cyprus that requires a tax on bank deposits. The S&P 500 index on Friday closed slightly lower. The S&P 500 eked out a fresh 5-1/3 year high early after Feb U.S. industrial production rose +0.7% m/m, better than expectations of +0.4%, but stocks fell back and closed lower after an unexpected drop in Mar U.S. University of Michigan consumer confidence to a 15-month low (-4.8 to 71.8 versus expectations of +0.4 to 78.0) led to profit taking. Limiting declines was the larger-than-expected increase in Feb capacity utilization to its best level in 4-3/4 years (+0.4 to 79.6% versus expectations of +0.3 to 79.4%). Closes: S&P 500 -0.16%, Dow Jones-0.17%, Nasdaq -0.28%.

OVERNIGHT U.S. STOCK MOVERS

  • Siemens (SI -0.06%) was upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill.
  • Nike's (NKE +0.16%) price target was raised by BoA/Merrill to $68 from $60 and a Buy was reiterated on positive pricing and sales trends.
  • Krispy Kreme (KKD -2.74%) issued FY2014 guidance of an adjusted EPS 53-57 cents, below the consensus of 58 cents.
  • Toyota (TM +0.38%) is recalling 209,000 FJ Cruiser SUVs, according to a report in the Detroit News.
  • Airbus (EADSY +1.47%) won a $20 billion order from Lion Air, according to a report by Reuters.
  • Amerseco (AMRC -0.52%) reported Q4 EPS of 11 cents, below the consensus of 14 cents.
  • Quicksilver Resources (KWK +1.09%) disclosed in a regulatory filing that on Friday that it will restate its quarterly reports for 2012 due to non-cash related errors to derivative accounting treatment. The restatement is expected to produce an overall increase to net income of $133 million.
  • Crimson Exploration (CXPO +1.59%) reported a Q4 EPS loss ex-charges of -8 cents, worse than consensus of -4 cents.
  • Boeing (BA +2.14%) was awarded a $99.9 million government contract for production assets, spares, repairs and sustainment for the joint direct attack munitions system. Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Lockheed Martin (LMT +0.22%) is being awarded a $105.87 million government contract for contractor logistics support, legacy sustainment and combined task force support for the Space Based Infrared Systems. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2016.
  • Vascular Solutions (VASC -2.28%) issued a nationwide recall of Guardian II hemostasis valves used in catheterization procedures due to a defect in certain lots that pose a slightly increased risk of air leakage that may lead to an air embolism, which could result in serious injury or death. No injuries have been reported in association with this issue.

MARKET COMMENTS
June 10-year T-notes this morning are trading sharply higher by 17 ticks on increased safe-haven demand with the sharp sell-off in stocks and flare-up in the Eurozone debt crisis. June 10-year T-note prices on Friday climbed to a 1-week high and closed higher. Bullish factors included (1) the unexpected decline in Mar U.S. University of Michigan consumer confidence to a 15-month low, which undercut stocks and boosted the safe-haven demand for Treasuries, and (2) Treasury data that showed China, the world's biggest holder of U.S. debt, increased its U.S. debt holdings in Jan by $44.1 billion, the biggest increase in 1-1/2 years. Closes: TYM3 +13.0, FVM3 +7.0.
The dollar index this morning is up +0.36 points (+0.43%) on the Eurozone debt ceiling flare-up while EUR/USD is down -0.0123 (-0.94%. USD/JPY is down -0.38 yen (-0.40%). The dollar index on Friday slipped to a 1-week low and closed lower as an unexpected drop in the March U.S. University of Michigan consumer confidence fueled speculation the Fed will keep its dollar negative easy monetary policies in place. EUR/USD received a boost after EU members endorsed an easing of austerity terms for France and several other countries. Closes: Dollar index -0.333 (-0.40%), EUR/USD +0.00706 (+0.54%), USD/JPY -0.839 (-0.87%).
April WTI crude oil this morning is down -1.14 (-1.22%) while April gasoline is down -0.0595 (-1.88%). Crude oil and gasoline prices on Friday closed higher. The slide in the dollar index to a 1-week low helped propel April crude to a 2-1/2 week high, while the stronger-than-expected U.S. Feb industrial production bolstered the economic outlook and the prospects for energy demand. Closes: CLJ3 +0.42 (+0.45%), RBJ3 +0.0225 (+0.72%).

GLOBAL EVENT CALENDAR03/18/2013

US 1000 ET Mar NAHB housing market index expected +1 to 47, Feb -1to 46.
  1100 ET USDA weekly grain export inspections.
  n/a Iran expert-level nuclear talks with world powers in Istanbul.
EUR 0600 ET Eurozone Jan trade balance (sa) expected +10.9 bln euros, Dec +12.0 bln euros. Jan trade balance expected -3.5 bln euros, Dec +11.7 bln euros.
CHI 2200 ET China Feb leading economic index from Conference Board.

U.S. STOCK CALENDAR03/18/2013

Company Name Symbol Time Event Description Period EPS Est (US$)  
Numerex Corp NMRX US Bef-mkt Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012 0.125  
Pernix Therapeutics Holdings PTX US Bef-mkt Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012 0.021  
Ameresco Inc AMRC US Bef-mkt Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012 0.135  
KiOR Inc KIOR US Bef-mkt Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012 -0.322  
Sterling Construction Co Inc STRL US 6:00 Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012 0.036  
Horizon Pharma Inc HZNP US 8:00 Q4 2012 Earnings Call Q4 2012    
Ameresco Inc AMRC US 8:30 Q4 2012 Earnings Call Q4 2012    
Numerex Corp NMRX US 9:00 Q4 2012 Earnings Call Q4 2012    
Pernix Therapeutics Holdings PTX US 9:00 Q4 2012 Earnings Call Q4 2012    
Cumulus Media Inc CMLS US 9:00 Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012 0.06  
KCAP Financial Inc KCAP US 9:00 Q4 2012 Earnings Call Q4 2012    
MDC Holdings Inc MDC US 10:00 Annual General Meeting      
Sterling Construction Co Inc STRL US 10:00 Q4 2012 Earnings Call Q4 2012    
Miller Energy Resources Inc MILL US 10:00 Annual General Meeting      
KiOR Inc KIOR US 10:00 Q4 2012 Earnings Call Q4 2012    
Crimson Exploration Inc CXPO US 10:30 Q4 2012 Earnings Call Q4 2012    
Vantage Drilling Co VTG US 10:30 Extraordinary Shareholders Meeting      
Cumulus Media Inc CMLS US 11:00 Q4 2012 Earnings Call Q4 2012    
Houston Wire & Cable Co HWCC US 11:00 Q4 2012 Earnings Call Q4 2012    
West Coast Bancorp/OR WCBO US 11:30 Extraordinary Shareholders Meeting      
Greatbatch Inc GB US 13:00 Investor Day Y 2013    
Parkervision Inc PRKR US 16:30 Q4 2012 Earnings Call Q4 2012    
FalconStor Software Inc FALC US 16:30 Q4 2012 Earnings Call Q4 2012    
Rockwell Medical Technologies Inc RMTI US 16:30 Q4 2012 Earnings Call Q4 2012    
Intersections Inc INTX US 17:00 Q4 2012 Earnings Call Q4 2012    
Towerstream Corp TWER US 17:00 Q4 2012 Earnings Call Q4 2012    
Acorn Energy Inc ACFN US Aft-mkt Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012 -0.22  
Parkervision Inc PRKR US Aft-mkt Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012    
FalconStor Software Inc FALC US Aft-mkt Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012    
Rockwell Medical Technologies Inc RMTI US Aft-mkt Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012 -0.657  
Intersections Inc INTX US Aft-mkt Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012    
FutureFuel Corp FF US Aft-mkt Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012 0.19  
Towerstream Corp TWER US Aft-mkt Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012 -0.107  
CH Energy Group Inc CHG US   Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012 0.82  
Maxwell Technologies Inc MXWL US   Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012 0.077  
Central European Distribution Corp CEDC US   Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012    
Cross Country Healthcare Inc CCRN US   Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012 -0.021  
Gold Resource Corp GORO US   Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012 0.22  
Houston Wire & Cable Co HWCC US   Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012 0.208  
Employers Holdings Inc EIG US   Investor Meeting -Day2 Y 2013    
Horizon Pharma Inc HZNP US   Q4 2012 Earnings Release Q4 2012 -0.467