JPMorgan downgraded European automakers to neutral from overweight on expectations for earnings momentum to stall. European automaker stocks (BMW, Volkswagen, Fiat, PSA Peugeot Citroen) all fell more than 1% today.
BOJ Deputy Governor Kikuo Iwata on Sunday said that the Bank of Japan remains committed to monetary easing, which provided support for industrial metals prices and undercut the yen. Mr. Iwata said that the BOJ will continue to buy bonds until its inflation target is reached.
The Obamacare insurance exchange website was hit by an outage over the weekend when a data services hub run by Verizon unit Terremark temporarily lost connectivity due to downed networking equipment. The data services hub provides tax information to the national health care insurance website as well as the state exchanges.
Britain today was hit by its worst storm in five years, which disrupted commuting and flights at major airports. Heathrow canceled about 20% of its flights.
Equity conferences this week include: Citi Australian Investment Conference on Mon/Tue, European Manufacturing Strategies Summit 2013 on Mon/Tue, RSA Security Conference on Tue, The Buttonwood Gathering 2013 on Tue/Wed, Hart Energy Crude In Motion Conference on Wed, The 7th ICIS European Gas Conference on Wed, 7th Toronto Global Forum on Wed-Thu, and SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit on Thu.
Dec E-mini S&Ps this morning are trading mildly higher by +2.25 (+0.13%) as the market remains optimistic that the FOMC will maintain the $85 billion per month size of its QE3 program at its meeting on Tue/Wed. The S&P 500 index on Friday closed moderately higher and posted a new record high on support from positive earnings news from Amazon.com and Microsoft and on continued expectations that the FOMC will not start tapering QE3 until 2014. Closes: S&P 500 +0.44%, Dow Jones +0.39%, Nasdaq 100 +0.37%.
- Apple (AAPL -1.12%) is up +0.6% in European trading ahead of today's after-market earnings report.
- Burger King (BKW +0.05%) this morning reported Q3 adjusted EPS at 23 cents, slightly above the consensus of 21 cents.
- Merck (MRK +0.69%) this morning reported Q3 adjusted EPS at 92 cents, above the consensus of 88 cents.
- McDonald's (MCD +0.11%) forward P/E ratio could continue to fall, according to a weekend article by Barron's.
- Walgreens (WAG -0.10%) could rally to $70-80 in the next few years if the company's earnings forecasts are met, according to an article in Barron's.
- Kohl's (KSS -0.33%) could rise 20% as merchandising improvements and inventory levels pay off, according to an article in Barron's.
- Williams Partners (WPZ +0.78%) raised its quarterly cash distribution by 8.7% to 87.75 cents per unit.
- JPMorgan (JPM +0.55%) late Friday announced $5.1 billion in settlements with Federal Housing Financing Authority, which is acting as the conservator for Fannie Mae (FNMA +13.40%) and Freddie Mac (FMCC +11.89%)
The dollar index this morning is little changed. EUR/USD is slightly higher by +0.0006 (+0.04%) and USD/JPY is up +0.22 yen (+0.23%). The dollar index on Friday slipped to a new 9-month low but then recovered and closed little changed. The dollar index on Friday was undercut by the weak U.S. durable goods orders and U.S. consumer confidence reports and by expectations that the Fed will not taper its dollar-bearish QE3 program until early 2014. Closes: Dollar index +0.009 (+0.01%), EUR/USD +0.0001 (+0.01%), USD/JPY +0.34 (+0.35%).
Dec WTI crude oil this morning is slightly lower by -0.04 (-0.04%) but Dec gasoline is up +0.0057 (+0.22%). Dec crude oil and gasoline prices on rebounded higher from Thursday’s 3-3/4 month lows and closed mixed. The main bullish factor was short-covering from Thursday’s lows while bearish factors included the net bearish durable goods and U.S. consumer confidence reports. Closes: CLZ3 +0.74 (+0.76%), RBZ3 -0.0050 (-0.19%).
|US||0915 ET||Sep industrial production expected +0.4%, Aug +0.4%. Sep manufacturing production expected +0.3%, Aug +0.7%. Sep capacity utilization expected +0.2 to 78.0%, Aug 77.8%.|
|1000 ET||Sep pending home sales expected unch m/m and +3.5% y/y, Aug -1.6% m/m and +2.9% y/y|
|1100 ET||USDA weekly grain export inspections.|
|1145 ET||Former Fed Governor Frederic Mishkin speaks at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business on Unwinding QE: Broad Financial Market and Economic Impact.|
|1300 ET||Treasury auctions $32 billion of 2-year T-notes.|
|1600 ET||USDA Crop Progress.|
|UK||0700 ET||UK Oct CBI reported sales expected 33, Sep 34.|
|JPN||1930 ET||Japan Sep overall household spending expected +0.5% y/y, Aug -1.6% y/y.|
|1930 ET||Japan Sep jobless rate expected -0.1 to 4.0%, Aug 4.1%. Sep job-to-applicant ratio expected +0.1 to 0.96, Aug 0.95.|
|1950 ET||Japan Sep retail sales expected +0.4% m/m and +1.9% y/y, Aug +0.9% m/m and +1.1% y/y|
|Company Name||Ticker||Time||Event Description||Period||Estimate|
|Roper Industries Inc||ROP US||Bef-mkt||Q3 2013 Earnings Release||Q3 2013||1.454|
|Biogen Idec Inc||BIIB US||Bef-mkt||Q3 2013 Earnings Release||Q3 2013||2.088|
|Loews Corp||L US||Bef-mkt||Q3 2013 Earnings Release||Q3 2013||0.77|
|Merck & Co Inc||MRK US||Bef-mkt||Q3 2013 Earnings Release||Q3 2013||0.874|
|Merck & Co Inc||MRK US||8:00||Q3 2013 Earnings Call||Q3 2013|
|Roper Industries Inc||ROP US||8:30||Q3 2013 Earnings Call||Q3 2013|
|Biogen Idec Inc||BIIB US||9:00||Q3 2013 Earnings Call||Q3 2013|
|Edwards Lifesciences Corp||EW US||9:00||Q3 2013 Earnings Release||Q3 2013||0.659|
|Edwards Lifesciences Corp||EW US||10:00||Q3 2013 Earnings Call||Q3 2013|
|Charles Schwab Corp/The||SCHW US||11:00||Analyst Meeting|
|Loews Corp||L US||11:00||Q3 2013 Earnings Call||Q3 2013|
|Plum Creek Timber Co Inc||PCL US||Aft-mkt||Q3 2013 Earnings Release||Q3 2013||0.417|
|Hartford Financial Services Group Inc||HIG US||Aft-mkt||Q3 2013 Earnings Release||Q3 2013||0.835|
|Seagate Technology PLC||STX US||Aft-mkt||Q1 2014 Earnings Release||Q1 2014||1.305|
|Macerich Co/The||MAC US||Aft-mkt||Q3 2013 Earnings Release||Q3 2013||0.829|
|FMC Corp||FMC US||Aft-mkt||Q3 2013 Earnings Release||Q3 2013||0.836|
|Apple Inc||AAPL US||Aft-mkt||Q4 2013 Earnings Release||Q4 2013||7.916|
|Masco Corp||MAS US||Aft-mkt||Q3 2013 Earnings Release||Q3 2013||0.249|