China Feb new yuan loans were 1.020 trillion yuan, more than expectations of 1.000 trillion yuan, Feb aggregate financing, China's broadest measure of new credit, was 1.35 trillion yuan ($215.5 billion), above expectations of 1.00 trillion yuan.
ECB Executive Board member Coeure said the ECB has bought 9.8 billion-euros of assets during the first three days of its QE program with an average maturity of 9 years, which is "very important" because it will affect the yield curve. He also said the ECB's QE program could go beyond Sep 2016 "if needed."
Eurozone Jan industrial production unexpectedly fell -0.1% m/m, weaker than expectations of +0.2% m/m. On an annual basis, Jan industrial production rose +1.2% y/y, stronger than expectations of +0.1% y/y.
The Japan Feb consumer confidence index rose +1.6 to 40.7, stronger than expectations of +0.4 to 39.5 and the highest in 6 months.
The Japan Q1 BSI all-industry business conditions was 1.9, weaker than expectations of 6.0 and the lowest since Q1 of 2013. The Q1 BSI large manufacturing business conditions fell to 2.4 from 8.1 in Q4.
The Japan Jan tertiary industry index rose +1.4% m/m, stronger than expectations of +0.5% m/m and the largest increase in 10 months.
There are three of the Russell 1000 companies that report earnings today: Dollar General (consensus $1.17), Rice Energy (0.04), Ulta Salon (1.27). Equity conferences during the remainder of this week include: Barclays Capital Health Care Conference on Tue-Thu, Deutsche Bank Regional Banks Summit on Thu, Nomura - Conference: US Software Conference - New York on Thu.
Morgan Stanley (MS +0.20%) gained over 2% in pre-market trading after it announced a $3.1 billion share repurchase plan.
Lumber Liquidators (LL +10.65%) lowered guidance on Q1 revenue to $253.6 million-$265.6 million, below consensus of $275.98 million.
The Children's Place (PLCE -0.41%) reported Q4 adjusted EPS of 94 cents, higher than consensus of 93 cents, but then said it sees fiscal 2015 same-store-sales flat to up 1% as it lowered guidance on fiscal 2015 adjusted EPS to $3.15-$3.30, below consensus of $3.41.
Men's Wearhouse (MW +0.33%) rose over 5% in after-hours trading after it reported a Q4 adjusted EPS loss of -3 cents, a smaller loss than consensus of -7 cents.
State Street (STT +1.51%) announced a $1.8 billion share buyback program.
JP Energy (JPEP +2.19%) reported a Q4 EPS loss of -51 cents, weaker than consensus of a 1 cent profit.
JPMorgan Chase (JPM +0.47%) announced a $6.4 billion share repurchase program.
Bank of America (BAC +2.03%) announced a $4 billion share repurchase program.
The Federal Reserve objected to the capital plans of Deutsche Bank Trust Corporation (DB +1.35%) and Banco Santander's (SAN +0.15%) Santander Holdings USA on qualitative concerns.
Scientific Games (SGMS -1.56%) reported a Q4 EPS loss of -55 cents, a smaller loss than consensus of -60 cents.
1-800-Flowers.com (FLWS +2.18%) was initiated with a 'Buy' at B. Riley with a price target of $15.
JetBlue (JBLU +0.94%) reported its traffic in February increased 10.0% from February 2014.
Jun 10-year T-notes (ZNM15 +0.22%) this morning are up +11 ticks. Jun 10-year T-note futures prices on Wednesday closed higher. Closes: TYM5 +2.00, FVM5 -0.25. Bullish factors included (1) carry-over support from a rally in German bund prices to all-time highs, and (2) strong foreign demand for the Treasury’s $21 billion 10-year T-note auction where indirect bidders, a proxy for foreign buyers, bought 58.6% of the notes at auction, way above the 10-auction average of 47.1%.
The dollar index (DXY00 -0.77%) this morning is down -0.663 (-0.66%). EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is up +0.0065 (+0.62%). USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is down -0.38 (-0.31%). The dollar index on Wednesday posted a new 11-1/2 year high and closed higher: Dollar index +1.177 (+1.19%), EUR/USD -0.01504 (-1.41%), USD/JPY +0.317 (+0.26%). Bullish factors included (1) weakness in EUR/USD which slid to a new 11-3/4 year low as the ECB bought European government bonds on the third day of its QE program, and (2) heightened Greek default concerns which boosted the safe-haven demand for the dollar after the 10-year Greek bond yield rose to a 1-month high.
Apr WTI crude oil (CLJ15 +0.91%) this morning is up +24 cents (+0.50%) and Apr gasoline (RBJ15 +1.45%) is up +0.0211 (+1.16%). Apr crude oil and gasoline prices on Wednesday settled mixed with Apr crude at a 5-week low and Apr gasoline at a 2-1/2 week low: CLJ5 -0.12 (-0.25), RBJ5 +0.0081 (+0.45%). Bearish factors included (1) continued strength in the dollar as the dollar index rose to a new 11-1/2 year high, and (2) the +4.51 million bbl increase in weekly EIA crude inventories to 448.9 million bbl, the highest since EIA data began in 1982. Gasoline recovered its losses and closed higher on supply concerns due to the partial closure of the Houston Ship Channel for a third day because of a crash that has slowed output at 5 refineries with 1.34 million bpd of capacity.
|US||0830 ET||Weekly initial unemployment claims expected -15,000 to 305,000, previous +7,000 to 320,000. Weekly continuing claims expected -21,000 to 2.400 million, previous +17,000 to 2.421 million.|
|0830 ET||Feb retail sales expected +0.3% and +0.5% ex autos, Jan -0.8% and -0.9% ex autos. Feb retail sales ex-auto and gas expected +0.3%, Jan +0.2%.|
|0830 ET||Feb import price index expected +0.2% m/m and -8.9% y/y, Jan -2.8% m/m and -8.0% y/y.|
|0830 ET||USDA weekly Export Sales.|
|1000 ET||Jan business inventories expected +0.1%, Dec +0.1%.|
|1100 ET||Treasury announces amount of 10-year TIPS to be auctioned Mar 19, previous $15 billion.|
|1200 ET||Q4 household change in net worth, Q4 -$141 billion.|
|1300 ET||Treasury auctions $13 billion 30-year T-bonds.|
|1400 ET||Feb monthly budget statement expected -$191.0 billion, Jan -$17.5 billion.|
|JPN||0100 ET||Japan Feb consumer confidence index expected +0.4 to 39.5, Jan 39.1.|
|GER||0300 ET||Revised German Feb CPI (EU harmonized), previous +1.0% m/m and -0.1% y/y.|
|EUR||0600 ET||Eurozone Jan industrial production expected +0.2% m/m and +0.1% y/y, Dec unch m/m and -0.2% y/y.|
|Dollar General Corp||DG US||Bef-mkt||Q4 2015 Earnings Release||Q4 2015||1.171|
|Rice Energy Inc||RICE US||Bef-mkt||Q4 2014 Earnings Release||Q4 2014||0.041|
|WW Grainger Inc||GWW US||8:00||February 2015 Sales and Revenue Call||2015|
|WW Grainger Inc||GWW US||8:00||February 2015 Sales and Revenue Release||2015|
|Rice Energy Inc||RICE US||9:00||Q4 2014 Earnings Call||Q4 2014|
|National Fuel Gas Co||NFG US||9:30||Annual General Meeting||Y 2015|
|Walt Disney Co/The||DIS US||10:00||Annual General Meeting||Y 2015|
|Dollar General Corp||DG US||10:00||Q4 2015 Earnings Call||Q4 2015|
|Tahoe Resources Inc||THO CN||11:00||Q4 2014 Earnings Call||Q4 2014|
|United Technologies Corp||UTX US||13:00||Investor and Analyst Meeting||Y 2015|
|Alere Inc||ALR US||13:00||Investor Meeting||Y 2015|
|F5 Networks Inc||FFIV US||14:00||Annual General Meeting||Y 2015|
|Cabot Corp||CBT US||16:00||Annual General Meeting||Y 2015|
|Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc||ULTA US||17:00||Q4 2015 Earnings Call||Q4 2015|
|Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc||ULTA US||Aft-mkt||Q4 2015 Earnings Release||Q4 2015||1.266|