Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Wednesday Watch

Late-Night Headlines
- Fidelity Magellan, the second-largest fund managed by Fidelity Investments, gave up $96.3 million in potential fees because the three-year return trailed its benchmark.
- Fidelity Investments pulled in $5.8 billion in April, its biggest monthly sales tally in a decade, as investors rushed to put money into four funds that were closing.
- Mirant Corp.(MIR) said it is proposing to acquire NRG Energy(NRG) for about $8 billion a week after NRG rejected the takeover proposal without engaging in discussions.
- The London Metal Exchange starting tomorrow will allow screen trading of its contracts during the Asian day to attract more business from countries including China.
- Asian stocks slumped, headed for the biggest monthly slide since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

Chicago Tribune:
- Chicago asked today for proposals for construction of a citywide wireless Internet service, citing Mayor Daley.

Financial Times:
- GlaxoSmithKline Plc(GSK) will hand management of half of its new drug discovery projects to outside scientists and partners within 10 years, citing the company’s head of research and development.

Shanghai Securities News:
- China’s foreign exchange regulator plans to impose “strict” rules to control capital inflows into real estate.
- The China Foreign Exchange Trade Center and the National Interbank Funding Center may introduce a system for trading dollar-denominated bonds in the country.

Late Buy/Sell Recommendations
- Rated (NFLX) Buy, target $37.

Lehman Brothers:
- Raised (SIRI) to Overweight, target $6.50.

Night Trading
Asian Indices are -2.0% to -1.25% on average.
S&P 500 indicated +.13%.
NASDAQ 100 indicated +.16%.

Morning Preview
US AM Market Call
NASDAQ 100 Pre-Market Indicator/Heat Map
Pre-market Commentary
Before the Bell CNBC Video(bottom right)
Global Commentary
Asian Indices
European Indices
Top 20 Business Stories
In Play
Bond Ticker
Daily Stock Events
Macro Calls
Rasmussen Consumer/Investor Daily Indices
CNBC Guest Schedule

Earnings of Note
Company/EPS Estimate
- (NDN)/.07
- (ADCT)/.29
- (CMVT)/.19
- (CPRT)/.38
- (DBRN)/.26
- (HOV)/1.43
- (NOVL)/.03
- (TIF)/.28

Upcoming Splits
- (HES) 3-for-1
- (CNX) 2-for-1
- (KEX) 2-for-1
- (MDR) 3-for-2
- (NUE) 2-for-1
- (CBG) 3-for-1
- (GDI) 2-for-1
- (HOC) 2-for-1
- (UAG) 2-for-1

Economic Releases
10:00 am EST
- Chicago Purchasing Manger for May is estimated to fall to 56.0 versus a reading of 57.2 in April.

2:00 am EST
- Minutes of May 10 FOMC Meeting

BOTTOM LINE: Asian indices are sharply lower, weighed down by exporting and commodity stocks in the region. I expect US equities to open lower and to rise slightly into the afternoon, finishing modestly lower. The Portfolio is 50% net long heading into the day.

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