Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday Watch

Evening Headlines 
  • Survivor of 150 Years of Turmoil Faces Being Buried by Abenomics. When Shigeo Aiba is worried about the survival of his company, it’s time to pay attention. Aiba is president of Togo Seisakusyo Corp., a Japanese maker of industrial springs that traces its roots back more than 150 years to when Jyouuemon Aiba began repairing farm equipment among the rice fields of Chita peninsula 270 kilometers (170 miles) southwest of Tokyo. The business, which survived the effects of the Great Kanto Earthquake, defeat in World War II, destruction by a typhoon and the collapse of the asset bubble in the 1980s, is now struggling to survive Abenomics
  • China’s Major Cities Post Home-Price Gains as Curbs Kept. Home prices in China’s four major cities rose the most since January 2011 last month, raising concerns that a lack of new property curbs is allowing a bubble to form. New home prices climbed in 69 of the 70 cities the government tracked in September from a year earlier, led by 20 percent increases in the southern business hubs of Shenzhen and Guangzhou, the National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement today. Prices in Beijing rose 16 percent and advanced 17 percent in Shanghai, the biggest gains since the government changed its methodology for the home data in 2011
  • Asian Stocks Retreat as Ringgit Slips While Crude Slides. Asia’s benchmark stock gauge fell from its highest level in five months and emerging-market currencies slid before U.S. jobs data. Industrial metals rose. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index dropped 0.3 percent at 11:03 a.m. in Tokyo
  • Rubber Climbs for Second Day as Yen Drops Before U.S. Jobs Data. Rubber advanced for a second day as Japan’s currency extended a decline before U.S. payrolls data, raising the appeal of yen-denominated futures. The contract for March delivery gained as much as 1.1 percent and was 0.4 percent higher at 269.5 yen a kilogram ($2,742 a metric ton) on the Tokyo Commodity Exchange at 11:36 a.m. local time. The increase pared losses to 11 percent this year for a most-active contract.
  • Rebar Swings on Concern China Home Price Gains May Spur Curbs. Steel reinforcement-bar futures in Shanghai swung between gains and losses as China may introduce measures to contain property prices after home prices climbed in 69 out of 70 cities last month. Rebar for delivery in May on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was little changed at 3,645 yuan ($598) a metric ton at 9:58 a.m. local time, after gaining as much as 0.4 percent and losing as much as 0.3 percent. 
  • Europe Breakup Forces Mount as Stalwarts Regret Losing Relevance. What the EU’s founders in the 1950s intended as “ever closer union” now risks going in the opposite direction: Britain is threatening to secede; the euro, battered by the four-year debt crisis, remains at risk of splintering; anti-euro forces are advancing in France, the EU’s heartland; separatists are pushing to burst the U.K., Belgium and Spain. Economic lethargy combined with a deepening political quagmire and mounting debt load as leaders struggle to tame the legacy of the financial crisis risk condemning Europe to lag further behind emerging powers like China. Europe’s global heft is eroding: the euro zone’s share of global gross domestic product has fallen to 13.1 percent from 18.3 percent when the currency was forged in 1999, according to International Monetary Fund data. 
  • Loan Safeguards Drop to Record Low in Risky Debt: Credit Markets. Safeguards on speculative-grade debt are weakening at a record pace as the neediest U.S. companies obtain financings that don't offer typical lender protection.
  • BofA(BAC) Said to Face Three More U.S. Probes of Mortgage-Bond Sales. Bank of America Corp., sued by U.S. attorneys in August over an $850 million mortgage bond, faces three additional Justice Department civil probes over mortgage-backed securities, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation. U.S. attorneys offices in Georgia and California are examining potential violations tied to Countrywide Financial Corp., the subprime lender Bank of America bought in 2008, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the inquiries aren’t public. U.S. attorneys in New Jersey are looking into deals involving Merrill Lynch & Co., purchased by the firm in 2009, the people said.
  • Fed Got in Trouble With Transparency, Ferguson Says. Roger W. Ferguson, a former U.S. Federal Reserve vice chairman, said the Fed’s push for transparency amid quantitative easing tripped up the central bank this year. “They got themselves in trouble when they tried to be very transparent, give us our forward guidance, promise things, and then they don’t deliver,” Ferguson, head of insurer TIAA-CREF, said today in New York at a conference held by Limra, an industry group.
Wall Street Journal: 
  • Spy Chief Distances Saudis From U.S. Prince Bandar's Move Raises Tensions Over Policies in Syria, Iran and Egypt. Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief told European diplomats this weekend that he plans to scale back cooperating with the U.S. to arm and train Syrian rebels in protest of Washington's policy in the region, participants in the meeting said. Prince Bandar Bin Sultan al-Saud's move increases tensions in a growing dispute between the U.S. and one of its closest Arab allies over Syria, Iran and Egypt policies. It follows Saudi Arabia's surprise decision on Friday to renounce a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Fox News:
  • Netflix(NFLX) shares soar as outlook blows past forecasts. Netflix shares jumped more than 10 percent after the company said it gained more subscribers than expected at home and abroad, helped by original series like"Orange is the New Black," and predicted additional growth this quarter
Zero Hedge:
Business Insider:
National Journal:
  • Illumina(ILMN) reports eighth beat in a row, raises profit forecast. Gene sequencing products maker Illumina Inc's results beat analysts' estimates for the eighth straight quarter, and the company forecast higher-than-expected earnings for the year. Illumina shares, which have almost doubled this year, were up 7 percent at $87.20 in extended trading on Monday.
  • VMware(VMW) forecasts strong licensing revenue growth for 2014. Cloud software maker VMware Inc reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as it sold more licenses to enterprise customers and indicated that strong licensing revenue growth would continue into next year. VMware shares rose 9 percent in extended trading, while those of parent EMC Corp rose 5 percent, even though VMware lowered the upper end of its full-year revenue forecast range to $5.21 billion from $5.26 billion. 
Financial Times:
  • German city apartments overvalued, warns Bundesbank. The Bundesbank has warned that apartment prices in Germany’s biggest cities could be overvalued by as much as 20 per cent, stepping up its concern about a real estate boom in the powerhouse of the European economy. The warning will feed into German concern that the European Central Bank’s monetary policy is far too loose for the country. The bank’s main refinancing rate is 0.5 per cent, a record low.
Economic Daily News:
  • Apple(AAPL) Preparing 55-Inch, 65-Inch TVs for 2014. LG Display will be the major supplier of 4K2K panels with Sharp and Innolux also getting orders. Assemblers have been told to prepare for production in 3Q next year.
China Daily:
  • Shanghai Zone Free Yuan Float 'Impossible'. A freely floating and convertible yuan in the Shanghai free-trade zone is "impossible" and "ridiculous" for anyone with even a basic knowledge of economics, Mei Xinyu, a researcher at the International Trade and Economic Cooperation Institute of the Minister of Commerce, writes in a commentary.
Evening Recommendations 
  • None of note
Night Trading
  • Asian equity indices are -.50% to +.25% on average.
  • Asia Ex-Japan Investment Grade CDS Index 133.5 +1.0 basis point.
  • Asia Pacific Sovereign CDS Index 103.0 unch. 
  • FTSE-100 futures -.03%.
  • S&P 500 futures -.09%.
  • NASDAQ 100 futures -.03%.
Morning Preview Links

Earnings of Note

  • (KMB)/1.40
  • (STT)/1.18
  • (CIT)/.95
  • (TRV)/2.08
  • (UTX)/1.54
  • (LXK)/.91
  • (FRX)/.14
  • (LMT)/2.27
  • (R)/1.44
  • (FCX)/.62
  • (DAL)/1.35
  • (DD)/.41
  • (WHR)/2.63
  • (PII)/1.61
  • (IDXX)/.83
  • (EMC)/.45
  • (COH)/.76
  • (AKS)/-.24
  • (CREE)/.39
  • (RHI)/.48
  • (ALTR)/.34
  • (JNPR)/.31
  • (APOL)/.25
  • (PNRA)/1.35
  • (BRCM)/.68
  • (AMGN)/1.77
  • (HMA)/.15
Economic Releases
8:30 am EST
  • The Change in Non-farm Payrolls for September is estimated to rise to 180K versus 169K in August.
  • The Unemployment Rate for September is estimated at 7.3% versus 7.3% in August.
  • Average Hourly Earnings for September is estimated to rise +.2% versus a +.2% gain in August.
9:00 am EST
  • Net Long-term TIC Flows for August are estimated to fall to $31.0B versus $31.1B in September.
10:00 am EST
  • Construction Spending for August is estimated to rise +.4% versus a +.6% gain in September.
  • Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index for October is estimated at 0.0 versus 0.0 in September.
Upcoming Splits
  • (HEI) 5-for-4
Other Potential Market Movers
  • The weekly retail sales reports, Chicago Fed National Activity Index for September and the Apple(AAPL) iPad event could also impact trading today.
BOTTOM LINE: Asian indices are mostly lower, weighed down by real estate and industrial shares in the region. I expect US stocks to open mixed and to weaken into the afternoon, finishing modestly lower. The Portfolio is 75% net long heading into the day.

1 comment:

theyenguy said...

A questioning mind asks, will Tuesday, be the day that Volatility, ^VIX, will rise, taking the Volatility ETFS, TVIX, VIXY, VIXM, XVZ, higher?

I'm not into short selling, but for those who are, one might consider using the ETFs, seen in the Finviz Portfolio ... http://tinyurl.com/n7ezcm4 ...
OFF, STPP, HDGE, XVZ, GLD, FSG, JGBS, YCS, SAGG ... as a basis for one's margin account.