Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Wednesday Watch

Evening Headlines
  • China's Rust-Belt Rebound Is Under Threat From Slowing Inflation. China’s former industrial heartland is being helped out of its economic malaise by surging producer prices and government spending. Those supports may be about to weaken. Two of the biggest laggards posted turnarounds in the first quarter. Growth returned to Liaoning, the heavy-industry base in the northeast, where gross domestic product expanded by 2.4 percent, compared to the 2.5 percent contraction in the same period last year. Shanxi, the northern coal-mining province mired for years in producer-price deflation and excess capacity, grew 6.1 percent versus 4.5 percent in 2016.
  • Aussie Stocks Drop, Taiwan Bucks Poor Apple(AAPL) Result. A poor Apple Inc. earnings report proved no bar to gains in Taiwan’s electronics-rich stock market and its dollar, while and Australian shares slipped in Asia-Pacific trading lulled by market closures ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting. Apple fell in after-hours U.S. trading after reporting falling iPhone sales, pulling Nasdaq futures with it. Yet Taiwanese assets advanced, underscoring investors’ continuing appetite for emerging markets amid an upturn in global trade. The kiwi climbed as New Zealand’s jobless rate came in below forecast, while crude rebounded back above $48 a barrel. Equity markets in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea are closed for holidays. The Taiwan dollar rose with the nation’s equity gauge. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index slid 0.3 percent and New Zealand’s S&P/NZX 50 Index was flat. Taiwan’s Taiex gained 0.2 percent. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. which makes Apple’s iPhones, was up 0.5 percent, shrugging off its customer’s report on weaker sales.
  • Bain, Carlyle, Thoma Bravo Are Among Bidders for Citrix(CTRX). The buyout firms submitted bids last week, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. Citrix, which has a market value of about $12.3 billion, has also attracted interest from at least one strategic suitor, the people said. The name of the corporate bidders couldn’t immediately be learned.
Wall Street Journal:
Zero Hedge:
Night Trading 
  • Asian equity indices are -.25% to +.25% on average.
  • Asia Ex-Japan Investment Grade CDS Index 92.75 -.5 basis point
  • Asia Pacific Sovereign CDS Index 22.0 -.5 basis point.
  • Bloomberg Emerging Markets Currency Index 72.38 +%.
  • S&P 500 futures -.05%. 
  • NASDAQ 100 futures -.24%.
Morning Preview Links

Earnings of Note

  • (ADP)/1.23
  • (BG)/.71
  • (CLX)/1.30
  • (DLPH)/1.46
  • (ENR)/.34
  • (EL)/.73
  • (TAP)/1.29
  • (KLIC)/.34
  • (ICE)/.73
  • (HUM)/2.63
  • (GRMN)/.45
  • (S)/-.03
  • (STRA)/.95
  • (TWX)/1.45
  • (WCG)/1.18
  • (YUM)/.60
  • (AIG)/1.07
  • (CAR)/-.48
  • (CF)/.00
  • (CAKE)/.73
  • (CRUS)/.70
  • (FB)/1.12
  • (IAC)/.33
  • (MET)/1.28
  • (PPC)/.39
  • (PRU)/2.64
  • (TSLA)/-.77
  • (RIG)/.06
  • (WMB)/.18
Economic Releases  
8:15 am EST
  • The ADP Employment Change for April is estimated to fall to 175K versus 263K in March.
9:45 am EST
  • ISM Non-Manufacturing for April is estimated to rise to 55.8 versus 55.2 in March.
10:30 am EST
  • Bloomberg consensus estimates call for a weekly crude oil inventory decline of -3,261,560 barrels versus a -3,641,000 barrel decline the prior week. Gasoline supplies are estimated to rise by +1,601,330 barrels versus a +3,369,000 barrel gain the prior week. Distillate inventories are estimated to rise by +1,288,330 barrels versus a +2,651,000 barrel gain the prior week. Finally, Refinery Utilization is estimated to fall by -.14% versus a +1.2% gain prior.
2:00 pm EST
  • The FOMC is expected to leave the benchmark Fed Funds rate at .75%-1.0%.
Upcoming Splits
  • None of note
Other Potential Market Movers
  • The Eurozone PPI report, German Unemployment report, weekly MBA mortgage applications report, (COST)/(ZUMZ) monthly sales reports and the Deutsche Bank Healthcare Conference could also impact trading today.
BOTTOM LINE:  Asian indices are mostly higher, boosted by industrial and technology shares in the region. I expect US stocks to open modestly lower and to rally into the afternoon, finishing mixed.  The Portfolio is 75% net long heading into the day.

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