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25/04/23 Briefing

The S&P 500 futures are down 19 points and are trading 0.5% below fair value. The Nasdaq 100 futures are down 53 points and are trading 0.4% below fair value. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are down 100 points and are trading 0.3% below fair value.

Stock futures are weak this morning despite some pleasing earnings and/or guidance from the likes of McDonald's (MCD), PepsiCo (PEP), and General Motors (GM). Strength from these names has not been enough to offset the fallout in First Republic Bank (FRC). FRC's earnings report brought worries about the bank industry back to the forefront, along with Standard Chartered CEO's warning that the banking sector may have other issues that could "come home to roost in some form of a crisis,' according to CNBC. 

Tempered sales guidance from UPS, which it attributed in part to changing consumer behavior, has also contributed to this morning's negative disposition by fostering concerns about broader economic growth and earnings prospects. 

The 2-yr note yield is down seven basis points to 4.07% and the 10-yr note yield is down seven basis points to 3.45%.


Separately, President Biden announced his reelection campaign.

In corporate news:

  • First Republic Bank (FRC 12.75, -3.25, -20.3%): beats by $0.72, beats on revs; announces ~20-25% workforce reduction; pursuing strategic options to expedite its progress; deposits fell 40.8%, but have stabilized

  • McDonald's (MCD 295.50, +2.30, +0.8%): beats by $0.29, beats on revs US comps +12.6%

  • 3M (MMM 106.37, +1.31, +1.3%): beats by $0.37, beats on revs; guides FY23 EPS in-line, revs above consensus; announces restructuring

  • Dow (DOW 54.90, -0.49, -0.9%): beats by $0.21, beats on revs

  • Verizon (VZ 36.84, -0.26, -0.7%): beats by $0.01, misses on revs; guides FY23 EPS in-line

  • UPS (UPS 186.40, -9.45, -4.8%): misses by $0.01, reports revs in-line; guides FY23 revs below consensus

  • PepsiCo (PEP 188.94, +3.44, +1.9%): beats by $0.11, beats on revs; guides FY23 EPS above consensus

  • Whirlpool (WHR 145.80, +5.10, +3.6%): beats by $0.49, beats on revs; reaffirms FY23 EPS guidance, revs guidance

  • Honeywell (HON 199.28, +2.50, +1.3%): authorizes up to $10 bln for share repurchases, including $2.1 bln of remaining availability under previous authorization

  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ 163.20, -0.48, -0.3%): confirms launch of Kenvue IPO Roadshow; IPO expected to consist of 151.2 mln shares of common stock with an expected price range of $20-$23 per share

  • General Motors (GM 35.40, +1.11, +3.2%): beats by $0.48, beats on revs; raises FY23 EPS and EBIT guidance

  • General Electric (GE 101.57, +1.42, +1.4%): beats by $0.13, beats on revs; raises FY23 EPS in-line

  • Sherwin-Williams (SHW 244.40, +7.84, +3.3%): beats by $0.25, beats on revs; reaffirms FY23 EPS outlook

Reviewing overnight developments: 

  • Equity indices in the Asia-Pacific region ended Tuesday on a mostly lower note while markets in Australia and New Zealand were closed for ANZAC Day. Japan's Nikkei: +0.1%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng: -1.7%, China's Shanghai Composite: -0.3%, India's Sensex: +0.1%, South Korea's Kospi: -1.4%, Australia's ASX All Ordinaries: CLOSED.

    • In economic data:

      • Japan's March Corporate Services Price Index 1.6% yr/yr (expected 1.7%; last 1.8%) and March BoJ Core CPI 2.9% yr/yr (expected 2.4%; last 2.7%)

      • South Korea's Q1 GDP 0.3% qtr/qtr (expected 0.2%; last -0.4%); 0.8% yr/yr (expected 0.9%; last 1.3%)

      • Hong Kong's March trade deficit $40.60 bln (expected deficit of $21.00 bln; last deficit of $45.40 bln). March Imports -0.6% m/m (expected -18.5%; last -4.1%) and Exports -1.5% m/m (expected -24.5%; last -8.8%)

    • In news:

      • Tech stocks in South Korea were pressured after the country's financial supervisory service head expressed concern about investment based on excessive leverage.

      • Japan's cabinet office maintained the overall economic assessment of the Japanese economy and raised the view on imports.

      • Japan's Finance Minister Suzuki said that "there may be" movements in Japan's monetary policy in the future.

  • Major European indices trade in the red. STOXX Europe 600: -0.4%, Germany's DAX: -0.1%, U.K.'s FTSE 100: -0.3%, France's CAC 40: -0.6%, Italy's FTSE MIB: -0.9%, Spain's IBEX 35: -1.3%.

    • In economic data:

      • U.K.'s March Public Sector Net Borrowing GBP20.71 bln (expected GBP22.94 bln; last GBP12.50 bln) and Public Sector Net Cash Requirements GBP18.886 bln (expected GBP3.956 bln; last -GBP1.693 bln). April CBI Industrial Trends Orders -20, as expected (last -20)

      • Spain's March PPI -1.0% yr/yr (expected 2.8%; last 8.0%)

      • Swiss March trade surplus CHF4.532 bln (expected CHF3.493 bln; last CHF3.139 bln)

    • In news:

      • European Central Bank Chief Economist Lane said that a rate hike in May will be warranted and that additional rate hikes will be data dependent. Meanwhile, policymaker Villeroy de Galhau said that "a few more" rate hikes might be needed.

      • The Bank of England said in a statement that it is in discussions with the Bank of Japan, European Central Bank, Swiss National Bank, and the Fed to revert the frequency of daily operations to once per week.

 

U.S. equity futures:

  • S&P 500 Futures: -19 @ 4,118

  • DJIA Futures: -114 @ 33,764

  • Nasdaq 100 Futures: -54 @ 12,916

Overseas:

  • Europe: DAX -0.1%, FTSE -0.3%, CAC -0.6%

  • Asia: Nikkei +0.1%, Hang Seng -1.7%, Shanghai Composite -0.3%

Commodities:

  • Crude Oil -0.71 @ 78.05

  • Nat Gas -0.095 @ 2.376

  • Gold -10.95 @ 1988.85

  • Silver -0.707 @ 24.817

  • Copper -0.0850 @ 3.8795


 

Earnings/Guidance:

  • 3M (MMM) beats by $0.37, beats on revs; guides FY23 EPS in-line, revs above consensus; announces restructuring

  • ABB Ltd (ABB) beats by $0.09, beats on revs; guides Q2 revs above consensus; guides FY23 revs above consensus

  • AGNC Investment (AGNC) reports Q1 earnings; beats by $0.04

  • Alexandria RE (ARE) beats by $0.04, beats on revs

  • Ameriprise Financial (AMP) beats by $0.04, beats on revs; also increases quarterly cash dividend by 8% to $1.35/share

  • Anglo American (NGLOY) reports Q1 copper production rose 28% yr/yr

  • Archer-Daniels (ADM) beats by $0.31, reports revs in-line

  • Ares Capital (ARCC) misses by $0.02, misses on revs

  • Armstrong World Industries (AWI) beats by $0.02, reports revs in-line; reaffirms FY23 EPS guidance, revs guidance

  • Asbury Automotive (ABG) beats by $0.38, misses on revs

  • Atlantic Union Bankshares (AUB) misses by $0.18, misses on revs

  • Banco Santander (SAN) reports Q1 profit of +1% yr/yr to EUR 2.571 bln; on track to meet 2023 targets

  • Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son (NTB) beats by $0.08, beats on revs

  • BankUnited (BKU) misses by $0.20

  • Biogen (BIIB) beats by $0.12, beats on revs; reaffirms FY23 EPS guidance

  • Brown & Brown (BRO) beats by $0.03, beats on revs

  • Cadence Bank (CADE) beats by $0.02, net interest revenue decreased 1.4%

  • Cadence Design (CDNS) beats by $0.04, beats on revs; guides Q2 EPS below consensus, revs below consensus; guides FY23 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • Canadian Nat'l Rail (CNI) beats by CC$0.10, beats on revs; raises its FY23 adjusted EPS outlook to mid-single-digit percentage growth yr/yr (

  • Centene (CNC) beats by $0.01, beats on revs; guides FY23 EPS above consensus, revs above consensus

  • ChampionX (CHX) beats by $0.02, misses on revs; guides Q2 revs in-line

  • Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF) beats by $0.03, beats on revs

  • Community Bank (CBU) beats by $0.25

  • Corning (GLW) beats by $0.02, reports revs in-line; guides Q2 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • Crown (CCK) beats by $0.15, misses on revs; guides Q2 EPS below consensus; reaffirms FY23 EPS guidance

  • CureVac (CVAC) reports Q4 (Dec) results

  • Danaher (DHR) beats by $0.10, beats on revs

  • Dow (DOW) beats by $0.21, beats on revs

  • Establishment Labs (ESTA) guides Q1 revenue slightly above consensus

  • First Bancorp (FBP) beats by $0.04

  • First Commonwealth (FCF) beats by $0.06, misses on revs

  • First Republic Bank (FRC) beats by $0.72, beats on revs; announces ~20-25% workforce reduction; pursuing strategic options to expedite its progress; deposits fell 40.8%, but have stabilized

  • Fiserv (FISV) beats by $0.02, beats on revs; raises FY23 EPS in-line

  • GE HealthCare (GEHC) beats by $0.06, beats on revs; reaffirms FY23 EPS guidance

  • General Electric (GE) beats by $0.13, beats on revs; raises FY23 EPS in-line

  • General Motors (GM) beats by $0.48, beats on revs; raises FY23 EPS and EBIT guidance

  • Geo Group (GEO) misses by $0.03, reports revs in-line; guides Q2 revs below consensus; guides FY23 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • Grupo Aeroportuario Del Sureste (ASR) reports Q1 results; revs in-line

  • Halliburton (HAL) reports Q1 (Mar) results, beats on revs

  • HealthStream (HSTM) beats by $0.03, reports revs in-line; guides FY23 revs in-line

  • Heidrick & Struggles (HSII) beats by $0.12, misses on revs; guides Q2 revs above consensus

  • Hexcel (HXL) beats by $0.12, beats on revs; reaffirms FY23 EPS guidance, revs guidance

  • Hope Bancorp (HOPE) misses by $0.04, misses on revs

  • Hubbell (HUB) beats by $1.12, beats on revs; guides FY23 EPS above consensus, revs above consensus

  • Independent Bank Group (IBTX) misses by $0.02

  • Invesco (IVZ) beats by $0.02, beats on revs; raises dividend

  • JetBlue Airways (JBLU) beats by $0.04, reports revs in-line; guides Q2 EPS above consensus; guides FY23 EPS above consensus, revs in-line

  • Laboratory Corp (LH) misses by $0.14, beats on revs; narrows FY23 EPS in-line

  • Life Time (LTH) beats by $0.08, reports revs in-line; guides Q2 revs in-line; guides FY23 revs in-line; raises FY23 adjusted EBITDA

  • McDonald's (MCD) beats by $0.29, beats on revs US comps +12.6%

  • Medpace (MEDP) reports Q1 (Mar) results, beats on revs; guides FY23 revs in-line

  • Miniso Group (MNSO) expects to record quarterly adjusted net profit more than RMB400 mln

  • Moody's (MCO) beats by $0.77, beats on revs; guides FY23 EPS above consensus, FY23 revs in-line

  • Morphic (MORF) misses on top and bottom lines

  • MSCI (MSCI) beats by $0.14, reports revs in-line

  • Mueller Industries (MLI) beats by $0.91, beats on revs

  • Nabors Industries (NBR) reports Q1 results, beats on revs

  • Nestle (NSRGY) reports Q1 sales increased 5.6%; reaffirms FY23 outlook

  • NextEra Energy (NEE) beats by $0.11; reaffirms FY23 EPS guidance; guides FY24 EPS in-line

  • NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) reports Q1 (Mar) results, misses on revs; forecasts +12-15% growth per year in limited partner distributions per unit through at least 2026

  • Northern Trust (NTRS) misses by $0.01, misses on revs

  • Novartis AG (NVS) beats by $0.17, beats on revs; guides FY23 revs in-line

  • OneMain Holdings (OMF) misses by $0.19

  • Packaging Corp (PKG) misses by $0.07, misses on revs; guides Q2 EPS below consensus

  • PepsiCo (PEP) beats by $0.11, beats on revs; guides FY23 EPS above consensus

  • Polaris Industries (PII) beats by $0.34, beats on revs; reaffirms FY23 revs guidance; guides FY24 EPS in-line

  • PotlatchDeltic (PCH) beats by $0.12, beats on revs

  • PulteGroup (PHM) beats by $0.53, beats on revs

  • Range Resources (RRC) beats by $0.18, beats on revs

  • Raytheon Technologies (RTX) beats by $0.09, beats on revs; reaffirms FY23 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • Sensata Tech (ST) beats by $0.05, beats on revs; guides Q2 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • Sherwin-Williams (SHW) beats by $0.25, beats on revs; reaffirms FY23 EPS outlook

  • Shutterstock (SSTK) beats by $0.25, beats on revs; guides FY23 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • Simpson Manufacturing (SSD) beats by $0.64, beats on revs

  • SITE Centers (SITC) beats by $0.02, beats on revs; guides FY23 FFO in-line

  • Southside Banc (SBSI) beats by $0.04

  • Spotify (SPOT) misses by $0.30, misses on revs; guides Q2 revs below consensus

  • Stepan Company (SCL) misses by $0.23, reports revs in-line

  • Tenable (TENB) beats by $0.08, reports revs in-line; guides Q2 EPS above consensus, revs below consensus; guides FY23 EPS above consensus, revs below consensus

  • Tenet Healthcare (THC) beats by $0.27, beats on revs; guides Q2 EPS in-line, revs in-line; guides FY23 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • The Aaron's Company (AAN) beats by $0.37, misses on revs; guides FY23 EPS above consensus, revs below consensus

  • TransUnion (TRU) beats by $0.06, beats on revs; guides Q2 EPS below consensus, revs below consensus; guides FY23 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • TrueBlue (TBI) beats by $0.05, reports revs in-line; guides Q2 revs mostly above consensus

  • UBS AG (UBS) reports Q1 (Mar) results, misses on revs

  • Unifi (UFI) sees Q3 revs below consensus

  • UPS (UPS) misses by $0.01, reports revs in-line; guides FY23 revs below consensus

  • Verizon (VZ) beats by $0.01, misses on revs; guides FY23 EPS in-line

  • Volaris Aviation (VLRS) misses on top and bottom lines

  • WesBanco Inc (WSBC) misses by $0.06, misses on revs

  • Whirlpool (WHR) beats by $0.49, beats on revs; reaffirms FY23 EPS guidance, revs guidance

  • WSFS Financial (WSFS) reports Q1 (Mar) results, misses on revs

  • Xerox (XRX) beats by $0.32, reports revs in-line, sees FY23 revenue growth of flat to down low-single-digits in constant currency

News:

  • President Biden officially announces that he will seek re-election in 2024, as widely expected

  • EU and Japan reject US plan for G7 countries to ban all exports to Russia, according to Financial Times

  • China will end coronavirus testing requirements for inbound travelers, according to Bloomberg

  • 3M (MMM) announces senior management team changes

  • ALX Oncology (ALXO) announces Clinical Trial collaboration with Sanofi (SNY) to evaluate evorpacept in combination with SARCLISA in patients with multiple myeloma

  • Arbutus Biopharma (ABUS) announces FDA clinical hold on IND application for AB-101, an oral PD-L1 inhibitor

  • Archer-Daniels (ADM) in Q1 slide deck says plans for $1 bln in share buybacks in 2023

  • Atea Pharmaceuticals (AVIR): FDA grants Fast Track designation to bemnifosbuvir for the treatment of COVID-19

  • Blue Foundry Bancorp (BLFY) adopts a program to repurchase up to 1,335,126 shares of its common stock, which is ~5% of its outstanding common stock commencing upon the completion of the Company's existing stock repurchase program

  • BlueLinx (BXC) and Allura USA announce the expansion of their distribution partnership, extending distribution into the following BlueLinx Midwest markets: St. Louis, MO; Springfield, MO; Kansas City, MO; Little Rock, AR; Tulsa, OK; and Oklahoma City, OK

  • Castle Biosciences (CSTL) announces new data showing DecisionDx-Melanoma can improve risk stratification over American Joint Committee on Cancer staging alone in patients with stage I cutaneous melanoma

  • General Motors (GM) and Samsung SDI to build new US battery plant, according to Reuters

  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) receives MMA from EMA for Jemperli plus chemotherapy for the treatment of dMMR/MSI-H primary advanced or recurrent endometrial cancer

  • HilleVax (HLVX) announces completion of enrollment of NEST-IN1 Phase 2b clinical study of HIL-214 norovirus vaccine candidate

  • HomeStreet (HMST) cuts its quarterly dividend 71% to $0.10/share

  • Honeywell (HON) authorizes up to $10 bln for share repurchases, including $2.1 bln of remaining availability under previous authorization

  • HUB Security (HUBC) and Getronics announce a 1.3M contract with a multinational company

  • I-Mab (IMAB) receives positive outcome in arbitration relating to agreements with Tracon

  • Insulet (PODD): FDA clears the company's insulin delivery device, Omnipod GO

  • Invivyd (IVVD) announces that the U.S. FDA has cleared its Investigational New Drug application for VYD222

  • Joby Aviation (JOBY) to deliver aircraft to Edwards Air Force Base as part of DOD contract valued up to $131 million

  • Morphic (MORF) reports "positive" topline results of the EMERALD-1 UC Main Cohort; orally administered MORF-057 achieves primary endpoint and demonstrates clinically meaningful improvements across secondary and exploratory measures

  • Netflix (NFLX) to invest $2.5 bln in South Korea, according to Reuters

  • New Found (NFGC) intercepts 17.2 g/t Au over 22.9m & 12.0 g/t Au over 18.4m at Keats West

  • Potbelly (PBPB) finalizes 16-unit shop development agreement in two Florida markets; agreement includes 14 shops in Broward County and two shops in Gainesville

  • PulteGroup (PHM) announces $1.0 bln increase to share repurchase authorization, bringing total authorization to $1.2 bln

  • PureTech's (PRTC) Founded Entity Vedanta Biosciences announces $106.5 million financing to advance pipeline of defined bacterial consortia therapies

  • Qiagen's (QGEN) QIAstat-Dx syndromic testing solution is expected to be available soon for use in Japan with a SARS-CoV-2 Respiratory Panel that can detect more than 20 pathogens

  • Raytheon Technologies (RTX) increases quarterly cash dividend 7.3% to $0.59/share form $0.55/share

  • Republic Services (RSG): Union says its members ratify a new contract

  • Sociedad Quimica y Minera (SQM) met with CORFO to receive more information on the scope and objectives of the National Lithium Strategy

  • Stoke Therapeutics (STOK) announces authorization of its Clinical Trial Application by the United Kingdom Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to initiate a Phase 1/2 study of STK-002 for the treatment of autosomal dominant optic atrophy

  • Trinity Capital (TRIN) announces a $40 mln facility to support the growth of Convergent Dental, Inc., the power behind Solea

  • Union Pacific (UNP) and CNI (CNI) announce creation of Falcon Premium intermodal service, a Mexico-US-Canada service with rail connection in Chicago

  • Vodafone PLC (VOD): Emirates Telecom discloses it initiated discussions with VOD on board composition

  • Walt Disney (DIS) laying off Russell Wolff, who oversaw ESPN+, among others, according to the Wall Street Journal

M&A:

  • Assertio Therapeutics (ASRT) and Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI) have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Assertio will acquire all outstanding shares of Spectrum in an all-stock and contingent value rights transaction

  • Century Aluminum (CENX) enters into an agreement with Noble Group Holdings Limited to acquire Noble's 55% ownership interest in Jamalco, a bauxite mining and alumina production joint venture in Jamaica; financial terms were not disclosed

  • Endeavor Group (EDR) to sell IMG Academy to BPEA EQT for $1.25 bln

Syndicate:

  • Establishment Labs (ESTA) prices offering of 1.1 mln shares of common stock at $71.50 per share

  • IDEAYA Biosciences (IDYA) commences $150 mln common stock offering

  • SES AI Corporation (SES) files $300 mln mixed shelf securities offering; also files 14,213,280 shares issuable upon exercise of outstanding warrants; also files 288,977,101 shares by selling shareholders, relates to warrants

IPOs:

  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) confirms launch of Kenvue IPO Roadshow; IPO expected to consist of 151.2 mln shares of common stock with an expected price range of $20-$23 per share

  • Expected to Price:

    • No IPOs expected.

Gapping Up/Down

  • Gapping up:

    • MEDP +22.8%, AAN +12.9%, NTB +4.8%, IMAB+4.7%, RRC +4.3%, WHR +3.6%, SPOT +3.5%, ABB+3.4%, NVS +3%, CNI +2.9%, HTLF +2.7%, CCK+2.5%, UFI +2.1%, HSII +2.1%, HESM +1.9%, BLFY+1.9%, HXL +1.8%, SSD +1.8%, TRU +1.8%, PCH+1.7%, HON +1.6%, VOD +1.6%, PEP +1.5%, JOBY+1%, NBR +0.9%, BRO +0.9%, PBPB +0.8%

  • Gapping down:

    • FRC -21.1%, ASRT -15.8%, TENB -15.2%, PKG-5.7%, CDNS -5.6%, UPS -5.4%, RSG -5.1%, HLX-4.6%, GEO -4.6%, HMST -4.1%, WSBC -4%, SAN -3.9%, AMP -3.8%, HOPE -3.4%, TBI -2.8%, PODD-2.4%, HSTM -2%, ESTA -1.9%, CLF -1.9%, UBS-1.8%, WSFS -1.2%, DHR -1.2%, AGNC -0.9%, QGEN-0.8%, GM -0.7%, IDYA -0.7%, DOW -0.7%, DIS -0.6%

 

Analyst Research (see Upgrades/Downgradescalendarfor full list):

  • Upgrades

    • Euronav (EURN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel; tgt raised to $22

    • Grupo Aeroportuario Del Sureste (ASR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BBVA; tgt $330

    • Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at The Benchmark Company; tgt $32

    • SAP SE (SAP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup

    • Sierra Bancorp (BSRR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson; tgt $19.50

    • Squarespace (SQSP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup; tgt raised to $40

    • Universal Health (UHS) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays; tgt raised to $142

    • XPeng (XPEV) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies; tgt raised to $9.30

    • Zebra Tech (ZBRA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse; tgt raised to $326

    • ZTO Express (ZTO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman; tgt raised to $42

  • Downgrades:

    • Ares Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG Research

    • ASML (ASML) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel

    • Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at Stephens; tgt lowered to $60

    • Capri Holdings (CPRI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies; tgt lowered to $45

    • First Republic Bank (FRC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Janney; tgt lowered to $8

    • Pinduoduo (PDD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman; tgt lowered to $93

  • Others:

    • Aflac (AFL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Wells Fargo; tgt $73

    • Apollo Commercial Real Estate (ARI) assumed with a Neutral at BTIG Research

    • Blackstone Mortgage Trust (BXMT) assumed with a Buy at BTIG Research; tgt $19

    • BrightSpire Capital (BRSP) assumed with a Neutral at BTIG Research

    • Chesapeake Energy (CHK) initiated with an Equal-Weight at Stephens; tgt $91

    • Claros Mortgage Trust (CMTG) initiated with a Neutral at BTIG Research

    • CNX Resources (CNX) initiated with an Equal-Weight at Stephens; tgt $17

    • Columbia Sportswear (COLM) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Sandler; tgt $92

    • Coterra Energy (CTRA) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens; tgt $32

    • DoubleDown Interactive (DDI) initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush; tgt $12.25

    • Earthstone Energy (ESTE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens; tgt $18

    • EQT Corp. (EQT) initiated with an Equal-Weight at Stephens; tgt $36

    • Franklin BSP Realty Trust (FBRT) initiated with a Buy at BTIG Research; tgt $13.50

    • Globe Life (GL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Wells Fargo; tgt $120

    • KKR Real Estate Finance Trust (KREF) assumed with a Buy at BTIG Research; tgt $12

    • Ladder Capital (LADR) assumed with a Buy at BTIG Research; tgt $10

    • Luminar Technologies (LAZR) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies; tgt $12

    • Principal Fincl (PFG) initiated with an Equal Weight at Wells Fargo; tgt $79

    • Range Resources (RRC) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens; tgt $34

    • Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) initiated with an Overweight at Wells Fargo; tgt $163

    • SKYX Platforms (SKYX) initiated with a Buy at WestPark Capital; tgt $7

    • Starwood Property Trust (STWD) assumed with a Buy at BTIG Research; tgt $19

    • SuRo Capital (SSSS) assumed with a Buy at BTIG Research; tgt $5

    • Talos Energy (TALO) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens; tgt $21

    • TPG RE Finance Trust (TRTX) assumed with a Neutral at BTIG Research

    • Unum Group (UNM) initiated with an Overweight at Wells Fargo; tgt $57

    • V.F. Corp (VFC) resumed with an Overweight at Piper Sandler; tgt $29

    • Xenon Pharmaceuticals (XENE) initiated with an Overweight at Cantor Fitzgerald; tgt $58

Econ Data:

  • 09:00 ET: FHFA Housing Price Index for Feb (Briefing.comConsensus NA; Prior 0.2%)

  • 09:00 ET: S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index for Feb (Briefing.comConsensus 0.0%; Prior 2.5%)

  • 10:00 ET: Consumer Confidence for Apr (Briefing.comConsensus 104.1; Prior 104.2)

  • 10:00 ET: New Home Sales for Mar (Briefing.comConsensus 630K; Prior 640K)

Earnings:

  • Monday (Apr 24)

    • Morning:  BOH KO PHG

    • Afternoon: AGNC ARE AMP NTB BRO CADE CDNS CNI CHX CLF CCK FRC HSTM HTLF HXL HOPE IBTX MEDP PKG PCH RRC SSD TENB AAN TBI WSBC WHR WSFS

  • Tuesday (Apr 25)

    • Morning: MMM ABB ADM ARCC AWI ABG AUB BKU BIIB CNC CBU GLW DHR DOW FBP FCF FISV GATX GEHC GE GM GEO HAL HUBB IVZ JBLU KMB LH LKFN LTH MCD MCO MSCI NEE NEP NTRS NVS NVR ONB OMF PCAR PEP PII PHM RTX ST SHW SSTK SFNC SITC SBSI SPOT SCL THC TRU UBS UPS VZ XRX

  • Wednesday (Apr 26)

    • Morning:  ALKS ALLE AMT APH ADP AVY BXMT BA BOKF BSX CVE GIB CME CSTM DOV ETR EVR EXTR FSV FTV GD GPI HES HLT HUM NSP IART MKTX MAS COOP NAVI NSC ODFL OTIS OC PAG BPOP PDS PRG PB RCI RES R SLGN SLAB SF TMHC TEL TECK TDY TMO TNL UBSI UMC VRT WNC WAB

    • Afternoon:  TWOU ACHC AFL AGI ALGN AB AWK NLY AM AR ACGL ASGN AZPN AVB AXS BMRN CHRW CACI CP CLS CCS CHDN COLB FIX CNMD CLB CVBF EBAY EW ESI EPR EQT ETD EVTC FIBK FBIN FTAI GSHD GGG HELE HP ICLR IEX PI KALU KRC KLAC LSTR LC LXFR MAT MXL MMSI MTH META MEOH MAA MC MOH MYRG NTGR NVRO NOV ORLY OII CASH PTEN PEB PEGA PPC PXD PLXS PTC QS RJF RHI ROKU ROL SAFE SLM SGMO NOW SNBR SAVE SPSC STAG STC SUI NOVA TDOC TER TNET TROX TYL UDR UCTT URI WCN WM WSC WOLF WH

  • Thursday (Apr 27)

    • Morning: AOS ABBV MO AAL AIT ARCH AMBP AZN B BAX BFH BMY BC CRS CARR CAT CBZ CBRE CNP CHD CMS CNX CMCSA CROX CTS CFR DPZ DTE LLY EME EXLS FIS FAF FCFS FCN THRM GWW HEES HOG HAS HSY HTZ HGV HON IP ITGR ICPT IPG IQV KDP KIM KEX LEA LII LECO LIN LKQ HZO MA MPW MRK MBLY NEM NOC OSIS OSTK PPBI PATK BTU PNR DGX RS ROK ROP SPGI SNY SNDR SIRI SWI SAH SO LUV SRCL STM STRA FTI TXT SHYF TSCO TW TPH TRS VLO VLY VC WST WEX WTW WNS XEL

    • Afternoon:  ACCD ATVI AEM ALSN AYX AMZN ABCB AMGN ATR ACA AJG AX BZH BJRI SAM CPT COF CSL CWST CC CINF NET COLM OFC COUR CUZ CUBE DXCM DLR EMN ELME EIG EHC ESS EXPO FICO FHI FSLR FE GLPI GFL GILD HIG PEAK HUBG IMAX INTC KNSL KN LHX LPLA LTC MTX MHK MDLZ NATI NWE OIS OLN PFSI PINS PFG PFS PTCT RSG RMD SGEN SKX SKYW SM SNAP SSB SWN SSNC SNCY TMUS SKT SLCA X VRSN WY

  • Friday (Apr 28) 

    • Morning:  AON ARCB ARES AVTR BLMN CCJ GTLS CHTR CVX CL DAN XOM FHB GNTX EAF IMGN IMO JKS LAZ LYB MOG.A NYCB NWL NVT POR SAIA SXT STEL TRP TNC WPC WT


Asia & Europe detail:

Asia: Nikkei +0.1%, Hang Seng -1.7%, Shanghai Composite -0.3%

Equity indices in the Asia-Pacific region ended Tuesday on a mostly lower note while markets in Australia and New Zealand were closed for ANZAC Day. Tech stocks in South Korea were pressured after the country's financial supervisory service head expressed concern about investment based on excessive leverage. Japan's cabinet office maintained the overall economic assessment of the Japanese economy and raised the view on imports. Japan's Finance Minister Suzuki said that "there may be" movements in Japan's monetary policy in the future.

  • In economic data:

    • Japan's March Corporate Services Price Index 1.6% yr/yr (expected 1.7%; last 1.8%) and March BoJ Core CPI 2.9% yr/yr (expected 2.4%; last 2.7%)

    • South Korea's Q1 GDP 0.3% qtr/qtr (expected 0.2%; last -0.4%); 0.8% yr/yr (expected 0.9%; last 1.3%)

    • Hong Kong's March trade deficit $40.60 bln (expected deficit of $21.00 bln; last deficit of $45.40 bln). March Imports -0.6% m/m (expected -18.5%; last -4.1%) and Exports -1.5% m/m (expected -24.5%; last -8.8%)

---Equity Markets---

  • Japan's Nikkei: +0.1%

  • Hong Kong's Hang Seng: -1.7%

  • China's Shanghai Composite: -0.3%

  • India's Sensex: +0.1%

  • South Korea's Kospi: -1.4%

  • Australia's ASX All Ordinaries: CLOSED

---FX---

  • USD/JPY: -0.1% to 134.06

  • USD/CNH: +0.5% to 6.9340

  • USD/INR: -0.1% to 81.89

 

Europe: DAX -0.1%, FTSE -0.3%, CAC -0.6%

Major European indices trade in the red. European Central Bank Chief Economist Lane said that a rate hike in May will be warranted and that additional rate hikes will be data dependent. Meanwhile, policymaker Villeroy de Galhau said that "a few more" rate hikes might be needed. The Bank of England said in a statement that it is in discussions with the Bank of Japan, European Central Bank, Swiss National Bank, and the Fed to revert the frequency of daily operations to once per week.

  • In economic data:

    • U.K.'s March Public Sector Net Borrowing GBP20.71 bln (expected GBP22.94 bln; last GBP12.50 bln) and Public Sector Net Cash Requirements GBP18.886 bln (expected GBP3.956 bln; last -GBP1.693 bln). April CBI Industrial Trends Orders -20, as expected (last -20)

    • Spain's March PPI -1.0% yr/yr (expected 2.8%; last 8.0%)

    • Swiss March trade surplus CHF4.532 bln (expected CHF3.493 bln; last CHF3.139 bln)

---Equity Markets---

  • STOXX Europe 600: -0.4%

  • Germany's DAX: -0.1% 

  • U.K.'s FTSE 100: -0.3%

  • France's CAC 40: -0.6%

  • Italy's FTSE MIB: -0.9%

  • Spain's IBEX 35: -1.3%

---FX---

  • EUR/USD: -0.2% to 1.1020

  • GBP/USD: -0.3% to 1.2443

  • USD/CHF: +0.2% to 0.8884


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