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28/04/22 Briefing


The S&P 500 futures trade 70 points, or 1.7%, above fair value as positive reactions to earnings reports help drive the rebound-minded bias. The Nasdaq 100 futures outperform and trade 2.1% above fair value.

Meta Platforms (FB 203.68, +28.73, +16.4%) is setting the tone with a 16% pre-market gain following its earnings report, followed by healthy gains in Qualcomm (QCOM 144.80, +9.70, +7.2%), McDonald's (MCD 252.00, +4.86, +2.0%), and Merck (MRK 86.40, +1.99, +2.4%), among others.

To be fair, there are always outliers like Teladoc (TDOC 32.40, -23.59, -42.1%), which has cratered over 40% on disappointing guidance. It appears, though, that the TDOC weakness is relatively contained rather than spreading to other growth stocks.

In other developments, the Bank of Japan made no headline policy changes; Democrats are attempting to revive Build Back Better discussions, according to The Wall Street Journal; and OPEC+ is likely to agree to another 432,000-bpd oil output increase for June when it meets next week, according to Reuters.

Regarding today's data, investors will receive the advance estimate for Q1 GDP (Briefing.comconsensus 1.1%) and the weekly Initial Claims (Briefing.comconsensus 182,000) and Continuing Claims report at 8:30 a.m. ET.

U.S. Treasuries trade little changed. The 2-yr yield is down one basis point to 2.56%, and the 10-yr yield is down one basis point to 2.81%. The U.S. Dollar Index is up 0.7% to 103.66. WTI crude futures are down 0.4% to $101.57/bbl.

In U.S. corporate news:

  • Meta Platforms (FB 203.68, +28.73): +16.4% after beating EPS estimates, reporting an average of 1.96 billion DAUs for March -- an increase of 4% year-over-year, and lowering its FY22 expense guidance. Note, the company missed revenue estimates and guided Q2 revenue below consensus.

  • Qualcomm (QCOM 144.80, +9.70): +7.2% after beating top and bottom-line estimates and guiding fiscal Q3 EPS and revenue above consensus.

  • McDonald's (MCD 252.00, +4.86): +2.0% after beating top and bottom-line estimates.

  • Merck (MRK 86.40, +1.99): +2.4% after beating top and bottom-line estimates and raising its FY22 EPS and revenue guidance to in-line with expectations.

  • Amgen (AMGN 235.92, -12.87): -5.2% despite beating top and bottom-line estimates. Amgen received a notice of deficiency from the IRS for the 2013-2015 period. The notice could result in additional federal tax of approximately $5.1 billion, plus interest, and penalties of approximately $2 billion.

  • Caterpillar (CAT 210.01, -3.95): -1.9% despite beating EPS estimates.

  • Teladoc (TDOC 32.40, -23.59): -42.1% after issuing downside Q2 and FY22 revenue guidance and lowering its FY22 adjusted EBITDA guidance. TDOC beat EPS estimates.

Reviewing overnight developments:

  • Equity indices in the Asia-Pacific region ended Thursday on a higher note. Japan's Nikkei: +1.8% Hong Kong's Hang Seng: +1.7% China's Shanghai Composite: +0.6% India's Sensex: +1.2% South Korea's Kospi: +1.1% Australia's ASX All Ordinaries: +1.3%.

  • In economic data:

  • Japan's March Industrial Production 0.3% m/m (expected 0.5%; last 2.0%) and March Retail Sales 0.9% yr/yr (expected 0.4%; last -0.9%). March Housing Starts 6.0% yr/yr (expected -0.5%; last 6.3%) and March Construction Orders -21.2% yr/yr (last -2.3%)

  • Australia's Q1 Import Price Index 5.1% qtr/qtr (last 5.8%) and Export Price Index 18.0% qtr/qtr (last 3.5%)

  • New Zealand's March trade deficit NZD392 mln (last deficit of NZD691 mln). April ANZ Business Confidence -42.0 (last -41.9)

  • Singapore's Q1 Unemployment Rate 2.2% (last 2.3%)

  • Hong Kong's March trade surplus HKD37.30 bln (last deficit of HKD32.10 bln). March Imports -6.0% m/m (last 6.2%) and Exports -8.9% m/m (last 0.9%)


  • In news:

  • The Bank of Japan made no headline policy changes but it lowered its growth forecast and raised its CPI forecast for this year. The central bank announced that it will continue offering to buy JGBs every day.

  • The Japanese yen fell to a level not seen since 2002 against the dollar after the decision.

  • South Korea's Finance Minister said that steps will be taken to stabilize the currency market if needed.



  • Major European indices trade in the green. STOXX Europe 600: +1.0% Germany's DAX: +1.6% U.K.'s FTSE 100: +1.0% France's CAC 40: +1.7% Italy's FTSE MIB: +1.4% Spain's IBEX 35: +0.6%.

  • In economic data:

  • Italy's April Business Confidence 110.0, as expected (last 110.1) and Consumer Confidence 100.0 (expected 100.4; last 100.8). February Industrial Sales 2.8% m/m (last 2.3%); 20.9% yr/yr (last 16.9%)

  • Spain's April CPI -0.1% m/m (last 3.0%); 8.4% yr/yr (expected 9.0%; last 9.8%). Q1 Unemployment Rate 13.65% (expected 14.20%; last 13.33%)


  • In news:

  • Spain's April CPI decreased, fueling expectations that inflation has peaked or is close to doing so.

  • Sweden's Riskbank made an unexpected 25 bps rate hike.

  • ECB President Lagarde said that the central bank has an unwavering commitment to delivering on its price target.

  • Standard Chartered reported better than expected results for Q1 while Barclays also beat estimates but suspended its buyback.



U.S. equity futures:

  • S&P 500 Futures: +63 @ 4,247

  • DJIA Futures: +288 @ 33,590

  • Nasdaq 100 Futures: +272 @ 13,275

Overseas:

  • Europe: DAX +1.6%, FTSE +1.0%, CAC +1.7%

  • Asia: Nikkei +1.8%, Hang Seng +1.7%, Shanghai Composite +0.6%

Commodities:

  • Crude Oil -0.77 @ 101.25

  • Nat Gas -0.117 @ 7.222

  • Gold -0.40 @ 1888.30

  • Silver -0.378 @ 23.127

  • Copper -0.0215 @ 4.4535

U.S. Summary:

  • Earnings/Guidance (Full Earnings Calendar):

  • 1-800-FLOWERS(FLWS) misses by $0.04, misses on revs; guides FY22 EPS below consensus, revs below consensus

  • Aflac (AFL) beats by $0.05, beats on revs; Board declares dividend for Q2

  • Alamos (AGI) misses by $0.01, misses on revs

  • Align Tech (ALGN) misses by $0.10, misses on revs

  • Allison Transmission (ALSN) beats by $0.16, beats on revs; guides FY22 revs in-line

  • Altra Industrial Motion (AIMC) beats by $0.20, beats on revs; guides FY22 EPS in-line, revs below consensus

  • Altria (MO) beats by $0.03, misses on revs; reaffirms FY22 EPS guidance

  • Amedisys (AMED) beats by $0.11, misses on revs; reaffirms FY22 guidance

  • American Electric (AEP) beats by $0.02, beats on revs; reaffirms FY22 EPS guidance

  • American Water Works (AWK) beats by $0.10, misses on revs; reaffirms FY22 EPS guidance; raises dividend

  • Amgen (AMGN) beats by $0.12, beats on revs; reaffirms FY22 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • Antero Midstream (AM) misses by $0.02, misses on revs

  • Antero Resources (AR) misses by $0.04, misses on revs

  • Applied Industrial (AIT) beats by $0.25, beats on revs; raises FY22 guidance

  • Ares Management (ARES) misses by $0.02, beats on revs; declares dividend

  • Asbury Automotive (ABG) beats by $0.33, reports revs in-line; new $200 mln share repurchase

  • ASGN Incorporated (ASGN) beats by $0.20, beats on revs; guides Q2 EPS above consensus, revs above consensus

  • AvalonBay (AVB) reports FFO in-line; guides Q2 core FFO mostly below consensus; guides FY22 core FFO in-line

  • Avnet (AVT) beats by $0.61, beats on revs; guides Q4 EPS, revs above consensus

  • Baxter (BAX) beats by $0.12, reports revs in-line; guides Q2 EPS below consensus; lowers FY22 EPS below consensus, revs below consensus

  • BioMarin Pharm (BMRN) beats by $0.08, beats on revs; reaffirms FY22 revs guidance

  • Brunswick (BC) beats by $0.20, beats on revs; guides FY22 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • CACI Intl (CACI) misses by $0.05, misses on revs; guides Q4 revs below consensus

  • Canadian Pacific (CP) misses by CAD 0.04, misses on revs

  • Carrier Global (CARR) beats by $0.07, beats on revs; reaffirms FY22 EPS guidance, revs guidance

  • Caterpillar (CAT) beats by $0.28, reports revs in-line

  • Celestica (CLS) beats by $0.04, beats on revs; guides Q2 EPS and revs mostly above consensus; guides FY22 EPS above consensus, revs above consensus

  • Century Communities (CCS) beats by $0.50, misses on revs; reaffirms FY22 revs guidance

  • Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) misses by $0.04, beats on revs; dividend and buyback reinstated

  • C.H. Robinson (CHRW) beats by $0.50, beats on revs

  • Church & Dwight (CHD) beats by $0.06, reports revs in-line; guides Q2 EPS below consensus; guides FY22 EPS below consensus, revs in-line

  • Churchill Downs (CHDN) misses by $0.05, beats on revs

  • Comcast (CMCSA) beats by $0.05, beats on revs

  • Comfort Systems (FIX) beats by $0.04, beats on revs

  • Community Health (CYH) beats by $0.04, reports revs in-line; guides FY22 EPS in-line, reaffirms FY22 revs guidance

  • Core Labs (CLB) beats by $0.02, beats on revs

  • Coursera (COUR) beats by $0.03, beats on revs; guides Q2 revs in-line; guides FY22 revs in-line

  • CTS Corp (CTS) beats by $0.14, beats on revs; raises FY22 EPS above consensus, raises revs mostly above consensus

  • Discover Financial Services (DFS) beats by $0.61, misses on revs; approves $4.2 bln for share repurchases; increases quarterly dividend 20% to $0.60/share

  • Domino's Pizza (DPZ) misses by $0.58, misses on revs

  • DTE Energy (DTE) beats by $0.23; reaffirms FY22 EPS guidance

  • Duke Realty (DRE) beats by $0.01, beats on revs; guides FY22FFO in-line

  • Element Solutions (ESI) beats by $0.03, beats on revs; reaffirms FY22EPS in-line

  • Eli Lilly (LLY) beats by $0.32, beats on revs; guides FY22revs above consensus

  • Encompass Health (EHC) beats by $0.05, reports revs in-line; reaffirms FY22EPS guidance, revs guidance

  • Equinix (EQIX) beats by $2.36, reports revs in-line; guides Q2 revs above consensus; guides FY22FFO, revs above consensus

  • Fair Isaac (FICO) beats by $0.95, beats on revs; guides FY22EPS above consensus, revs in-line

  • FARO Techs (FARO) misses by $0.17, misses on revs; guides Q2 EPS below consensus, revs below consensus

  • FirstCash (FCFS) beats by $0.12, beats on revs

  • Ford Motor (F) beats by $0.01, beats on revs; reaffirms FY22adjusted EBIT of $11.5-12.5 bln

  • FormFactor (FORM) beats by $0.10, beats on revs; guides Q2 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • Fortive (FTV) beats by $0.02, beats on revs; guides Q2 EPS below consensus, revs below consensus; raises FY22guidance

  • Forward Air (FWRD) beats by $0.14, beats on revs; guides Q2 EPS, revs in-line

  • GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (GOL) doubles revs yr/yr in Q1, surpassing the same pre-pandemic period in 2019

  • Graco (GGG) misses by $0.03, misses on revs

  • Helmerich & Payne (HP) beats by $0.09, beats on revs

  • Hershey Foods (HSY) beats by $0.43, beats on revs; raises FY22guidance

  • Hertz Global (HTZ) beats by $0.01, beats on revs

  • HNI (HNI) beats by $0.10, beats on revs

  • Hologic (HOLX) beats by $0.47, beats on revs; guides Q3 EPS in-line; guides FY22EPS above consensus

  • Huntsman (HUN) beats by $0.17, beats on revs

  • Impinj (PI) beats by $0.10, beats on revs; guides Q2 EPS in-line, revs above consensus

  • Informatica (INFA) beats by $0.06, reports revs in-line; guides Q2 revs below consensus; guides FY22revs in-line

  • Interpublic (IPG) beats by $0.08, beats on revs; guides FY22revs above consensus

  • Int'l Paper (IP) beats by $0.20, beats on revs; anticipates stable demand at elevated levels in Q2

  • Invitation Homes (INVH) reports FFO in-line, revs in-line

  • JinkoSolar (JKS) misses by $0.39, beats on revs

  • KBR (KBR) beats by $0.05, reports revs in-line; raises FY22EPS and revs, in-line

  • Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) reports EPS in-line, beats on revs; raises FY22revenue guidance, reaffirms FY22earnings guidance

  • Kimco Realty (KIM) beats by $0.03, beats on revs; raises FY22FFO mostly above consensus

  • Laboratory Corp (LH) beats by $0.10, misses on revs; raises mid-point of FY22EPS guidance range

  • Las Vegas Sands (LVS) misses by $0.16, misses on revs, cites pandemic-related restrictions

  • Lazard (LAZ) beats by $0.17, beats on revs

  • Lending Club (LC) beats by $0.13, beats on revs; guides Q2 revs above consensus; FY22revs midpoint above consensus

  • Limelight Networks (LLNW) reports EPS in-line, beats on revs; reaffirms FY22EPS guidance, revs guidance

  • Lincoln Electric (LECO) beats by $0.43, beats on revs

  • Linde plc (LIN) beats by $0.16, beats on revs; raises FY22EPS in-line

  • LKQ (LKQ) beats by $0.09, beats on revs; raises FY22EPS in-line

  • MACOM Tech (MTSI) beats by $0.02, beats on revs; guides Q3 EPS and revs mostly above consensus

  • MarineMax (HZO) beats by $0.59, beats on revs; raises FY22EPS above consensus

  • Mattel (MAT) beats by $0.12, beats on revs; reaffirms FY22EPS guidance, revs guidance; reaffirms FY23EPS guidance

  • McDonald's (MCD) beats by $0.11, beats on revs; US comps +3.5%

  • MDC Holdings (MDC) beats by $0.11, beats on revs

  • MEDNAX (MD) beats by $0.06, beats on revs

  • Merck (MRK) beats by $0.31, beats on revs; raises FY22EPS in-line, raises revs in-line

  • Meritage (MTH) beats by $0.99, beats on revs

  • Merit Medical (MMSI) beats by $0.06, beats on revs; guides FY22EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • Meta Platforms (FB) beats by $0.21, misses on revs; guides Q2 revs below consensus, lowers FY22expense guidance

  • Methanex (MEOH) beats by $0.15, beats on revs; increases quarterly dividend 16% to $0.145/share

  • Molina Healthcare (MOH) beats by $0.22, beats on revs

  • MSA Safety (MSA) beats by $0.17, beats on revs

  • MYR Group (MYGR) beats by $0.15, beats on revs

  • NETGEAR (NTGR) misses by $0.30, misses on revs; guides Q2 revs below consensus

  • Nielsen (NLSN) beats by $0.04, reports revs in-line; reaffirms FY22EPS guidance

  • Nokia (NOK) reports EPS in-line, beats on revs; reaffirms FY22revs guidance

  • Noodles & Co (NDLS) beats by $0.03, reports revs in-line; comps +6.4%; guides Q2 revs above consensus

  • Northrop Grumman (NOC) beats by $0.12, misses on revs; reaffirms FY22EPS guidance, revs guidance

  • NovoCure (NVCR) beats by $0.15, beats on revs

  • Oceaneering Intl (OII) misses by $0.05, beats on revs

  • Option Care Health (OPCH) beats by $0.04, beats on revs; guides FY22revs above consensus

  • O'Reilly Auto (ORLY) misses by $0.27, reports revs in-line; reaffirms FY22EPS, revs guidance; co names new CFO

  • Overstock.com(OSTK) misses by $0.02, misses on revs

  • Paramount Group (PGRE) beats by $0.02, reports revs in-line; guides FY22FFO in-line

  • PayPal (PYPL) reports EPS in-line, beats on revs, TPV growth of 13%; guides FY22EPS below consensus, revs below consensus

  • PBF Energy (PBF) misses by $0.04, beats on revs

  • Perion Network (PERI) beats by $0.11, beats on revs; raises FY22revs in-line

  • Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) beats by $0.50, beats on revs

  • Pinterest (PINS) beats by $0.06, reports revs in-line

  • Pitney Bowes (PBI) beats by $0.05, reports revs in-line

  • Plexus (PLXS) beats by $0.12, beats on revs; guides Q3 revs above consensus

  • Portland Gen Elec (POR) misses by $0.20, beats on revs; guides FY22EPS below consensus

  • Precision Drilling (PDS) misses by $1.83, beats on revs

  • PTC (PTC) beats by $0.27, beats on revs; guides FY22revs in-line

  • PulteGroup (PHM) beats by $0.10, beats on revs

  • Qualcomm (QCOM) beats by $0.29, beats on revs; guides Q3 EPS above consensus, revs above consensus

  • Raymond James (RJF) misses by $0.09, reports revs in-line

  • Realogy (RLGY) misses by $0.14, beats on revs

  • Regal Rexnord (RRX) beats by $0.26, beats on revs; guides FY22EPS in-line, reaffirms FY22revs guidance

  • Reliance Steel (RS) beats by $1.24, beats on revs; guides Q2 EPS above consensus

  • Sallie Mae (SLM) misses by $0.35, reports revs in-line; reaffirms FY22EPS guidance

  • Samsung (SSNLF) reports Q1 results

  • Sanofi (SNY) beats by 0.18, beats on revs; guides FY22EPS in-line

  • ServiceNow (NOW) beats by $0.03, beats on revs

  • Sirius XM (SIRI) reports EPS in-line, beats on revs; reaffirms FY22revs guidance

  • SJW (SJW) beats on top and bottom lines; guides FY22EPS in-line

  • Sonic Automotive (SAH) misses by $0.04, misses on revs

  • Southern (SO) beats by $0.06, beats on revs

  • Southwest Air (LUV) misses by $0.02, reports revs in-line

  • Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) beats by $0.40, misses on revs; lowers FY22EPS guidance below consensus

  • Stericycle (SRCL) misses by $0.13, reports revs in-line; reaffirms FY22EPS in-line

  • Stewart Info (STC) beats by $0.77, beats on revs

  • Strategic Education (STRA) misses by $0.20, misses on revs; announces dividend

  • TechnipFMC (FTI) misses by $0.03, misses on revs; reaffirms FY22revs guidance

  • Tempur Sealy Int'l (TPX) beats by $0.04, beats on revs; lowers FY22EPS in-line, revs in-line; declares dividend

  • Teladoc (TDOC) beats by $0.05, reports revs in-line; guides Q2 revs below consensus; guides FY22revs below consensus, lowers FY22adjusted EBITDA guidance

  • Thermo Fisher (TMO) beats by $1.04, beats on revs

  • Tradeweb Markets (TW) misses by $0.01, reports revs in-line

  • Travel + Leisure Co (TNL) misses by $0.03, beats on revs

  • Tronox (TROX) misses by $0.03, beats on revs; reaffirms FY22EPS guidance

  • T. Rowe Price (TROW) misses by $0.14, reports revs in-line

  • Tyler Tech (TYL) beats by $0.22, beats on revs; guides FY22EPS mostly above consensus, revs in-line

  • Ultra Clean Holdings (UTCC) misses by $0.04, reports revs in-line; guides Q2 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • Unilever PLC (UL) reports Q1 trading update; beats on revs; expects sales at the top end of prior guidance

  • Unisys (UIS) misses by $0.19, misses on revs

  • United Rentals (URI) beats by $0.86, beats on revs; raises FY22revs above consensus

  • Upwork (UPWK) beats by $0.11, beats on revs; guides Q2 EPS in-line, revs above consensus; lower FY22revs outlook

  • Virtu Financial (VIRT) beats by $0.08, beats on revs

  • Visteon (VC) beats by $0.47, beats on revs

  • Volaris Aviation (VLRS) reports Q1 results; sees FY22revs above consensus

  • Washington REIT (WRE) beats by $0.01, reports revs in-line; guides FY22FFO in-line

  • Webster Financial (WBS) beats by $0.14, beats on revs

  • West Pharm (WST) beats by $0.18, reports revs in-line; guides FY22EPS above consensus

  • WEX (WEX) beats by $0.19, beats on revs; guides Q2 EPS, revs above consensus; guides FY22EPS, revs above consensus

  • Willis Towers Watson (WTW) beats by $0.13, misses on revs; maintains outlook

  • WillScot Mobile Mini (WSC) beats by $0.01, beats on revs; raises FY22revs guidance above consensus

  • Xcel Energy (XEL) beats by $0.02, beats on revs; reaffirms FY22EPS in-line

  • Yamana Gold (AUY) beats by $0.03, misses on revs


  • General News:

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin warned western nations of a "lightning fast" response to any country intervening in war in Ukraine, CNBC

  • Democrats are attempting to revive Build Back Better discussions with package of tax increases, climate spending, and healthcare spending, according to the Wall Street Journal

  • US officials believe that Q1 GDP growth will fall versus Q4, but economy still "very strong", according to Reuters

  • A federal judge in Lafayette, LA temporarily blocked Biden administration's plan to end asylum limits at the southern border, according to the L.A. Times

  • OPEC+ will likely increase output, according toReuters

  • EU does not want European energy companies to give in to Russian demands on ruble payments, according to Bloomberg

  • China will lower coal tariffs to zero, according to Reuters

  • More NYC renters are not renewing leases and deciding to move out, according to Bloomberg

  • White House releases economic plan for small businesses

  • Abbott Labs (ABT): New analysis shows that Abbott's FreeStyle Libre system provides similar and sustained reductions in glucose levels for people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes

  • Accuray (ARAY) appoints Suzanne Winter to succeed Joshua Levine as CEO, effective July 1

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne (AJRD): Warren Lichtenstein announces filing of complaint against CEO Eileen Drake and slate of nominees

  • American Water Works (AWK) appoints John C. Griffith as CFO, effective May 16

  • AnaptysBio (ANAB) announces positive ANB032 (anti-BTLA agonist) top-line Phase 1 data and provides pipeline updates

  • AstraZeneca's (AZN) Ultomiris approved in the US for adults with generalised myasthenia gravis

  • ATI Physical Therapy (ATIP) announces appointment of Sharon Vitti as Chief Executive Officer

  • Baidu (BIDU) wins first driverless permits in China for autonomous ride hailing services on public roads

  • Barclays (BCS) Suspends Until Further Notice Further Sales of iPath ETNs

  • BeiGene (BGNE) announces that the BTK inhibitor BRUKINSA has been approved in Uruguay for the treatment of adult patients with previously treated mantle cell lymphoma, relapsed or refractory marginal zone lymphoma, and Waldenstrm's macroglobulinemia

  • Cara Therapeutics (CARA) receives EC approval for Kapruvia

  • CF Industries (CF) increases quarterly dividend to $0.40/share from $0.30/share

  • ClearPoint Neuro (CLPT) announces expansion of their worldwide license and research agreement with Philips to include access to technology to enable surgical navigation using Computed Tomography

  • Coeur Mining (CDE) announces new discovery at Silvertip mine

  • Coty (COTY) to wind down its Russian operations; should not impact prior guidance

  • Disney's (DIS) new strategy is to stay silent on issues to try to work out resolution with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, according to the Wall Street Journal

  • Eli Lilly (LLY) tirzepatide delivered up to 22.5% weight loss in adults with obesity or overweight in SURMOUNT-1

  • First Bancorp (FBP) announces new $350 mln stock repurchase program; increases quarterly cash dividend to $0.12/share from $0.10/share

  • Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM) authorizes share repurchase program of up to 5% of outstanding shares

  • HSBC Holdings (HSBC): UK CMA sends letter to HSBC UK about 11 breaches of the Retail Banking Order

  • Mercury (MRCY) announces it received a $16.8 mln contract award from a leading defense prime contractor to provide rugged BuiltSECURE servers for a ground-based application

  • Meta Platforms (FB): EU court rules Meta can still face consumer privacy lawsuits, according to Bloomberg

  • Moderna (MRNA) submitted a request for emergency use authorization (EUA) for its COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA-1273) in children 6 months to under 2 years and 2 years to under 6 years of age to the FDA

  • NextEra Energy (NEE): NextEra Energy Transmission has been awarded the Minco-Pleasant Valley-Draper transmission line project by the Southwest Power Pool

  • Nikola Corporation (NKLA) celebrates launch of commercial serial truck production in Coolidge, Arizona

  • Piedmont Lithium (PLL) announces that Piedmont's partner, Sayona Mining Limited, recently reported the discovery of a new southern lithium pegmatite zone at the Moblan Lithium Project in Qubec

  • Stellantis (STLA) and Santander Consumer USA reach agreement to amend and extend financing partnership

  • TransMedics Group (TMDX) receives FDA PMA approval for OCS Heart System for use with organs from donors after circulatory death

  • Twitter (TWTR): Elon Musk's comments that certain Twitter executives have a political bias resulted in employee criticism, according to the Wall Street Journal

  • U.S. Silica (SLCA) to increase prices on industrial and specialty products

  • Valaris (VAL) has sold heavy duty modern jackups VALARIS 113 and 114 to ADES Saudi Limited for a total of $125 mln

  • Vale S.A. (VALE) announces new share buyback of up to 500 mln shares and ADRs

  • Y-mAbs Therapeutics (YMAB) announces CEO stepping down, provides Q1/FY22 product guidance

  • Zai Lab (ZLAB) and Turning Point Therapeutics announce top-line analysis in China subpopulation for repotrectinib in ROS1-positive NSCLC cohorts within global Phase 1/2 TRIDENT-1 study


  • M&A:

  • DigitalBridge (DBRG) acquires AMP Capital's global infrastructure equity investment management business

  • HighPeak Energy (HPK) has entered into an agreement to acquire the Howard County assets of Hannathon Petroleum and other non-operated working interest owners

  • KKR (KKR) to acquire Hitachi Transport System

  • Synopsys (SNPS) agrees to acquire WhiteHat Security for approx. $330 mln in cash


  • Syndicate:

  • Bridgewater Bancshares (BWB) files for $150 mln mixed securities shelf offering

  • Design Therapeutics (DSGN) files for $300 mln mixed securities shelf offering

  • First Horizon (FHN) files mixed securities shelf offering

  • Ikena Oncology (IKNA) files for $300 mln mixed securities shelf offering

  • PLBY Group (PLBY) files for 30,534,974 share common stock offering by selling shareholders

  • Retail Opportunity Investments (ROIC) files mixed securities shelf offering

  • UDR (UDR) files for 903,123 share common stock offering by selling shareholders


  • IPOs:

  • Expected to Price:

  • No IPOs expected to price.



Gapping Up/Down

  • Gapping up:

  • LC +18.3%, FB +16.6%, NDLS +15.2%, AVT +9.9%, MXL +9.8%, NOW +9.7%, EQT +9.4%, VLRS +9.2%, MTH +8.1%, ETWO +8.1%, PTC +8.1%, QCOM +7.6%, BCOV +7.4%, WSC +7.2%, UPWK +6.5%, PINS +6.2%, PPC +5.7%, VALE +5.3%, TROX +5%, VAL +4.8%, ICLR +4.6%, AXS +4.5%, FICO +4.5%, URI +4.4%, SNN +4.1%, CARA +4%, BMRN +4%, MMSI +3.9%, HUN +3.9%, SLCA +3.8%, PI +3.7%, NKLA +3.5%, PGRE +3.5%, TYL +3.4%, CHRW +3.4%, CSWC +3.3%, MAT +3.1%, CG +3%, STLA +2.9%, INFA +2.9%, OII+2.9%, CCS +2.8%, RJF +2.6%, HPK +2.5%, PYPL+2.5%, CLPT +2.4%, NLY +2.4%, ASX +2.4%, ARAY+2.3%, HP +2.3%, ANAB +2.2%, F +2.2%, BCS +2.2%, LVS +2.1%, TTE +2.1%, VIRT +2%, BIDU +1.9%, DFS+1.8%, TMO +1.8%, PBR +1.8%, CHDN +1.7%, SNPS+1.6%, MD +1.6%, CF +1.5%, HOLX +1.5%, NOK+1.2%, INSP +1.1%, CYH +1%


  • Gapping down:

  • TDOC -42%, ALGN -22.8%, OSTK -7.7%, ORLY -7%, IKNA -6.8%, JKS -6.5%, AMGN -5.4%, QGEN -5%, AMSF -5%, COUR -4.9%, CACI -4.8%, FTI -4.2%, CLB-4.1%, NTGR -3.5%, ERJ -3.5%, UIS -3.3%, FHN -3%, FARO -2.1%, ALSN -2%, KBR -1.8%, LIN -1.3%


Analyst Research (see Upgrades/Downgradescalendarfor full list):

  • Upgrades

  • Fifth Third (FITB) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Wells Fargo; tgt $52

  • Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Wells Fargo; tgt $21

  • MSCI (MSCI) upgraded to Outperform from Mkt Perform at Raymond James; tgt $515

  • RPC (RES) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Johnson Rice; tgt $13


  • Downgrades:

  • Coca-Cola (KO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at DZ Bank; tgt $69

  • Greenhill (GHL) downgraded to Underperform from Mkt Perform at Keefe Bruyette; tgt lowered to $12

  • Moelis (MC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Sandler; tgt lowered to $50

  • Spotify (SPOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Pivotal Research Group; tgt lowered to $110

  • Vroom (VRM) downgraded to Mkt Perform from Outperform at William Blair


  • Others:

  • Freshpet (FRPT) initiated with a Buy at The Benchmark Company; tgt $135

  • Sachem Capital (SACH) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer; tgt $6

  • Vascular Biogenics (VBLT) initiated with a Buy at Chardan Capital Markets; tgt $5


Upcoming Events:

  • Econ Data:

  • 08:30 ET: GDP-Adv. for Q1 (Briefing.comConsensus 1.1%; Prior 6.9%)

  • 08:30 ET: GDP Chain Deflator-Adv. for Q1 (Briefing.comConsensus 7.3%; Prior 7.1%)

  • 08:30 ET: Initial Claims for Apr. 23 (Briefing.comConsensus 182K; Prior 184K)

  • 08:30 ET: Continuing Claims for Apr. 16 (Briefing.comConsensus NA; Prior 1417K)

  • 10:30 ET: EIA Natural Gas Inventories for Apr. 23 (Briefing.comConsensus NA; Prior +53 bcf)


  • Earnings:

  • Monday (Apr 25)

  • Morning: ATVI BOH KO CBU DORM LKFN LII OTIS PHG

  • Afternoon: ARE ACC AMP AXTA BRO CADE CDNS CALX CATY CR CCK HSTM HTLF HXL IBTX LXFR MEDP OI PKG PEP PCH ROIC SBAC SSD TBI UHS WRB WHR ZION


  • Tuesday (Apr 26)

  • Morning: MMM ALLE ARCH ADM ARCC AWI AVY CNC GLW DHI ECL ENTG FCF FELE GE GPK HUBB NSP IVZ JBLU MSCI NTRS NVS NVR ONB PCAR PPBI PII BPOP RTX ROP ST SHW SSTK SITC SBSI AAN TRU UBS UPS VLO WBD WM

  • Afternoon: ACCO GOOG ABCB APAM ASH AGR BHE BYD CNI COF CHX CHE CMG CB CSGP EGP EW ENPH EQR ESS EXAS FFIV FCPT GM GSHD HA HIW IEX JBT JNPR MANH MTDR MSFT MKSI MDLZ NAVI NCR PEB QS RRC RNST RHI SKX TENB TER TX TXN TNET TRMK UDR UMBF VBTX V WSBC WH


  • Wednesday (Apr 27)

  • Morning: ALKS AMT APH ADP BXMT BA BOKF BSX BG CVE GIB CHKP CHEF CME CSTM DAN DRVN ETR EEFT EVR EXTR FISV GRMN GD GPI HEES HOG HELE HES HUM IART IQV KHC MAS NEO NYCB NSC ODFL OC PAG PRG PB RGEN ROL RES R STX SLGN SLAB SPOT SHOO SF STM TMUS TMHC TEL TECK TDY TRN TPB UMC VRT WNC WAB

  • Afternoon: AFL AGI ALGN ALSN AMED AWK AMGN NLY AM AR ACGL ASGN AZPN AVB AVT AXS BMRN BCOV CHRW CACI CP CG CLS CCS CAKE CHDN FIX CYH CLB COUR DFS DRE ESI EIG EHC EQT EQIX RE FICO FARO F FORM FWRD GGG HP HTZ HOLX HPP ICLR PI INVH KRC LVS LC MAT MXL MMSI MTH FB MEOH MAA MC MOH MSA MYRG NTGR NEX NDLS ORLY OII PGRE PYPL PDM PPC PINS PLXS PTC QGEN QCOM RJF RRX SLM NOW SAVE FTI TDOC TROX TYL UCTT UIS URI UPWK WRE WSC AUY


  • Thursday (Apr 28)

  • Morning: FLWS AOS ABMD ALNY AIMC MO AEP AIT ARES ABG BAX BFH BC CRS CARR CAT CBZ CHD CNX CMCSA CTS CFR DPZ DTE LLY ERJ EME EXLS FAF FBP FCFS FTV FCN GWW GFF HAYW HSY HNI HUN IP ITGR IPG IRM JKS KBR KDP KIM KEX LH LAZ LLNW LECO LIN LKQ MTSI MA MTRN MCD MDC MPW MD MRK NLSN NOK NOC NVCR OPCH OSTK PATK PTEN PBF BTU PRFT PCG PBI PNM POR PDS PHM RLGY RS SNY SNDR STNG SFNC SIRI SAH SO LUV SWK SRCL STRA TROW TFX TPX TNC TXT SHYF TMO TW TNL TRS TWTR VLY VNE VIRT VC WBS WST WEX WTW XEL

  • Afternoon: ACCD AEM LNT ATUS AMZN AAPL ATR ACA AJG AMK TEAM AVTR AX BZH BIO CAMP CPT CSL CWST CE CINF COHU COLM OFC CUZ CUBE DXCM DLR DRQ EMN EBS WIRE ETD EVTC EXPO FHI FIBK FSLR FIVN FTAI FBHS ULCC GLPI GILD HIG HUBG IMAX INTC KNSL KLAC KN LMAT LYLT LPLA LTC MGRC MERC CASH MTX MITK MHK COOP NATI NWE NOV OIS OLN OMCL OMF OSIS PEGA POWI PFG RMAX RMD HOOD ROKU SGEN SKYW SM SSB SWN SPSC SSNC SYK TEX TRUP X VRSN WDC WU ZEN


  • Friday (Apr 29)

  • Morning: ABBV AB AON ARCB AZN B BLMN BMY CBOE GTLS CHTR CVX CL XOM HON IMO LNTH LYB MGA MOG.A NWL NMRK NVT PSX PIPR PFS SXT SYNH TRP SLCA WPC WY WETF



Asia & Europe detail:

Asia: Nikkei +1.8%, Hang Seng +1.7%, Shanghai Composite +0.6%

Equity indices in the Asia-Pacific region ended Thursday on a higher note. The Bank of Japan made no headline policy changes but it lowered its growth forecast and raised its CPI forecast for this year. The central bank announced that it will continue offering to buy JGBs every day. The Japanese yen fell to a level not seen since 2002 against the dollar after the decision. South Korea's Finance Minister said that steps will be taken to stabilize the currency market if needed.

  • In economic data:

  • Japan's March Industrial Production 0.3% m/m (expected 0.5%; last 2.0%) and March Retail Sales 0.9% yr/yr (expected 0.4%; last -0.9%). March Housing Starts 6.0% yr/yr (expected -0.5%; last 6.3%) and March Construction Orders -21.2% yr/yr (last -2.3%)

  • Australia's Q1 Import Price Index 5.1% qtr/qtr (last 5.8%) and Export Price Index 18.0% qtr/qtr (last 3.5%)

  • New Zealand's March trade deficit NZD392 mln (last deficit of NZD691 mln). April ANZ Business Confidence -42.0 (last -41.9)

  • Singapore's Q1 Unemployment Rate 2.2% (last 2.3%)

  • Hong Kong's March trade surplus HKD37.30 bln (last deficit of HKD32.10 bln). March Imports -6.0% m/m (last 6.2%) and Exports -8.9% m/m (last 0.9%)


---Equity Markets---

  • Japan's Nikkei: +1.8%

  • Hong Kong's Hang Seng: +1.7%

  • China's Shanghai Composite: +0.6%

  • India's Sensex: +1.2%

  • South Korea's Kospi: +1.1%

  • Australia's ASX All Ordinaries: +1.3%

---FX---

  • USD/JPY: +1.6% to 130.48

  • USD/CNH: +0.9% to 6.6457

  • USD/INR: -0.1% to 76.57

Europe: DAX +1.6%, FTSE +1.0%, CAC +1.7%

Major European indices trade in the green. Spain's April CPI decreased, fueling expectations that inflation has peaked or is close to doing so. Sweden's Riskbank made an unexpected 25 bps rate hike. ECB President Lagarde said that the central bank has an unwavering commitment to delivering on its price target. Standard Chartered reported better than expected results for Q1 while Barclays also beat estimates but suspended its buyback.

  • In economic data:

  • Italy's April Business Confidence 110.0, as expected (last 110.1) and Consumer Confidence 100.0 (expected 100.4; last 100.8). February Industrial Sales 2.8% m/m (last 2.3%); 20.9% yr/yr (last 16.9%)

  • Spain's April CPI -0.1% m/m (last 3.0%); 8.4% yr/yr (expected 9.0%; last 9.8%). Q1 Unemployment Rate 13.65% (expected 14.20%; last 13.33%)


---Equity Markets---

  • STOXX Europe 600: +1.0%

  • Germany's DAX: +1.6%

  • U.K.'s FTSE 100: +1.0%

  • France's CAC 40: +1.7%

  • Italy's FTSE MIB: +1.4%

  • Spain's IBEX 35: +0.6%

---FX---

  • EUR/USD: -0.5% to 1.0503

  • GBP/USD: -0.6% to 1.2469

  • USD/CHF: +0.4% to 0.9725


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