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Briefing 03/01/22

Updated: Feb 15

The S&P 500 futures trade 37 points, or 0.8%, below fair value as the rebound momentum loses steam with Meta Platforms (FB 251.25, -71.75, -22.2%) reeling on disappointing earnings news. The Nasdaq 100 futures underperform and trade 2.0% below fair value.

Shares of Facebook's parent company are down 22% in pre-market action after missing EPS estimates and guiding Q1 revenue below consensus due to ad-impression and pricing-related factors. The visceral reaction has pressured other growth stocks, which are also contending with an uptick in interest rates in front of key economic data.

Specifically, investors will receive weekly Initial Claims (Briefing.comconsensus 245,000) and preliminary Q4 readings for Productivity (Briefing.comconsensus 2.7%) and Unit Labor Costs at 8:30 a.m. ET. Afterwards, the January ISM Non-Manufacturing Index (Briefing.comconsensus 60.0%) and December Factory Orders (Briefing.comconsensus -0.2%) will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.

The 10-yr yield is up three basis points to 1.80% while the 2-yr yield is up two basis points to 1.17%. The U.S. Dollar Index is up 0.2% to 96.09. WTI crude futures are down 1.5%, or $1.33, to $86.93/bbl.

T-Mobile US (TMUS 117.95, +8.37, +7.6%), meanwhile, is bucking the negative trend with a 7.6% gain after beating EPS estimates. Dow components Honeywell (HON 201.00, -6.55, -3.2%) and Merck (MRK 81.75, -0.26, -0.3%) have underwhelmed investors with their results.

Elsewhere, the Bank of England hiked rates for the second meeting in a row, voting today to raise its bank rate by 25 basis points to 0.50%. The European Central Bank (ECB) left rates unchanged, as expected, but investors are wondering if ECB President Lagarde will pay heed to inflation risks in her press conference.

In U.S. Corporate news:

  • Meta Platforms (FB 251.25, -71.75): -22.2% after missing EPS estimates and guiding Q1 revenue below consensus due to ad impression and pricing related factors.

  • T-Mobile US (TMUS 117.95, +8.37): +7.6% after beating EPS estimates on below-consensus revenue.

  • Honeywell (HON 201.00, -6.55): -3.2% after guiding FY22 EPS and revenue below consensus, overshadowing its EPS beat.

  • Merck (MRK 81.75, -0.26): -0.3% after guiding FY22 EPS below consensus while beating EPS estimates.

  • Qualcomm (QCOM 185.10, -3.10): -1.7% despite beating top and bottom-line estimates and guiding fiscal Q2 EPS and revenue above consensus.

  • Spotify (SPOT 171.60, -20.32): -10.6% despite beating top and bottom-line estimates. On a related note, a few more artists want to remove their music from the platform, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Reviewing overnight developments:

  • Equity indices in the Asia-Pacific region ended Thursday on a mostly lower note while markets in China remained closed for Lunar New Year. Japan's Nikkei: -0.6% Hong Kong's Hang Seng: CLOSED China's Shanghai Composite: CLOSED India's Sensex: -1.3% South Korea's Kospi: +1.7% Australia's ASX All Ordinaries: -0.3%.

  • In economic data:

  • Japan's January Services PMI 47.6 (last 52.1)

  • South Korea's January Nikkei Manufacturing PMI 52.8 (last 51.9)

  • India's January Nikkei Services PMI 51.5 (expected 53.0; last 55.5)

  • Australia's December AIG Construction Index 45.9 (last 57.0), December Building Approvals 8.2% m/m (expected -1.0%; last 2.6%), and December trade surplus AUD8.356 bln (expected surplus of AUD10.600 bln; last surplus of AUD9.42 bln). December Imports 5% m/m (last 6%) and Exports 1% m/m (last 2%). January Services PMI 46.6 (last 55.1)


  • In news:

  • South Korea's finance minister cautioned that the decline in housing prices is expected to accelerate due to planned rate hikes and tighter lending rules.

  • Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Wakatabe said that a rate cut is possible if downside risks intensify.

  • Japan's Services PMI contracted for the first time in four months in the January reading.



  • Major European indices trade on a mostly lower note while Spain's IBEX (+0.1%) outperforms slightly. STOXX Europe 600: -0.6% Germany's DAX: -0.6% U.K.'s FTSE 100: -0.2% France's CAC 40: -0.2% Italy's FTSE MIB: -0.3% Spain's IBEX 35: +0.1%.

  • In economic data:

  • Eurozone's December PPI 2.9% m/m (expected 2.8%; last 1.8%); 26.2% yr/yr (expected 26.1%; last 23.7%). January Services PMI 51.1 (expected 51.2; last 53.1)

  • Germany's January Services PMI 52.2, as expected (last 48.7)

  • U.K.'s January Services PMI 54.1 (expected 53.3; last 53.6)

  • France's January Services PMI 53.1, as expected (last 57.0)

  • Italy's January Services PMI 48.5 (expected 50.0; last 53.0)

  • Spain's January Services PMI 46.6 (expected 51.5; last 55.8)


  • In news:

  • There is growing speculation that British Prime Minister Johnson will be replaced, even though MPs don't currently have enough signatures to trigger a confidence vote.

  • British energy regulator increased the cap on bills to consumers by 54%. The price hikes will be partially offset by subsidies from the government.

  • The Bank of England voted 9-0 to raise its bank rate by 25 bps to 0.50%.

  • The European Central Bank is expected to leave its interest rate corridor intact and President Lagarde is expected to repeat during her press conference that a rate hike in 2022 is unlikely.



U.S. equity futures:

  • S&P 500 Futures: -42 @ 4,548

  • DJIA Futures: -37 @ 35,592

  • Nasdaq 100 Futures: -307 @ 14,832

Overseas:

  • Europe: DAX -0.6%, FTSE -0.2%, CAC -0.2%

  • Asia: Nikkei -0.6%, Hang Seng CLOSED, Shanghai Composite CLOSED

Commodities:

  • Crude Oil -1.06 @ 87.20

  • Nat Gas -0.444 @ 5.057

  • Gold -9.25 @ 1801.08

  • Silver -0.370 @ 22.337

  • Copper -0.0550 @ 4.4400

U.S. Summary:

  • Earnings/Guidance (Full Earnings Calendar):

  • 8x8 (EGHT) reports EPS in-line, beats on revs; guides Q4 revs above consensus

  • ABB Ltd (ABB) reports Q4 (Dec) results, beats on revs

  • Abiomed (ABMD) beats by $0.16, beats on revs; raises FY22 revs above consensus

  • ADTRAN (ADTN) beats by $0.12, beats on revs

  • Advanced Drainage Systems (WMS) misses by $0.15, beats on revs; raises FY22 revs outlook

  • Aflac (AFL) beats by $0.02, beats on revs

  • Align Tech (ALGN) beats by $0.10, reports revs in-line; guides FY22 revs in-line

  • Allegiant Travel (ALGT) beats by $0.01, beats on revs

  • Allstate (ALL) misses by $0.02, misses on revs

  • Ametek (AME) beats by $0.07, beats on revs; guides Q1 EPS in-line, revs in-line; guides FY22 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • Aptiv (APTV) reports EPS in-line, beats on revs; guides FY22 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • AvalonBay (AVB) beats by $0.02; guides Q1 FFO below consensus at the midpoint; guides FY22 FFO above consensus at the midpoint

  • Aviat Networks (AVNW) beats by $0.10, beats on revs

  • AZEK (AZEK) beats by $0.02, beats on revs; guides MarQ revs above consensus; guides FY22 revs above consensus

  • BCE Inc (BCE) beats by CAD 0.03, reports revs in-line

  • Becton Dickinson (BDX) beats by $0.79, beats on revs; raises FY22 EPS above consensus, revs above consensus

  • Berry Global (BERY) misses by $0.09, beats on revs; reaffirms FY22 EPS guidance; authorizes new share repurchase plan of $1 bln

  • Biogen (BIIB) beats by $0.02, beats on revs; guides FY22 EPS below consensus, revs below consensus

  • Brandywine Realty (BDN) reports FFO in-line, revs in-line; guides FY22 FFO above consensus at midpoint

  • BrightView (BV) misses by $0.03, reports revs in-line

  • Buckle (BKE) reports January comparable store net sales +4.2% and Q4 prelim net sales +19.5% yr/yr to $380.9 mln vs $345 mln consensus

  • Cardinal Health (CAH) beats by $0.04, reports revs in-line; guides FY22 EPS in-line

  • Cardiovascular Systems (CSII) misses by $0.10, misses on revs; guides FY22 revs below consensus

  • Carlyle Group (CG) reports Q4 (Dec) results, beats on revs; announces dividend increase

  • Central Garden (CENT) beats by $0.16, beats on revs; reaffirms FY21 EPS guidance

  • Century Communities (CCS) beats by $0.82, reports revs in-line; guides FY22 revs in-line

  • Change Healthcare (CHNG) beats by $0.01, beats on revs

  • Check Point Software (CHKP) beats by $0.10, beats on revs

  • Cigna (CI) beats by $0.06, beats on revs; guides FY22 EPS below consensus

  • Clarivate (CLVT) completes restatement of prior financial statements, expects to come in below or at the low-end of FY21 guidance as a result; also lowers FY22 guidance slightly

  • CMC Materials (CCMP) beats by $0.29, reports revs in-line; guides Q2 revs above consensus

  • Cognizant Tech (CTSH) beats by $0.06, reports revs in-line; guides Q1 revs in-line; guides FY22 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • ConocoPhillips (COP) beats by $0.08

  • Core Labs (CLB) reports EPS in-line, beats on revs; guides Q1 EPS mid-point below consensus; guides Q1 revs below consensus

  • Costco (COST) reports January adjusted comparable sales growth of 10.8%; net sales up 15.5% yr/yr

  • Cummins (CMI) misses by $0.41, reports revs in-line; guides FY22 revs below consensus

  • Deluxe (DLX) beats by $0.04, beats on revs; guides FY22 revs above consensus; announces dividend

  • Digi Intl (DGII) beats by $0.07, beats on revs; guides Q2 EPS above consensus, revs in-line

  • DXC Technology (DXC) beats by $0.01, reports revs in-line

  • e.l.f. Beauty (ELF) beats by $0.09, beats on revs; guides FY22 EPS above consensus, revs above consensus

  • Eli Lilly (LLY) misses by $0.02, beats on revs; reaffirms FY22 EPS guidance, revs guidance

  • Essex Property (ESS) beats by $0.03; guides FY22 FFO below consensus

  • Estee Lauder (EL) beats by $0.37, reports revs in-line; guides Q3 EPS below consensus, revs below consensus; guides FY22 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • FormFactor (FORM) beats by $0.03, beats on revs; guides Q1 EPS, revs in-line

  • Fortive (FTV) beats by $0.01, misses on revs; guides Q1 EPS below consensus, revs below consensus; guides FY22 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • Fortune Brands Home & Security (FBHS) beats by $0.03, beats on revs; guides FY22 EPS above consensus

  • Globe Life (GL) misses by $0.06, beats on revs

  • Hain Celestial (HAIN) beats by $0.03, reports revs in-line; reiterates FY22 net sales guide

  • Hanesbrands (HBI) reports EPS in-line, revs in-line; guides Q1 EPS below consensus, revs in-line; guides FY22 EPS below consensus, revs above consensus

  • Hanover Insurance (THG) beats by $0.83, beats on revs

  • Hershey Foods (HSY) beats by $0.07, beats on revs; guides FY22 EPS above consensus, revs above consensus

  • Hillenbrand (HI) beats by $0.05, beats on revs; guides Q2 EPS above consensus; raises low end of FY22 EPS guidance, revs above consensus

  • Hologic (HOLX) beats by $0.96, beats on revs; guides MarQ EPS above consensus, revs above consensus; guides FY22 EPS above consensus, revs above consensus

  • Honeywell (HON) beats by $0.01, reports revs in-line; guides FY22 EPS below consensus, revs below consensus

  • Hubbell (HUBB) misses by $0.01, misses on revs; guides FY22 EPS in-line

  • ING Groep (ING) reports Q4 results

  • Ingredion (INGR) misses by $0.20, beats on revs; guides FY22 EPS in-line

  • IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) beats by $0.02, reports revs in-line; increases quarterly dividend by 15%

  • Janus Henderson Group (JHG) beats by $0.01, reports revs in-line

  • Kodiak Sciences (KOD) completes enrollment in GLEAM and GLIMMER Phase 3 Clinical trials of KSI-301

  • Kulicke & Soffa (KLIC) beats by $0.29, reports revs in-line; guides Q2 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • Lancaster Colony (LANC) misses by $0.49, beats on revs

  • Lazard (LAZ) beats by $0.49, beats on revs

  • Lightspeed (LSPD) reports EPS in-line, beats on revs; guides Q4 revs in-line; guides FY22 revs above consensus

  • Lumentum (LITE) beats by $0.02, reports revs in-line; guides Q3 EPS below consensus, revs below consensus

  • MAXIMUS (MMS) beats by $0.05, beats on revs; guides FY22 EPS in-line, revs above consensus

  • MaxLinear (MXL) beats by $0.02, beats on revs; guides Q1 revs above consensus

  • McKesson (MCK) beats by $0.73, beats on revs; raises FY22 EPS above consensus

  • Merck (MRK) beats by $0.28, reports revs in-line; guides FY22 EPS below consensus, revs in-line

  • Meritor (MTOR) beats by $0.18, reports revs in-line; guides FY22 EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • Meta Platforms (FB) misses by $0.16, reports revs in-line; guides Q1 revs below consensus due to ad impression and pricing related factors

  • MetLife (MET) beats by $0.55, beats on revs

  • MGIC Investment (MTG) beats by $0.17, beats on revs; announces buyback

  • Mid-America Aptmt (MAA) beats by $0.15, reports revs in-line; guides Q1 FFO in-line; guides FY22 FFO in-line

  • MSG Sports (MSGS) misses by $0.27, misses on revs

  • Murphy USA (MUSA) beats by $0.98, beats on revs

  • NETGEAR (NTGR) beats by $0.14, misses on revs; guides Q1 revs below consensus

  • Nintendo (NTDOY) reports nine-month results; raises guidance

  • NJ Resources (NJR) beats by $0.01, beats on revs; reaffirms FY22 EPS in-line

  • Nokia (NOK) beats by 0.01, reports revs in-line; guides FY21 revs in-line

  • NuStar Energy (NS) reports Q4 (Dec) results, beats on revs

  • Omega Health (OHI) misses by $0.04, misses on revs

  • OneMain Holdings (OMF) beats by $0.03; raises dividend by 36% and announces new $1.0 bln share repurchase program

  • Parker-Hannifin (PH) beats by $0.53, beats on revs; guides FY22 EPS above consensus

  • Penn Natl Gaming (PENN) misses on EPS, beats on revs; guides FY22 revs in-line

  • PNM Resources (PNM) sees FY11 EPS above consensus; sees FY22 EPS in line; raises dividend 6.1%

  • Prestige Consumer (PBH) beats by $0.11, beats on revs; guides FY22 EPS above consensus, revs above consensus

  • Qorvo (QRVO) beats by $0.22, reports revs in-line; guides Q4 EPS above consensus, revs in-line

  • Qualcomm (QCOM) beats by $0.23, beats on revs; guides Q2 EPS above consensus, revs above consensus

  • Quest Diagnostics (DGX) beats by $0.14, beats on revs; guides FY22 EPS midpoint above consensus, revs midpoint above consensus; increases dividend

  • Rayonier (RYN) misses by $0.01, beats on revs

  • Regal Rexnord (RRX) misses by $0.05, beats on revs; guides FY22 EPS in-line, revs above consensus

  • Red Rock Resorts (RRR) reports Q4 (Dec) results, beats on revs

  • Roche Hldg (RHHBY) reports FY21 results; revs rise 9% yr/yr; provides FY22 outlook

  • SiTime (SITM) beats by $0.23, beats on revs

  • Shell plc (RDS.A) beats on top and bottom lines; provides Q1 guidance; commences share buyback

  • Skyline Champion (SKY) beats by $0.45, beats on revs

  • Snap-On (SNA) beats by $0.41, beats on revs

  • Spotify (SPOT) beats by 0.15, beats on revs; guides Q1 revs in-line

  • Suncor Energy (SU) misses by CAD 0.07

  • Takeda Pharma (TAK) reports nine-month results; raises FY21/22 EPS and revs guidance

  • Tetra Tech (TTEK) beats by $0.16, beats on revs; guides MarQ EPS in-line, revs in-line; guides FY22 EPS above consensus, revs in-line

  • Timken (TKR) misses by $0.13, beats on revs; guides FY22 EPS below consensus, revs above consensus

  • T-Mobile US (TMUS) beats by $0.20, misses on revs

  • Tradeweb Markets (TW) reports EPS in-line, revs in-line

  • TrueBlue (TBI) beats by $0.26, beats on revs

  • UGI Corp (UGI) misses by $0.31, beats on revs

  • Vista Outdoor (VSTO) beats by $0.18, beats on revs; guides FY23 EPS above consensus, revs below consensus

  • Walker & Dunlop (WD) beats by $0.13, beats on revs

  • WEC Energy Group (WEC) beats by $0.04, beats on revs; reaffirms FY22 EPS in-line

  • WestRock (WRK) beats by $0.01, reports revs in-line

  • Xylem (XYL) beats by $0.02, reports revs in-line; guides FY22 EPS, revs below consensus; increases quarterly dividend

  • Yellow Corporation (YELL) reports Q4 (Dec) results, revs in-line


  • General News:

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urges states to end COVID-19 emergency and remove restrictions and mask mandates, according to CBS News

  • Both sides are getting closer on deal to fund government through September 30, but disagreements over additional coronavirus relief funding exist. Deal must be reached by February 18to avoid government shutdown, according to the Washington Post

  • New satellite images show that Russia continues to build up military presence near Ukraine's border, according to the New York Times

  • Bank of England voted by a majority of 5-4 to increase Bank Rate by 0.25 percentage points, to 0.5%

  • ECB will leave rates unchanged; will discontinue net asset purchases under the PEPP at the end of March

  • Senate Banking Committee releases testimony from Fed Vice Chairman For Supervision nominee Sarah Bloom Raskin

  • New Zealand aiming to remove some border controls and quarantine rules, according to the New York Times

  • UK Energy regulator Ofgem increases energy price cap by 54%

  • Adicet Bio (ACET) disclosed that Regeneron Pharma (REGN) exercised its option to licence the exclusive rights to ADI-002

  • Advanced Drainage Systems (WMS) approves new $1 bln stock repurchase program

  • American Water Works (AWK) announces that its president and CEO Walter Lynch retired from the company, effective February 2, 2022

  • AstraZeneca (AZN) enters into license agreement with Regio Biosciences to develop REG-101

  • Berry Global (BERY) has authorized a new share repurchase program under which the Company may repurchase up to $1 bln of its outstanding shares of common stock

  • Broadmark Realty (BRMK) announces that Brian P. Ward will join the Company as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2022

  • CME Group (CME) declared a first-quarter dividend of $1.00 per share, an 11% increase from the prior level of $0.90 per share

  • Equitrans Midstream (ETRN) issued statement regarding the Mountain Valley Pipeline project

  • Fortuna (FSM) provides construction update at its Sgula gold Project in Cte dIvoire

  • GameStop (GME) announces partnership with Immutable X

  • Granite Constr (GVA) announced several actions designed to position the Company to focus on efficiently growing its core civil construction and materials business

  • Greenbrier (GBX) reports Q1 Orders of 2,900 new railcars valued at $345 million

  • Halozyme Therapeutics (HALO) announces that Nicole LaBrosse has been promoted to the position of senior vice president, chief financial officer, effective immediately

  • Harley-Davidson (HOG) enters into a cooperation agreement with one of its major shareholders, H Partners

  • Immunic (IMUX) receives notice of allowance for patent application for IMU-935

  • IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) increases quarterly dividend to $0.38 per share from $0.33 per share

  • Invitation Homes (INVH) has committed to providing $250 million of equity capital to launch Pathway Homes

  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) will record impairment charge related to an in-process research and development asset bermekimab

  • Lightning eMotors (ZEV) has reached an agreement with General Motors (GM) to be the first GM Specialty Vehicle Manufacturer to provide fully electric Class 3 through Class 6 commercial vehicles

  • Lightspeed (LSPD) appoints JP Chauvet as CEO, effective immediately

  • Marinus Pharmaceuticals (MRNS) announces preliminary results from an in vivo study on the M2 metabolite showing that no genotoxicity was found, as measured by formation of micronuclei in the bone marrow or comet morphology in the liver

  • Meritor (MTOR) extends electrification agreement with PACCAR (PCAR); extends long-term standard position agreement with Wabash (WNC)

  • Mersana Therapeutics (MRSN) announces research collaboration with Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) Janssen

  • NASDAQ (NDAQ) reports January 2022 metrics -- U.S. equity options volume was 270 mln contracts vs 258 mln prior month and 293 mln one year ago

  • Novavax (NVAX) COVID-19 vaccine Nuvaxovid approved by MHRA

  • Pardes Biosciences (PRDS) announces that its Investigational New Drug application for PBI-0451 has been cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration

  • Quest Diagnostics (DGX) announces that its Board of Directors, as part of its ongoing leadership succession planning, has appointed James E. Davis, Executive Vice President, General Diagnostics, to be its next Chief Executive Officer, effective November 1, 2022

  • Riot Blockchain (RIOT) shuts down Bitcoin operations in Texas due to cold weather, according to Bloomberg

  • Sealed Air (SEE) announces two key senior leadership appointments

  • Spotify (SPOT): Musicians David Crosby and Stephen Stills to remove music from Spotify, according to the Wall Street Journal

  • Syros Pharmaceuticals (SYRS) announces that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted orphan drug designation to tamibarotene for the treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome

  • Tesla (TSLA): NTHSA is reviewing complaints that Tesla cars brake at fast speeds, according to Bloomberg

  • Tradeweb Markets (TW) reports January total trading volume of $22.3 trillion and average daily volume of $1.12 trillion

  • Trane (TT) increases quarterly dividend to $0.67/share from $0.59/share and authorized a new share repurchase program of up to $3 bln

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

  • WAVE Life Sciences (WVE) announces two publications in the journal Nucleic Acids Research supporting the incorporation of PN backbone chemistry modifications in stereopure oligonucleotides as a significant advancement for the therapeutic oligonucleotide field

  • XL Fleet (XL) announces resignation of Cielo Hernandez as CFO, effective January 31


  • M&A:

  • Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises (BW) has acquired Fossil Power Systems; financial terms not disclosed

  • CHW Acquisition Corporation (CHWA) and Wag Labs enter SPAC merger agreement; combined company Wag! Group Co. to list on Nasdaq under ticker "PET"

  • Intellia Therapeutics (NTLA) announces the acquisition of Rewrite Therapeutics

  • Sealed Air (SEE) acquires Foxpak; financial terms not disclosed


  • Syndicate:

  • Dave, Inc. (DAVE) files for 331,404,740 share common stock offering by selling shareholders

  • Flex (FLEX) enters into agreement to sell $500 mln of convertible preferred equity in Nextracker to TPG Rise Climate


  • IPOs:

  • Expected to Price:

  • No IPOs expected to price.



Gapping Up/Down

  • Gapping up:

  • NRXP +10.2%, SYRS +7.8%, FLEX +7.6%, CCS +7.4%, TMUS +7.4%, CHNG +6%, VSTO +6%, XL +5.9%, EGHT +3.6%, RRR +3.2%, MCK +3.1%, DXC +2.7%, SKY +2.7%, CHKP +2.4%, DAVE +2.2%, MTG +2.2%, LPG +2.2%, ZEV +2.1%, MXL +1.6%, INGR +0.8%, TAK +0.7%


  • Gapping down:

  • FB -20.8%, LSPD -18%, NTGR -9.2%, SPOT -8.9%, QRVO -6.7%, ING -6%, SU -4.9%, NOK -4.2%, SLCA-4.1%, LNC -4.1%, CSII -3.8%, QCOM -3.6%, YELL-3.5%, AMC -3%, ALGN -2.5%, CTSH -2%, ABB -2%, AFL -1.7%, SITM -1.7%, KLIC -1.5%, MET -1.5%, RDS.A -1%, HOLX -0.9%, ES -0.8%, PBH -0.8%


Analyst Research (see Upgrades/Downgradescalendarfor full list):

  • Upgrades

  • Agnico-Eagle Mines (AEM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays

  • Alnylam Pharma (ALNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim; tgt $170

  • C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel; tgt raised to $106

  • Franco-Nevada (FNV) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays; tgt raised to $110

  • Glaukos (GKOS) upgraded to Outperform from Mkt Perform at William Blair

  • L'Oreal (LRLCY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse

  • NVR (NVR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS; tgt raised to $5500

  • PulteGroup (PHM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS; tgt raised to $70

  • SolarEdge Technologies (SEDG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham; tgt $347

  • UNITIL Corporation (UTL) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA Securities; tgt raised to $50

  • W.R. Berkley (WRB) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research; tgt $106


  • Downgrades:

  • Dynatrace (DT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG Research

  • Electric Last Mile Solutions (ELMS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies; tgt lowered to $2.50

  • Exelon (EXC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Wells Fargo; tgt $45

  • Exelon (EXC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Vertical Research; tgt $45

  • Exelon (EXC) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Mkts; tgt lowered to $46

  • First Solar (FSLR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA Securities; tgt $91

  • Gap (GPS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays; tgt $15

  • Meta Platforms (FB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Loop Capital; tgt lowered to $230

  • Meta Platforms (FB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JP Morgan; tgt lowered to $284

  • Meta Platforms (FB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital Markets; tgt lowered to $290

  • Meta Platforms (FB) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James; tgt lowered to $340

  • PayPal (PYPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at DZ Bank; tgt $140

  • Vertex Pharma (VRTX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Mkts; tgt $269


  • Others:

  • BHP Group (BHP) initiated with a Hold at DZ Bank

  • Constellation Energy (CEG) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital Markets; tgt $65

  • Constellation Energy (CEG) initiated with a Buy at Vertical Research; tgt $60

  • Constellation Energy (CEG) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim; tgt $51

  • Constellation Energy (CEG) initiated with an Overweight at Wells Fargo; tgt $65

  • Constellation Energy (CEG) initiated with a Sell at Edward Jones

  • Henkel AG (HENKY) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse

  • MEI Pharma (MEIP) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies; tgt $4

  • Mister Car Wash (MCW) initiated with a Hold at Stifel; tgt $20

  • Reckitt Benckiser (RBGLY) assumed with an Outperform at Credit Suisse

  • Sight Sciences (SGHT) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair

  • Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) resumed with a Buy at Citigroup; tgt $215

  • Unilever PLC (UL) assumed with an Outperform at Credit Suisse


Upcoming Events:

  • Econ Data:

  • 08:30 ET: Initial Claims for Jan. 29 (Briefing.comConsensus 245K; Prior 260K)

  • 08:30 ET: Continuing Claims for Jan. 22 (Briefing.comConsensus NA; Prior 1.675M)

  • 08:30 ET: Productivity - Prel for Q4 (Briefing.comConsensus 2.7%; Prior -5.2%)

  • 08:30 ET: Unit Labor Costs - Prelim for Q4 (Briefing.comConsensus NA; Prior 9.6%)

  • 09:45 ET: IHS Markit Services PMI - Final for Jan. (Briefing.comConsensus NA; Prior 50.9)

  • 10:00 ET: Factory Orders for Dec. (Briefing.comConsensus -0.2%; Prior 1.6%)

  • 10:00 ET: ISM Non-Manufacturing Index for Jan. (Briefing.comConsensus 60.0%; Prior 62.0%)

  • 10:30 ET: EIA Natural Gas Inventories for Jan. 29 (Briefing.comConsensus NA; Prior -219 bcf)


  • Earnings:

  • Monday (Jan 31)

  • Morning: AKTS ATKR OTIS TT

  • Afternoon: AGNC ARE AXTA CBT CRUS CACC FN GGG HLIT HTLF HP JJSF KMPR KRC NXPI PCH SANM WWD


  • Tuesday (Feb 1)

  • Morning: ALGM ARCB TECH BR CTLT ENTG EPD AQUA XOM BEN GFF HLNE IMO LII MAN MDC NVR PNR PBI PINC PHM SMG ST SIRI SWK UBS UPS WAT

  • Afternoon: AMD GOOG AMCR DOX APAM ASH CB EA EHC EQR GM GILD HMN IEX LFUS MANH MTCH MRCY MSTR OI PYPL PKI SBUX SMCI TENB UNM


  • Wednesday (Feb 2)

  • Morning: ABBV ATI ABC AVY BSX EAT BIP CHRW CPRI CRS GIB DHI DT EMR EVR RACE HWM HUM IDXX JCI MMP MPC MPLX NYT NVS ODFL ROP SAIA SBH SLAB SR SPR TMO VNE WNC WM

  • Afternoon: EGHT ADTN AFL ALGN ALGT ALL AVB BDN CCS CHNG CCMP CTSH CLB CTVA DXC ELF ESS FORM FBHS GL THG HI HOLX KLIC LNC MXL MCK FB MET MTG MAA MUSA NTGR OHI OMF QRVO QCOM RYN RRR RRX SITM SKY SPOT TMUS TTEK TBI UGI YELL


  • Thursday (Feb 3)

  • Morning: ABB ABMD WMS AME APTV ARW AZEK BCE BDX BERY BIIB BV CAH CSII CG CHKP CI CMS COP CMI DLX LLY EL FTV GWW HAIN HBI HSY HON HUBB ITW INGR ICE JHG LANC LAZ LITE MMS MPW MRK MTOR MSGS NJR NOK NS PH PENN PBH DGX RL SNDR RDS.A SNA TKR TW VSAT VSTO WD WEC WRK XYL

  • Afternoon: ATVI AMZN AINV AVTR BECN BHE BILL BYD CPT CDK CLX COLM CUZ DECK DLB ENVA EXPO F FTNT GPRO HIG LCI LESL LGF.A LPLA MCHP MIME MTX MWA NFG NWSA NLOK NOV OTEX PYCR PCTY PFSI PINS POST POWI PRU RGA SIGI SKX SKYW SWKS SNAP SYNA U VIAV WERN WWE


  • Friday (Feb 4)

  • Morning: ADNT APD AON BMY BEP CBOE ROAD ETN REGN SNY SPB TWST




Asia & Europe detail:

Asia: Nikkei -0.6%, Hang Seng CLOSED, Shanghai Composite CLOSED

Equity indices in the Asia-Pacific region ended Thursday on a mostly lower note while markets in China remained closed for Lunar New Year. South Korea's finance minister cautioned that the decline in housing prices is expected to accelerate due to planned rate hikes and tighter lending rules. Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Wakatabe said that a rate cut is possible if downside risks intensify. Japan's Services PMI contracted for the first time in four months in the January reading.

  • In economic data:

  • Japan's January Services PMI 47.6 (last 52.1)

  • South Korea's January Nikkei Manufacturing PMI 52.8 (last 51.9)

  • India's January Nikkei Services PMI 51.5 (expected 53.0; last 55.5)

  • Australia's December AIG Construction Index 45.9 (last 57.0), December Building Approvals 8.2% m/m (expected -1.0%; last 2.6%), and December trade surplus AUD8.356 bln (expected surplus of AUD10.600 bln; last surplus of AUD9.42 bln). December Imports 5% m/m (last 6%) and Exports 1% m/m (last 2%). January Services PMI 46.6 (last 55.1)


---Equity Markets---

  • Japan's Nikkei: -0.6%

  • Hong Kong's Hang Seng: CLOSED

  • China's Shanghai Composite: CLOSED

  • India's Sensex: -1.3%

  • South Korea's Kospi: +1.7%

  • Australia's ASX All Ordinaries: -0.3%

---FX---

  • USD/JPY: +0.4% to 114.82

  • USD/CNH: +0.1% to 6.3626

  • USD/INR: +0.1% to 74.88

Europe: DAX -0.6%, FTSE -0.2%, CAC -0.2%

Major European indices trade on a mostly lower note while Spain's IBEX (+0.1%) outperforms slightly. There is growing speculation that British Prime Minister Johnson will be replaced, even though MPs don't currently have enough signatures to trigger a confidence vote. British energy regulator increased the cap on bills to consumers by 54%. The price hikes will be partially offset by subsidies from the government. The Bank of England voted 9-0 to raise its bank rate by 25 bps to 0.50%. The European Central Bank is expected to leave its interest rate corridor intact and President Lagarde is expected to repeat during her press conference that a rate hike in 2022 is unlikely.

  • In economic data:

  • Eurozone's December PPI 2.9% m/m (expected 2.8%; last 1.8%); 26.2% yr/yr (expected 26.1%; last 23.7%). January Services PMI 51.1 (expected 51.2; last 53.1)

  • Germany's January Services PMI 52.2, as expected (last 48.7)

  • U.K.'s January Services PMI 54.1 (expected 53.3; last 53.6)

  • France's January Services PMI 53.1, as expected (last 57.0)

  • Italy's January Services PMI 48.5 (expected 50.0; last 53.0)

  • Spain's January Services PMI 46.6 (expected 51.5; last 55.8)


---Equity Markets---

  • STOXX Europe 600: -0.6%

  • Germany's DAX: -0.6%

  • U.K.'s FTSE 100: -0.2%

  • France's CAC 40: -0.2%

  • Italy's FTSE MIB: -0.3%

  • Spain's IBEX 35: +0.1%

---FX---

  • EUR/USD: -0.1% to 1.1289

  • GBP/USD: +0.2% to 1.3601

  • USD/CHF: +0.5% to 0.9223



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