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• Fires burn near White House in violent U.S. protests
Fires burned near the White House, stores were looted in New York City and Southern California, and a tanker truck drove into marchers in Minneapolis as the United States struggled to contain chaotic protests over race and policing.
• China warns U.S. it will retaliate on moves over Hong Kong
China said U.S. attempts to harm Chinese interests will be met with firm countermeasures, criticising a U.S. decision to begin ending special treatment for Hong Kong as well as actions against Chinese students and companies.
• FOCUS-Wall Street and Fed fly blind as coronavirus upends annual stress tests
U.S. financial regulators, banks and their investors will get their first glimpse into the health of the nation's banking system as it confronts soaring corporate and consumer defaults in the economic crisis sparked by the novel coronavirus.
• Eli Lilly starts human study of potential COVID-19 treatment
Eli Lilly said first set of patients have been dosed in an early-stage trial to test its potential treatment for COVID-19, in the world's first study of an antibody treatment against the disease.
• SpaceX Crew Dragon delivers two NASA astronauts to International Space Station
Nearly 24 hours after launching from Florida, SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule delivered NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station on Sunday, marking the first U.S. space capsule to do so with a crew since 2011.
BEFORE THE BELL
Wall Street Futures were lower as concerns over riots in U.S. cities and rising tensions between Washington and Beijing hurt sentiment. European shares were up and Asian equities closed in the green on hopes of global economic recovery. The dollar fell against the euro and Aussie, while spot gold prices gained. Brent crude rose on reports that OPEC and Russia were closer to a deal on extending oil cuts.
STOCKS TO WATCH
• Coty Inc (COTY). The cosmetics maker appointed its Chairman Peter Harf as the chief executive officer of the company, replacing Pierre Laubies, who stepped down after less than two years in the job. Shares of the company rose before the bell after it also said it had signed a deal with investment firm KKR for a majority stake in its professional and retail hair business, including Wella, Clairol and OPI brands. Jimmy Choo boss Pierre Denis, who was set to replace Laubies after his departure in May, will not take up an executive position, and has also resigned from the company's board, Coty said. The appointment of Harf, who is also the managing partner and founder of JAB Investors, marks the company's fourth chief executive change in less than four years.
In Other News
• Alphabet Inc (GOOGL). Google on Saturday said it has postponed next week's planned unveiling of the beta version of its latest Android 11 mobile operating system in light of protests and unrest in the United States. "We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate," Google said in a message posted on its Android developers website. The event was originally scheduled to take place virtually on Wednesday, according to the website. In a tweet, it said that it will announce more details on the new version of Android "soon," without specifying any dates.
• Amazon.com Inc (AMZN). The company said it was removing certain images after messages using extremely strong racist abuse appeared on some listings on its UK website when users searched for Apple's AirPods and other similar products. The message sparked outrage on Twitter, with the topic "AirPods" trending in the United Kingdom. "We are removing the images in question and have taken action on the bad actor," an Amazon spokeswoman told Reuters on Sunday. She did not elaborate more on the "bad actor".
• AstraZeneca Plc (AZN) and Merck & Co Inc (MRK). The drugmakers said their blockbuster cancer drug, Lynparza, has received positive recommendation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) as a maintenance treatment for a form of pancreatic cancer. The recommendation from the EMA's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) was based on positive results from a late-stage trial, where Lynparza nearly doubled the time patients with gBRCAm metastatic pancreatic cancer lived without the disease getting worse. While final approvals are up to the European Commission, it generally follows the CHMP's recommendation and endorses them within a couple of months.
• Comcast Corp (CMCSA). Jaws is back. So are the herd of Hippogriffs from Hogwarts, and the T.Rex from Jurassic Park as Universal Studios Japan said its theme park in Osaka would open later this month for the first time since closing in March due to the coronavirus. The Japanese theme park operator owned by Comcast said it would reopen on June 8 to residents of Osaka Prefecture, and to residents of nearby regions from June 19.
• Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL). The airline and its pilots union said on Sunday they are working to avoid furloughs of roughly 2,300 pilots following a reshuffling process meant to match staffing to summer 2021 flying. Following the results on Sunday of a so-called "surplus" bid in which employees were asked to petition available positions at one of Delta's seven U.S. pilot bases, the airline will be shifting around 7,000 pilots to different locations or aircraft types, while 2,327 have not been assigned to any category, Delta's Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) said. Delta confirmed the release of the results of the bid "to better align our staffing with our future flying demand" and said it is "looking at all options to mitigate or minimize furloughs and will continue working with ALPA in the coming weeks to explore those options."
• Eli Lilly and Co (LLY). The company said first set of patients have been dosed in an early-stage trial to test its potential treatment for COVID-19, in the world's first study of an antibody treatment against the disease. The study will assess safety and tolerability in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and results are anticipated by the end of June, the company said. The experimental treatment, LY-CoV555, has been developed through collaboration with privately held AbCellera Biologics, which Lilly partnered with in March to test antibodies to treat and prevent COVID-19. The company said it expects to move into the next phase of testing, studying the potential treatment in non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients, if the drug is shown to be safe.
• Energy Transfer LP (ET). The pipeline operator will begin cutting about 6% of its workforce next week, underscoring the spreading impact of weak oil and gas prices on the energy business. Marshall McCrea, chief commercial officer for the company, said in a recorded message to employees the cuts would begin Monday and affect about 6% of the company's staff, according to two people familiar with the recording.
• Ford Motor Co (F). Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker BYD Co will supply EV batteries to the U.S. automaker, a document on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology showed. Ford's China venture with Changan Automobile is seeking government approval to build a plug-in hybrid model equipped with BYD's batteries, according to the document. BYD, which is backed by U.S. investor Warren Buffett, said it would supply EV components including batteries and power management devices.
• Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD). Taiwan's government said on Saturday it had approved Gilead Sciences' potential COVID-19 treatment, remdesivir, to treat the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Centre said the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration took into account "the fact that the efficacy and safety of remdesivir has been supported by preliminary evidence" and its use is being approved by other countries. On that basis, the centre said the conditions had been met for approval of the drug for use in patients with "severe" COVID-19 infection.
• KKR & Co Inc (KKR). Buyout funds, Cinven and Providence have mounted a friendly bid to pay up to $3.30 billion for Spain's MasMovil, the companies said, sending shares in the telecom operator soaring. It is the first attempt by heavyweight private equity investors to buy a publicly listed company in Europe in a so-called take-private deal since the coronavirus crisis brought most transactions in the region to a halt. The funds offered 22.50 euros per MasMovil share and said shareholders with 29.56% had already committed to sell at a price that represents a 20% premium over its price at the end of trading on Friday.
• Moderna Inc (MRNA). The company said on Friday it had started dosing patients in a mid-stage study with its experimental coronavirus vaccine and eventually plans to enroll 600 patients for the trial. Earlier this month, Moderna had released early-stage data that showed the vaccine, mRNA-1273, was safe and produced protective antibodies in a small group of healthy volunteers. The drug developer also reiterated its plans to begin late-stage trials in July.
• Netease Inc (NTES). The Chinese tech group aims to raise between $2 and $3 billion in one of the largest equity deals so far this year when it launches a secondary listing in Hong Kong, said three people familiar with the transaction. Netease will start the institutional book build and the retail offering will run until the end of the week, the sources told Reuters. They asked not to be named as the information has not been made public. Netease declined to comment on the listing process.
• Southwest Airlines Co (LUV). Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly said on Friday he expects a "brutal low-fare" environment when traffic returns after coronavirus-induced restrictions ease. "There are far more airplane seats right now, and there will be for some time, than there are customers," he said in a video message. "Our low-cost philosophy, strategy and structure will serve us very well."
• Target Corp (TGT) & Walmart Inc (WMT). The company said on Sunday they shuttered stores across the United States as retailers already reeling from closures because of the coronavirus pandemic shut outlets amid protests that included looting in many U.S. cities. Nordstrom temporarily closed all its stores on Sunday, it told Reuters in an emailed statement. "We hope to reopen our doors as soon as possible," the statement said. "We had impacts at some of them and are in the process of assessing any damage so we can resume serving customers." Apple said in an email statement it also had decided to keep a number of its U.S. stores closed on Sunday. The company did not specify how many stores were closed, or if the closures would be extended.
• Twitter Inc (TWTR). In addition to disputing misleading claims made by U.S. President Donald Trump about mail-in ballots this week, Twitter has added fact-checking labels to thousands of other tweets since introducing the alerts earlier this month, mostly on posts about the coronavirus. The company does not expect to need additional staff for the undertaking, Twitter spokeswoman Liz Kelley said on Saturday. Nor is it partnering with independent fact-checking organizations, as Facebook and Google have, to outsource the debunking of viral posts flagged by users. Separately, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz on Friday urged the Treasury and Justice Departments to investigate whether Twitter, which is embroiled in a feud with the White House, is violating U.S. law by letting top Iranian officials use the social media platform.
• United Airlines Holdings Inc (UAL). The company said on Friday it will eliminate 13 officer positions even as it adds international flights back to its network, part of a restructuring to address the hit on its business from the coronavirus pandemic. United said it is increasing trans-Atlantic service from Washington, D.C. and San Francisco to cities across Europe in July thanks to a modest rise in demand, and re-starting service to Tokyo-Haneda, Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul. It is also expanding service throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Its July schedule will be down about 75% from normal, versus 90% currently.
• Zoom Video Communications, Inc (ZM). The video conferencing provider plans to strengthen encryption of video calls hosted by paying clients and institutions such as schools, but not by users of its free consumer accounts, a company official said on Friday. The company, whose business has boomed with the coronavirus pandemic, discussed the move on a call with civil liberties groups and child-sex abuse fighters on Thursday, and Zoom security consultant Alex Stamos confirmed it on Friday. In an interview, Stamos said the plan was subject to change and it was not yet clear which, if any, nonprofits or other users, such as political dissidents, might qualify for accounts allowing more secure video meetings. He added that a combination of technological, safety and business factors went into the plan, which drew mixed reactions from privacy advocates.
"Lemon" or not, Trump is stuck with Phase 1 China trade deal
U.S. President Donald Trump has little choice but to stick with his Phase 1 China trade deal despite his anger at Beijing over the coronavirus pandemic, new Hong Kong security rules, and dwindling hopes China can meet U.S. goods purchase targets, people familiar with his administration's deliberations say.
• Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc (ALXN).Credit Suisse raises target to $147 from $142, after the company announced details of a settlement agreement with Amgen to terminate three pending Intellectual Property Rights.
• Estee Lauder Companies Inc (EL). Piper Sandler raises target price to $238 from $158, reflecting on durable consumer behavior on the other side of COVID-19.
• Minerals Technologies Inc (MTX).JPMorgan cuts target price to $52 from $54, after the company reported a 4% year-on-year volume decrease in the first-quarter due to lower metal casting sales in China.
• T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS). RBC raises target price to $110 from $94, citing strong spectrum portfolio following the Sprint merger and faster-than-anticipated postpaid growth.
• Ulta Beauty Inc (ULTA). Piper Sandler raises to overweight from neutral, seeing strong digital engagement and evidence of "post quarantine glow up", despite the company posting first-quarter results lower than expectations.
ECONOMIC EVENTS (All timings in U.S. Eastern Time)
0945 Markit Manufacturing PMI Final for May: Prior 39.8
1000 Construction spending mm for Apr: Expected -6.0%; Prior 0.9%
1000 ISM Manufacturing PMI for May: Expected 43.0; Prior 41.5
1000 ISM Manufacturing Prices Paid for May: Expected 37.0; Prior 35.3
1000 ISM Manufacturing Employment Index for May: Expected 35.0; Prior 27.5
1000 ISM Manufacturing New Orders Index for May: Prior 27.1
COMPANIES REPORTING RESULTS
No major S&P 500 companies are scheduled to report for the day.
CORPORATE EVENTS (All timings in U.S. Eastern Time)
1000 American Campus Communities Inc (ACC). Annual Shareholders Meeting
1000 Apellis Pharmaceuticals Inc (APLS). Annual Shareholders Meeting
1000 SL Green Realty Corp (SLG). Annual Shareholders Meeting
1030 Hexcel Corp (HXL). Annual Shareholders Meeting
1100 Upwork Inc (UPWK). Annual Shareholders Meeting
1130 UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH). Annual Shareholders Meeting
1430 Tiffany & Co (TIF). Annual Shareholders Meeting
Avangrid Inc (AGR). Amount $0.44
Cathay General Bancorp (CATY). Amount $0.31
KeyCorp (KEY). Amount $0.18
Kinsale Capital Group Inc (KNSL). Amount $0.09
L3harris Technologies Inc (LHX). Amount $0.85
NextEra Energy Inc (NEE). Amount $1.40
Stanley Black & Decker Inc (SWK). Amount $0.69