Vr 26 feb. 2021, 13:41

Markt snapshot Wall Street 26 februari

TOP NEWS
U.S. House on verge of approving Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid bill
The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will aim to pass President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill on Friday in what would be the first major legislative victory of his presidency.

FDA advisory panel to review Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine with thumbs up expected
A panel of expert advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to recommend authorization of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, setting the stage for the unleashing of millions more doses across the country next week.

Australia lifts ban on Boeing 737 MAX, among first in Asia-Pacific
Australia said it would lift a near two-year ban on flights involving Boeing 737 MAX planes, becoming among the first in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.

Facebook switches news back on in Australia, signs content deals
Facebook ended a one-week blackout of Australian news on its popular social media site and announced preliminary commercial agreements with three small local publishers.

Tech execs face round two of Congressional grilling over SolarWinds breach
Cybersecurity executives are due to face their second round of Congressional questions over their companies' roles in the sprawling series of digital intrusions blamed on the Russian government.


BEFORE THE BELL
U.S. stock index futures fell, tracking global equities, as investors were concerned over prospects of higher inflation and interest rates due to rising bond yields. A stronger dollar weighed on gold prices. Oil prices fell on expectation of higher crude supply. The U.S. personal consumption data is expected later in the day.


STOCKS TO WATCH
Results
Airbnb Inc: The vacation rental firm reported better-than-expected gross bookings in its first quarterly earnings report since going public, indicating a strong rebound in demand for vacation rentals in North America as COVID-19 pandemic curbs ease. Leisure travelers in the company's biggest market stepped out to nearby locations that could be accessed by a car and are within 50 miles, lifting daily booking rates up by 13%, Airbnb said. The company's gross bookings fell 31% to $5.9 billion in the fourth quarter, but beat market expectation of $5.17 billion. Airbnb's overall revenue fell 22% to $859 million, while adjusted loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization shrank to about $21 million from $276.4 million, a year earlier, helped by cost cuts. Analysts on average expected Airbnb to post revenue of $747.4 million and adjusted loss before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization of $122 million.

Beyond Meat Inc: The plant-based meat maker said it has signed multi-year supply deals with McDonald’s and Taco Bell owner Yum! Brands, underscoring consumers' appetite for vegetable-based alternatives and Beyond Meat's leading position. But its shares lost early gains as the company reported sales and a loss that widely missed analyst expectations for the second quarter in a row. Beyond Meat reported an increase in net sales of 3.5% to $101.9 million in the period ended Dec. 31, missing analysts' forecast of $104.8 million. The company’s loss widened to 40 cents per share, from 1 cent per share. Excluding items, Beyond Meat's loss was 34 cents per share, handily missing analysts' estimate of 13 cents per share.

BRF SA: The Brazilian meat processor posted fourth-quarter net income of 902 million real, beating analysts' expectations on the back of strong demand from China and its home market. The strong quarter boosted 2020 earnings to 1.39 billion reais, helping the company turn a profit for the second year in a row. Net revenue for the quarter surged 23.5% to 11.4 billion reais as BRF raised the average price of its products in both international and domestic markets. Net profit surpassed analysts' forecasts of 572.03 million reais, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization were in line with estimates of 1.496 billion reais.

Dell Technologies Inc: The company beat Wall Street estimates for holiday-quarter revenue, helped by demand for its desktops and notebooks as most offices continued to work remotely during the COVID-19 health crisis. Dell is in an advantaged position to capitalize on the projected mid-single digits growth in IT spending in 2021, Chief Operating Officer Jeff Clarke said. Total revenue rose 9% to $26.1 billion in the fourth quarter, while analysts had estimated $24.5 billion. Net income attributable to the company rose to $1.2 billion from $408 million a year earlier, as it shaved off administrative costs by 19% in the quarter.

DoorDash Inc: The food delivery company expects fewer customer orders in the back half of the year as the vaccine rollouts embolden more people to venture out to restaurants and cafes, after nearly a year of staying indoors. "We're assuming that as the vaccine gets fully rolled out ... consumer behavior will start reverting back to peak COVID levels," Chief Financial Officer Prabir Adarkar told analysts. The company forecast 2021 marketplace gross order value between $30 billion and $33 billion and in the range of $8.6 billion to $9.1 billion for the current quarter. In the fourth quarter, they rose 227% to $8.2 billion. First-quarter adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization are expected to take a hit from recently imposed caps on fees it collects from restaurants and the passage of Proposition 22, a law that classifies its drivers or "dashers" as contractors. Fourth-quarter revenue rose more than three-fold to $970 million. But net loss widened to $312 million from $134 million a year earlier.

EOG Resources Inc: The oil and gas producer boosted its annual dividend by 10% after its fourth-quarter adjusted profit came in well above expectations, helped by cost cuts and a recent recovery in commodity prices. EOG forecast its crude oil output this year between 434,000 barrels per day (bpd) and 446,000 bpd, about flat compared to the fourth-quarter rate of 444,800 bpd. "The 2021 capital plan is consistent with the strategy we have followed over the last year of not growing production in an oversupplied market," EOG Chief Executive Officer Bill Thomas said in a statement. The company's adjusted net income of 71 cents per share for the fourth quarter beat analysts' estimates of 35 cents.

Fisker Inc: The electric vehicle startup said it is considering setting up a battery cell manufacturing facility with an unidentified major supplier in Europe or the United States, to secure stable supplies of the key component. "We did not want to take any risk on batteries," Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO of Fisker, told Reuters. He said the company will use prismatic cells from one of the world's four largest suppliers. Fisker's production is on track to start in the fourth quarter of next year, with a starting price of $37,499. Fisker reported its net loss widened to about $12 million in the fourth quarter from about $3 million a year earlier.

Salesforce.com Inc: The largest provider of customer relationship management software forecast full-year profit that was below market expectations, sending the shares of the online software company down in extended trading. The company forecast full-year adjusted earnings per share between $3.39 and $3.41, below estimates of $3.49 per share. Revenue in the quarter ended Jan. 31 rose to $5.82 billion from $4.85 billion a year earlier, driven by increased demand for its cloud-based software. Analysts on average expected revenue to be $5.68 billion. The company raised its fiscal 2022 revenue forecast slightly to between $25.65 billion and $25.75 billion, above analysts' average estimate of $25.42 billion. Excluding items, the company earned $1.04 per share, beating estimates of 75 cents.

Vale SA: The company logged $4.9 billion in provisions related to the Brumadinho dam disaster in quarterly earnings, but its ferrous metal division turned in a strong performance and the miner was upbeat about the outlook for key products. Some $3.9 billion of the provisions are part of a recently announced $7 billion agreement with prosecutors and the state of Minas Gerais to settle claims stemming from the collapse of the dam in 2019 which killed 270 people. The rest of the settlement will be paid out over a period of time not exceeding six years. EBITDA or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization rose 20% to $4.2 billion in the fourth quarter from the same period a year earlier when Vale also booked heavy charges related to the dam disaster. Vale said in a statement it expected a continued recovery in steel production this year as the world's principal economies benefit from government stimulus packages. Iron ore is a key steel ingredient.

Deals Of The Day
AT&T Inc: The wireless carrier said it will sell about a third of its stake in satellite TV unit DirecTV to buyout firm TPG Capital in a deal that values the business at $16.25 billion, well below the $68 billion it paid for the asset less than six years ago. The newly created New DirecTV, which includes DirecTV, AT&T TV and U-verse video services has $6 billion in debt and will be jointly run by AT&T and TPG following the transaction. The spinoff will help AT&T consolidate its balance sheet while it continues to invest in core areas including building out 5G, fiber and streaming service HBOMax. "We certainly didn't expect this outcome when we closed the DirecTV transaction in 2015, but it's the right decision to move the business forward consistent with the current realities of the market and our strategy," AT&T Chief Executive John Stankey said on a call with analysts.

Carlyle Group Inc: Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board will buy the company’s majority stake in Logoplaste for an undisclosed value, the Portuguese plastic packaging maker said. Logoplaste said current shareholders and family owners Filipe de Botton and Alexandre Relvas will retain around 40% stake in the business. Carlyle had shortlisted BC Partners, Apax, Ontario Teachers and Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners in the sale of its majority stake worth up to 1.4 billion euros. Carlyle bought a 60% stake in Logoplaste in 2016 at a valuation of 660 million euros.

In Other News
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd: The company’s affiliate Ant Group is in talks with other shareholders in its new consumer finance unit to bolster the firm's capital as the fintech giant prepares to fold in its lucrative micro-lending businesses, people familiar with the matter said. It would need additional capital of 30 billion yuan to meet regulatory requirements, said one of the people who has direct knowledge of the plans. Ant plans to bring most of its micro-lending businesses into the unit - equivalent to roughly 1 trillion yuan ($155 billion) in outstanding loans - a move which will allow it to maintain operations nationwide and expand more easily, said two sources. "Regulators won't easily greenlight the launch of the business before it fully complies with the capital adequacy rules," said one of the people. Ant declined to comment.c

American Airlines Group Inc: Australia's competition regulator proposed to re-authorise a joint venture between Qantas Airways and the company, extending it for another five years. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) had authorised the agreement in 2011 for five years and re-authorised it in 2016 until 2021. "Passengers travelling on Trans-Pacific routes could benefit through enhanced products and services, including a greater likelihood of increased capacity and new routes, increased connectivity and improved schedule choice," ACCC commissioner Sarah Court said. Qantas and American Airlines did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for a comment.

Apple Inc: Shares in Kia rose after a South Korean online news site said there was still potential for the automaker to form a partnership with Apple. Online site Chosun Biz said that Apple and Kia had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last year and had agreed to pursue cooperation in eight sectors, including electric vehicles. It said negotiations on electric vehicles had not been completely cancelled. "Even if the negotiations on electric vehicles fail, there are many items that can be negotiated in other fields, so we are still optimistic about the possibility of partnership between the two sides," Chosun cited an unnamed source familiar with negotiations between Hyundai and Apple as saying. Aside from electric vehicles, Kia and Apple are also discussing cooperation in "last mile" mobility, or transport to complete a final short distance to a destination after using another means of transportation, Chosun said. A Hyundai Motor Group spokesperson and Apple had no immediate comment.

Ares Management Corp: The company plans to buy 60% of the private markets business of AMP's asset management arm for A$1.35 billion, the pair said, weeks after scrapping a bid for all of the Australian company. Under the deal, the Australian wealth manager will retain 40% of AMP Capital's private markets business, worth A$900 million. The whole joint venture is valued at A$2.25 billion. With the proposed deal, AMP's portfolio review launched last September comes to an end, the company said, adding that it and Ares now had 30 days to exclusively work toward a binding agreement. Through the joint venture, AMP will be able to leverage the global presence of Ares, which had $197 billion in assets under management at the end of December. "We've been impressed by the growth of AMP Capital's private markets business over the past several years," Ares' CEO Michael Arougheti said in a joint release.

Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc: The investment company joined activist investor Bluebell Capital Partners in demanding that French food group Danone finds a new chief executive. Artisan, which has built a 3% stake in Danone, called for a split in the roles of CEO and chairman, also echoing Bluebell's demands. "The roles of CEO and chairman should be split to reflect modern-day corporate governance. Governance standards also require that prior leadership leave the board. And logic demands more consumer goods experience on the board of directors," wrote Artisan. "A new, non-financial CEO with consumer goods experience and a track record of success should be installed as soon as possible to restore Danone to the elevated status it deserves within the French business establishment."

BioNTech SE & Pfizer Inc: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved storage and transportation of COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and German partner BioNTech at standard freezer temperatures for up to two weeks instead of ultra-cold conditions. "Alternative temperature for transportation and storage will help ease the burden of procuring ultra-low cold storage equipment for vaccination sites and should help to get vaccine to more sites," Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said. Last week, the companies had asked the U.S. health regulator to relax requirements for their COVID-19 vaccine to be stored at ultra-low temperatures, potentially allowing it to be kept in pharmacy freezers. Separately, a single dose of Pfizer and BioNtech's COVID-19 vaccine cuts the number of asymptomatic infections and could significantly reduce the risk of transmission of the virus, results of a UK study found.

Boeing Co: Australia said it would lift a near two-year ban on flights involving Boeing 737 MAX planes, becoming among the first in the Asia-Pacific region to do so. "We ... are confident that the aircraft are safe," Graeme Crawford, the acting chief of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, said in a statement. The regulator has accepted the comprehensive return-to-service requirements set by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as state of design for the 737 MAX, he added. No Australian airlines operate the 737 MAX, but Virgin Australia has 25 of the planes on order. Crawford said it was unclear when those airlines would resume flights to Australia given the disruption by COVID-19 to international air travel. Boeing said it was working with regulators and customers to return the 737 MAX to service safely worldwide.

Facebook Inc: The social media company ended a one-week blackout of Australian news on its popular social media site and announced preliminary commercial agreements with three small local publishers. The moves reflected easing tensions between the U.S. company and the Australian government. "Global tech giants, they are changing the world but we can't let them run the world," Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, adding that Big Tech must be accountable to sovereign governments. Facebook did not disclose the financial details of the agreements, which will become effective within 60 days if a full deal is signed. "These agreements will bring a new slate of premium journalism, including some previously paywalled content, to Facebook," the company said in a statement. The Australian Broadcasting has said it was also in talks with Facebook.

FireEye Inc, Microsoft Corp & SolarWinds Corp: Cybersecurity executives are due to face their second round of Congressional questions on Friday over their companies' roles in the sprawling series of digital intrusions blamed on the Russian government. Texas software company SolarWinds' Chief Executive Sudhakar Ramakrishna, Microsoft's President Brad Smith, and FireEye's Chief Executive Kevin Mandia were due to address a joint hearing of the House Committees on Oversight and Reform and Homeland Security. Their appearance comes three days after the trio testified before U.S. senators over the massive breach, which has ensnared nine American government agencies and more than 100 other organizations. SolarWinds' former chief executive - Kevin Thompson, who stepped down shortly before the breach was announced - was also due to testify. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s failure to fix known problems with its cloud software facilitated the massive SolarWinds hack that compromised at least nine federal government agencies, according to security experts and the office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden.

• GameStop Corp: The European Union will consider potential lessons from the recent frenzied trading by retail investors on Wall Street in its broad review of consumer protection in markets, a senior European Commission official said. The rise of retail investors in share trading is a trend that cannot be prevented but it has to be managed, said John Berrigan, head of the EU executive's financial services unit. Berrigan said the EU traditionally looked at consumer protection on an activity-by-activity basis, but had already begun a "horizontal" review across all sectors before the GameStop event. The bloc's securities watchdog ESMA said this week it was looking at zero-commission platforms, and the role of payment-for-order-flow, or brokers that reward platforms that channel trades to them.

Johnson & Johnson: A panel of expert advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to recommend authorization of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from the company, setting the stage for the unleashing of millions more doses across the country next week. After it receives the recommendation, the FDA is likely to authorize the vaccine for emergency use within a day or so, making it the third available in the United States, and the only one that requires just one shot. The panel will consider whether the benefits of the vaccine outweigh its risk for use in people aged 18 and older. Officials from the FDA, U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and J&J discuss the vaccine's trial data. Separately, The European Union's medicines regulator is expected to recommend drugmaker Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine on March 11, Bloomberg News reported, a move that could give the region its fourth coronavirus vaccine.

Merck & Co: The drugmaker said that U.S. regulators have asked for additional data beyond the Phase III study already conducted in order to support potential emergency use authorization of its experimental COVID-19 drug MK-7110. Based on the feedback from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Merck no longer expects to supply the U.S. government with MK-7110 in the first half of 2021, the company said in its annual report. Merck said in its annual report that full results from the study, which were consistent with the topline results, were received this month and will be submitted soon. But the FDA has asked for more data beyond the study. Merck said it is actively working with regulators to address their comments.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc: Europe's medicines regulator said an antibody drug combination developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals can be used to treat COVID-19 patients who do not require oxygen support and are at high risk of progressing to severe illness. The recommendation can now be used as guidance in individual European nations on the possible use of the combination of casirivimab and imdevimab before a marketing authorisation is issued, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said. Regeneron's antibody cocktail was authorised for emergency use in the United States in November, and was given to former U.S. President Donald Trump during his COVID-19 infection. "In terms of safety, most side effects reported were mild or moderate, however reactions related to the infusion (including allergic reactions) have been seen and should be monitored for," EMA said.

Royal Bank of Canada: Canadian banks including Royal Bank of Canada are likely to see slower growth from their core retail and business banking divisions in the next few quarters due to an uncertain economic recovery, but overall earnings could get a boost as lenders claw back some of the C$20 billion of provisions they took last year. Thanks to government pandemic aid, Canadian banks' have kept a lid on bad debts, which allows them to gradually release some of the money set aside to cover loan losses. "It's easy to make the headline numbers look better than the underlying numbers ... but under the surface it's much more of a mixed bag," said Avenue Investment Management Portfolio Manager Bryden Teich. Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce set aside about C$1.6 billion to cover potential bad loans in the three months through January, less than half the amount expected. The banks have flagged higher loan losses in the next few quarters, but said that their current allowances are sufficient to cover them.

Southern Copper Corp: The miner plans to push forward new and pending projects as demand from China and constrained supply helps propel a global price rally, an executive told Reuters. Raul Jacob, the company's vice president for finance, said in an interview the miner hoped to advance development of the sprawling $5.4 billion Chancas and Michiquillay projects under a new government which will come in after elections in April. "The global market is clearly giving us a moment of opportunity, in which we have the possibility to enter with more production, to carry out the financing of projects without major obstacles," said Jacob. He said environmental issues in China had led to imports of copper scrap being reduced and replaced by refined copper. "This has pushed prices as high as the levels that we are seeing," he said. Jacob added the firm was "very enthusiastic" to revive a proposed $1.35 billion smelter project in southern Peru, although the project had yet to receive the board's blessing.

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co: The company said it agreed to sell four diabetes products in Japan to Teijin Pharma for 133 billion yen. Takeda will sell the Japanese marketing rights of drugs Nesina, Liovel, Inisync and Zafatek to Teijin Pharma subject to regulator approval, the company said in a release. The drugs generated 30.8 billion yen in sales in fiscal 2019, Takeda said. The sale is the latest in a series of deals that Takeda has undertaken to reduce debt and refocus its business after its purchase of Shire Ltd, which was completed in January 2019.

Toyota Motor Corp: The automaker said it has developed a packaged fuel cell system module, as it hopes to expand its usage and accessibility of the zero-emission technology amid the industry's shift towards electric vehicles (EVs). The new fuel cell (FC) battery system, which has been offered in separate parts, will be available in a compact packaged module to be used as a stationary power generator or in trucks, buses, trains and ships, the company said. Toyota said it plans to sell the module to other companies in the spring of 2021 or later, but did not disclose details on price or sales target. The company said it has learned that many companies involved in FC products in a variety of industries are looking for FC systems that can be easily adapted to their own product. The automaker said it plans to offer horizontally and vertically packaged models, weighing about 240kg-250kg, each with a rated output of 60kW or 80kW.

United Airlines Holdings Inc: The airlines had planned a big increase in flights on its Boeing 777-200 planes next month, according to data, suggesting the grounding of the Pratt & Whitney-powered jets could create some scheduling headaches for the company. United was planning to use the large jets more in March on as it tries to tap into an expected bounce in leisure travel. "As we continue working through updating our schedule based on aircraft availability, we will do so with the goal of impacting as few customers as possible," United spokeswoman Leslie Scott said. United has options to replace the 777-200, said aviation analyst Robert Mann, though they will vary according to the strength of advanced bookings and the timing of inspections ordered by the Federal Aviation Administration.


ANALYSIS
Global bond rout turns up the heat on central banks
Central banks in Asia struggled to smother a selloff in global bonds, piling pressure on their bigger peers to do more, as spooked investors sold assets to cover deepening losses and rushed out of crowded positions in stocks.


ANALYSTS' RECOMMENDATION
Airbnb Inc: Canaccord Genuity raises target price to $220 from $175, citing the company’s leadership position, better-than-expected revenue in its fourth quarter and ongoing efforts to reduce fixed expense.

Broadcom Inc: Oppenheimer raises target price to $575 from $500, saying the company’s long-term prospects remain bullish with rising demand for its 5G and cloud business.

Doordash Inc: Piper Sandler raises price target to $159 from $150, following the company’s revenue beat in the fourth quarter and its focus on long-term growth.

Gildan Activewear Inc: CIBC raises target price to $36 from $28, stating the company's higher-than-expected fourth-quarter estimates with strong free-cash-flow forecast for the coming quarters.

Keurig DR Pepper Inc: Cowen and Company raises target price to $33 from $30, saying the company delivered robust sales growth in the fourth quarter, while continuing its efforts to lower debt.


ECONOMIC EVENTS (All timings in U.S. Eastern Time)
0830 (approx.) Personal income mm for Jan: Expected 9.5%; Prior 0.6%
0830 (approx.) Personal consumption real mm for Jan: Prior -0.6%
0830 (approx.) Consumption, adjusted mm for Jan: Expected 2.5%; Prior -0.2%
0830 (approx.) Core PCE price index mm for Jan: Expected 0.2%; Prior 0.3%
0830 (approx.) Core PCE price index yy for Jan: Expected 1.4%; Prior 1.5%
0830 (approx.) PCE price index mm for Jan: Prior 0.4%
0830 (approx.) PCE price index yy for Jan: Prior 1.3%
0830 (approx.) Advance goods trade balance for Jan: Prior -$83.19 bln
0830 (approx.) Wholesale inventories advance for Jan: Prior 0.3%
0830 (approx.) Retail inventories ex-auto advance for Jan: Prior 1.2%
0945 (approx.) Chicago PMI for Feb: Expected 61.1; Prior 63.8
1000 U Mich Sentiment Final for Feb: Expected 76.5; Prior 76.2
1000 U Mich Conditions Final for Feb: Prior 86.2
1000 U Mich Expectations Final for Feb: Prior 69.8
1000 (approx.) U Mich 1 year inflation final for Feb: Prior 3.3%
1000 (approx.) U Mich 5-year inflation final for Feb: Prior 2.7%
1200 (approx.) Dallas fed PCE for Jan: Prior 1.9%


COMPANIES REPORTING RESULTS
Public Service Enterprise Group Inc: Expected Q4 earnings of 65 cents per share


CORPORATE EVENTS (All timings in U.S. Eastern Time)
0800 Evergy Inc: Q4 earnings conference call
0800 Vistra Corp: Q4 earnings conference call
0830 Draftkings Inc: Q4 earnings conference call
0830 Quaker Chemical Corp: Q4 earnings conference call
0830 Qurate Retail Inc: Q4 earnings conference call
0900 Builders FirstSource Inc: Q4 earnings conference call
0900 Foot Locker Inc: Q4 earnings conference call
0900 Lamar Advertising Co: Q4 earnings conference call
0900 LHC Group Inc: Q4 earnings conference call
0900 MasTec Inc: Q4 earnings conference call
0900 Universal Health Services Inc: Q4 earnings conference call
1000 Acadia Healthcare Company Inc: Q4 earnings conference call
1000 EOG Resources Inc: Q4 earnings conference call
1000 Erie Indemnity Co: Q4 earnings conference call
1000 Howard Hughes Corp: Q4 earnings conference call
1000 Icahn Enterprises LP: Q4 earnings conference call
1000 Liberty Media Corp: Q4 earnings conference call
1000 Willscot Mobile Mini Holdings Corp: Q4 earnings conference call
1100 American Homes 4 Rent: Q4 earnings conference call
1100 CubeSmart: Q4 earnings conference call
1100 Public Service Enterprise Group Inc: Q4 earnings conference call
1115 Liberty Broadband Corp: Q4 earnings conference call
1200 Park Hotels & Resorts Inc: Q4 earnings conference call


EX-DIVIDENDS
Advanced Drainage Systems Inc: Amount $0.09
Ball Corp: Amount $0.15
Borgwarner Inc: Amount $0.17
Chemed Corp: Amount $0.34
Corteva Inc: Amount $0.13
DuPont de Nemours Inc: Amount $0.30
Hartford Financial Services Group Inc: Amount $0.35
HollyFrontier Corp: Amount $0.35
Interactive Brokers Group Inc: Amount $0.10
Interpublic Group of Companies Inc: Amount $0.27
Lockheed Martin Corp: Amount $2.60
M&T Bank Corp: Amount $1.10
Martin Marietta Materials Inc: Amount $0.57
Mcdonald's Corp: Amount $1.29
Nike Inc: Amount $0.27
Northrop Grumman Corp: Amount $1.45
Polaris Inc: Amount $0.63
Realty Income Corp: Amount $0.23
Sherwin-Williams Co: Amount $1.65
Stifel Financial Corp: Amount $0.15
Tyson Foods Inc: Amount $0.44
Vulcan Materials Co: Amount $0.37

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Markt snapshot Wall Street 14 april

TOP NEWS
JPMorgan profit surges on trading, investment banking boost
JPMorgan Chase reported a surge in first-quarter earnings, as the largest U.S. bank released more reserves and was aided by a blowout quarter from its trading desks and soaring investment banking fees.

Coinbase listing marks latest step in crypto's march to the mainstream
Coinbase, the biggest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, will list on the Nasdaq, marking a milestone in the journey of virtual currencies from niche technology to mainstream asset.

Biden to address U.S. Congress as lawmakers consider infrastructure plan
U.S. President Joe Biden will speak to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on April 28, accepting an invitation from House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a fellow Democrat.

EU Commission to end AstraZeneca and J&J vaccine contracts at expiry - paper
The EU Commission has decided not to renew COVID-19 vaccine contracts next year with AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, Italian daily La Stampa reported, citing a source from the Italian health ministry.

Tesla data collected in China is kept in China, exec says
Data collected from Tesla's electric cars in China is stored in China, the U.S. automaker's vice president said, after reports that China's military has banned Teslas from its facilities.


BEFORE THE BELL
Futures tracking the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq were slightly higher as top banks start the U.S. earnings season with investors expecting strong results on hopes of a swift vaccine-led economic recovery. European shares gained, buoyed by SAP and LVMH following their upbeat quarterly updates. Japan’s Nikkei fell as surging COVID-19 cases hit sentiment. The dollar index was down after strong demand at a U.S. bond auction fueled a widespread drop in Treasury yields. Oil prices rose on revised crude demand forecasts. Gold was in the negative territory.


STOCKS TO WATCH

Results
JPMorgan Chase & Co: The largest U.S. bank reported a surge in first-quarter earnings, as it released more reserves and was aided by a blowout quarter from its trading desks and soaring investment banking fees. Net income rose to $14.3 billion, or $4.50 per share, in the quarter ended March 31, from $2.9 billion, or 78 cents per share, a year earlier. During the quarter, JPMorgan released reserves of $5.2 billion. Analysts on average had expected earnings of $3.10 per share, according to Refinitiv. Revenue jumped 14% to $33.1 billion.

Moves
Novavax Inc: The company said on Tuesday Greg Covino is stepping down as the chief financial officer due to personal reasons and would become an executive adviser to the U.S. vaccine developer. Chief Business Officer John Trizzino will serve as the finance chief in the interim, with a search underway for Covino's replacement.

Stitch Fix Inc: The company said on Tuesday founder Katrina Lake would hand over the reins to the online apparel firm to President Elizabeth Spaulding, who is set to replace her as chief on Aug. 1. The personalized clothing provider said Lake would transition to the role of executive chairperson of the board.

In Other News
Aon PLC & Willis Towers Watson PLC: European Union antitrust regulators have extended until July 27 the deadline for their decision on Aon's $30 billion bid for rival Willis Towers Watson, a European Commission filing showed. Aon offered last Friday to sell assets in five European nations to resolve EU competition concerns. The EU antitrust watchdog is now seeking feedback from rivals and customers before deciding whether to demand more concessions, clear or block the deal.

AstraZeneca PLC: AstraZeneca said that China's health regulator expanded the use of Tagrisso, the British drugmaker's lung cancer treatment, in patients with a type of lung cancer when diagnosed at an early stage. Separately, Denmark will cease to administer AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine entirely following its possible link to very rare cases of blood clots, several Danish media outlets reported, citing unnamed sources.

Charles Schwab Corp: The company is suing one of its former customers after the retail brokerage allegedly sent more than $1.2 million to an account of the Louisiana woman and then could not get the money back. Schwab meant to send $82.56 to Kelyn Spadoni's Fidelity Brokerage Services account in February, but a computer glitch caused it to erroneously transfer more than $1.2 million, according to the lawsuit.

Coinbase Global Inc: The biggest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange will list on the Nasdaq, marking a milestone in the journey of virtual currencies from niche technology to mainstream asset. The listing is by far the biggest yet of a cryptocurrency company, with the San Francisco-based firm saying last month that private market transactions had valued the company at around $68 billion this year, versus $5.8 billion in September. Separately, Nasdaq on Tuesday set a reference price of $250 per share for Coinbase.

Credit Suisse Group AG: The bank's shares fell further after it sold blocks of shares in a number of companies as it continued to unwind positions related to last month's meltdown of Archegos Capital, traders said. Multiple sources told Reuters that Credit Suisse had put large blocks of shares in media companies Discovery and iQIYI on the market after regular trading ended on Tuesday.

Exxon Mobil Corp: The company's Guyana unit said on Tuesday it had reduced crude output at its offshore Liza-1 project to 30,000 barrels per day (bpd), down from 120,000 bpd, due to a mechanical problem with the offshore platform's gas compressor. Exxon said the problem with the compressor's discharge silencer prompted it to reduce output to maintain gas injection and power supply and minimize gas flaring. It said a team from Exxon, equipment manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions and vessel operator SBM were assessing repairs.

Facebook Inc & Microsoft Corp: Amnesty International, Privacy International and 28 other civil and human rights groups urged EU lawmakers to take a strong stand on privacy rights in proposed rules governing Facebook's WhatsApp and Microsoft's Skype. The call by the group in a letter to the European Parliament, whose members are spread out across Europe, is in response to what they said are attempts by EU countries to weaken privacy rights.

Ford Motor Co & General Motor Co: The top executives of more than three dozen Michigan-based companies, including General Motors and Ford, on Tuesday issued a joint statement opposing Republican-backed legislation to restrict voting. "Government must avoid actions that reduce participation in elections - particularly among historically disenfranchised communities," the statement, which bore the names of 37 top executives, read in part.

Johnson & Johnson: The EU Commission has decided not to renew COVID-19 vaccine contracts next year with AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, Italian daily La Stampa reported, citing a source from the Italian health ministry. Additionally, South Africa's drugs regulator SAHPRA said that it had recently reviewed data from J&J's research study immunising healthcare workers and found no major safety concerns.

Moderna Inc & Novavax Inc: A UK study into using different COVID-19 vaccines in two-dose inoculations is being expanded to include shots made by Moderna and Novavax, researchers said. The trial, known as the Com-Cov study, was first launched in February to look at whether giving a first dose of one type of COVID-19 shot, and a second dose of another, elicits an immune response that is as good as using two doses of the same vaccine. Separately, Moderna said on Tuesday that its COVID-19 vaccine still showed strong protection against the illness six months after people received their second shot, with efficacy of more than 90 percent against all cases of COVID-19 and more than 95 percent against severe COVID-19.

Pfizer Inc: The company can deliver 10% more doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to the United States by the end of May and meet its target of supplying 300 million doses two weeks earlier than expected, Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said in a tweet on Tuesday. Separately, the company said it had conducted an assessment of the vaccines' safety data and had found no evidence of blood clots.

Procter & Gamble Co: The company raised its quarterly dividend by 10% on Tuesday to $0.8698 per share, payable after May 17.

Ryanair PLC: Ryanair had another setback in its fight against state aid for rival airlines after Europe's second-highest court again backed EU competition regulators' approval of support for SAS and Finnair. Separately, Ryanair is set to take delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX airliner following two years of delay caused by the grounding of the jet in the wake of two fatal crashes.

Square Inc: The company will begin providing loans to small businesses in Australia, the payments firm said, where it will compete with the country's big banks in lending to small and medium enterprises in a tight market. Square Loans would use transaction data to allot quick loans as early as the next day, with one upfront fee repaid automatically based on a percentage of daily sales, the company said.


FOCUS
How the pandemic helped Walmart battle Amazon Marketplace for sellers
Between 2009 and 2014, Walmart’s Marketplace business, where outside merchants hawk everything from baby blankets to power tools, counted no more than six sellers, and was described by one expert as “in limbo.” But what was treated as an afterthought for years has emerged as an important leg in the world’s biggest retailer’s long-term strategy to take on Amazon, which it is battling for advertising and e-commerce dollars.


ANALYSTS' RECOMMENDATION
Anthem Inc: Cowen and Company raises price target to $395 from $360 by expecting a modest upside to first-quarter EPS from lower utilization and lower than expected COVID-19-related costs.

Denbury Inc: KeyBanc starts coverage with overweight rating; price target $60 due to very high oil leverage and carbon sequestration upside.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc: Jefferies raises price target to $145 from $140 by expecting a resurgence of leisure demand in the second half of 2021 and through 2022.

Southwest Airlines Co: JPMorgan raises rating to neutral from underweight, saying the company possesses the industry’s deepest track record of profitability, the highest quality balance sheet and a fiercely loyal customer base.


ECONOMIC EVENTS (All timings in U.S. Eastern Time)
0830 (approx.) Import prices mm for Mar: Expected 1.0%; Prior 1.3%
0830 (approx.) Export prices mm for Mar: Expected 1.0%; Prior 1.6%
0830 (approx.) Import prices yy for Mar: Prior 3.0%
1200 Refinitiv IPSOS PCSI for Apr: Prior 54.47


COMPANIES REPORTING RESULTS
Goldman Sachs Group Inc: Expected Q1 earnings of $10.22 per share
Wells Fargo & Co: Expected Q1 earnings of 70 cents per share


CORPORATE EVENTS (All timings in U.S. Eastern Time)
0800 Bed Bath & Beyond Inc: Q4 earnings conference call
0830 JPMorgan Chase & Co: Q1 earnings conference call
0830 Lovesac Co: Q4 earnings conference call
0900 Kaman Corp: Annual Shareholders Meeting
0930 Goldman Sachs Group Inc: Q1 earnings conference call
1000 First Republic Bank: Q1 earnings conference call
1000 Wells Fargo & Co: Q1 earnings conference call
1100 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co: Annual Shareholders Meeting
2100 GreenTree Hospitality Group Ltd: Q4 earnings conference call


EX-DIVIDENDS
Abbott Laboratories: Amount $0.45
Abbvie Inc: Amount $1.30
Activision Blizzard Inc: Amount $0.47
Alamo Group Inc: Amount $0.14
American Financial Group Inc: Amount $0.50
Arcosa Inc: Amount $0.05
BankUnited Inc: Amount $0.23
Buckle Inc: Amount $0.33
Compass Diversified Holdings: Amount $0.36
Freeport-McMoRan Inc: Amount $0.07
Johnson Outdoors Inc: Amount $0.21
McGrath RentCorp: Amount $0.43
Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc: Amount $1.02
RPM International Inc: Amount $0.38
Saul Centers Inc: Amount $0.53
Trinity Industries Inc: Amount $0.21
Watsco Inc: Amount $1.95

Vandaag, 08:40

Nasdaq nu op recordrace, AEX vlak en DAX met gelijke toppen

Goedemorgen
De markt blijft met een vertekend beeld zitten deze week, men is onzeker over het vervolg, de kwartaalcijfers komen eraan, FED voorzitten Powell gaf aan om de economie te blijven steunen en enkele indices zetten een nieuw record neer. Vooral de Nasdaq 100 en de SP 500 doen dat door de BIG-Tech aandelen waaronder Apple, Amazon, Tesla, Alphabet en Microsoft. De rest van deze week maar eens bekijken of er nog meer inzit of komt er een correctie op gang. Let ook op de rente en vooral de dollar die inleveren na een sterke fase.

De markt momenteel:
Wat betreft Wall Street een nieuw record bij de S&P 500 die op 4141 punten sluit, ook de Nasdaq en de Nasdaq 100 bereiken beiden bijna de 14.000 punten. Voor de Nasdaq net geen nieuw record maar de Nasdaq 100 zet wel een record neer op 13.986 punten. De gemiddelde PE waarde van de S&P 500 loopt ook verder op, nu al tot 42,17 met dat nieuwe record van gisteren.

Opvallend is dat de Dow Jones, de Dow Transport index en de SOX index in het rood eindigen. Vooral de SOX valt hierbij op omdat de bedrijven uit de semi conductor groep niet meegaan omhoog met de grote 5 ofwel de FAANG aandelen. Er zat gisteren dus behoorlijk wat divergentie in de markt en dat zorgt voor twijfels voor het verdere verloop. Ook al kunnen we maar moeilijk inschatten welke kant het op zal gaan moeten we toch voorzichtig proberen te handelen met kleine posities op enkele indices hetgeen ik ook doe voor de leden.

Europa deed niet zoveel gisteren, de AEX blijft wat hangen maar omdat de chip sector niet in staat lijkt om de andere tech te volgen krijgt ASML het moeilijk en dat drukt op de AEX index momenteel. De DAX zit dan weer met die toppen die blijven staan, de index geraakt niet echt verder. Ook de euro die aantrekt zorgt voor een remmende werking op de AEX en de DAX. Vanmorgen zien we dan ook niet zoveel via de futures, zowel Europa als Wall Street blijven rond de slotstand van gisteren hangen.

Resultaat dit jaar 2021 verloopt naar wens:
De eerste 3 maanden dit jaar werden positief afgerond en met december erbij komen we nu uit op 4 maanden na elkaar dat er winst werd behaald via de signalen. Dat moest voorzichtig gebeuren want ik hou in het achterhoofd rekening met het scenario wat ik net aangaf, over een aanstaande grote correctie over de gehele markt. Niettemin blijf ik rustig verder opbouwen wat betreft de posities.

Deze manier van werken wil ik hoe dan ook proberen aan te houden, het handelen onder de huidige omstandigheden krijg ik steeds beter onder controle en ik probeer met kleine posities zo als goed mogelijk te werken voor de leden. Onderaan deze update ziet u nog een overzicht met hoe de maand maart werd afgerond en hoe we er dit jaar voor staan wat betreft het resultaat via de signalen die we naar onze leden versturen.

Verder ziet u nog de aanbieding tot 1 Juni om mee te doen met onze signalen. Denk eraan dat als ik het momentum kan pakken voor als het moment daar is van wat ik aangaf we een hele grote vis kunnen vangen. Tussendoor blijf ik kalm en rustig met kleine posities werken !!

LET OP !! De komende dagen kunt u zich eenmalig tegen een zeer leuke aanbieding inschrijven voor een van onze abonnementen tot 1 JUNI voor €25 ... Bij Polleke Trading is dat dan €35 tot 1 JUNI en voor COMBI TRADING nu €50 ... Via de site en dan de Tradershop kunt u als lid de lopende posities met alle details altijd inzien via https://www.usmarkets.nl/tradershop

Technische conditie Wall Street:
Wat betreft Wall Street een nieuw record bij de S&P 500 op 4141 punten, de Nasdaq en de Nasdaq 100 bereiken beiden bijna de 14.000 punten. Voor de Nasdaq net geen nieuw record maar de Nasdaq 100 zet wel een record neer op 13,986 punten. De Dow Jones wat omlaag maar de index blijft dicht bij de top hangen zodat de trend nog steeds omhoog gericht blijft.

Minder goed ziet het er nu uit voor de SOX index en de Dow Transport die al enkele dagen wat zwakker ogen, wel is het zo dat ook deze indices bij 1 sterke dag alles weer recht kunnen trekken maar het moet wel nog gebeuren. Alles op Wall Street blijft dus nog op record jacht al komt de echte top natuurlijk elke dag iets dichterbij. Blijf dus alert in deze fase, de bomen groeien echt niet tot in de hemel. Zie de beide Nasdaq indices, amper 2 weken geleden wilde niemand er nog iets van weten, nu zien we plots weer records en zijn ze HOT nieuws en dan duikt iedereen er weer op. De markt blijft dus zwaar overgewaardeerd maar we weten niet hoe lang men het nog vol kan houden.

Technische conditie AEX en DAX:

AEX index:
Bij de AEX blijft wat hangen boven de oude top en krijgt moeite om echt richting te kiezen. Weerstand voor de AEX index nu eerst de 710-712 met daarna de 715 en de 718 punten. Verder mocht de bull markt het op de heupen krijgen doelen rond de 725 en de 735 punten al dat ligt nu een behoorlijk stuk verder weg na de recente terugval.

Steun blijft de oude top rond de 702-703 punten maar een beter beeld krijg ik rond de laatste top van de index die we rond de 688-690 punten zien uitkomen. We blijven vooral kijken naar de ontwikkelingen op Wall Street waar de eerste kwartaalcijfers binnen beginnen te stromen, nu maar eens zien hoe de markten daarop zullen reageren de komende dagen. Toch maar eerst deze steunpunten als richtpunt aanhouden dus.

DAX index:
De DAX doet het op zich nog altijd goed maar we zien wel een reeks toppen die rond hetzelfde niveau uitkomen. Man zegt wel eens "Flat Top Predict Market Drop" maar dat zien we nog wel. Het lijkt er in ieder geval wel op dat de DAX niet meer de kracht kan ontwikkelen om nog nieuwe records neer te zetten. Bij een uitbraak kan het wel nog 150-200 punten hoger als die er komt en Wall Street trekt verder door omhoog.

De volgende richtpunten omhoog blijven eerst de 15.300, de 15.450 en de 15.500 punten bij een doorbraak van de weerstand. Vrijwel alle indices, dus ook de DAX, zijn hoe dan ook rijp voor een grotere correctie alleen is het wachten op het moment dat die op gang komt. Steun zien we nu rond de 15.150-15.200 punten, later het 20-MA rond de 14.850 punten uitkomt, later de 14.500 punten (recente bodems) en de 14.400 punten waar we het 50-MA nu zien uitkomen als steun.

Er is zoals u merkt meer dan genoeg ruimte omlaag voor wat betreft de DAX voor dat de index echt in de problemen komt.


Euro, olie en goud:
De euro zien we nu rond de 1.196 dollar, de prijs van een vat Brent olie komt uit op 64,4 dollar terwijl een troy ounce goud nu op 1744 dollar staat.

De LIVEBLOG en Twitter:
Via de LIVEBLOG en tussendoor ook via mijn Twitter account laat ik gedurende de dag ook wat grafiekjes met korte uitleg voorbij komen over de markt. Op Twitter kunt u mij volgen via @USMarkets dan kunt u deze snelle informatie die ik deel uiteraard ook inzien .... https://twitter.com/USMarkets , ook opvallende beursfeiten komen er vaak langs !

Inter Market overzicht op slotbasis ...

LET OP !! De komende dagen kunt u zich eenmalig tegen een zeer leuke aanbieding inschrijven voor een van onze abonnementen tot 1 JUNI voor €25 ... Bij Polleke Trading is dat dan €35 tot 1 JUNI en voor COMBI TRADING nu €50 ... Via de site en dan de Tradershop kunt u als lid de lopende posities met alle details altijd inzien via https://www.usmarkets.nl/tradershop

Met vriendelijke groet,
Guy Boscart

Vandaag, 07:00

Markt snapshot Europa 14 april

GLOBAL TOP NEWS
Toshiba CEO Nobuaki Kurumatani resigned amid controversy over a $20 billion buyout bid from CVC Capitaland the conglomerate's shares surged on reports that more suitors were planning offers.

U.S. federal health agencies on Tuesday recommended pausing use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine for at least a few days after six women under age 50 developed rare blood clots after receiving the shot, dealing a fresh setback to efforts to tackle the pandemic.

U.S. consumer prices rose by the most in more than 8-1/2 years in March as increased vaccinations and massive fiscal stimulus unleashed pent-up demand, kicking off what most economists expect will be a brief period of higher inflation.


EUROPEAN COMPANY NEWS
Credit Suisse has identified $2.3 billion worth of loans exposed to financial and litigation uncertainties in its Greensill-linked supply chain finance funds, it told investors on Tuesday.

Volkswagen must fully compensate customers who took out loans to buy diesel cars that were discovered to be fitted with devices to cheat emissions tests, a German court has ruled.

Italy aims to spend almost 7 billion euros in European recovery funds on ultra-fast networks, up 60% from a previous goal, as ministers lay out alternatives to a long-delayed single national broadband plan, sources told Reuters.


TODAY'S COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENTS
AFC Energy PLC Annual Shareholders Meeting
Airbus SE Annual Shareholders Meeting
Aker Solutions ASA Annual Shareholders Meeting
Borregaard ASA Annual Shareholders Meeting
Caisse Reg Credit Agric Mut Nord France Annual Shareholders Meeting
EDP Energias de Portugal SA Annual Shareholders Meeting
Geberit AG Annual Shareholders Meeting
Groupe Partouche SA Annual Shareholders Meeting
Heijmans NV Annual Shareholders Meeting
HELLA GmbH & Co KGaA Q3 2021 Earnings Call
Jersey Oil and Gas PLC Shareholders Meeting
Julius Baer Gruppe AG Annual Shareholders Meeting
Komax Holding AG Annual Shareholders Meeting
Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV Annual Shareholders Meeting
Koninklijke KPN NV Annual Shareholders Meeting
Lenzing AG Annual Shareholders Meeting
Les Docks des Petroles d Ambes SA Shareholders Meeting
Matica Fintec SpA Annual Shareholders Meeting
Mediaset Espana Comunicacion SA Annual Shareholders Meeting
Nicox SA Annual Shareholders Meeting
Pharol SGPS SA Annual Shareholders Meeting
Piaggio & C SpA Annual Shareholders Meeting
Quixant PLC FY 2020 Earnings Call
Real Estate Investors PLC FY 2020 Earnings Release
Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S Annual Shareholders Meeting
Seagate Technology PLC Shareholders Meeting
Smith & Nephew PLC Annual Shareholders Meeting
Subsea 7 SA Annual Shareholders Meeting
Sulzer AG Annual Shareholders Meeting
Tesco PLC FY 2021 Earnings Call
TomTom NV Q1 2021 Earnings Call
Torm PLC Annual Shareholders Meeting


ECONOMIC EVENTS (All times GMT)
0700 Spain CPI mm Final NSA for Mar: Expected 1.0%; Prior 1.0%
0700 Spain CPI yy Final NSA for Mar: Expected 1.3%; Prior 1.3%
0700 Spain HICP Final mm for Mar: Expected 1.9%; Prior 1.9%
0700 Spain HICP Final yy for Mar: Expected 1.2%; Prior 1.2%
0730 (approx.) Sweden CPI mm for Mar: Expected 0.1%; Prior 0.3%
0730 (approx.) Sweden CPI yy for Mar: Expected 1.7%; Prior 1.4%
0730 (approx.) Sweden CPIF mm for Mar: Expected 0.1%; Prior 0.3%
0730 (approx.) Sweden CPIF yy for Mar: Expected 1.8%; Prior 1.5%
0900 Euro Zone Industrial Production mm for Feb: Expected -1.1%; Prior 0.8%
0900 Euro Zone Industrial Production yy for Feb: Expected -0.9%; Prior 0.1%

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