S&P’s this morning High 319.76 Low 319.33 Change lower by 0.10%.
Tokyo -48.22 Hong Kong +70.86 London +14.59 Germany -+66.46
S&P Futures are higher this morning. The S&P’s have reversed course and are now positive indicating a higher opening. Nike delivered a 12 cent beat, but missed on revenues last night. The anticipation of positive results from the multiple economic reports due out today is providing fuel for the equity markets this morning. Asian stocks ended mixed in thin-pre-Christmas trading on Friday. Underlying sentiment remained positive after China unveiled a new list of import tariff exemptions for six chemical and oil products from the United States and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the two sides would sign their so-called Phase one trade pact at the beginning of January. The benchmark Shanghai Composite index dropped 0.40 percent to 3,004.94 European stocks are trading higher this morning as Mnuchin’s comments are seen as a positive for global economic growth. The FTSE is little changed ahead of a parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal later today.
Oil prices are slightly lower this morning. After six straight days of gains, oil prices displaying weakness in pre-market trading. Year-end profit taking is occurring as oil traders start to removing risk. The trend continues to be positive as increased OPEC production cuts and the U.S China trade deal is a positive for the global economy. Two of the major brokerage firms increased their price targets for oil prices this week which is an indication that oil prices are unlikely to significantly pullback in the near term. Inventory data would need to start to show increasing in stockpile figures for a significant move lower to occur. The Baker-Hughes will be releasing their rig count totals today at 1 pm.
WTI is at $61.01 a barrel, Brent Crude is at $66.41 a barrel.
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There are a number of economic releases due out today. The economic calendar starts with the revised Q3 GDP report due out at 8:30 am ET, along with corporate profits. Personal income and outlays report
for October is due out at 10 am ET. That release includes the Federal
Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation, the PCE core index. Also, 10 am will be the release of the widely followed University of Michigan report on consumer sentiment., followed at 11 am by the Kansas City Fed manufacturing survey. The Bank of England Governor Mark Carney will be stepping down in March. He will be replaced by Andrew Bailey. Bailey is currently the chief executive officer of the Financial Conduct Authority.
Economic Reports: .
At 08:30 am ET GDP & Corporate Profits
At 10:00 am ET Consumer Sentiment
At 11:00 am ET Kansas City Fed Manufacturing index
At 01:00 pm ET Baker Hughes Rig Count
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Bullish option activity in AMD, I & LK
Bearish option activity in CCL, MAT & PLUG
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Sector Update: Headlines to Note-
MIK .REC Morgan Stanley downgraded to Underweight with a $5 price target.
KMX .ERN Reported a 12 cent earnings miss on higher revenue.
BIG .Options Big Lots experience unusual call volumes yesterday.
LXRX P/SGN Reported positive data from its phase 3 trial.
IMMU .REC BofA initiates coverage with a Buy rating and a $26 price target.
ITCI .Options Implied volatility is elevated as it heads into its PUDFA date next week.
CAR .REC JP Morgan raised its price target to $178 from $155.
MRK P/SGN Japan regulators approved MRK’s KEYTRUDA drug.
NKE .REC Morgan Stanley raised its price target to $119.
AAPL .REC Piper raises its price target to $305 from $290.
GOOG P/SGN HIt with an EU fine and ordered to clarify their rules for suspending advertisers.
AAPL .Rumor Said to be working on a method to use satellites to beam data to devices.
SPY P.SGN The House also approved the amended North American trade pact.
GS P/SGN Said to be in talks with the U.S. government to settle the 1MDB probe.
BMY P/SGN Receives EU approval for Revlimid/rituximab combination.
Upcoming Earnings Expected dollar move and the expected dollar move.
Option volumes from 12/19.
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