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Benzinga Market Primer: Wednesday, June 5: Services PMI Day

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Futures Slightly Lower on Global Economic Data

U.S. equity futures traded slightly lower in early Wednesday trade after stocks broke the 20-Tuesday winning streak yesterday. Markets eye key economic reports from around the world heading into trading Wednesday as global service PMIs are due out Wednesday.

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In other news around the markets:


  • Wrapping up the already released service PMI's, the HSBC China Services PMI and the Spanish and British Service PMIs beat expectations while France's was in line and the broad Eurozone, Italian, and German Service PMIs missed expectations.
  • Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares declined in after-hours trading as the International Trade Commission ruled that Apple had infringed on one of Samsung's patents in some iPhone 3's and 4's and has ordered an import ban on these products. Apple already plans to appeal the decision and the Obama administration also has 60 days to veto the ruling.
  • Other eurozone economic data was released early Wednesday as a new report showed that first quarter GDP contracted 0.2 percent, in line with expectations, however the annualized rate fell 1.1 percent vs. an expected drop of 1.0 percent. eurozone retail sales were also a poor print this morning as April retail sales declined 0.5 percent from March on expectations of a decline of 0.1 percent. Retail sales had fallen 0.2 percent in March, which was downwardly revised from the previous reading of -0.1 percent
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke overnight and he outlined some key reforms that the administration looks set to roll out to ramp up the economy. Proposals included removing barriers to corporate activity, opening up of infrastructure investments to the private sector, and aims to double FDI all in efforts to boost GNI by 3 percent per annum.
  • Australia's first quarter GDP report was released as well last night and it showed that the economy contract 0.6 percent in the first quarter vs. a 0.7 percent expected increase. On an annualized rate, the economy grew 2.5 percent vs. 2.7 percent expected, weighing further on the already crippling Australian dollar.
  • S&P 500 futures declined 3.5 points to 1,627.70.
  • The EUR/USD was lower at 1.3068 in volatile trading.
  • Spanish 10-year government bond yields rose 1 basis point to 4.43 percent in narrow trading.
  • Italian 10-year government bond yields rose 1 basis point to 4.11 percent.
  • Gold rose 0.17 percent to $1,399.60 per ounce.

Asian Markets

Asian shares retreated overnight as the Nikkei Index plunged once again as the yen strengthened on fears that the lack of a concrete plan for growth in the administration (only a broad outline of a plan was presented) would mean the expected recovery would not come. The Japanese Nikkei Index fell 3.83 percent and the broader Topix Index declined 3.15 percent. The Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.03 percent and the Hang Seng Index fell 0.97 percent in Hong Kong. Also, the Korean Kospi declined 1.52 percent and Australian shares shed 1.34 percent.

European Markets

European shares saw declines across the core nations as peripheral shares held ground. The Spanish Ibex Index gained 0.44 percent on the strong Services PMI data (47.3 vs. 45.0 expected) and the Italian FTSE MIB Index gained 0.44 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX fell 0.35 percent and the French CAC 40 fell 0.57 percent as U.K. shares declined 0.73 percent.

Commodities

Commodities were slightly stronger overnight as the dollar halted its winning streak. WTI Crude futures rose 0.48 percent to $93.76 per barrel and Brent Crude futures gained 0.36 percent to $103.61 per barrel. Copper futures rose 0.24 percent despite the weak Australian data. Gold was higher and silver futures rose 0.29 percent to $22.48 per ounce.

Currencies

Currency markets were on the move overnight as the yen strengthened across the board with the dollar gaining against most other majors and the Australian dollar continuing its sell off. The EUR/USD was lower at 1.3068 after rising as high as 1.31 earlier and the dollar fell against the yen to 99.76. Overall, the Dollar Index was flat on gains against the euro and the Swiss franc despite weakness against the British pound and the yen.

Earnings Reported Yesterday

Key companies that reported earnings Tuesday include:


  • Dollar General (NYSE: DG) reported first quarter EPS of $0.71, in line with expectations. However, the company lowered its full year guidance which was also below analyst forecasts.
  • Shuffle Master (NASDAQ: SHFL) reported second quarter EPS of $0.21 vs. $0.20 expected on record revenue of $77.4 million vs. $71.57 million expected.
  • Bob Evans Farms (NASDAQ: BOBE) reported fourth quarter EPS of $0.71 vs. $0.64 expected on revenue of $353.9 million vs. $331.41 million expected.
  • Analogic (NASDAQ: ALOG) reported third quarter EPS of $0.76 vs. $0.66 expected on revenue of $125.8 million vs. $135.98 million.

Pre-Market Movers

Stocks moving in the pre-market included:


  • Analogic (NASDAQ: ALOG) shares declined 4.74 percent in after-hours trading after reporting earnings.
  • Shuffle Master (NASDAQ: SHFL) shares rose 5.07 percent after reporting a record quarter and making some positive comments on the business outlook.
  • Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares declined 0.49 percent in after-hours trading after falling more than 1 percent on the ITC ruling news.
  • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) shares declined 0.89 percent after founder Elon Musk made some mixed comments at the company's investor presentation.

Earnings

Notable companies expected to report earnings Wednesday include:


  • Brown Forman Corp. (NYSE: BF-B) is expected to report fiscal fourth quarter EPS of $0.46 vs. $0.49 a year ago.
  • Francesca's Holdings (NASDAQ: FRAN) is expected to report first quarter EPS of $0.26 vs. $0.20 a year ago.
  • Hovnanian Enterprises (NYSE: HOV) is expected to report a second quarter loss of $0.05 per share vs. a profit of $0.02 per share a year ago.
  • Verifone Systems (NYSE: PAY) is expected to report second quarter EPS of $0.47 vs. $0.64 a year ago

Economics

On the economics calendar Wednesday, MBA Purchase Applications are due out followed by the ADP Employment Report. Productivity and costs data are set to be released later followed by factory orders, the ISM Non-Manufacturing Index, and the Beige Book, the latter two being the big reports for the day. Overnight, Japanese fund flow data, Spanish and French bond auctions, German Factory Orders, and interest rate decisions from both the Bank of England and the European Central Bank.

Good luck and good trading.

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