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The Market In 5 Minutes: GDP, Jobless Claims And Micron

The Market In 5 Minutes: GDP, Jobless Claims And Micron

Macro Focus

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 13 points to 19,878.00, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index futures dropped 2.25 points to 2,258.25. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index slipped 3.75 points to 4,945.50.

Oil prices traded lower as Brent crude futures dropped 0.53 percent to trade at $54.17 per barrel, while US WTI crude futures also fell 0.69 percent to trade at $52.13 a barrel.

USA GDP (QoQ) for Q3 3.50% vs 3.30% consensus estimate. The prior reading was 3.20%.

Initial Jobless Claims for Dec 16 275.0K vs 256.0K estimate. Continuing Claims for Dec 09 2.04M vs 2.02M estimate.

  • Data on personal income and consumer spending for November will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
  • The index of leading economic indicators for November is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
  • The Energy Information Administration’s weekly report on natural gas stocks is schedule for release at 10:30 a.m. ET.
  • The Kansas City Fed manufacturing index for December will be released at 11:00 a.m. ET.
  • Data on money supply for the recent week will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.

BZ News Desk Focus

  • Micron (NASDAQ: MU) Reports Q1 Adj. EPS $0.32 vs $0.28 Est., Sales $3.97B vs $3.95B Est.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ: BBBY) Reports Q3 EPS $0.85 vs. Est. $0.98, Rev. $2.955B vs. Est. $3.01B
  • Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) Reports Q3 EPS $0.02 vs $0.04 Est, Revenue $8.1B vs $8.2B Est
  • CalAmp (NASDAQ: CAMP) Reports Q3 Adj EPS $0.21 vs $0.26 Est, Revenue 83.4M vs $83.93M Est
  • Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) Reports Q3 EPS $0.61 vs. Est. $0.58, Rev. $615M vs. Est. $618M

Sell-Side Themes

Aegis Capital initiated coverage on several casinos, with Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS), MGM Resorts (NYSE: MGM) and Melco Crown (NASDAQ: MPEL) receiving Buy ratings, while Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ: WYNN) received a Neutral rating.

Finish Line (NASDAQ: FINL) received at least three downgrades following the stock's 9 percent drop on Wednesday.

Sell-Side's Most Noteworthy Calls

  • B. Riley downgraded Zumiez (NASDAQ: ZUMZ) to Neutral.
  • Wells Fargo downgraded Swift Transportation (NYSE: SWFT) to Market Perform.
  • FBR Capital upgraded Sunoco (NYSE: SUN) to Outperform.
  • Summit upgraded Micron from Sell to Buy.

Deal Talk

Aetna (NYSE: AET) and Humana (NYSE: HUM) have reached a pact to extend the date to waive until February 15, 2017, with the right to terminate merger due to failure to complete merger on or before December 31.

Shares of 8x8 (NASDAQ: EGHT) spiked as high as $15.45 on Wednesday, as Benzinga reported that the company's Board of Directors has started a process to find a buyer, according to a source. However, the source said that no buyers have come forward.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) confirmed it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Actelion (OTC: ALIOF) regarding a potential transaction. The companies confirmed on December 13 that discussions had ended.

In The News

Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) ties to scandal-plagued 1MDB run deep. The bank courted state fund now at heart of global embezzlement probes, and investigators want to know if it should have reported suspicious activity.

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