Japan Surges On GDP Revision
After Thursday's rally, US Equity futures are slightly up on
strong economic data from Asia. The big news of the day are job
numbers coming out at 8:30am EST Friday morning. Friday also marks
marks the end of the heaviest earnings week of the year, with over
500 companies reporting in the last two days.
In other news around the markets:
Japan revised their 2013 and 2014 GDP forecast up from 2.5 percent
to 2.8 percent. However, private consumption was revised down from
2.1 percent to 0.5 percent. The People's Bank of China said they
will continue with monetary policy and will fight property
speculation. Head of the China Banking Regulatory Commission talked
about the need to control loans in the country and said the shadow
banking industry is manageable. The UK PMI figure came out at 57.0
versus 51.5 expected. S&P 500 futures are up 0.09 percent to
1701.8. The EUR/USD was up 0.05 percent to 1.3213.
Japan led Asia with the Nikkei index up 3.29 percent on an
upward revision of the 2013 and 2014 GDP. In Hong Kong, the Hang
Seng Index added 0.46 percent while the Shanghai Composite Index
rose 0.02 percent in China. Also, the Korean Kospi added 0.14
European markets were mostly flat after Thursday's massive
gains. The Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.28 percent and the Italian
FTSE MIB Index declined 0.06 percent. Similarly, the German DAX
picked up 0.16 percent and the French CAC 40 Index rose 0.29
Commodities were mostly lower overnight with fossil fuels seeing
a slight pullback after yesterday's gains. WTI Crude futures fell
0.1 percent to $107.78 per barrel and Brent Crude futures lost 0.2
percent to $109.32 per barrel. Copper futures rose 0.3 percent to
$317.55 per pound. Gold and silver were down 1.84 and 1.7 percent,
Currency markets were relatively flat overnight after Thursday's
big moves on European Central Bank and Bank of England
announcements.The closely followed EUR/USD pair was just 0.06
percent lower to 1.3215. The biggest move was with Japanese Yen:
the USD/JPY group added 0.26 percent, and the EUR/JPY pair rose
Earnings Reported Yesterday
Key companies that reported earnings Thursday include:
Exxon Mobil (NYSE:
) reported second quarter EPS of $1.55 vs. $1.90 on revenue of
$106.47 billion. LinkedIn (NYSE:
) reported second quarter EPS of $0.38 vs. $0.31 on revenue of
$363.7 million vs. $354.04 million. ConocoPhillips (NYSE:
) reported second quarter EPS of $1.41 vs. $1.29 on expected
revenue of $12.75 billion.
Stocks moving in the pre-market included:
) is up 5.16 percent to $49.50 after the company reported strong
earnings. JC Penney (NYSE:
) is up 0.69 percent with almost 300,000 shares traded. Yesterday
more than 2.3 million shares exchanged hands in the pre-market.
Notable companies expected to report earnings Friday
) is expected to report second quarter EPS of $2.98 vs. $3.56 a
year ago on revenue of $56.01 billion vs. $62.61 billion a year
ago. Eaton Corporation (NYSE:
) is expected to report second quarter EPS of $1.11 vs. $1.15 a
year ago on revenue of $5.77 billion vs. $4.07 billion a year ago.
) is expected to report second quarter EPS of $0.37 vs. $0.46 a
year ago on revenue of $1.23 billion vs. $1.38 billion a year ago.
On the economics calendar, non-farm payrolls and private non
farm payrolls are the biggest announcements of the day. Non-farm
payrolls are expected to come in at 185 million versus 195 million
previously. Analysts are looking for private non-farm payrolls of
189 million versus 202 million. Other figures to look for are
factory orders at 10:00 am and personal income at 8:30 am.
Good luck and good trading.
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