Futures Gain On Fed Hopes
U.S. equity futures advanced in early pre-market trade ahead of
the much anticipated FOMC meeting this week, which concludes
Wednesday. Despite recent fears of tapering, the Fed is expected to
downgrade its economic forecasts near consensus economist forecasts
which could increase dovish rhetoric in the policy statement.
In other news around the markets:
The Spanish government blocked AT&T's (NYSE:
) bid for Telefonica (NYSE:
), Europe's most indebted telecommunications company, citing its
strategic position to the Spanish economy. Bloomberg reported that
) is expected to announce a new order of 10 787 Dreamliners from
General Electric's (NYSE:
) aircraft leasing unit. Time Warner's (NYSE:
) Man of Steel, the relaunch of the Superman movie series, became
the second-most successful movie of the year after the film made
$113 million in its first weekend, behind only Iron Man 3. S&P
500 futures rose 10.8 points to 1,629.90. The EUR/USD was lower at
1.3337. Spanish 10-year government bond yields were flat at 4.58
percent. Italian 10-year government bond yields fell to 4.28
percent from 4.29 percent. Gold declined 0.07 percent to $1,386.60
Asian shares were mixed overnight as the Nikkei recovered some
recent losses. The Japanese Nikkei 225 Index gained 2.73 percent
and the Topix Index rose 2.68 percent. In China, the Shanghai
Composite Index fell 0.25 percent while the Hang Seng Index rose
1.08 percent in Hong Kong. Also, the Korean Kospi declined 0.32
percent and Australian shares rose 0.71 percent.
European shares were mostly higher in early trade as well save
for Italian stocks. The Spanish Ibex Index gained 0.54 percent
while the Italian FTSE MIB Index declined 0.78 percent. Meanwhile,
the German DAX rose 0.8 percent and the French CAC 40 gained 0.62
percent while U.K. shares rose 0.55 percent.
Commodities were mixed overnight as markets awaited the Fed's
decision later this week. WTI Crude futures were flat at $97.85 per
barrel and Brent Crude futures were flat as well at $105.93 per
barrel. Copper futures rose 0.64 percent to $322.20 per pound. Gold
was lower and silver futures declined 0.34 percent to $21.88 per
Currency markets some tentative dollar strength overnight as the
euro fell and the yen both fell against the dollar. The EUR/USD was
lower at 1.3337 and the dollar gained against the yen to 94.94.
Overall, the Dollar Index rose 0.14 percent on strength against the
yen, the Swiss franc, and the euro.
Earnings Reported Yesterday
Key companies that reported earnings Friday include:
American Semiconductor (NASDAQ:
) reported a fourth quarter loss of $0.21 per share, in line, on
revenues of $20.4 million vs. $18.8 million expected. However,
first quarter guidance was well below expectations. Smithfield
) reported fourth quarter EPS of $0.21 vs. $0.43 on revenue of
$3.22 billion vs. $3.27 billion expected.
Notable companies expected to report earnings Monday
China Sunergy (NASDAQ:
) is expected to report a first quarter loss of $1.01 per share vs.
a loss of $0.71 per share a year ago. IHS Inc. (NYSE:
) is expected to report second quarter EPS of $1.03 vs. $0.97 a
year ago. Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:
) is expected to report fourth quarter EPS of $0.31 vs. $0.28 a
On the economics calendar Monday, the OECD Composite Leading
Indicators are due out at 6 am, followed by the Empire State
Manufacturing Index and the NAHB Home Price Index. In addition, the
Fed's Bullard is expected to speak at 9:50 and the Treasury is set
to hold its weekly auction of 3- and 6-month bills. Overnight, the
Bank of Japan press conference and the British Industrial
Production report are due out.
Good luck and good trading.
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