Futures Flat on Global Stimulus
U.S. equity futures were flat overnight despite comments from
global central banks indicating more stimulus may be imminent.
Minutes from the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee
meeting as well as comments from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Governor Wheelan indicated that global central banks stand ready to
ease further should there be a need for further stimulus.
In other news around the markets:
Credit Agricole, the large French banking giant, posted a record
fourth quarter loss overnight after writing down over 5 billion
euros of goodwill relating to an acquisition of Italian assets,
dragging French shares lower. Talks between EU leaders over the
implementation of the new Basel banking rules broke down and talks
will restart next week. Germany auctioned 10-year bonds to yield
1.66 percent, above the previous auction's 1.56 percent. S&P
500 futures were flat at 1,528.00. The EUR/USD was higher at
1.3403. Spanish 10-year government bond yields fell to 5.16
percent. Italian 10-year government bond yields fell to 4.38
percent. Gold fell 0.16 percent to $1,601.80 per ounce.
Asian shares were mostly higher overnight led by Korean stocks
as the Bank of Korea did not lower its growth forecast in the face
of the strengthening won. The Japanese Nikkei Index rose 0.84
percent and the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.6 percent while the
Hang Seng Index rose 0.71 percent. Also, the Korean Kospi rose 1.95
percent and Australian shares rose 0.33 percent.
European shares were mixed as peripheral shares fell on
financial sector fears. The Spanish Ibex Index fell 0.41 percent
and Italian FTSE MIB Index declined 0.36 percent. Meanwhile, the
German DAX rose 0.19 percent while the French CAC declined 0.28
percent and U.K. shares rose 0.28 percent.
Commodities were mixed overnight as metals remained weak. WTI
Crude futures rose 0.2 percent to $96.85 per barrel and Brent Crude
futures fell 0.12 percent to $117.40 per barrel. Copper futures
declined 0.08 percent to $366.35 per pound. Gold was lower and
silver futures declined 0.01 percent to $29.42 per ounce.
Currency markets saw a weak pound overnight as the cable broke
down near 1.53 to 1.5317 on renewed hopes of BoE easing. The
EUR/USD was higher at 1.3403 and the dollar fell against the yen to
93.45. Overall, the Dollar Index rose 0.02 percent on strength
against the sterling and the Canadian dollar.
Stocks moving in the pre-market included:
Best Buy (NYSE:
) shares rose 3.87 percent pre-market on renewed hopes of a
management buyout and also on a newly announced pricing scheme,
aimed at competing with rivals such as Amazon (NASDAQ:
). Citigroup (NYSE:
) shares fell 0.56 percent pre-market as the company announced it
is taking over the branded credit cards for Best Buy from Capital
) including the purchase of $7 billion in credit card receivables
from Capital One. United Parcel Service (NYSE:
) shares rose 2.5 percent pre-market as the company is set to go
ex-dividend Thursday. Herbalife (NYSE:
) shares declined 0.98 percent pre-market after the company
reported record fourth quarter earnings.
Notable companies expected to report earnings Wednesday
Boston Beer (NYSE:
) is expected to report fourth quarter EPS of $1.25 vs. $1.20 a
year ago. Dish Network (NASDAQ:
) is expected to report fourth quarter EPS of $0.51 vs. $0.70 a
year ago. Leap Wireless (NASDAQ:
) is expected to report a fourth quarter loss of $1.53 per share
vs. a loss of $1.10 per share a year ago. Starz (NASDAQ:
) is expected to report fourth quarter EPS of $0.44 vs. $3.93 a
year ago. Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:
) is expected to report a fourth quarter loss of $0.53 vs. a loss
of $0.69 a year ago.
On the economics calendar Wednesday, MBA Purchase Applications
and Housing Starts are due out, as well as producer prices and the
Redbook. The Treasury is set to auction 4-week bills and the FOMC
minutes are due out this afternoon. Overnight, Eurozone
manufacturing PMI's and debt auctions from Spain, France, and
England could move markets.
Good luck and good trading.
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