Futures Flat on Earnings, Eye House Vote
U.S. equity futures were near unchanged overnight despite mostly
positive earnings from large tech and transportation companies.
Also, stocks await a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on
raising the debt ceiling.
In other news around the markets:
Spain's GDP contracted 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter to bring
the total year rate of GDP contraction to -1.3 percent. Weak
domestic demand and slack in export markets weighed on the Spanish
economy, said the Bank of Spain. British Prime Minister David
Cameron promised a U.K. referendum on Europe in a speech overnight
with a full vote not expected until 2017. Greece actually beat its
deficit targets for 2012 with the total deficit coming in at 15.69
billion euros compared to the forecast of 16.31 billion euros,
according to the Greek Accounting Office. S&P 500 futures fell
1.5 points to 1,487.90. The EUR/USD was higher at 1.3328. Spanish
10-year government bond yields fell to 5.072 percent. Italian
10-year government bond yields fell to 4.18 percent. Gold fell 0.06
percent to $1,692.10 per ounce.
Asian shares were mixed overnight with strong weakness seen in
Japanese equities overnight. The Japanese Nikkei Index fell 2.08
percent overnight while the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.25
percent and the Hang Seng Index fell 0.1 percent. Also, the Korean
Kospi fell 0.81 percent and Australian shares rose 0.18
European shares were also mixed overnight with weakness in the
periphery offset by strength in the core. The Spanish Ibex Index
fell 0.25 percent and the Italian MIB Index also fell 0.25 percent.
Meanwhile, the German DAX rose 0.3 percent and the French CAC fell
0.08 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.19 percent.
Commodities were mostly higher overnight, once again led by
Natural Gas futures as the cold weather in the U.S. drives prices
higher. WTI Crude futures rose 0.1 percent to $96.77 per barrel and
Brent Crude futures rose 0.12 percent to $112.54 per barrel as
Natural Gas futures rallied 0.67 percent to $3.58 per million BTU.
Copper futures were near flat overnight despite positive comments
from Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold's (NYSE:
) CEO stating that he sees low copper inventories and accelerating
demand in 2013. Gold was slightly lower and silver futures rose
0.07 percent to $32.20 per ounce.
Currency markets continued to see yen strength Wednesday as the
euro was near flat overnight and the pound rallied after selling
off late Tuesday on comments that the U.K. is mulling more
stimulus. The EUR/USD was slightly higher at 1.3328 and the dollar
fell against the yen to 88.35. Overall, the Dollar Index fell 0.14
percent on weakness against the yen, the pound, and the Canadian
Stocks moving in the pre-market included:
) shares rose 5.05 percent pre-market after the company reported
better than expected earnings after the bell despite revenue
figures being slightly weak. Cree, Inc. (NYSE:
) shares rose 14.94 percent after the company reported strong
earnings and guidance after the bell. Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:
) shares rose 8.68 percent after the company reported better than
expected earnings. IBM (NYSE:
) shares rose 4.04 percent pre-market following the company's
strong fourth quarter earnings report and guidance for the future.
Notable companies expected to report earnings Wednesday
Abbot Labs (NYSE:
) is expected to report fourth quarter EPS of $1.50 vs. $1.45 a
year ago. McDonald's (NYSE:
) is expected to report fourth quarter EPS of $1.33 vs. $1.33 a
year ago. Netflix (NASDAQ:
) is expected to report a fourth quarter loss of $0.60 per shares
vs. EPS of $0.73 a year ago. Apple (NASDAQ:
) is expected to report fiscal first quarter EPS of $13.41 vs.
$13.87 a year ago. Quest Diagnostics (NYSE:
) is expected to report fourth quarter EPS of $1.07 vs. $1.23 a
On the economics calendar Wednesday, it is the first full day of
the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, so look for
comments from Davos all day. Also, MBA Purchase Application and the
FHFA House Price Index are set to be released. In addition, the
Treasury is set to auction 4-week bills and overnight, the Chinese
HSBC Manufacturing Index, Eurozone Manufacturing PMI's, and Italian
retail sales are expected.
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