Futures Flat On Strong Chinese Trade Data
U.S. equity futures traded flat in early pre-market trade
despite China reporting a rise in its trade balance in April. China
reported that its trade balance swung back to a surplus in April of
$18.16 billion vs. a deficit of $0.88 billion in March. Economists
were expecting a surplus of $15.05 billion and the beat was driven
by better than expected export growth, as exports grew 14.7
percent, better than the 10.3 percent expected.
In other news around the markets:
Manchester United PLC (NYSE:
) has announced that its manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, the most
successful manager in English soccer history, is set to retire at
the end of this season having won the Barclays Premier League for a
record 20th time. Chinese gold imports more than doubled in March
to a record high before the slump in gold prices. Analysts now
expect imports to grow further as prices have fallen sharply since
then. Reuters reported that the European Central Bank is
considering buying bad loans from banks in crisis-stricken nations
in southern Europe to relieve stresses on banks in an effort to
spur more lending to small and medium enterprises (SME's). S&P
500 futures were flat at 1,620.60. The EUR/USD was higher at
1.3116. Spanish 10-year government bond yields fell 2 basis points
to 4.09 percent. Italian 10-year government bond yields fell 1
basis point to 3.86 percent. Gold rose 0.37 percent to $1,454.10
Asian shares were higher following the better than expected
Chinese trade data. The Japanese Nikkei Index rose 0.74 percent and
the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.48 percent while the Hang Seng
Index gained 0.86 percent. Also, the Korean Kospi rose 0.11 percent
and Australian shares added 1.09 percent.
European shares were modestly higher following continued
earnings momentum globally as well as following the positive
sentiment from Asia on the back of the Chinese trade data. The
Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.05 percent and the Italian FTSE MIB Index
gained 0.2 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX added 0.22 percent
and the French CAC 40 rose 0.42 percent while U.K. shares gained
Commodities were mixed as energy futures traded near flat and
metals traded mostly higher. WTI Crude futures rose 0.04 percent to
$95.66 per barrel and Brent Crude futures fell 0.19 percent to
$104.20 per barrel. Copper futures rallied 0.73 percent to $332.65
per pound on the Chinese data. Gold was higher and silver futures
declined 0.17 percent to $23.77 per ounce.
Currency markets were quiet overnight with moves in major pairs
constrained. The EUR/USD was higher at 1.3116 and the dollar fell
against the yen to 98.92. Overall, the Dollar Index fell 0.12
percent on weakness against the euro, the yen, and the Swiss
Earnings Reported Yesterday
Key companies that reported earnings Tuesday include:
) reported first quarter EPS of $0.79 vs. $0.76 expected on revenue
of $10.6 billion vs. $10.48 billion expected. Discovery
) reported first quarter EPS of $0.63 vs. $0.65 on revenue of $1.16
billion vs. $1.15 billion. Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE:
) reported first quarter EPS of $0.51 vs. $0.72 on revenue of $4.11
billion vs. $4.25 billion. Molson Coors Brewing Co. (NYSE:
) reported first quarter EPS of $0.30 vs. $0.34 on revenue of
$828.5 million vs. $854.16 million. TripAdvisor (NASDAQ:
) reported first quarter EPS of $0.50 vs. $0.46 on revenue of
$229.9 million vs. $223.76 million.
Stocks moving in the pre-market included:
) shares fell 0.86 percent pre-market following its first quarter
earnings release. Marathon Oil (NYSE:
) shares fell 1.66 percent pre-market following its weaker first
quarter earnings report. Caterpillar (NYSE:
) shares fell 0.09 percent pre-market despite the better than
expected Chinese trade data. U.S. Steel (NYSE:
) shares fell 0.66 percent pre-market on fears of future Chinese
steel imports following the trade data.
Notable companies expected to report earnings Wednesday
) is expected to report first quarter EPS of $0.35 vs. $0.22 a year
ago. CF Industries (NYSE:
) is expected to report first quarter EPS of $6.02 vs. $6.06 a year
ago. Liberty Media Corp. (NYSE:
) is expected to report first quarter EPS of $0.32. Sodastream
) is expected to report first quarter EPS of $0.54 vs. $0.48 a year
ago. Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE:
) is expected to report fourth quarter EPS of $1.76. vs. $0.94 a
year ago. Vivus (NASDAQ:
) is expected to report a first quarter loss of $0.51 per share vs.
a loss of $0.20 per share a year ago.
On the economics calendar Wednesday, MBA Purchase Applications
are due out and Fed Governor Jeremy Stein is set to speak. Also,
the Treasury is set to auction 10-year notes. Overnight, Chinese
inflation data, the ECB Monthly Report, and British Industrial
Production data are all expected followed by the Bank of England's
interest rate decision.
Good luck and good trading.
to view the Market Wrap for Tuesday, May 7.
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