#PreMarket Primer: Tuesday, December 10: Bullard Pushing For A December Taper


Dallas Federal Reserve President James Bullard said the US central bank could begin to taper its bond buying program at its December meeting next week after Friday's US labor data showed marked improvement.

Bullard's comments on Monday added to growing speculation that the bank could cut back on its stimulus spending sooner than expected. Bullard, who has a vote at the FOMC said earlier that the Fed's taper would be closely tied to the US' payrolls figure, which came in surprisingly high last week.

Although the general consensus is that the bank will hold off on a taper until March, some analysts have begun to warm to the idea of a taper in December or January.

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Asian Markets

Asian markets were moderately lower on Tuesday, the Japanese NIKKEI fell 0.25 percent and the South Korean KOSPI was down 0.35 percent. The Hang Seng index fell 0.19 percent, but China's Shenzhen composite was up 0.11 percent.

European Markets

European markets continued on a high note, the UK's FTSE was up 0.11 percent and the eurozone's STOXX 600 gained 0.29 percent. The German DAX was also higher, up 0.25 percent.


Energy futures were higher, Brent futures gained 0.31 percent and WTI futures were up 0.40 percent. Gold was up 0.83 percent and silver gained 1.19 percent. Industrial metals were up across the board with aluminum posting the largest gains, up 0.79 percent.


Currency markets were quiet on Tuesday morning, the euro was up 0.09 percent against the dollar and the pound gained 0.08 percent against the greenback. The dollar lost 0.16 percent to the yen and gained 0.31 percent against the Australian dollar.


Notable earnings released on Monday included:

Pep Boys- Manny, Moe & Jack (NYSE: PBY ) reported third quarter EPS of $0.02 on revenue of $507.00 million, compared to last year's EPS of $0.12 on revenue of $509.61 million. Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN ) reported a first quarter loss of $2.04 on revenue of $123.40 million, compared to last year's loss of $1.70 on revenue of $166.35 million. ABM Industries Incorporated (NYSE: ABM ) reported fourth quarter EPS of $0.48 on revenue of $1.24 billion, compared to last year's EPS of $0.50 on revenue of $1.09 billion.

Pre-Market Movers

Stocks moving in the Premarket included:

Transocean Ltd (NYSE: RIG ) gained 0.30 percent in premarket trade after falling 1.29 percent over the past week Dow Chemical Co (NYSE: DOW ) fell 4.17 percent in premarket trade after rising 3.90 percent on Monday American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP ) lost 0.87 percent in premarket trade after climbing 1.35 percent over the past five days Carnival Corp (NYSE: CCL ) fell 0.62 percent in premarket trade after gaining 0.74 percent on Monday

Notable earnings expected on Tuesday include:

Toll Brothers Inc. (NYSE: TOL ) is expected to report fourth quarter EPS of $0.41 on revenue of $981.62 million, compared to last year's EPS of $2.35 on revenue of $632.83 million. H &R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB ) is expected to report a third quarter loss of $0.37 per share on revenue of $137.85 million, compared to last year's loss of $0.37 on revenue of $137.26 million. AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE: AZO ) is expected to report third quarter EPS of $6.29 on revenue of $2.11 billion, compared to last year's EPS of $5.41 on revenue of $1.99 billion.


Tuesday's economic calendar will be dominated with European releases including Italian GDP, Italian industrial production, French industrial production, and British trade balance data, manufacturing production and industrial production.

For a recap of Monday's market action, click .

Tune into Benzinga's pre-market info show with Dennis Dick and Joel Elconin here .

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Referenced Stocks: ABM , AXP , AZO , CCL , DOW


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