Stocks Mixed on Higher Bond Yields

The S&P 500 Index ($SPX) (SPY) today is down -0.13%, the Dow Jones Industrials Index ($DOWI) (DIA) is down -0.75%, and the Nasdaq 100 Index ($IUXX) (QQQ) is up +0.17%. 

US stock indexes today are mixed, with the Nasdaq 100 posting a new record high and the Dow Jones Industrials falling to a 1-week low.  Nvidia is up more than +9%, leading chip stocks higher after reporting stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings.  Nvidia’s blowout earnings boost market sentiment and expectations that the global artificial intelligence boom will continue. 

However, the S&P 500 fell back from a record high and turned lower after the 10-year T-note yield jumped to a 1-week high when US weekly initial unemployment claims fell more than expected and the May S&P manufacturing PMI rose, hawkish factors that dampened expectations of Fed rate cuts.

Generally positive Q1 earnings results are supportive of stocks.  Q1 earnings are expected to climb +7.1% y/y, well above the pre-earnings season estimate of +3.8%.  According to data compiled by Bloomberg Intelligence, about 81% of reporting S&P 500 companies have beaten Q1 earnings estimates. 

US weekly initial unemployment claims fell -8,00 to 215,000, showing a stronger labor market than expectations of 220,000.

The US Apr Chicago Fed national activity index fell -0.19 to -0.23, weaker than expectations of +0.13.

The US May S&P manufacturing PMI unexpectedly rose +0.9 to 50.9, stronger than expectations of a decline to 49.9.

US Apr new home sales fell -4.7% m/m to 634,000, weaker than expectations of 678,000.

The markets are discounting the chances for a -25 bp rate cut at 0% for the June 11-12 FOMC meeting and 12% for the following meeting on July 30-31.

Overseas stock markets today are mixed.  The Euro Stoxx 50 is up +0.06%.  China's Shanghai Composite fell to a 3-week low and closed down -1.33%.  Japan's Nikkei Stock Index closed up +1.26%. 

Interest Rates

June 10-year T-notes (ZNM24) today are down -13 ticks.  The 10-year T-note yield is up +6.5 bp at 4.489%.  June T-notes gave up overnight gains and fell to a 1-week low, and the 10-year T-note yield rose to a 1-week high of 4.496% after US weekly jobless claims fell more than expected, a sign of labor market strength that is hawkish for Fed policy.  T-note prices fell further after the May S&P manufacturing PMI unexpectedly rose.  Today’s rally in the S&P 500 to a new all-time high also reduces safe-haven demand for T-notes.   

European government bond yields today are moving higher.  The 10-year German bund yield rose to a 3-1/2 week high of 2.611% and is up +7.5 bp at 2.609%.  The 10-year UK gilt yield rose to a 2-1/2 week high of 4.277% and is up +3.3 bp at 4.265%.

The ECB reported that Eurozone negotiated wages in Q1 increased +4.7% y/y from +4.5% y/y in Q4, which matched a record.

The Eurozone May S&P manufacturing PMI rose +1.7 to a 15-month high of 47.4, stronger than expectations of 46.1.  The May S&P composite PMI rose +0.6 to 52.3, stronger than expectations of 52.0 and the fastest pace of expansion in a year.

The Eurozone May consumer confidence index rose +0.4 to a 2-1/4 year high of -14.3, slightly weaker than expectations of -14.2.

US Stock Movers

Nvidia (NVDA) is up more than +9% to lead gainers in the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 after reporting Q1 revenue of $26.0 billion, above the consensus of $24.69 billion, and forecasting Q2 revenue of $28.0 billion-plus or minus 2%, stronger than the consensus of $26.8 billion.  Other chip stocks are rallying on the news, with ASML Holding NV (ASML) up more than +3%.  Also, Super Micro Computer (SMCI), Western Digital (WDC), Applied Materials (AMAT), and Micron Technology (MU) are up more than +2%.  In addition, KLA Corp (KLAC), Qualcomm (QCOM), and Lam Research (LRCX) are up more than +1%. 

Dell Technologies (DELL) is up more than +5% after Evercore ISI added the stock to its tactical outperform list with a price target of $165.

Synopsys (SNPS) is up more than +2% after reporting Q2 revenue of $1.46 billion, better than the consensus of $1.44 billion, and raising its full-year revenue forecast to $6.09 billion-$6.15 billion from a previous estimate of $6.06 billion-$6.12 billion, above the consensus of $6.09 billion. 

Ralph Lauren (RL) is up more than +2% after reporting Q4 total comparable sales were up +6.0%, stronger than the consensus of +4.34%.

Freshpet (FRPT) is up more than +2% after Redburn upgraded the stock to buy from neutral with a price target of $168. 

News Corp (NWSA) is up more than +1% after announcing a multi-year agreement to bring News Corp news content to Open AI.

International Paper (IP) is up more than +1% after Jeffries upgraded the stock to buy from hold with a price target of $57.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is up more than +1% after Evercore ISI added the stock to its tactical outperform list.

Arista Networks (ANET) is down more than -7% to lead losers in the S&P 500 after Nvidia discussed its networking ambitions in anearnings call potentially increasing competition for Arista Networks.

GlobalFoundries (GFS) is down more than -8% to lead losers in the Nasdaq 100 after holder Mubadala Technology Investments offered $950 million of shares via Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Securities. 

Monro (MNRO) is down more than -5% after reporting Q4 comparable sales rose +0.1%, weaker than the consensus of +2.23%. 

Live Nation Entertainment (LYV) is down more than -3% after Bloomberg reported that the US Justice Department and a group of states will sue the company for antitrust violations related to Ticketmaster’s unrivaled control of concert ticket sales. 

Boeing (BA) is down more than -2% after CEO Calhoun said the company’s Q2 deliveries won’t step up and will be close to Q1,

VF Corp (VFC) is down more than -2% after reporting Q4 revenue of $2.37 billion, weaker than the consensus of $2.41 billion.

Medtronic Plc (MDT) is down more than -2% after reporting Q4 adjusted EPS of $1.46 versus $1.57 y/y. 

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