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US Stocks Set For Lower Open As Payrolls Disappoint; Dai-Ichi Life Buys Protective Life For $5.7 Bln

U.S. stock futures moved lower Wednesday amid lower-than-expected payroll gains in May and as the April trade deficit widened to a 2-year high.

Among economic data out this morning, the ADP private payroll employment posted a 179,000 gain in May, well below the 210,000 gain expected, according to data compiled by Econoday. April ADP payrolls were revised downward to 215,000 from 220,000.

Also out this morning, the international trade deficit widened to $47.2 billion in April from $40.4 billion in March and above -$41 billion consensus.

Meanwhile, the nonfarm business productivity declined 3.2% in Q1 compared to a 1.7% drop in Q4 and was a bigger decline than the 2.9% decline expected by economists. Unit labor costs rose 5.7%, up from 4.2% in Q4 and compared to the consensus for a 5.2% increase.

Later this morning, at 10:00 a.m. the ISM non-manufacturing survey for May is expected to have edged up to 55.3 from 55.2 in April.

In equities, Dai-ichi Life Insurance agreed to buy Protective Life for $70.00 per share or $5.7 billion, driving PL shares higher 18% before the market open. Tibco Software ( TIBX ) dropped 13.4% after guiding for Q2 earnings below expectations.

U.S. PRE-MARKET INDICATORS

-Dow Jones Industrial down 0.21%

-S&P 500 futures down 0.25%

-Nasdaq 100 futures down 0.31%

-Nasdaq-100 Pre-Market Indicator down 0.16%

GLOBAL SENTIMENT

Nikkei up 0.22%

Hang Seng down 0.60%

Shanghai Composite down 1.01%

FTSE-100 down 0.38%

DAX-30 down 0.33%

PRE-MARKET SECTOR WATCH

(-) Large cap tech: lower

(-) Chip stocks: lower

(-) Software stocks: lower

(-) Hardware stocks: lower

(-) Internet stocks: lower

(+/-) Drug stocks: mixed

(-) Financial stocks: lower

(-) Retail stocks: unchanged to lower

(-) Industrial stocks: lower

(+/-) Airlines: mixed

(+/-) Autos: mixed

UPSIDE MOVERS

(+) NQ (+31.1%) Committee finds co didn't engage in fraudulent conduct

(+) DRWI (+16.2%) Sees Q1 sales up 60% vs Q4

(+) CPST (+2.7%) Gets orders for 50 C65 microturbines

(+) HERO (+2.3%) Macquarie initiates stock at outperform

(+) UA (+1.8%) Jefferies upgrades to buy

(+) DVR (+1.6%) Sells Gulf of Mexico diving fleet

DOWNSIDE MOVERS

(-) ALSN (-1.6%) Shareholders to sell 35 million shares

(-) FCEL (-13.5%) Drops amid wider Q2 loss on weak revenue

(-) YGE (-6.8%) U.S. may apply anti-subsidy tariffs on Chinese solar-equipment imports

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