Friday Morning Reads
- Biggest Slump in Decade
- Chinese Economy Starts to Recover
- States Cut and Borrow for Balance
- The Pandemic Helped Topple Two Retailers
- The State of the Self-Driving
- The Future of Air Travel ‘
- Movie Theaters Are on the Brink
- Pandemic Stirs Wall Street’s Social Conscience
- 40 Million Great Depressions
- Important For Your Finances
- Success in the Stock Market
- Thursday Tidbits
- Pockets of strength amid record drop in retail sales
- Gains turn to losses as China tensions ratchet up
- Chips dip after U.S. cuts off Huawei suppliers
- Taiwan Semiconductor confirms $12B U.S. plant
- Airlines face a middle seat dilemma
- Pfizer to advance DMD gene therapy candidate to Phase
- Goldman upgraded, PayPal cut as BMO shifts strategy
- Last bets on J.C. Penney before expected bankruptcy filing
- Office Depot store closures, 13,100 layoffs
- Paulson loads up on Bausch Health
- Baupost moves: Adds Alphabet, Facebook; exits Bristol Myers Squibb
- Melinta enters the fray for Tetraphase Pharma with takeover bid
As the U.S. tries to wrestle global supply chains back from China, Taiwan Semiconductor (NYSE:TSM), a major supplier to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), has confirmed plans to build a $12B chip factory in Arizona. The plant, which would create over 1,600 jobs, will produce the most sophisticated 5-nanometer chips that can be used in high-end defense and communications devices. The Trump administration is also in talks with Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) about new foundries. While the company has major manufacturing operations in the U.S., it supplies only its own chips rather than making them for outside customers.
"These stupid supply chains that are all over the world... and one little piece of the world goes bad, and the whole thing is messed up," President Trump told Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo. "We shouldn't have supply chains. We should have them all in the United States," he added, citing effects of the coronavirus pandemic. "My goal is to produce everything America needs for ourselves and then export to the world."
The White House is also preparing an executive order which will require certain essential drugs be made in the U.S., sources told CNBC’s Kayla Tausche, adding that an announcement could come as soon as today. The order would direct HHS to study the supply chain, analyze weaknesses and report back to the Trump administration in 90 days. About 72% of pharma ingredient manufacturers supplying the U.S. are located overseas, including 13% in China, according to an October congressional testimony by Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
A choppy session ensued on Thursday following the release of weekly jobless claims that saw another 3M Americans filing for benefits, bringing the total number to more than 36M since the coronavirus crisis began. All three major U.S. stock indexes ended the session solidly higher, however, while futures climbed another 0.3% overnight. A White House spokeswoman said President Trump is open to another possible stimulus bill, but will not sign the bill put forward by House of Representatives Democrats. On the calendar for today is retail sales data for April, expected to have collapsed 12% last month, marking the second-biggest decline since the government started tracking the series in 1992.
Shares of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) are off 3% premarket as the FDA investigates preliminary data that found inconsistencies with the company's rapid coronavirus test. The analysis of ID NOW, which is used at the White House, found that it missed at least a third of positive cases detected by a rival test and as much as 48% when using the currently recommended dry nasal swabs. Abbott rejected the findings, saying the researchers used the test "in ways that it was not designed to be used."
Go deeper: Britain approves Abbott, Roche antibody test.
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:ICE) will open to a subset of floor brokers on May 26, who will be required to wear masks and follow strict social distancing requirements. They'll also be encouraged to avoid public transportation, and will be screened and have their temperatures taken when they enter the building. Why open if the exchange was functioning remotely? "Recent data demonstrate that our trading floor saves investors millions of dollars each day by making transactions more efficient," said NYSE President Stacey Cunningham.
Facebook's (NASDAQ:FB) internet project is moving forward with the help of some global partners, including China Mobile (NYSE:CHL), Orange (NYSE:ORAN) and Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). The 23,000-mile underwater internet cable circling the continent will link 16 countries with Europe and the Arabian peninsula and more than double its potential bandwidth. Construction is expected to be completed in 2023 or early 2024 and highlights increased interest from Silicon Valley companies in Africa.
While final negotiations with lenders could still spill into the weekend, J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) is planning to file for bankruptcy within the next 24 hours, CNBC reports. The retailer has been in discussions with its first-lien lenders for a $450M loan to finance the bankruptcy and would require the achievement of certain goals to receive the second half of it. Restructuring plans include closing 180-200 out of the 846 J.C. Penney department stores that were active as of February.
What else is happening...
Apple (AAPL) roundup: Glasses in 2022, acquires NextVR.
Boeing (NYSE:BA) creates group to help get people back on planes.
Uber (NYSE:UBER)-Grubhub (NYSE:GRUB) deal could be a breeze with DOJ.
Tens of thousands of layoffs hitting Office Depot (NASDAQ:ODP).
Nike (NYSE:NKE) sees 'material' impact as stores begin to reopen.
Higher volumes has FedEx (NYSE:FDX) apply package shipping limits.
Sixth confirmed Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) worker dies from COVID-19.
Sanofi (NASDAQ:SNY) backtracks on COVID-19 vaccine priority access.
In Asia, Japan +0.6%. Hong Kong -0.1%. China -0.1%. India -0.1%.
In Europe, at midday, London +1.4%. Paris +0.9%. Frankfurt +1.7%.
Futures at 6:20, Dow +0.3%. S&P +0.3%. Nasdaq +0.5%. Crude +3.6% to $28.55. Gold +0.2% to $1743.70. Bitcoin -0.9% to $9619.
Ten-year Treasury Yield flat at 0.61%Today's Economic Calendar
8:30 Retail Sales
8:30 Empire State Mfg Survey
9:15 Industrial Production
10:00 Business Inventories
10:00 Consumer Sentiment
10:00 Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey
1:00 PM Baker-Hughes Rig Count
4:00 PM Treasury International Capital