Tuesday Morning Market Prepper
- Ruthless Share Buybacks
- Recession Coming?
- Pay Pals
- It's The Interest Rates Stupid
- Sneaker Subscription
- Hang Seng -2% as leader warns of 'abyss'
- JD.com EPS beats by $0.25, beats on revenue
- Vanguard pulls over two dozen stocks from ethical ETFs
- Lilly's Taltz beats J&J's Tremfya in post-market psoriasis study
- Exxon considering sale of British North Sea assets
- Brookfield Business Partners to buy Genworth MI Canada in $1.8B deal
- Avaya Holdings EPS misses by $5.63, beats on revenue
- Earnings missed, margins slide and outlook tightened for Advance Auto Parts
- Corn futures, ag stocks plunge following bearish USDA report
- Covetrus EPS misses by $0.22, misses on revenue
- Micron sees meaningful demand recovery - presentation
- ONEOK prices $2B notes offering
Open Interest Changes
Investors are jumping into bonds like they're a hot new stock or commodity, with the U.S. yield curve at its flattest level since 2007. The 30-year Treasury rate tumbled as much as 14 basis points on Monday to close in on its record-low of 2.0882% from July 2016, while the 10-year note fell 10 bps to 1.65%, and at one point was just 5 bps more than two-year notes. The pace of the move means 1.318% - the 10-year's all-time low set three years ago - is at risk of being broken, unless the Fed maintains a hawkish stance or if Beijing unveils a stimulus package to counter trade war fallout (China's 10-year sovereign yield is also hitting 2016 lows).
U.S. stock index futures are under pressure for yet another day as risk-off sentiment takes hold of the markets. Hong Kong riots are spiraling, the PBOC set the yuan weaker than the previous session and there are fears of another debt crisis in Argentina. The grim backdrop saw futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average tick down 0.5% following the index's almost 400-point dropon Monday, while S&P 500 futures declined 0.5% and the Nasdaq fell 0.7%, respectively.
The U.S. budget gap widened further in July as federal spending outpaced revenue collection, bringing the deficit to $867B in the first ten months of the fiscal year, a 27% increase from the same period a year earlier. For the month, the biggest expenditure - Social Security - was $88B followed by Medicare and National Defense, each at $56B. Customs duties, which include tariffs from imports, jumped by 75% to $56.9B YTD from $32.5B a year earlier.
Hong Kong is at risk of sliding into an "abyss," according to leader Carrie Lam, who continued to sidestep questions at a news conference about the government’s response to weeks of protests. As she spoke to reporters, the Hang Seng index fell by more than 1% to its lowest level since Jan. 4, and closed down 2.1% soon after. Despite an attempt to reopen the Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world's busiest, all remaining flights were cancelled for a second day after protesters took over terminals.
The yuan is at an appropriate level currently and its fluctuations will not necessarily cause disorderly capital flows, according to Zhu Jun, head of the PBOC's international department. China is able to "navigate all scenarios" arising from Washington’s recent move to label Beijing a currency manipulator, she added, and the renminbi will be a "strong currency" over the medium and long term. The central bank set the official midpoint reference rate for the yuan at 7.0326 per dollar on Tuesday, marking the fourth consecutive session above the key 7 level.
Go deeper: Breakdown on yuan vs. its peers.
More negative economic stories are being reported across the globe as Germany's outlook worsened for a fourth month after a string of disappointing figures raised recession risks. The latest... ZEW said its monthly survey showed economic sentiment among investors fell to -44.1 from -24.5 in July, its lowest level since December 2011. In recent weeks, major companies including Continental, Lufthansa (OTCQX:DLAKF) and Daimler (OTCPK:DDAIF) have all slashed their outlooks, warning that momentum might slip even further.
Go deeper: Holdings of iShares MSCI Germany ETF (NYSEARCA:EWG).
League leader Matteo Salvini will likely have to wait a week to push ahead with his play for power in Italy after the Senate failed to agree on a date for a confidence vote in the country’s ruling populist coalition. Despite gloomy forecasts, more Italians think the economy is doing better than at any time in the past six years. Similar waiting game in Britain? The EU isn't likely to shift its position on Brexit for at least a month in order to see how the game plays out in the U.K. parliament.
Verizon Media (NYSE:VZ) is unloading its blogging site Tumblr for a nominal fee, to Automattic, the owner of publishing tool WordPress. While the exact purchase price was undisclosed, one source told Axios the deal price was "well below" $20M, while another put it under $10M. Yahoo had paid about $1.1B for Tumblr in 2013, before writing down the site's value by $230M in 2016. Verizon then took it over through its Yahoo acquisition, but has been looking to revamp the former Oath media group.
Go deeper: Verizon: Even Good Doesn't Yield More by Stone Fox Capital.
General Motors (NYSE:GM) is exiting hybrids full stop as opposed to the strategy of Toyota (NYSE:TM) and Ford (NYSE:F) to expand U.S. hybrid offerings even as they work on their electric vehicle programs. "If I had a dollar more to invest, would I spend it on a hybrid? Or would I spend it on the answer that we all know is going to happen, and get there faster and better than anybody else," GM President Mark Reuss told WSJ. GM's all-in bet on EVs is similar to the strategy of Volkswagen (OTCPK:VWAGY), with China a focus of both automakers.
Go deeper: How is GM graded on profitability?
What else is happening...
New Zealand legalizes salaries paid in crypto.
In Asia, Japan -1.1%. Hong Kong -2.1%. China -0.6%. India -1.7%.
In Europe, at midday, London -0.5%. Paris -0.5%. Frankfurt -0.9%.
Futures at 6:20, Dow -0.5%. S&P -0.5%. Nasdaq -0.7%. Crude -0.2% to $54.83. Gold +1.8% to $1543.80. Bitcoin -1.2% to $11226.
Ten-year Treasury Yield -1 bps to 1.64%