Wednesday Morning Reads
- More Bull Traps
- The Ones Driving the Economic Expansion
- Say Hello to the E.C.B.’s New Chief
- The Politicians Are Taking Charge
- Two Fed Nominees
- Make-or-Break Sway
- ‘Massive Risks’
- Tesla Delivers Record
- The Upside of a Recession
- A Single Pushup
- Futures gain before holiday-shortened session
- E-commerce losses pile up at Walmart
- Tesla +7% after topping Q2 deliveries expectations
- Glaxo launches late-stage development of RA med otilimab
- U.S. judge to slash Roundup jury verdict
- Broadcom in advanced talks to buy Symantec - Bloomberg
- Ensco Rowan to change its name to Valaris plc and ticker to VAL
- Ligand Pharma commences stock offering
- Arizona wades into Nike 'Betsy Ross' controversy
- ViiV's HIV-1 pill Dovato OK'd in Europe
- Cedar Fair acquires Sawmill Creek Resort
- OMNOVA +50% on acquisition by Synthomer
Open Interest Changes
Next step toward mainstream automaker? Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) shares are set for their biggest gain of 2019, up 7.6% premarket, after the company shattered its previous production and delivery records during the second quarter. It produced 87,048 vehicles and delivered 95,200 (including 17,650 Model S/Xs and 77,550 Model 3s), soundly beating analysts' estimates. Tesla also hinted at a strong third quarter, saying it's entering the period with a backlog of orders.
Ahead by 0.3%, U.S. stock index futures are following European equities higher, with the Euro Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) up 0.9% at midday after IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde was nominated as the new head of the ECB. Lagarde is expected to continue the dovish policies of current chief Mario Draghi, whose term expires on Oct. 31. Oil is up 0.8% to $56.69/bbl after a 4% plunge in the previous session, while 10-year Treasury yields dipped to the lowest since November 2016 following a disappointing run of economic data.
Major U.S. exchanges, as well as equity futures and options, will close at 1 p.m. ET and will remain closed tomorrow for the Fourth of July holiday. Commodity markets will stay open a bit longer, until 5 p.m. today, while markets for government bonds and other fixed-income securities will close at 2 p.m. Things will be back to normal on Friday, even though staffing and trading are expected to be light.
Amid a yearlong assault on the Fed and its chairman, President Trump has tapped two economists to the central bank’s board who are likely to support a call for lower interest rates. Christopher Waller is director of research for St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who was the only dissenting vote in favor of a rate cut at the Fed's meeting in June. The other, Judy Shelton, has been an informal adviser to Trump and publicly said the central bank should reduce rates.
The EU is open to talks with Washington in a dispute over aircraft subsidies, but it is also preparing retaliation after the U.S. added Italian cheese, Scotch whisky and other products to a list of goods in line for hefty tariffs. The WTO has found that Airbus (OTCPK:EADSY) and Boeing (NYSE:BA) received billions of dollars of harmful subsidies in a pair of cases marking the world's largest-ever corporate trade dispute. Billions of dollars of tit-for-tat tariffs are on the line, with Washington first to seek the duties under the WTO timetable.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has withdrawn a $1M incentive for Nike (NYSE:NKE) to build a plant in the state following the company's "terrible decision" to pull its Air Max 1 sneakers. "Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism," he declared. Critics, like Colin Kaepernick, say featuring a colonial-era version of the American flag on the sneakers reflects links to slavery.
Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) appears to still be on a buying spree, with the chipmaker in advanced talks to acquire security software vendor Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC), Bloomberg reports. Shares of the latter surged more than 20% AH on Tuesday following the news, but prior to the report the stock had lost about a third of its value since 2017 due to management turnover and deteriorating earnings. Broadcom most recently bought CA Inc. for $18.9B, although its effort to purchase Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) was blocked by the Trump administration.
Over 30% of all new TV streaming devices sold in the U.S. last quarter ran Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) software, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics, which added that the service now used on more than 41M devices across the country. Sony's (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation consoles took second place with 31M and rival Microsoft's Xbox (NASDAQ:MSFT) followed with 29M. Roku's share of sales was also more than double that of both its closest competitors: Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Fire TV was present on 12% of devices sold, while Samsung's (OTC:SSNLF) Tizen could be found on 11%.
What else is happening...
Contributor Arturo Neto still likes Apartment REITs.
Reports suggest Saudi Aramco (ARMCO0 is restarting IPO process.
In Asia, Japan -0.5%. Hong Kong -0.1%. China -0.8%. India +0.1%.
In Europe, at midday, London +0.8%. Paris +0.7%. Frankfurt +0.8%.
Futures at 6:20, Dow +0.3%. S&P +0.3%. Nasdaq +0.4%. Crude +0.8% to $56.69. Gold +1.5% to $1428.70. Bitcoin +12% to $11369.
Ten-year Treasury Yield -3 bps to 1.95%
Today's Economic Calendar
7:00 MBA Mortgage Applications
7:30 Challenger Job-Cut Report
8:15 ADP Jobs Report
8:30 International Trade
8:30 Initial Jobless Claims
9:45 PMI Services Index
10:00 ISM Non-Manufacturing Index
10:00 Factory Orders
10:30 EIA Petroleum Inventories
12:00 PM EIA Natural Gas Inventory
NYSE close at 1:00 PM. SIFMA close at 2:00 PM