Morning Call: U.S. and European stocks climb on higher crude prices; Sep E-mini S&Ps up +0.11% at a 1-week high; Sep WTI crude up +1.47%; GBP/USD down -0.47% at an 11-month low on Brexit concerns.
Barchart.com - Mon Aug 06, 6:45AM CDT
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Overnight Markets and News

Sep E-mini S&Ps (ESU18 +0.05%) this morning are up +0.11% at a 1-week high and European stocks are up +0.56%. Strength in energy producers is leading the overall market higher with Sep WTI crude oil (CLU18 +1.23%) up +1.47% after Saudi Arabia said it cut its crude production to 10.3 million bpd in Jul from 10.489 million bpd in Jun. Gains in stocks were limited on trade concerns after National Security Adviser Bolton said the U.S. will take the trade war "far enough to get China to change" and China said it is prepared for a "protracted trade war" and doesn't fear sacrificing short-term economic interests. Asian stocks settled mixed: Japan -0.08%, Hong Kong +0.52%, China -1.29%, Taiwan +0.11%, Australia +0.61%, Singapore +0.60%, South Korea -0.13%, India +0.36%. China's Shanghai Composite tumbled to a 1-month low on concern the U.S. and China are headed for a protracted trade war. The yuan recovered from Friday's 14-month low against the dollar after the PBOC Friday night said it was imposing a reserve requirement of 20% on trading of some foreign-exchange forward contracts, making it more expensive to short the yuan. The PBOC stepped in to thwart the slide in the yuan on concern that continued weakening of the currency will lead to massive capital outflows out of China.

The dollar index (DXY00 +0.39%) is up +0.31% at a 2-week high. EUR/USD (^EURUSD -0.28%) is down -0.25% at a 1-1/4 month low after German Jun factory orders fell by the most in 17-months. USD/JPY (^USDJPY +0.26%) is up +0.17%. GBP/USD (^GBPUSD -0.55%) slumped -0.47% to an 11-month low after UK International Trade Secretary Fox said a "no-deal" Brexit is now more likely than not.

Sep 10-year T-note prices (ZNU18 -0-020) are up +1.5 ticks.

The Eurozone Jul Sentix investor confidence rose +2.6 to 14.7, stronger than expectations of +1.3 to 13.4.

ECB Governing Council member Nowotny said he supports a "faster" normalization of monetary policy, saying "a slow increase" in rates wouldn't harm the Eurozone economy.

ECB Executive Board member Lautenschlaeger said it would be wrong to change course "abruptly" after very expansive monetary policy and "the art is to find a clear exit that doesn't interrupt growth."

German Jun factory orders fell -4.0% m/m, weaker than expectations of -0.5% m/m and the biggest decline in 17-months.

U.S. Stock Preview

Key U.S. news today includes: (1) USDA weekly grain export inspections, (2) USDA weekly Crop Progress.

Notable S&P 500 earnings reports today include: Tyson Foods (consensus $1.42), Cardinal Health (0.93), Jacobs Engineering (1.20), Newell Brands (0.78), Henry Schein (1.02), Sempra Energy (1.19), Andeavor (3.01), ANSYS (1.05), Brighthouse Financial (2.05), Mosaic (0.38), Marriott Intl (1.37).

U.S. IPO's scheduled to price today: none.

Equity conferences during the remainder of this week: Cantor Fitzgerald Innovation Summit on Mon, MUFG Tech Tour on Mon, BMO L.A. Property Tour on Mon, Etail East Boston on Mon, UBS Financial Services Conference on Tue, Cowen Communications Infrastructure Summit on Tue, Oppenheimer Technology, Internet & Communications Conference on Tue-Wed, Jefferies Global Industrials Conference on Tue-Thu, J.P. Morgan Auto Conference on Wed-Thu, Canaccord Genuity Growth Conference on Wed-Thu, UBS Genomics Summit on Thu, DA Davidson Technology Conference on Thu, Wells Fargo Securities Technology Services Forum on Thu.

Market Comments

Sep S&P 500 E-minis (ESU18 +0.05%) this morning are up +3.00 points (+0.11%) at a 1-week high. Friday's closes: S&P 500 +0.46%, Dow Jones +0.54%, Nasdaq 100 +0.32%. The S&P 500 on Friday closed higher on signs of a steady U.S. labor market after Jul non-farm payrolls rose +157,000, weaker than expectations +193,000, although Jun non-farm payrolls were revised upward to +248,000 from +213,000. Strength in S&P 500 quarterly earnings results also gave stocks a boost as 82% of the S&P companies that have reported earnings thus far have beaten expectations. On the negative side, the U.S. Jul ISM non-manufacturing index that fell -3.4 to 55.7, weaker than expectations of -0.5 to 58.6 and the slowest pace of expansion in 11-months, and China/U.S. trade tensions escalated when National Economic Council Director Kudlow said President Trump won’t back off on tariffs on Chinese imports after China said it will levy tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods.

Sep 10-year T-notes (ZNU18 -0-020) this morning are up +1.5 ticks. Friday's closes: TYU8 +9.00, FVU8 +5.50. Sep 10-year T-notes on Friday closed higher after U.S. Jul non-farm payrolls rose +157,000, weaker than expectations of +193,000, and after the U.S. Jul ISM non-manufacturing index fell-3.4 to 55.7, its slowest pace of expansion in 11-months. Ramped up trade tensions between the U.S. and China also boosted the safe-haven demand for T-notes when China said it plans to levy tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods as soon as the U.S. enacts its new tariffs on Chinese goods.

The dollar index (DXY00 +0.39%) this morning is up +0.295 (+0.31%) at a 2-week high. EUR/USD (^EURUSD -0.28%) is down -0.0029 (-0.25%) at a 1-1/4 month low. USD/JPY (^USDJPY +0.26%) is up +0.19 (+0.17%). Friday's closes: Dollar Index -0.016 (-0.02%), EUR/USD -0.0017 (-0.15%), USD/JPY -0.41 (-0.37%). The dollar index on Friday fell back from a 2-week high and closed lower on weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data on Jul non-farm payrolls and Jul ISM non-manufacturing, which is dovish for Fed policy. The dollar was also pressured on strength in the yuan which recovered from a 14-1/2 month low against the dollar and moved higher when the PBOC imposed a reserve requirement of 20% on some trading of foreign-exchange forward contracts, which will make it more expensive to short the yuan.

Metals this morning are weaker with Dec gold (GCZ18 -0.54%) -5.4 (-0.44%), Sep silver (SIU18 -0.92%) -0.107 (-0.69%) and Sep copper (HGU18 -1.88%) -0.043 (-1.56%). Friday's closes: Dec gold +3.1 (+0.25%), Sep silver +0.077 (+0.50%), Sep copper +0.0260 (+0.95%). Metals on Friday closed higher as the dollar fell and on weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data on Jul non-farm payrolls and Jul ISM non-manufacturing. Copper prices also garnered support on tighter copper supplies after Shanghai copper inventories fell -4,251 MT to a 5-3/4 month low of 192,817 MT.

Sep WTI crude oil (CLU18 +1.23%) this morning is up +$1.01 a barrel (+1.47%). Sep gasoline (RBU18 +0.48%) is up +1.20 (+0.58%). Friday's closes: Sep crude oil -0.47 (-0.68%), Sep gasoline -0.26 (-0.13%). Sep crude oil and gasoline on Friday closed lower due to weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data on Jul non-farm payrolls and Jul ISN non-manufacturing index, which signals reduced energy demand. Also, ramped up China/U.S. trade tensions undercut energy prices on concern global economic growth and energy demand may suffer after China said it plans to levy tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods as soon as the U.S. enacts its new tariffs on Chinese goods.

Overnight U.S. Stock Movers

Devon Energy (DVN -2.03%) was upgraded to 'Buy' from 'Neutral' at UBS with a price target of $53.

Qualcomm (QCOM +0.97%) was upgraded to 'Outperform' from 'Market Perform' at Cowen with a price target of $80.

Comcast (CMCSA +2.22%) was upgraded to 'Overweight' from 'Neutral' at Atlantic Equities LLP with a price target of $42.

Madrigal Pharmaceuticals (MDGL -0.16%) was downgraded to 'Neutral' from 'Buy' at Goldman Sachs.

Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT -3.54%) was upgraded to 'Buy' from 'Sell' at Goldman Sachs with a price target of $157.

PG&E (PCG +1.54%) was upgraded to 'Outperform' from 'Market Perform' a Wells Fargo Securities with a price target of $60.

Applied Materials (AMAT +1.52%) was upgraded to 'Outperform' from 'Market Perform' at Cowen with a price target of $62.

Omega Healthcare (OHI +0.97%) climbed more than 5% in after-hours trading after it raised the lower end of its full-year FFO range to $3.03 to $3.06 from a May 7 view of $2.96 to $3.06.

China Biologic Products Holdings (CBPO -1.76%) fell 2% in after-hours trading after it forecast full-year non-GAAP adjusted net income to decrease by 19% to 21% in RMB terms over full year 2017 financial results.

WPX Energy (WPX -4.30%) was upgraded to 'Strong Buy' from 'Outperform' at Raymond James with a price target of $30.

Arlo Technologies (ARLO +19.46%) rose more than 2% in after-hours trading on positive carry-over from Friday's 38% surge in the stock's first day of trading.