Mid Day Outlook: December 7, 2017

Scott GreenDaily Market Report

Mid-Morning Look
Thursday, December 7, 17
Equities posting gains early, led by a further bounce in tech after good results from AVGO lifts the beaten up semiconductor industry, as markets await tax news. The S&P 500 index comes into the day with a 4-day losing streak (longest streak since March), while the Nasdaq Comp rises 0.5% after snapping its 3-day losing streak yesterday. The dollar rises to 2-week highs, gaining momentum on tax reform passage hopes between the two chambers; gold falls to month lows, while oil rebounds after 3% decline yesterday. Bitcoin mania pushes prices up nearly 20%, topping the $16,000 level (up 38% the last 2-days alone); several stocks moving higher on earnings (AVGO, TLRD, CONN, DG, LULU); semi’s rebound on AVGO results; retail benefits from LULU and DG and positive analyst comments in space; optical space active on CIEN earnings and ahead of FNSR tonight; transports resume upward momentum outperforming led by airlines; another reason for eyes to turn to Washington (outside of tax reform) was the potential for a U.S. government shutdown; economic data was in-line; wildfires in California continuing to burn, destroying land, businesses and homes.
Treasuries, Currencies and Commodities
·      In currency markets, the dollar looking to advance for a 4th session ahead of expected resolution of the tax bill out of Washington between Senate and Congress; the British Pound rises on some more Brexit headlines saying “stumbling block in Brexit talks said to be resolved”; the euro little changed while the dollar up against the yen.
·      Bitcoin no slowing as a day after rising more than 12% on Wednesday, passing both the $13,000 and $14,000 milestones it has now topped the $15,000 and $16,000 level, up over 18% alone
·      Commodity prices are mixed as oil prices look to rebound following yesterday’s near 3% decline on bearish inventory data, trading back around $56.50 per barrel, while natural gas prices slump over 4% on warm weather forecasts; precious metals prices resume downward spiral (down -0.8% at $1,255 an ounce) on dollar strength and easing geopolitical tensions
·      Treasury markets unchanged from yesterday closing levels for the 10-year, with yield holding aroun2.33% while the 2-yr also little changed at 1.8%
Economic Data
·      Weekly jobless claims fell by 2K to 236K in the latest week below the 240K estimate while the prior week was unrevised at 238K; the 4-week moving average slipped by 750 to 241,500; continuing claims, or people already collecting unemployment benefits, declined by 52,000 to 1.91 million.
·      U.S. Challenger Gray & Christmas announced 35,038 job cuts in Nov.; 386,347 year to date; over 2,000 jobs cut due to hurricanes Irma and Harvey; 800 due to immigration raids; announced holiday hiring at 608,129 this year, lowest level since 2013
·      Bloomberg’s consumer comfort index ticked up to 52.3, holding ever so close to the 16-year high set during the week of August 27th
Sector Movers Today
·      Online travel stocks weak after analyst downgrades; MKM Partners downgraded both EXPE (tgt to $115 from $170) and PCLN (tgt to $1,850 from $2,225) as sees a multitude of uncertainties surrounding the online travel sector, most of which they think will take several quarters to resolve; CTRP downgraded to neutral at JP Morgan and cut tgt to $45 on worse than expected financial impact from VAS cross-sale de-bundling
·      Optical sector; CIEN Q4 EPS missed by 4c though revs of $744.3M tops $737M est. on lower margins of 44.2% and to buy back up to $300M in shares; AAOI tgt cut to $60 from $74 and estimates lowered at Cowen, but reiterate outperform, saying while they see incremental near-term risks to AAOI from the 40G transceiver roll-over at AMZN, we continue to see AAOI maintaining strong position with other key DC customers; FNSR reports tonight
·      In lodging sector, MKM Research upgraded Hyatt (H) to buy and reiterated buys on MAR/HLT on stronger business travel in 2018 – said GDP growth as well as leading economic indicators for corporate profitability all point to stronger corporate trends in 2018.
·      Industrial & Machinery; GE has announced plans to slice 12,000 jobs as part of an effort to cut $1B in costs; CMI initiated outperform and $192 tgt as view Cummins as a secular net beneficiary of more stringent global emissions standards; MTZ should be a significant winner should the current tax reform bill become law said Craig Hallum noting 2019 EPS estimate could increase 27-30% should the corporate tax rate be lowered to 20-22%; JCI boosts stock buyback by $1B
·      Media & Telecom; CTL said a special Committee’s investigation did not reveal evidence to conclude any member of management engaged in fraud or wrongdoing; AMTsaid it would buy back up to $2B in stock; IMAX and FOXA announced a new multi-picture agreement – beginning this year and extending through 2019.
·      AKS +5%; upgraded to overweight at JP Morgan saying the Vietnam steel circumvention decision “very positive” for the domestic steel industry
·      AVGO +2%; quarter was strong with revenues and EPS ($4,848M/$4.59) above consensus ($4,828M$4.52) and consistent with the company’s preannouncement/raises dividend
·      CONN +19%; Q3 EPS top estimates by 14c on better sales and comps fell less than expected
·      DG +3%; trades to 52-week highs after earnings beat
·      DPW +42%; which makes bitcoin mining technology and is also in the defense business, raises its 2018 revenue guidance 50%; also helped by jump in Bitcoin prices
·      ENTL +49%; to be bought by SYK for $24 per share, in deal valued at about $662M https://goo.gl/FzWF8S
·      LULU +7%; posts strong Q3 results as Q3 as comp sales beat and boosted its year guidance
·      MRNS +16%; rises after Sage reports major depressive disorder trial data
·      SAGE +70%; as reports positive top-line results from phase 2 placebo-controlled trial of SAGE-217 in major depressive disorder
·      SEAC +23%; as Q3 EPS topped the highest Street estimate
·      TLRD +15%; after 3Q EPS, sales and full year guidance topped estimates
·      CIEN -4%; big reversal lower off earlier highs after earnings results
·      EXPE -1%; downgraded to hold along with PCLN at MKM Research as cautious on OTAs
·      IPHI -4%; cut to Neutral at Rosenblatt due to mixed data points from China regarding 2018 100G module dollar content and potential data center lumpiness in North American deployments
·      LC -13%; as 2018 revenue guidance mid-point falls short of consensus views
·      YELP -1%; downgraded to underweight at Piper
·      At Home Group (ATHM) 5M share Secondary priced at $24.50
·      CURO (CURO) 6.666M share IPO priced at $14.00
·      GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH) 2.4M share Secondary priced at $115.00
·      Odonate Therapeutics (ODT) 6.25M share IPO priced at $24.00
·      Quanterix (QTRX) 4.25M share IPO priced at $15.00
·      Revance (RVNC) 5.4M share Secondary priced at $31.00
·      Viking Therapeutics (VKTX) 5.13M share Secondary priced at $2.50


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