US stock futures drifted on Thursday after President Trump criticized China's leadership, further straining an already fragile relationship; ahead of economic data that will offer insights into the labor market.
In a series of tweets late Wednesday night, Trump wrote that China’s “disinformation and propaganda attack on the United States and Europe is a disgrace” and added that it "all comes from the top".
Trump's tweets followed passage of a bill by the US Senate that could soon bar some Chinese companies from listing on US stock exchanges.
Previously, stock prices had rallied higher on optimism that coronavirus vaccines might become available later this year; halting the pandemic that has brought much of the global economy to a grinding halt.
Ahead, earnings reports are expected today from; Nvidia (NVDA), TJX Cos. (TJX), Nordstrom (JWN), Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Splunk (SPLK), Medtronic (MDT), Intuit (INTU), Deckers Outdoor (DECK) and Hormel Foods (HRL).
TODAY'S TOP HEADLINES
Coronavirus: Case Count Tops Five Million World-Wide. (The WSJ)
The global tally of coronavirus infections passed five million, but more green shoots of normalcy emerged as governments continued lifting pandemic lockdown orders.
Today's Economical Announcements.
08:30AM - ★★★ - Weekly Jobless Claims (Previous: 2,980,000)
08:30AM - ★★★ - Philly Fed Manuf. (May) (Previous: -56.6)
10:00AM - ★★★ - Existing Home Sales (Apr) (Previous: 5.27M)
02:30PM - ★★★ - Fed Chair Powell Speaks
STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Pre-Market Movers & News Related Stocks.
BJ’s Wholesale (BJ): [EARNINGS] Nearly doubled the 37 cents a share consensus estimate, with quarterly earnings of 69 cents per share. Revenue was well above estimates as comparable-store sales excluding fuel surged 27%. Digital sales soared 350% during the quarter.
Best Buy (BBY): [EARNINGS] Earned 67 cents per share for the first quarter, well above the 44 cents a share consensus estimate. Revenue also came in above forecasts. Comparable-store sales fell by 5.3%, but that was smaller than forecasts of a 10% drop.
Under Armour (UAA): [NEWS] Intends to sell $400 million in convertible senior notes, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The sale will be subject to market conditions and other factors.
Hormel (HRL): [EARNINGS] Fell a penny a share short of forecasts, with quarterly earnings of 42 cents per share. Revenue was slightly above Wall Street projections with organic net sales growing by 6%. Hormel also withdrew guidance, citing virus-related uncertainty.
Medtronic (MDT): [EARNINGS] Reported quarterly earnings of 58 cents per share, 10 cents a share short of estimates. Revenue also missed forecasts. Medtronic cited a delay in elective surgeries due to the Covid-19 outbreak and is not providing guidance due to ongoing uncertainty. The company also announced 4 cents a share increases in its quarterly dividend to 58 cents per share.
Expedia (EXPE): [EARNINGS] Reported a quarterly loss of $1.83 per share, compared to a consensus estimate of a loss of $1.23 per share. The travel services company’s revenue came in slightly above Street forecasts, and Expedia said it is seeing signs of a recovery in demand this month.
Take-Two Interactive (TTWO): [EARNINGS] Beat sales expectations by a wide margin in its latest quarter, thanks to a surge in videogame activity amid nationwide stay-at-home orders. The company said its games – including the popular NBA 2K and Grand Theft Auto franchises – performed better than expected across the board.
AstraZeneca (AZN): [NEWS] Struck supply agreements for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate currently in joint development with the University of Oxford. The drugmaker said it now has capacity for one billion doses through 2020 and into 2021.
Macy’s (M): [NEWS] In a preliminary first-quarter report, the retailer said it expected revenue of $3 billion to $3.03 billion for the quarter, compared to an estimate of $3.3 billion. It also forecasts a larger-than-expected loss as it continues to feel the impact of virus-related store closures. Macy’s said it expected that most stores would be reopened by late June.
L Brands (LB): [EARNINGS] Lost 99 cents per share for its latest quarter, wider than the 72 cents a share loss expected by Wall Street. The apparel retailer’s revenue came in below estimates as well, with Victoria’s Secret sales cut nearly in half and Bath & Body Works sales dropping 18%. All of the company’s stores have been shut since March 17 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Schlumberger (SLB): [NEWS] Will reshuffle its top executives, according to a memo written by CEO Olivier Le Peuch and seen by Reuters. The oilfield services company will also consolidate its 17 product lines into four divisions.
Canada Goose (GOOS): [NEWS] Laid off 125 workers, about 2.5% of its global workforce. The luxury outerwear maker is taking steps to cope with the impact of Covid-19 on its business.
Mastercard (MA): [NEWS] Said it would allow its employees to continue to work from home until their fears of contracting Covid-19 subside. The payments processor said it was re-examining its office footprint and is considering consolidation.
Boeing (BA): [RATING] Rated “outperform” in new coverage at RBC Capital Markets. The firm notes the risks associated with the airline industry in general and uncertainty surrounding the return of Boeing’s grounded 737 Max jet, but said the stock has a favorable risk/reward profile and that the company’s defense business is undervalued.
Flexion Therapeutics (FLEX), Ruth’s Hospitality (RUTH), Boston Scientific (BSX), Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP): [NEWS] All announced stock offerings of various sizes.
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