US stocks edged upwards on Tuesday; following yesterday’s hostile trade gyrations that swept from Asia, across Europe and then Wall Street, as investors reacted to a heavily depreciated Chinese yuan amid trade-war turmoil.
The US Treasury Department has since called the yuan’s decline deliberate on China’s part, and has dubbed the country a "manipulator", declaring in a statement that Beijing "has a long history of facilitating an undervalued currency through protracted, large-scale intervention in the foreign exchange market."
For its part, China had rejected the 'manipulator' allegations earlier this morning, insisting in a statement from the People's Bank of China that the yuan’s depreciation was decided by the market-based exchange rate system, not Beijing.
China has since moved to stabilize its currency, pegging the yuan within the 7 yuan per dollar price level, in what was seen as an attempt to ease ongoing tensions between Washington and Beijing.
However, it came too late to avoid the 'manipulator designation' that could open the door to new penalties on top of the tariff hikes already imposed on Chinese goods by the US.
Yesterday’s initial reaction to China’s declining currency had seen US stocks register their biggest one-day drop of 2019, with the benchmark S&P 500 having sunk -3.01% lower, a two-month low, leaving it down -6% from its record high in July.
Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed -2.91% off its value, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped -3.53%, their biggest respective falls since December 2018.
Ahead, in today’s economic calendar, Tuesday includes; the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey for June at 10am EST.
In earnings; Walt Disney (DIS), Allergan (AGN), Blue Apron (APRN), Wynn Resorts (WYNN), Hertz Global (HTZ), Emerson Electric (EMR), Edgewell Personal Care (EPC), Discovery (DISCK), SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS), Energizer Holdings (ENR), Microchip Technology (MCHP), Weight Watchers (WW) and Papa John's International (PZZA)
are amongst the major companies scheduled to report today.
TODAY'S TOP HEADLINES
China & Currency: China Acts to Limit Yuan Plunge. (Bloomberg)
China took steps to limit weakness in the yuan, providing some stability to global financial markets in the wake of Monday’s rout, and said it won’t depreciate the currency to be competitive.
Today's Economical Announcements.
10:00AM - ★★★ - JOLTs Job Openings (Jun) (Previous: 7.323M)
STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Pre-Market Movers & News Related Stocks.
Dean Foods (DF): [EARNINGS] Lost an adjusted 36 cents per share for its latest quarter, wider than the 13 cents a share loss expected by Wall Street. Revenue was also short of estimates, Dean pointed to dairy commodity inflation, volume pressure, and an accelerated decline in the white milk category as negative factors during the quarter.
International Flavors (IFF): [EARNINGS] Reported adjusted quarterly profit of $1.61 per share, falling a penny a share short of consensus. Revenue also missed estimates and the company cut its full-year profit forecast on slowing demand from international customers.
Take-Two Interactive (TTWO): [EARNINGS] Reported adjusted quarterly profit of 23 cents per share, well above the consensus estimate of 2 cents a share. The video-game maker saw revenue beat estimates as well, and raised its full-year forecast amid ongoing success of its “Red Dead Redemption” and “Grand Theft Auto” franchises.
Avis Budget (CAR): [EARNINGS] Came in 5 cents above estimates with adjusted quarterly profit of 79 cents per share. Revenue was slightly below Wall Street forecasts. The bottom line was helped by a reduction in expenses, as well as its partnerships with Lyft and Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving unit.
Mosaic (MOS): [EARNINGS] Earned an adjusted 12 cents per share for its latest quarter, well short of the 29 cents a share consensus estimate. Revenue also missed forecasts, with Mosaic saying unprecedented wet weather in the U.S. Midwest hurt spring fertilizer sales. Mosaic also cut its full-year forecast.
Shake Shack (SHAK): [EARNINGS] Reported adjusted quarterly profit of 27 cents per share, 4 cents a share above estimates. The restaurant chain’s revenue also came in above Wall Street forecasts. Same-restaurant sales were up 3.6%, beating the Refinitiv consensus estimate of 2%. The company also raised its full-year forecast as digital sales rise.
Edgewell Personal Care (EPC): [EARNINGS] Beat estimates by 16 cents a share, with adjusted quarterly profit of $1.11 per share. Revenue fell short of Street forecasts, however. The company also announced that after considering strategic alternatives, it has decided to retain its feminine care products unit, and said it still sees completing its acquisition of razor maker Harry’s no later than the first quarter of 2020.
Energizer (ENR): [EARNINGS] Reported adjusted quarterly profit of 37 cents per share, 9 cents a share shy of estimates. Revenue also missed forecasts. Energizer said strength in its battery business is being offset by weakness in auto-care products.
Mallinckrodt (MNK): [EARNINGS] Reported adjusted quarterly profit of $2.53 per share, beating the consensus estimate of $2.08 a share. Revenue was above analysts’ estimates, and the company also raised its full-year earnings forecast. Separately, Mallinckrodt suspended the plan spin-off of its specialty generics unit due to market conditions.
Amazon.com (AMZN): [NEWS] CEO Jeff Bezos sold a total of $2.8 billion in Amazon stock last week, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
Blackstone (BX): [NEWS] Is taking a 10% to 15% stake in private-equity firm BC Partners for about $560 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Allergan (AGN): [EARNINGS] Beat estimates by 3 cents a share, with adjusted quarterly profit of $4.38 per share. The drugmaker’s revenue beat forecasts as well, driven by strong sales of products like Botox and Juvéderm. Allergan also raised its full-year revenue forecast.
United Technologies (UTX), ADP (ADP): [NEWS] Pershing Square’s Bill Ackman has sold his stakes in the two stocks.
Marriott (MAR): [EARNINGS] Matched Street forecasts with adjusted quarterly profit of $1.56 per share, with the hotel chain’s revenue missing estimates. Marriott also cut its full-year forecast for the key REVPAR (revenue per available room) metric, as weakening business travel impacts results.
L Brands (LB): [NEWS] Chief marketing officer Edward Razek is stepping down from that role, amid growing controversy over the Victoria’s Secret brand’s marketing strategy.
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