US equity futures slumped on Wednesday, alongside European shares, as rising Covid-19 infections and tougher lockdowns restrictions added added to worries surrounding the ongoing pandemic's economic hit.
The Stoxx Europe 600 Index declined more than -2.0% after German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed closing bars and restaurants for a month to curb the spread of the virus. The selloff across Europe was broad, with auto and construction shares seeing the heaviest selling.
Stateside; reported cases of coronavirus in the US climbed back above 70,000 as various states continued to report higher levels of infection.
Ahead, today's economic calendar includes; International Trade in Goods for September at 8:30am and Oil Inventories at 10:30am EST.
In earnings; Boeing (BA), General Electric (GE), United Parcel Service (UPS), Mastercard (MA), General Dynamics (GD), Ford (F), Visa (V), Amgen (AMGN), Western Digital (WDC), eBay (EBAY), Etsy (ETSY), Fastly (FSLY), Gilead Sciences (GILD), ServiceNow (NOW) and Pinterest (PINS) will all report today.
TODAY'S TOP HEADLINES
Coronavirus: Europe Is Leading the Way Down. (Bloomberg)
Europe’s race to contain the pandemic is raising economic alarm bells.
Today's Economical Announcements.
08:30AM - ★★☆ - Goods Trade Balance (Sep) (Previous: -83.11B)
10:30AM - ★★★ - Crude Oil Inventories (Previous: -1.001M)
STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Pre-Market Movers & News Related Stocks.
Tupperware (TUP): [EARNINGS] Earned $1.20 per share for its latest quarter, well above the consensus estimate of 37 cents a share. Revenue was well above forecasts. Tupperware saw a sales bump from more consumers cooking and storing food at home.
First Solar (FSLR): [EARNINGS] More than doubled the 61 cents a share consensus estimate, with quarterly earnings of $1.45 per share. Revenue was considerably above Wall Street forecasts as well. The solar equipment company said its results have not been materially impacted by the pandemic.
Six Flags (SIX): [EARNINGS] Lost $1.37 per share for its latest quarter, wider than the $1 per share loss that analysts were expecting. Revenue came in below forecasts as well. Park attendance continues to be hurt by the pandemic, although Six Flags said attendance trends are improving.
Akamai Technologies (AKAM): [EARNINGS] Beat estimates on the top and bottom lines for its latest quarter. The provider of online content delivery technology reported quarterly profit of $1.31 per share, 8 cents a share above estimates.
Bunge (BG): [EARNINGS] Reported adjusted quarterly earnings of $2.47 per share, compared to a consensus estimate of 20 cents a share. Revenue came in above estimates as well. Bunge saw strong demand for oilseed processing and soy products, and the company lifted its full-year outlook.
General Electric (GE): [EARNINGS] Reported a third-quarter profit of 6 cents per share, compared to forecasts for a loss of 4 cents per share. Revenue came in above estimates as well. GE said it was managing through a “difficult environment” but added that it is on track with its effort to contain costs and conserve cash.
United Parcel Service (UPS): [EARNINGS] Reported quarterly earnings of $2.28 per share, compared to a consensus estimate of $1.90 a share. Revenue was above estimates as well. UPS continued to benefit from a surge in home deliveries due to the pandemic.
Garmin (GRMN): [EARNINGS] Beat estimates by 59 cents a share, with quarterly earnings of $1.58 per share. Revenue also beat Wall Street forecasts. Garmin said it saw particular strength in devices for boating and outdoor activities.
Microsoft (MSFT): [EARNINGS] Reported quarterly earnings of $1.82 per share, 28 cents a share above estimates. Revenue also came in above forecasts. Current-quarter revenue guidance was below current consensus, however, with a particular shortfall in its More Personal Computing unit.
FireEye (FEYE): [EARNINGS] Beat estimates by 4 cents a share, with quarterly profit of 11 cents per share. The cybersecurity company’s revenue also topped estimates and FireEye gave strong current-quarter revenue guidance.
Caesars Entertainment (CZR): [NEWS] Is selling its Tropicana Evansville casino for a total of $480 million, with Gaming & Leisure Properties buying the real property assets and Twin River Worldwide Holdings buying the operating assets.
Juniper Networks (JNPR): [EARNINGS] Matched estimates, with quarterly earnings of 43 cents per share. The networking and cybersecurity company’s revenue came in above analysts’ forecasts. The company said it saw better-than-expected demand during the quarter despite challenges created by the pandemic.
Blackstone (BX): [EARNINGS] Reported distributable earnings per share of 63 cents per share, beating the 57 cents a share consensus estimate. Revenue also topped forecasts, boosted by its emphasis on technology-related investments.
Boeing (BA): [EARNINGS] Lost $1.39 per share for the third quarter, smaller than the loss of $2.52 anticipated by Wall Street. Revenue was also above estimates. Boeing said it was targeting a workforce of 130,000 by the end of 2021, which is about 11,000 lower than the current total.
Sony (SNE): [EARNINGS & GUIDANCE] Raised its annual profit forecast after reporting a better-than-expected fiscal second-quarter profit, with its gaming business getting a boost from pandemic-related lockdowns as well as the performance of its Japanese animated film “Demon Slayer.”
Deutsche Bank (DB): [EARNINGS] Reported a surprise third-quarter profit, with the bank’s bottom line benefitting from improved performance by its investment banking operations.
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