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1. U.S. Stock Market:
“U.S. equities traded lower on Thursday as retail stocks fell sharply on the back of Macy’s weak quarterly results. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 115 points, with Home Depot contributing the most losses. The S&P 500 declined 0.6 percent with consumer discretionary falling more than 1 percent to lead decliners. The Nasdaq composite dropped 0.7 percent in early trade.”
“U.S. stock index futures edged lower Thursday as Snap lost nearly a quarter of its value after earnings. The Dow futures was off 0.09% at 06:30 ET. The DJI closed up 0.16% overnight. The S&P 500 futures off 0.16%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 futures shed 0.17%. Investors are looking for fresh catalysts as doubts raised about Trump’s economic agenda after FBI chief sacking.”
“U.S. stocks opened modestly lower on Thursday, continuing a trend of tight trading ranges as the main equity benchmarks hover around record levels. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.42% fell 42 points, 0.2%, to 20,904. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.50% lost 6 points, or 0.3%, to 2,393. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.55% shed 19 points to 6,110, a decline of 0.3%.”
2. U.S. Bond Market:
“U.S. government debt prices traded mixed on Thursday as investors digested key economic data and awaited a Treasury Department sale. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was marginally lower at 2.409 percent, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond rose to 3.044 percent. Yields move inversely to prices. Yields had traded lower across the board the U.S. government released economic data.”
“U.S. Treasury yields turned flat on Thursday, paring their earlier decline, as the latest data on domestic jobless claims and producer prices reinforced the view of diminishing labor slack, and inflation accelerating in the second quarter. The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield was last at 2.402 percent, down 0.8 basis point from late on Wednesday, after being at 2.393 percent shortly before the release of reports on weekly jobless claims and the producer price index for April.”
“Treasury yields rose sharply. As of 8:45 a.m. ET, the yield on the benchmark 10-year note was 2.42%, 3 basis points higher than before the report was released.”
3. FX Markets:
“The dollar was a touch lower against the yen on Thursday after notching an eight-week high overnight, while the New Zealand dollar weakened after the country’s central bank reiterated that it would keep rates on hold for a considerable period. USD/JPY dipped 0.1% to 114.16 by 07.41 GMT, after touching a high of 114.37 overnight, its strongest level since March 15. The euro edged higher, with EUR/USD rising 0.1% to 1.0877. Sterling was flat ahead of the Bank of England’s interest rate decision and inflation report later in the day, with GBP/USD at 1.2934. The BoE was expected to keep monetary policy on hold.”
“The pound has take a dramatic drop against the dollar this morning. At 6:30am it was sitting at highs of $1.29476 – a figure it has been hovering around for the past week. However, at 11am the exchange rate dropped dramatically to a week-low of $1.28798. It is currently sitting at $1.28641 (at the time of writing).”
“THE pound has slipped against the euro and the dollar this afternoon, following the Bank of England announcement that it may need to raise interest rates earlier than expected. While the central bank held its main interest rate at a record low of 0.25 per cent, it said that it may need to raise rates before the late 2019 date markets had been expecting. The sterling/dollar exchange rate fell from $1.292 to $1.287. The sterling/euro exchange rate fell from €1.189 to €1.184.”
“Crude futures gained on Thursday as investors became more positive that production cuts made by major oil producers are finally making a dent on global crude stocks. Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, rose 1.3% to $50.86 a barrel on London’s ICE Futures exchange. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate futures were trading up 1.3% at $47.93 a barrel.”
“Gold prices are firmer in early U.S. trading Thursday, supported by some short covering by the shorter-term futures traders and on perceived bargain hunting in the cash market. Weaker U.S. stock indexes ahead of the day session in New York are also a positive for the gold market. June Comex gold was last up $4.90 an ounce at $1,223.80. July Comex silver was last up $0.133 at $16.34 an ounce.”
“Crude futures pushed higher Thursday as investors are interpreting the latest hefty decline in U.S. crude inventories to be a harbinger of future demand. Light, sweet crude futures for delivery in June CLM7, +1.12% climbed 64 cents, or 1.4%, to $47.97 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. May Brent crudeLCON7, +1.10% on London’s ICE Futures exchange picked up 60 cents, or 1.2%, to $50.82 a barrel.”
5. Market Movers:
Macy’s Inc (NYSE:M) first-quarter earnings miss shows just how far the retailer has to go before it can turn things around. Here’s what the company reported before the bell Thursday vs. what the Street was expecting: Earnings per share: 24 cents adjusted vs. estimate of 35 cents, Thomson Reuters analysts said. Revenue: $5.34 billion vs. estimate of $5.47 billion, according analysts. Same-store sales: decline of 4.6 percent, versus a forecast of a 2.7 percent drop, according to FactSet. Shares of the stock fell more than 10 percent in premarket trading Thursday following the disappointing report, which showed further deterioration over recent quarters. At one point, the stock fell below $26 for the first time in more than 5½ years before regaining some of the lost ground. Volume of shares changing hands was heavy.
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Snap Inc (NYSE:SNAP) SNAP 19.15% shares are trading lower by $4.82 (20 percent) at $18.20 in Thursday’s session. Investors are abandoning the stock after its first-ever earnings report since becoming public on March 2. After Wednesday’s close, the company reported Q1 EPS loss that was $2.17 more than expected; The fact that sales were $149.64 vs. $38.79 million in the prior year period doesn’t really seem to matter. Following a lower open, Snap’s stock continued in that direction but found support ahead of the pre-market low ($17.04), only reaching before mounting a rebound. The initial surge off the low took it to $18.50, but retreated to the $18.00 area.
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Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC) dropped in New York trading after abandoning its efficiency targets and announcing $4 billion in cost cuts in the wake of its bogus-account scandal. Shares of the company fell 2.3 percent, the most in the KBW Bank Index, after the firm said slowing loan growth would prevent it from meeting goals that management has pursued for years. It boosted a plan to save $2 billion annually by the end of next year, saying it now will cut twice as much by 2019, according to a presentation Thursday on the company’s website.
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“At NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA)‘s GPU Technology Conference, the company announced a new product known as the Tesla V100, which is expected to ship in the third quarter of this year. The Tesla V100 is a graphics processing unit (GPU) built specifically for the artificial-intelligence and high-performance-computing markets. From a financial perspective, revenue from NVIDIA’s Tesla products is counted under the company’s “data center” reporting segment. NVIDIA’s data-center business has been on fire over the past year or so, growing 145% year over year in fiscal 2017, as GPU-accelerated computing has gone from a relatively niche technology used in supercomputers to a viable replacement for traditional central processing unit-based computing in many data-center applications.”
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Shares of Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:HIMX) inclined 1.03% to $6.85. The share price of the stock plunged -33.51% for the year. Himax Technologies, Inc. (HIMX) (“Himax” or “Company”), a leading supplier and fabless manufacturer of display drivers and other semiconductor products, declared its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.
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Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGMO) and Pfizer Inc announced an exclusive, global collaboration and license agreement for the development and commercialization of gene therapy programs for Hemophilia A, including SB-525, one of Sangamo’s four lead product candidates, which Sangamo expects will enter the clinic this quarter. Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGMO) shares fell -1.14% to $4.35 on Wednesday.
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Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS) distinguished its stores from rival retailers by beating profit and inventory expectations in the first quarter, ended April 29. Despite the positive surprise, KSS stock holder pushed down the shares more than 4% this morning. Earnings per share were 39 cents compared with 31 cents in the comparable quarter last year, according to a company announcement. Wall Street analysts’ average forecast was for 29 cents. KSS sales of $3.84 billion fell short of analysts estimates of $3.9 billion, as did comparable-store sales, which decline 2.7%.
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