Dow Futures Drop With Apple, P&G

Taiwan Semiconductor warned of weak smartphone demand

Apr 19, 2018 at 9:09 AM
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Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) futures are below fair value, pressured by a negative earnings reaction for Procter & Gamble (PG) and pre-market downside for Apple (AAPL). Shares of the iPhone maker are 1.8% lower ahead of the bell, after Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) pointed to weak smartphone demand in its dreary full-year revenue forecast. TSM also flagged uncertainty in the cryptocurrency mining market -- sending chip stocks spiraling in electronic trading. Futures on the S&P 500 Index (SPX) and Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) are lower, too, even as May-dated oil prices climb 1.3% to trade at $69.38 per barrel -- a level not seen since late 2014 -- ahead of tomorrow's production review between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other major crude producers.

Continue reading for more on today's market, including:

  • Analyst: Buy the dip on this chip stock.
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  • Plus, Alcoa eyes new highs; a big pharma buyout may be in the works; and more on Procter & Gamble.

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1.08 million call contracts traded on Wednesday, compared to 604,574 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio fell to 0.68, while the 21-day moving average dropped to 0.66.
  2. Alcoa Corp (NYSE:AA) reported better-than-expected adjusted first-quarter earnings of 77 cents per share on in-line revenue of $3.1 billion, and boosted its full-year forecast, citing favorable market conditions in the wake of U.S. sanctions on Russia-based aluminum producer Rusal. A round of price-target hikes is adding to the bullish bias, with AA stock up 4.3% in electronic trading -- set to open at a post-split record high.
  3. Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical said it is still in talks with Shire PLC (NASDAQ:SHPG) about a possible takeover, though the Irish drugmaker reportedly rejected a previous cash-and-stock bid that valued the firm at around $61 billion. SHPG stock is trading 2% higher ahead of the bell, on track to extend its recent breakout above its 200-day trendline.
  4. Procter & Gamble Co (NYSE:PG) reported stronger-than-forecast fiscal third-quarter earnings of $1.00 per share, excluding items, on $16.28 billion in revenue -- slightly beating the consensus estimate. The company also said it is buying the consumer health business of Germany's Merck KGaA for around $4.2 billion, and said it's ended its joint venture with Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA). PG stock is down 2.9% in premarket trading, and could open near its March 23 annual low of $75.81.
  5. Weekly jobless claims, the Philadelphia Fed business outlook, the Fed's balance sheet, and the Conference Board's index of leading economic indicators are due out today. BB&T Corp (BBT), Blackstone Group (BX), E*TRADE Financial (ETFC), KeyCorp (KEY), Nucor (NUE), Philip Morris International (PM), and The Tile Shop (TTS) will report earnings.

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Steel Stocks Lift Nikkei on Trump Trade Talk

Stocks in Asia finished higher today, driven forward by energy stocks as Brent crude futures extended the prior session's surge to multi-year highs. Japan's Nikkei added 0.2%, led by strength in steel stocks after U.S. President Donald Trump indicated Japan may be exempted from tariffs on steel and aluminum if a bilateral trade deal is reached. South Korea's Kospi followed suit, gaining 0.3% despite a firming won, thanks to major gains for manufacturing names like Hyundai Engineering & Construction, which settled up 12.2%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 1.4%, while China's Shanghai Composite climbed 0.9%.

Markets in Europe are sluggish at midday. London's FTSE 100 is up 0.2% at last check, with gains held in check by weaker-than-expected retail sales data and a tepid forecast from consumer goods giant Unilever. The French CAC 40 is 0.1% higher, propped up by a 7.8% surge from Publicis Groupe  after the firm reported better-than-expected sales growth. Lastly, the German DAX is off 0.3%, with finance giant Deutsche Bank trading lower after Chief Operating Officer Kim Hammonds announced her plan to depart the company after the May 24 annual meeting.

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