Frontrunning: August 3

Tyler Durden's picture
  • China Joins Russia in Blasting U.S. Borrowing After Debt Ceiling Agreement (Bloomberg)
  • Eurozone Moves to Prop Up Rescue Fund (FT)
  • SNB Cuts Rate to Zero to Counter Franc Strength (WSJ)
  • US Retreats from Brink of Debt Default (FT)
  • Strains Ease on Short-Term Credit Markets (Hilsenrath)
  • China’s Non-Manufacturing Industries Expanded in July, PMI Surveys Show (Bloomberg)
  • Moody's, Fitch Maintain U.S. Triple-A Rating (Reuters)
  • Britain’s ‘Weak’ Economy May Need Tax Cuts to Boost Demand, Institute Says (Bloomberg)
  • Japan Keeps Up Warnings on Yen After U.S. Debt Deal (Reuters)
  • No Double-Dip Seen in GDP (Shanghai Daily)

European economic data:

  • Euro-Zone PMI Composite for July 51.1 – higher than expected.Consensus 50.8. Previous 50.8
  • Euro-Zone PMI Services for July 51.6 – higher than expected.Consensus 51.4. Previous 51.4
  • Euro-Zone Retail Sales for June 0.9% m/m -0.4% y/y – higher than expected. Consensus 0.5% m/m -1.0% y/y. Previous -1.3% m/m -2.3% y/y (revised from -1.1% m/m -1.9% y/y)
  • France PMI Services for July 54.2 – as expected.Previous 54.2.
  • Switzerland UBS Real Estate Bubble Index for Q2 0.65.Previous 0.63
  • UK PMI Services for July 55.4 – higher than expected. Consensus 53.2. Previous 53.9
  • UK Official Reserves (Changes) for July $2,082M. Previous -$148M

Global economic highlights from Egan-Jones:

  • Asian shares fall heavily, with investors selling on fears about slowing global growth.
  • China's service sector growth eased in July: HSBC Survey.
  • Chinese credit-rating agency Dagong Global again downgrades U.S. debt.
  • Gold briefly hits new record above $1,660/ounce.
  • Obama eyes payroll tax-cut extension beyond 2011; says economy needs more than spending cuts.
  • ABB wins $1 billion order to connect wind farms in Germany.
  • ADM profit falls 14.5% to $381M, misses expectations, on higher taxes, corn costs.
  • Ally Financial's net income plummeted 80% on mortgage losses, lower auto-lending profits.
  • American Honda July sales drop 25.6% on decreased demand for Accord.
  • Arthur J. Gallagher acquires Group Benefits of Arkansas; terms were not disclosed.
  • Becton Dickinson net up 12%, aided by forex shifts. Ups full year EPS f'cast.
  • Cantel Medical acquires substantially all the assets of Byrne Medical for $100M.
  • Charles River's Q2 net jumps to $32.3M on gains tied to a life-insurance policy.
  • Chrysler Group's US vehicle sales rose 20% in July, to 112,026 units.
  • Coach Inc.'s Q4 earnings rose 3.6% to $202.5M, as sales improved by 8.5% to $1.03B.
  • Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz unit's July sales increased 16.7% YoY to 21,065 units.
  • Emerson Electric Co.'s Q3 earnings rose 17%, though sales grew slower than expected.
  • Ford said its July sales totaled 180,865 vehicles, up 9% over a year ago.
  • Hertz Global swings to profit in Q2 at $55M, as revs rose 10% to $2.07B.
  • Hyatt Hotels Q2 net income rose to $37M, up 48% YoY. Revs up 5.3% at $936M.
  • India's Wockhardt Ltd. to sell its nutrition business to Danone SA for €250M.
  • Marathon Oil profit jumps 40% to $996M on higher prices. Revs rose 33% to $3.87B.
  • Mercer Intl announces a $25M share repurchase program.
  • Northeast Utilities' Q2 net rises 7.4% to $77.3M on lower operating costs.
  • OfficeMax reported a loss of $2.46M in Q2, revs slid 0.3% to $1.65B.
  • Oneok Inc. Q2 profit grew 32% to $55.1M, lower than expectation.
  • Pfizer net rises 5.2% to $2.61B on fewer charges, lower tax rate. Revs fell 1%.
  • Tenet Healthcare's Q2 earnings surged 97% as admissions and outpatient visits rose.
  • XL Group Q2 profit rises 17% to $225.6M as revs rose 9% to $1.69B.

Economic Calendar: MBA Mortgage Index, Factory Orders, ISM Services to be released.

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mayhem_korner's picture

China Joins Russia in Blasting U.S. Borrowing After Debt Ceiling Agreement

"Warriors, come out to play!"

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

they will have to pry my credit card out of my cold dead hands to stop me

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Dan Watie's picture


Futures are up. Maybe "soft patch" is traversed? I think there's quicksand up ahead.

viator's picture

"The three-month euribor/OIS spread, the fear gauge of credit markets, reached the highest level in two years today, jumping 7 basis points to 40 in wild trading.

"Europe's money markets are undoubtedly starting to freeze up," said Marc Ostwald from Monument Securites."

"the trigger for the final denouement in each of the eurozone's bond crises so far has been when the spread over German Bunds reaches 450 basis points, prompting LCH Clearnet to impose higher margin requirements. The Spanish spread hit a record 400 on Tuesday.

The political ferment behind the scenes points to a major policy shift, though it is unclear what the EU authorities can do without the full backing of EU leaders. They are mostly on holiday and German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not like to be bounced into decisions"


spanish inquisition's picture

Semi OT - How much of a drag on the S&P is the end of the 99ers? I am guessing higher end food stuffs take a hit as people stretch food stamps. People might learn how to sew again, driving clothing down. Of course benefits are being cut like heating assistance, so possible uptick in upsidedown homeowners giving up the ghost.

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