Frontrunning: April 21

  • S&P Raises the Stakes in Deficit Battle (FT)
  • France and Switzerland most exposed to Greece's debt crisis, say analysts (Guardian)
  • EU Budget Plan Angers Austere States (FT)
  • Prospects Of Stepped-Up Yuan Strength Lifts Asia FX (Market News)
  • Bernanke Bond Market Signals No Shift With Obama Deficit Cutting (Bloomberg)
  • Bernanke to Open Up as Fed Embarks on Era of Glasnost (Hilsenrath)
  • Australia Won’t ‘Manipulate’ Currency Now at Record (Bloomberg)
  • World Revs Up U.S. Profits (WSJ)
  • Balkan Economic Recovery Is at Risk From Greek Woes, Mirow Says (Bloomberg)
  • S. Korea to Inspect Banksover FX Derivatives Trade (Reuters)
  • U.S., Europeans Step up Efforts to Aid Libyan Rebels (WaPo)
  • Photographer Killed in Battle (WSJ)
  • South Korea Renews Currency-Market Scrutiny (WSJ)

Summary Highlights from Egan Jones:

  • Asia central banks intervene as currencies rally.
  • Brazil raises benchmark interest rate to 12% - third rate hike this year.
  • Japan’s corporate loan demand rises for first time since 2009 after quake.
  • Akzo Nobel NV reported that Q1 net income rose 58% on 16% higher revenue.
  • American Electric Power's March net income rises from $345M to $353M.
  • American Express profit climbs 33% on card purchases, fewer late payments.
  • Amgen's Q1 net slips 3.1% to $1.13B despite a 3% rise in revs to $3.71B.
  • Apple's net income rises 95% to $5.99B after IPhone debuts for Verizon.
  • Dai-ichi gets regulatory approval to acquire Tower Australia Group.
  • E*Trade reported Q1 EPS of $0.16, beating analyst estimate of 12 cents on average.
  • Ferrexpo Plc surges amid speculation that Vale SA will make a bid for the co.
  • Fiat to raise Chrysler stake by 16% in Q2, to pay €1.268B to exercise the option.
  • GE's March net income rises from $1.9B to $3.4B.
  • Gilead Sciences posts Q1 EPS of $0.87 (cons $0.97). Revs fell 8% to $1.93B.
  • Honeywell beats by $0.06, beats on revs; raises FY11 EPS view, revs above cons.
  • HSBC Holdings CEO plans to announce a major shakeup at an investor day on May 11.
  • JetBlue's March net income rises from a $1M loss to a $3M gain.
  • Kinder Morgan Partners reports Q1 EPS of $0.43; revs fell 6.4% to $1.99B.
  • McCormick & Schmick's Board rejects LSRI Holdings' unsolicited tender offer of $9.25/sh.
  • Morgan Stanley's March net income declines from $1.8B to $966M.
  • Qualcomm's Q2 profit rises 29.1% to $999M as revs jump 44.4% to $3.9B.
  • Sallie Mae reinstates student lender’s dividend as loan originations gain.
  • Southwest's March net income falls from $11M to $5M.
  • TEPCO in talks with its labor union to cut annual salaries of employees by about 20%.
  • Terex misses by $0.07, beats on revs; raises FY11 revs in-line, reaffirms EPS view.
  • Verizon's March net income rises from $409M to $1.4B.
  • Xerox's March net income rises from a $42M loss to a $281M gain.
  • YUM! Brands misses by $0.01, beats on revs. Q1 EPS at $0.63. Revs rose 3.4% to $2.42B.

Economic Calendar: Data on Initial & Continuing Claims, Philadelphia Fed, Leading Indicators, FHFA Housing Price Index to be released today.



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