MORNING UPDATE: Man Securities Issues Alerts for HPQ, L, APPX,
MDT, and NITE
CHICAGO, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Man Securities issues the following Morning Update at 8:30 AM EDT with new PriceWatch Alerts for key stocks.
Before the open... PriceWatch Alerts for HPQ, L, APPX, MDT, and NITE, Market Overview, Today's Economic Calendar, and the Quote Of The Day.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"All the earnings that are coming out next week had better justify what we've already priced into equities, which is better earnings coming out of the larger companies."
-- Ted Oberhaus, manager of equity trading, Lord Abbett & Co New PriceWatch Alerts for HPQ, L, APPX, MDT, and NITE... PRICEWATCH ALERTS - HIGH RETURN COVERED CALL OPTIONS -- Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HPQ) Last Price 20.48 - FEB 20.00 CALL OPTION@ $2.20 -> 9.4 % Return assigned* -- Liberty Media (NYSE: L) Last Price 10.55 - JAN 10.00 CALL OPTION@ $1.00 -> 4.7 % Return assigned* -- American Pharmaceutical Partners (Nasdaq: APPX) Last Price 26.20 - NOV 25.00 CALL OPTION@ $3.50 -> 10.1 % Return assigned* -- Medtronic Inc. (NYSE: MDT) Last Price 44.78 - JAN 45.00 CALL OPTION@ $2.15 -> 5.6 % Return assigned* -- Knight Trading Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NITE) Last Price 13.95 - NOV 12.50 CALL OPTION@ $2.00 -> 4.6 % Return assigned*
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Overseas markets have deviated about 180 degrees from the same time yesterday. Currently just two of the 15 markets that we track are positive. The cumulative average return on the group stands at a minus 0.529 percent. In the "for what it's worth" column, Japan posted a merchandise trade surplus of 597.11 billion yen in the first 20 days of September. The good news for a nation that needs to export itself into economic prosperity is that exports rose 25.9 percent from the 474.42 billion yen surplus in the year-earlier period. Now you have to consider that the yen rose by 2.1 percent versus the U.S. dollar during that period. Since September 20, the yen has advanced by another 2.5 percent on the U.S. dollar. Industrial production in the United Kingdom declined by 0.9 percent in August on the heels of a 0.1 percent decline in July. On a year-over-year basis, August fell short by 0.9 percent compared to July's revised plus 0.2 percent. Analysts were looking for a plus 0.2 percent and plus 0.5 percent respectively.
The two weekly reports on the health of the retail sector will be released before the market open today. The BTM-UBS Retail Sales Index for the week ending September 27 demonstrated a 0.4 percent decline. Not to be outdone, the Redbook Retail Sales Index for the same period declined by 1.3 percent for its fourth consecutive weekly decline. The persistence of this job-loss recovery has started to weigh heavily on the U.S. consumer. Forget the so-called sentiment and confidence polls; recall that the August retail monthly sales figure came in at plus 0.6 percent. This report was weaker than both the prior month and expectations pegged at plus 1.6 percent. Now that's the bottom line here (it's not what they say, but rather what they do). Speaking of the consumer, how would you like to wake up one morning and find out that your level of debt was over $1.7 trillion? Well at 3:00 p.m. today, the August Consumer Credit will be released. In July, that figure rose by $6 billion to $1.7744 trillion, demonstrating an annual growth rate of 4.1 percent. Finally, a taste of the third quarter earning season as Yum! Brands is joined by PepsiCo and DJIA component Alcoa in setting this season's stage. Now one would suspect that expectations are high for Q3 earnings. After all these are the first reports of the second half, this is supposed to be reflective of improvement in the economy. Also eerily absent has been the rash of earning warnings, which typically cause the storm before the calm (after all, their purpose to spread out investor ire). In theory, corporate America has slashed expenses to the bone, so any growth in core business should flow relatively unencumbered to the bottom line. We shall see.
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TODAY'S ECONOMIC CALENDAR 7:45 a.m.: BTM-UBS Retail Sales Index for the week ending October 4 (last minus 0.4 percent). 8:55 a.m.: Redbook Retail Sales Index for the week of October 4 (last minus 1.3 percent). 3:00 p.m.: August Consumer Credit (last plus $6 billion).
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(HPQ L APPX MDT NITE)
CO: Man Securities; Hewlett Packard; Liberty Media; American Pharmaceutical
Partners; Medtronic Inc.; Knight Trading Group, Inc. ST: Illinois IN: FIN PUB SU:
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