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Nike (NYSE:NKE) will headline a light roster of earnings reports in the week ahead, while Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) WWDC event sets the stage for the company's launch of the first 5G iPhones later this year. On the economic front, reports on existing home sales, jobless claims, consumer spending and a Q1 GDP revision will be the headliners. Fed heads are out in force next week, with virtual speeches on the docket for Raphael Bostic, James Bullard and Charles Evans. In a sign of normalcy, Ford (NYSE:F) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) are expected to return to pre-pandemic production levels at U.S. plants, while results of Fed stress tests on major banks will be announced on June 25. Earnings spotlight: IHS Market (NYSE:INFO) on June 23; BlackBerry (NYSE:BB), KB Home (NYSE:KBH) and National Beverage (NASDAQ:FIZZ) on June 24; Nike (NKE), Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI), Accenture (NYSE:ACN) and Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) on June 25. IPO watch: U.S. grocery store operator Albertsons (ACI) is expected to price its IPO next week and begin to trade. The company could have a valuation of over $10B if the IPO prices at the midpoint of the expected range of $18 to $20 range. Albertsons, which is looking to raise as much as $2B, is one of the grocery chains seeing a sales boom in business during the coronavirus pandemic. Stakeholders Kimco Realty (NYSE:KIM) and Cerberus Capital are both selling off shares in the offering. No other IPOs are due to price during the week. M&A tidbits: The walk date for the Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ:CZR)-Eldorado Resorts (NASDAQ:ERI) merger arrives on June 24, although no surprises are anticipated. Shareholders vote on the Provident Financial (NYSE:PFS)-SB One Bancorp (NASDAQ:SBBX) deal on June 25. On the same date, Delphi Technologies (NYSE:DLPH) shareholders vote on the merger with BorgWarner (NYSE:BWA). It is almost a lock that there will be some more drama in the Taubman Centers (NYSE:TCO)-Simon Property (NYSE:SPG) duel. Projected dividend changes (quarterly): Kroger (NYSE:KR) to $0.17 from $0.16, John Wiley (NYSE:JW.A) to $0.35 from $0.34, Saul Centers (NYSE:BFS) to $0.27 from $0.53. Spotlight on Nike: Nike will post its FQ4 report with more uncertainty in the air than almost any time before due to the lack of formal guidance from the company. The two biggest pullouts from the report are likely to be the pace of recovery in China and the momentum of the e-commerce business. Nike is one of the companies seen by Wall Street as in a strong position on the other side of the pandemic. "We see Nike as favorably positioned for both secular fitness/casualization trends and industry structural changes that benefit those with strong direct engagement with consumers," notes bullish-leaning Wells Fargo ahead of the print. Stocks that quite often move right along with Nike on earnings day include Foot Locker (NYSE:FL), adidas (OTCQX:ADDYY), Under Armour (NYSE:UAA) and Dick's Sporting Goods (NYSE:DKS). WWDC: Apple will hold its annual developers conference on June 22-26 in a virtual format this year. Apple is expected to announce its ARM-based Macs as the company advances its control of chips and architecture away from Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). Enhancements with iOS14, tvOS 14 and watchOS 7 are also anticipated, along with new products/R&D initiatives on the AR headset and wearables/AirPods front. Tim Cook will give the keynote presentation on June 22 at 10:00 Pacific time in what is likely to be his last presentation before the annual September iPhone reveal event. Healthcare watch: Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) has an investor series presentation next week covering its early pipeline/immuno-oncology on June 22 and hematology on June 25. PDUFA dates arrive for Karyopharm Therapeutics' (NASDAQ:KPTI) Xpovio on June 23, Zogenix's (NASDAQ:ZGNX) Fintepla on June 25 and Heron Therapeutics' (NASDAQ:HRTX) HTX-011 on June 26. The big event of the week in the sector is the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Virtual Annual Meeting II running from June 22-24. A large number of potentially market-moving posters and abstracts are due to be released, as well as special sessions on COVID-19 and cancer research. Some of the notable companies due to present include Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD), AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN), Phio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:PHIO), Exicure (NASDAQ:OTC:XCUR), Xencor (NASDAQ:XNCR), ESSA Pharma (NASDAQ:EPIX), ImmunoGen (NASDAQ:IMGN), Molecular Templates (NASDAQ:MTEM), Guardant Health (NASDAQ:GH), CRISPR Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRSP), Jounce Therapeutics (NASDAQ:JNCE), GlycoMimetics (NASDAQ:GLYC), Seattle Genetics (NASDAQ:SGEN), Provectus Therapeutics (OTC:PVCT), ORIC Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ORIC), Sanofi (NASDAQ:SNY), aTyr Pharma (NASDAQ:LIFE), TG Therapeutics (NASDAQ:TGTX) and Neoleukin Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NLTX). Bank tests: The Federal Reserve will release results of the annual bank stress tests on June 25. Fed Vice Chair Randal Quarles noted that the test this year includes running banks up against three possible economic trajectories of varying severity to see how they perform due to the unprecedented uncertainty about the pandemic. The test will see how banks perform against a rapid V-shaped recovery, a slower U-shaped recovery and a rough W-shaped recovery. The test results could factor in to dividend decisions down the road for Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Citigroup (NYSE:C), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) and JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), while Capital One (NYSE:COF) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) are seen being pushed under the scenarios. Traders are making plays based on the results, with a notable amount of bullish options bets being placed on Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC). Some other bank names to watch when the results roll out are PNC Financial (NYSE:PNC), Truist (NYSE:TFC), Regions Financial (NYSE:RF), Ally Financial (NYSE:ALLY), HSBC North America (NYSE:HSBC), UBS (NYSE:UBS), Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS), Barclays (NYSE:BCS), Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE:BK) and Huntington Bancshares (NASDAQ:HBAN). Analyst meetings and business updates: Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) will host a fireside chat for the investor community with members of its management team on June 22. The impact of some of the games introduced at EA Play Live 2020 will be discussed. Hewlett Packard Enterprises (NYSE:HPE) is launching the first-ever HPE Discover Virtual Experience on June 23 to showcase the company's pivot to an edge-to-cloud platform-as-a-service company. In the transportation sector, Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) is participating in a Q&A webcast with Cowen on June 23. Also on June 23, Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) has an investor call with Morgan Stanley scheduled. Meanwhile, Sanofi is holding a virtual R&D day event on June 23. Bristol-Myers Squibb has an investor event covering immunology and cardiovascular on June 26. Conferences rundown: The timing looks spot on for the Jefferies Virtual Consumer Conference on June 23-24 with the pandemic shifting shopping habits in the U.S. Companies due to present include Hasbro (NASDAQ:HAS), Planet Fitness (NYSE:PLNT), Nu Skin (NYSE:NUS), Freshpet (NYSE:FPT), Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA), Sysco (NYSE:SYY), Hostess Brands (NASDAQ:TWNK), Shack Shack (NYSE:SHAK) and Jack in the Box (NASDAQ:JACK). In the healthcare sector, the BMO 2020 Prescriptions for Success Healthcare Conference features virtual presentations by Humana (NYSE:HUM), Halozyme (NASDAQ:HALO), Horizon Therapeutics (NASDAQ:HZNP), Apellis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:APLS), Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) and Replimune (NASDAQ:REPL) on June 23. Other conferences of note include the SVB Leerink CybeRx Series CNS Forum, BMO Chemicals & Packaging Conference, Wells Fargo Bricks to Clicks Digital Conference, Goldman Sachs Leveraged Finance Conference and the Morgan Stanley Zero Trust Architectures Virtual Thematic Conference. On the smaller side of the conference schedule, the mining and metals sectors will be in focus, with John Tumazos Very Independent Research virtual meetings set for June 23-24 on Wheaton Precious Metals (NYSE:WPM), Western Copper and Gold (NYSEMKT:WRN), KORE Mining (OTCQB:KOREF), Amarillo Gold (OTCQB:AGCBF), Sierra Metals (NYSEMKT:SMTS), Foran Mining (OTC:FMCXF), Wolfden Resources (OTC:WLFFF), Trilogy Metals (NYSEMKT:TMQ) and Adventus Mining (OTCQX:ADVZF). Ford F-150: Ford has a digital reveal event for the all-new F-150 set for June 25. The Ford team is expected to describe innovative features of the all-new F-150, including the new electrical architecture, a flat-lying passenger sleeper seat and over-the-air updates to key modules controlling vehicle performance and user experiences. The new truck is seen as a critical part of Ford's plan to slash $5B in warranty costs and push the automaker's vehicle connectivity platform. As a profit generator, the F-150 launch later this year will also help restore the company's balance sheet. The all-new Ford F-150 will be discussed by execs in detail during a June 26 conference call with Citi Research. Deurbanization trade: Expect more talk from analysts next week about which sectors and stocks could benefit if the mega-trend of people and businesses moving out of downtowns of major cities becomes a reality. Jefferies got the ball rolling last week by singling out Home Depot (NYSE:HD), Lowe's (NYSE:LOW), Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), Floor & Decor (NYSE:FND), At Home (NYSE:HOME), Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) and Wayfair (NYSE:W) as retailers that could gain from an uptick in suburban living and more spending on houses than metropolitan apartments. One of the bigger pure plays is Tractor Supply (NASDAQ:TSCO), which has racked up a 64% gain over the last 90 days. RVs: Keep an eye on the RV sector with May shipment numbers due out from the RV Industry Association. Demand is expected to be on the rebound after RV shipments fell 82% in April. Looking ahead, there is a difference in opinion on Wall Street on the outlook for Winnebago (NYSE:WGO), Thor Industries (NYSE:THO), Patrick Industries (NASDAQ:PATK), LCI Industries (NYSE:LCII) and Camping World Holdings (NYSE:CWH). Some firms like SunTrust Robinson Humphrey expect a RV boom as consumers gravitate toward safer vacations, while Bank of America has warned that the high rate of unemployment and salary cuts could keep discretionary spending in check. Sports betting: Time is running out for the California Assembly to pass legislation on sports betting to move the issue to the November ballot. The bill has to pass through the legislature before June 25 to become an election issue. Why is it a big deal? California is forecast to have the potential for a +$30B sports betting market through sports books placed at tribal casinos, horse racing tracks and satellite wagering facilities. "California could easily become one of the most productive sports-betting markets in the world," observes gaming analyst Chris Grove. Tax revenue from sports betting would also help the Golden State with its budget issues amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Stocks of interest in relations to how sports betting in California plays out include DraftKings (NASDAQ:DKNG), William Hill (OTCPK:WIMHF), MGM Resorts (NYSE:MGM), Caesars Entertainment, Fanduel (DUEL), Red Rock Resorts (NASDAQ:RRR), Boyd Gaming (NYSE:BYD) and Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN). Casinos: The Nevada Gaming Commission is meeting on June 25 to likely approve amendments to state regulations that would streamline the process for moving to modern payment methods. The casino industry in general wants to quickly adopt cashless payment transactions on the casino floor due to the risk of handling cash during the coronavirus outbreak. The casino reset could have implications for Visa (NYSE:V), Mastercard (NYSE:MA) and American Express (NYSE:AXP), as well as financial apps from Apple (AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) and PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL). Casino operators like MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts, Caesars Entertainment and Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ:PENN) would also welcome the change. What's not playing: Warner Bros.'s (NYSE:T) feature animated film Scoob! will stream on HBO Max on June 26 after running in a premium video on-demand window. The children's picture was first scheduled for theaters on May 15 before opting for a 48-hour rental PVOD period price of U.S. $19.99. While Scoob! didn't make quite the splash that Trolls World Tour did in the spring when it nabbed $100M in digital sales over three weeks, it's another incremental step away from the traditional studio release format for major studios like Sony (NYSE:SNE), Universal Pictures (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Disney (NYSE:DIS). As for theater chains, auditoriums are likely to operate at 25% to 50% capacity as AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC), Cinemark (NYSE:CNK), IMAX (NASDAQ:IMAC), Marcus Entertainment (NYSE:MCS) and Reading International (NASDAQ:RDI) open back up this summer. Notable annual meetings: Companies with virtual annual meetings set next week include Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings (NASDAQ:OLLI) on June 22, Dave & Buster's Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY) on June 23, Keurig Dr Pepper (NYSE:KDP) on June 24, At Home Group and Tailored Brands (NYSE:TLRD) on June 25. Barron's mentions: The publication digs out four industrial companies whose stocks are called compelling. Midsize manufacturers RBC Bearings (NASDAQ:ROLL) and Wabtec (NYSE:WAB) join large-caps Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) and Ametek (NYSE:AME) on the short list of economy recovery picks. Of the four, Wabtec trades with the lowest forward PE ratio at 14.2. Brunswick (NYSE:BC) is also singled out this week as an advantageous product-mix shift and rising boat demand are seen helping to drive shares higher. Most of Brunswick's profit is derived from the high-margin Mercury engine business. The rally in tech names hasn't encapsulated the entire sector. Attractive names still trading at less than 4X sales include Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC), CACI International (NYSE:CACI), Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS), Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX), Amdocs (NASDAQ:DOX), Ciena (NYSE:CIEN), Accenture, MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI), Intel and F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV). The cover story this week hits on the rising inequality issue in the U.S., noting that it can be a breeding ground for all kinds of concerning things for the market like secular stagnation.
# EARNINGS Helen of Troy (HELE) Q2 Adj. EPS USD 1.98 vs. Exp. USD 1.60, revenue USD 393.55mln vs. Exp. USD 349.19mln; raises FY19 Adj. EPS USD 7.65-7.90 vs. Exp. USD 7.62. (Newswires)
Apple (AAPL) – The behemoth’s 2018 iPad Pro models are to include edge-to-edge displays, Face ID, USB-C ports enabling 4K HDR video output to external displays and a Magnetic Connector for accessories. (9to5Mac) JPMorgan (JPM) – Institutional Investor ranked JPMorgan’s Equity Research team as the best on Wall Street, for the third year in a row. (Newswires) Merck (MRK) – The pharma co. will present data from its broad oncology portfolio and robust pipeline in Munich between October 19-23, key data include Phase 3 evaluation of the anti-PD-1 therapy KEYTRUDA. (Newswires) Microsoft (MSFT) – The IT giant has announced a strategic partnership with Grab, a mobile payments and online-to-offline services platform in Southeast Asia, which will augment digital services delivery in the region leveraging Microsoft’s expertise in machine-learning. Separately, the co. is acquiring the Singapore based ride-hailing app Glint. (Newswires)
American Airlines (AAL) – The airline expects total revenue per available seat mile (TRASM) to be up 2%-3% and Q3 CASM excluding fuel and special items to be up 1%. Sees Q3 ASMS of around USD 75bln. In September it cancelled around 2.100 fights due to hurricane Florence. (Newswires) Anadarko Petroleum (APC) – The oil co. has closed two of its platforms in the Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Michael approaches. (Newswires) CBS (CBS) – The co. would look for potential buyers following an investigation in its former CEO Leslie Moonves who stepped down last month after being alleged of sexual harassment. (Newswires) Citigroup (C) – The Australian division and Deutsche Bank were accused of criminal cartel conduct over a AUD 32bln stock issue and faced a court in Sydney. (Newswires) Conagra (CAG) – The co. plans a public offering of USD 575mln of its common stock. (Newswires) Edward Lifesciences (EW) – The med-tech co. has announced the start of its US pivotal trial for its self-expanding CENTERA transcatheter valve for severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis patients at intermediate risk of open-heart surgery. (Newswires) Eli Lilly (LLY) – The pharma co. is to present data from its clinical development programme at an Oncology Congress in Munich between October 19-23; the study will show the co.s advancements in cancer care. (Newswires) General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC) – Honda has reached an agreement with GM for the development of autonomous vehicles after its talks with the Alphabet (GOOGL) subsidiary, Waymo, fell through. (Newswires) Lockheed Martin (LMT) – Executive says still ongoing dialogue with the Indian government to supply F-16s to the Indian air force; current opportunity is 400+ aircrafts. (Newswires) MGM Resorts (MGM) – The resorts co.’s MGM GVC Interactive LLC has entered a partnership with the United Auburn Indian Community in California and the Indian Community to enable intrastate sports betting legislation. (Newswires) Nielsen Holdings (NLSN), Blackstone (BX) – The data measurements co., who has been under recent activist pressure to sell itself from Elliott Management, has gained attraction from investment funds Blackstone (BX) and Hellman & Friedman for a takeover bid. (Newswires) Perrigo (PRGO) – The pharma co. has appointed Murray Kessler as its new CEO, Kessler has had 18 year’s experience in packaged food including tenure at Campbell Soup (CPB). (Newswires) PPG Industries (PPG) – The paint co. took a tumble pre-market after lowering its Q3 Adj. EPS view to USD 1.41-1.45 vs. Exp. USD 1.59 and also its Q4 Adj. EPS view to USD 1.03-1.13 vs. Exp. USD 1.35, citing “significant raw material and elevating logistics cost inflation, including the effects from higher epoxy resin and increasing oil prices.” T Rowe Price (TROW) – Lawrence Culp JR. has resigned from the board as a result of his appointment as chairman and CEO of General Electric (GE). (Newswires) United Airlines (UAL) – The airline co. reported September traffic up 6.7%, consolidated capacity in available seat miles up 6.1% vs. Sept 17, load factor increased 0.5 points. (Newswires) Valero Energy (VLO), PBF Energy (PBF) – US President Trump will lift a federal ban on higher-ethanol gasoline ahead of the mid-term elections and will also implement restrictions on biofuel credit trading sought by energy names VLO & PBF, who both accuse retailers and oil majors for driving up biofuel costs. (Newswires) Williams (WMB) – The oil and gas co. has announced the execution of binding, 15-year commitments with Seneca Resources and Cabot Oil & Gas at its Transco interstate pipeline. (Newswires)
Alphabet (GOOGL) – The tech giant has dropped out of the USD 10bln US Department of Defence annual cloud computing contract, citing misalignment of “ethical guidelines”. Elsewhere, the co. is said to be prepared to appeal the European Court of Justice’s EUR 4.34bln fine on the co. for taking advantage of its Android market dominance. Separately, Google is set to unveil the 3rd edition of its Pixel smartphone at 10 events across the world in an attempt to expand its distribution globally and become as popular as the Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone one day. (Newswires) Amazon (AMZN) – The online retailer’s Indian unit has denied the claims that it gives select sellers preferential treatment after a petition was formed by the India Online Vendors Association and sent to Indian authorities. Elsewhere, a UK Times report claims the co. facilitated donations to Islamic extremists though its Smile donation scheme, the co. replied saying it is the UK charity regulator’s decision to decide who is eligible for the Smile scheme. (Newswires) Celegene (CELG) – The pharma co. has announced results from its phase 3 STYLE study of Otezla, where it showed statistically significant improvement in the primary endpoint of the Scalp Physician's Global Assessment vs. the placebo. (Newswires) Facebook (FB) – WhatsApp said to have built a system that store data related to payments locally in India in order to comply with the Indian authority which says the data should be stored only in the country within 6 months. (Newswires) Netflix (NFLX) – The streaming co. has picked Albuquerque, New Mexico as its new US production hub where it will acquire ABQ Studios, bringing USD 1bln of investment and 1,000 new jobs. (Newswires) Qualcomm (QCOM) – The co. appointed Martin Anstice to the board currently CEO of Lam Research (LRCX). (Newswires) Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN), Sanofi (SNY) – The two pharma co.s will present data from their joint venture into the investigation of Libtayo (cemiplimab-rwlc) in Munich between October 19-23, Libtayo is a treatment for several small-cell cancer types. (Newswires)
Canopy Growth (CGC) – The cannabis co. has completed its first legal export of cannabis to the US, where it has been sent to a research partner. (Newswires) Papa John’s (PZZA) – The pizza co. has gained pre-market momentum after reports of a possible takeover bid from Trian Fund Management. (Newswires) Pinnacle Foods (PF) – The co. sees Q3 Adj. EPS USD 0.77-0.79, consensus USD 0.68, sees Q3 revenue USD 740mln-745mln, consensus USD 763mln. (Newswires)
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