Today’s Big Picture Asia-Pacific equity indexes ended today’s session mixed.China’s Shanghai Composite declined 0.15% and Australia’s ASX All Ordinaries was down 0.50% while South Korea’s KOSPI rose 0.16%, India’s Sensex gained 0.22%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.46% and Taiwan’s TAIEX advanced 0.60%.Japan’s Nikkei led the way, up 2.62%.By mid-day trading, major European equity indices are up across the board and U.S.futures point to a positive open later this morning.
We have one more set of inflation data coming out this morning, the July Import and Export Prices and the 1-year inflation expectation index contained in the preliminary August University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index.While both aren’t the usual focal points the monthly CPI and PPI data are, investors will be looking for further confirmation that we are seeing progress on taming inflation.Stocks still face technical resistance near the 4,300 level on the S&P 500, a level we could test today depending on the morning’s inflation findings.
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The UK’s 2Q 2022 GDP rose 2.9% YoY, down from 8.7% the prior quarter, but modestly better than the expected 2.8%.For the month of June, its GDP rose 1.9%, substantially ahead of the 1.2% consensus.
The final July reading on France’s inflation rate clocked in at 6.1% YoY (0.3% MoM), matching the consensus forecast.
Industrial production in the Eurozone rose 2.4%, not only up from the prior month’s 1.6% figure but crushing the expected 0.8% gain.
At 8:30 AM ET, we’ll get the week’s last set of inflation data with the Import and Export prices for July.
Import prices are expected to fall 1.0% MoM vs.+0.2% in June, while the consensus view sees Export prices retreating 1.1% MoM, a big turn from June’s +0.7% figure.
At 10 AM ET, the preliminary August print for the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index will be had and its headline reading is thought to increase to 52.5 from 51.5 in July.Also in that report will be an updated view on 1-year inflation expectations, which ticked lower to 5.2% in July from 5.4% in May and June.
U.S.natural gas prices surged to just below $9 yesterday and closed at $8.874/MMBtu, the highest closing price since July 26.
While Producer Price Index results came in slightly better than expected, markets didn’t have the same reaction to this news as they did concerning Wednesday’s CPI print.
Natural Gas prices rallying may have had more to do with setting the scene yesterday for markets as Energy names had a big day, gaining 3.22% and forecasting higher energy costs.Given the small weighting of the Energy sector in the S&P 500 it wasn’t enough to completely offset the rest of the market.We saw the S&P 500 and the Dow end the day essentially flat, down 0.07% and up 0.08%, respectively.The Nasdaq Composite declined 0.58% and small caps gained as the Russell 2000 closed ahead 0.31%.
Here’s how the major market indicators stack up year-to-date:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: -8.26% S&P 500: -11.73% Nasdaq Composite: -18.31% Russell 2000: -13.08% Bitcoin (BTC-USD): -49.93% Ether (ETH-USD): -50.11% Stocks to Watch Before trading kicks off for U.S.-listed equities, Honest Company ( HNST ) and Spectrum Brands ( SPB ) will be among the handful of companies issuing their latest quarterly results and guidance.
Shares of Toast ( TOST ) , a software as a service company focused on the restaurant industry, climbed in aftermarket trading last night after the company reported its June quarter revenue rose 58.5% YoY to $675 million, crushing the $647.6 million consensus.During the quarter, Toast added over 6,000 net new locations and its subscription revenue grew 100% YoY.The company issued upside guidance for both the current quarter and upped its 2022 revenue guidance to $2.62-$2.66 billion vs.
the $2.54 billion consensus and its prior guidance of $2.50-$2.55 billion.
By comparison, restaurant software as a service platform company Olo Inc.( OLO ) shares sank last night after the company reported mixed June quarter results but issued downside guidance for the current quarter and lowered its 2022 outlook.
For the current quarter, Olo sees revenue of $46.5-$47.0 million vs.
the $51.17 million consensus, and for 2022 revenue is now expected to be $183-$184 million vs.it is prior guidance of $195-$197 million and the $195.79 consensus.
German automaker BMW ( BMWYY ) has confirmed that large-scale production and sales of the hydrogen fuel cell-powered model iX5 will begin in 2025 .The vehicle was developed in partnership with Japanese automaker Toyota ( TM ) .
Hydrogen fuel cells are much more compact and easier to recharge than current battery technology and the hope of many is that with hydrogen being as abundant as it is the technology will prove to be a truly cleaner replacement for internal combustion engines.
Bloomberg reports Apple ( AAPL ) asked suppliers to build at least as many next-generation iPhones this year as it did in 2021, roughly 90 million units.For 2022, the report indicates the iPhone maker targets ~220 million iPhones roughly level with 2021.
Rivian Automotive ( RIVN ) reported a slightly smaller loss than expected for its June quarter with revenue that tallied $364K.During the quarter, the company produced 4,401 vehicles and delivered 4,467 vehicles.Exiting the quarter its R1 preorder backlog was ~98K from customers in U.S.
and Canada and its cash and equivalents on hand totaled $15.46 billion.Rivian reiterated its 2022 production target of 25K vehicles.
Reborn Coffee ( REBN ) priced an upsized IPO offering of 1.44 million shares at $5 per share.
Electric sports boat developer Forza X1 ( FRZA ) , a wholly owned subsidiary of Twin Vee Powercats ( VEEE ) priced its initial public offering of 3 million shares at $5.00 per share
Readers looking to dig more into the upcoming IPO calendar should visit Nasdaq’s Latest & Upcoming IPOs page .
After Today’s Market Close
Once again it is Friday and that means no companies are expected to report their quarterly results after equities stop trading today.
Those looking for more on which companies are reporting when, head on over to Nasdaq’s Earnings Calendar .
On the Horizon Monday, August 15
Japan: Industrial Production & Capacity Utilization – June Germany: Wholesale Price Index – July US: Empire State Manufacturing Index – August US: NAHB Housing Market Index – August Tuesday, August 16
UK: Employment Change, Average Hourly Earnings – June Germany: ZEW Current Conditions & Economic Sentiment – August Eurozone: ZEW Economic Sentiment – August US: Housing Starts & Building Permits – July US: Industrial Production & Capacity Utilization – July Wednesday, August 17
Japan: Core Machinery Orders – June Japan: Imports/Exports – July UK: CPI, PPI – July Eurozone: 2Q 2022 GDP US: Weekly MBA Mortgage Applications US: Retail Sales – July US: Business Inventories – June US: Weekly EIA Crude Oil Inventories Thursday, August 18
Eurozone: CPI – July US: Weekly Initial & Continuing Jobless Claims US: Philadelphia Fed Index – August US: Existing Home Sales – July US: Weekly EIA Natural Gas Inventories Friday, August 19
Japan: CPI – July UK: Retail Sales – July Germany: PPI – July Thought for the Day “You have to just do what you love and hope other people love it too.” ~ Joan Jett
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