CAPIS Morning Note – 12/06/22: Stocks Up Modestly, Fate of Senate To Be Decided In Georgia Runoff

Overnight Summary: The S&P 500 closed Monday at 3998.84 (lower by -1.79%) from  Friday at 4071.70 (lower by -0.12%).  The overnight high of 4014 was hit at 4:00 a.m. EST. The low was hit at 3996 at 5:35 a.m. EST, a range of ~20 points high to low.  At 7:20 a.m. EST, the S&P 500…

Overnight Summary: The S&P 500 closed Monday at 3998.84 (lower by -1.79%) from  Friday at 4071.70 (lower by -0.12%).  The overnight high of 4014 was hit at 4:00 a.m. EST. The low was hit at 3996 at 5:35 a.m. EST, a range of ~20 points high to low.  At 7:20 a.m. EST, the S&P 500 (mini) was up 5.50.

Earnings Out After The Close

  • Beats: SUMO +0.11, GTLB +0.05.
  • Flat: None of note.
  • Misses: None of note.

Unusual Options Activity:

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Capital Raises:

  • IPOs Priced or News: None of note.
  • New SPACs launched/News:
    • X-Energy to go public via business combination with Ares Acquisition Corp. (AAC).
    • Blue Safari Group Acquisition Corp. (BSGA) Announces Extension of Combination Period and Second Amendment to the Merger Agreement.
    • Infrared Cameras Holdings, Inc., a Leading Provider of Thermal Cameras and Infrared Systems, to List on NASDAQ Through Business Combination with SportsMap Tech Acquisition Corp. (SMAP).
  • Secondaries Priced: None of note.
  • Notes Priced of note:
    • ET: Announces Pricing of $2.5 Billion of Senior Notes.
    • LNTH: Announces Pricing of Offering of $500 Million Convertible Senior Notes due 2027.
    • SAR: Prices Public Offering of $52.5 Million 8.125% Notes Due 2027.
    • VAC: Prices offering of $500 million of 3.25% convertible senior notes due 2027.
  • Common Stock filings/Notes:
    • BIVI: Filed prospectus supplement to increase shares of Class A common stock to $17.5 million from $8.1 million that may be sold pursuant to the previously disclosed Controlled Equity Offering Sales Agreement, dated August 31, 2022.
    • CTO: Announces Closing of Public Offering of Common Stock and Full Exercise of Underwriters’ Option to Purchase Additional Shares.
    • ISUN: Filed Form S-3.. up to 5,286,654 shares.
    • OKYO: Filed Form F-3.. 4,484,305 American Depositary Shares Representing 291,479,825 Ordinary Shares.
  • Direct Offering: None of note.
  • Selling Shareholders of note: None of note.
  • Private Placement of Public Entity (PIPE): None of note.
  • Mixed Shelf Offerings:
    • HTGM: Filed Form S-1.. Mixed Shelf.
  • Debt Filing/Notes:
    • BBBY: Announces Extension of Exchange Offers and Consent Solicitations for Certain of its Outstanding Debt Securities.
  • Tender Offer: None of note.
  • Convertible Offering & Notes Filed:
    • AXON: Announces Proposed Convertible Senior Notes Offering.
    • HLF: Proposed Offering of $250 Million Aggregate Principal Amount of Convertible Senior Notes.
    • STNG: Announces Conversion of the Convertible Bond due 2025.

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News After The Close:

  • After Hours: 
    • Trading Up: GTLB +21%, OFIX +12%, SUMO +12%, BIVI +11%.
    • Trading Down: HLF -11%, AXON -4%.
  • News Since The Close:
    • Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: GTLB, HLF, SUMO  (CNBC)
    • PepsiCo (PEP) to Lay Off Hundreds of Workers in Headquarters Roles. (WSJ)
    • Sumo Logic (SUMO) stock jumps more than 10% after third-quarter beat, raised outlook. (MarketWatch)
    • US, EU Weigh Climate-Based Tariffs on Chinese Steel and Aluminum. AA, MT, NUE, STLD, X, TMST, CLF (Bloomberg)
    • Facebook owner Meta (FB) may remove news from platform if U.S. Congress passes media bill. (Reuters)
    • Crypto Pressure Ratchets Up as FTC Probes Several Firms Over Ads. (Bloomberg)
    • GME has started a new round of layoffs. (Axios)
    • Northrop Grumman (NOC) awarded a $406 million US Air Force task order for engineering services.
    • Leonardo DRS (DRS) receives contract from U.S. Army worth $39.5 million.
  • Exchange/Listing/Company Reorg and Personnel News:
    • AMC Networks (AMCX) appoints current Chairman James L. Dolan as Interim Executive Chairman. (MarketWatch)
    • AppTech Payments Corp. (APCX) Expands Leadership Team with Key New Hires.
    • The Buckle, Inc. (BKE) Announces the Election of Shruti S. Joshi to the Company’s Board of Directors.
    • Blink Charging (BLNK) appoints Mark Pastrone, current COO of subsidiary SemaConnect, to COO of the company.
    • CURO Names Ismail Dawood Chief Financial Officer.
    • Nasdaq grants Esports Entertainment’s (GMBL) request for continued listing.
    • Gibraltar Industries (ROCK) says COO Burns to depart from position.
    • Hepion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (HEPA) Granted 180-day Extension by Nasdaq to Meet the Minimum Bid Price Requirements.
    • Karuna Therapeutics (KRTX) appoints Bill Meury as President and CEO.
    • NeoGenomics (NEO) Announces Chief Financial Officer Transition.
    • Owlet (OWLT) Receives Notice Regarding NYSE Continued Listing Standards.
    • NYSE American to Commence Delisting Proceedings against Winc, Inc. (WBEV)
  • Buyback Announcements or News: 
    • BellRing Brands (BRBR) Announces New Share Repurchase Authorization of $50 Million.
    • Natural Alternatives International, Inc. (NAII) Announces a $1 Million Increase in its Stock Repurchase Plan.
  • Stock Splits or News:
    • MediWound (MDWD) announces 1-for-7 reverse share split.
    • UpHealth (UPH) to Effect 10:1 Reverse Stock Split.
  • Dividends Announcements or News:
    • The Buckle, Inc. (BKE) Announces a $2.65 Per Share Special Cash Dividend, a $0.35 Per Share Quarterly Dividend.
    • Hanover Insurance (THG) increases quarterly dividend to $0.81 per share, A $0.06 bump.
    • Matador Resources Company (MTDR) Amends Its Quarterly Cash Dividend Policy to $0.15 Per Share.
    • NEM Goes ex div tomorrow for $0.55.
    • Renren (RENN) Provides Update on Special Cash Distribution For Settlement Regarding Shareholder Derivative Litigation.
    • SEI Investments (SEIC) increases its semi-annual dividend to $0.43 per share, a 7.5% increase.
    • Summit Materials (SUM) declares special stock dividend of 0.017 shares of company’s Class A common stock for each outstanding share of common stock.

What’s Happening This MorningFutures value reflects the change with fair value.

S&P 500 +3, Dow Jones +30,  NASDAQ +27,  and Russell 2000 +1. (as of 7:53 a.m. EST).  Asia higher ex Hong Kong.  Europe is lower.  VIX Futures are at 21.55 from 21.45. Gold, Silver and Copper higher. WTI Crude Oil and Brent lower with Natural Gas lower. $ is flat. US 10-year Treasury sees yields at 3.551% from 3.51%. The U.S. Dollar is lower versus the Euro, lower versus the Pound and lower against the Yen. Bitcoin is at $16,994 from $17,260 higher by +0378%.

Sector Action(1/3/6/12/YTD Updated Weekly with Monday release):  

  • Daily Positive Sectors: None of note.
  • Daily Negative Sectors: Energy, Consumer Cyclical, Financial, Basic Materials of note.
  • One Month Winners:  Basic Materials,Communication Services, Technology of note.
  • Three Month Winners: Basic Materials, Industrials, and Healthcare of note.
  • Six Month Winners: Industrials, Consumer Defensive, Healthcare of note.
  • Twelve Month Winners: Energy, Utilities, and Consumer Defensive of note.
  • Year to Date Winners: Energy of note.

U.S. stock indexes posted their worst day in nearly a month on Monday as hotter-than-expected reading on the U.S. services sector fueled speculation that the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates more aggressively to subdue inflation. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -1.40% finished 482 points lower, or 1.4%, to 33,947. The S&P 500 SPX, -1.79% dropped 1.8% to close below 4,000-level for the first time in nearly a week, while the Nasdaq Composite COMP, -1.93% slumped 1.9%.  (MarketWatch)

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Upcoming Earnings Of Note: (sorted by market cap, highest to lowest with most visible names)

  • Tuesday After the Close: MDB, CASY, TOL, GWRE, AVAV, ZUO, SWBI, MITK, SFIX of note.
  • Wednesday Before the Open: CPB, THO, OLLI, UNFI, LOVE, WEBR of note.

Earnings of Note This Morning:

  • Beats: AZO +2.17, SIG +0.42, BASE +0.11, CONN +0.05.
  • Flat: None of note.
  • Misses: None of note.
  • Still to Report: None of note.


  • Positive Guidance: SUMO, GTLB of note.
  • Negative Guidance: VFC, BASE of note.

Erlanger Research Advance/Decline Chart

Gap Ups & Down In Early Pre-Market:

  • Gap Up: VVNT +31%, GTLB +18%, BIVI +14%, EBS +9%, SUMO +8% of note.
  • Gap Down: MRTX -10%, HLF -10%, PSTX -4%, LSCC -4% of note.

Insider Action: BX, COFS sees Insider buying with dumb short selling.  AZYO, GOCO sees Insider buying with smart short sellers.

Rags & MagsRepeated stories from prior days never listed, i.e. “rehashed news”. Sorted by Global, U.S. and stock specific.

  • Stocks making the biggest moves premarket: HLF GTLB TXT AZO SIG JPM RCL AXON GE.(CNBC)
  • 5 things to know before the stock market opens. (CNBC)
  • Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day(Bloomberg)
  • Bloomberg Lead Story:  US Futures Waiver as Rate Bets Thrown Into Doubt. (Bloomberg)
  • Bloomberg Most Read Story: $65 Trillion in Dollar Debt. (Bloomberg)
  • Georgia Runoff for Senate seat front and center today. (Bloomberg)
  • A traffic jam of oil tankers has happened near Turkey after Russian oil price cap went into effect. (FT)
  • TSMC (TSM) to invest $40 billion into a chip plant in Arizona. (WSJ)
  • CEOs are not as optimistic for 2023 after 2022. (Yahoo)

Moving Average Update:

  • Score retreat and score pulls back to 45% from 91%.


  • President’s Public Schedule:
    • The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, 8:45 a.m. EST
    • The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews, 9:25 a.m. EST
    • The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route Phoenix, Arizona, 9:45 a.m. EST
    • The President arrives in Maricopa County, Arizona (12:40 PM Local), 2:40 p.m. EST
    • The President tours TSMC (1:30 PM Local), 3:30 p.m. EST
    • The President discusses how his economic plan is leading to a manufacturing boom, rebuilding supply chains, and creating good-paying jobs in Arizona and across the country (2:00 PM Local), 4:00 p.m. EST
    • The President departs en route Luke Air Force Base, Maricopa County, Arizona (4:05 PM Local), 6:05 p.m. EST
    • The President departs Luke Air Force Base, Maricopa County, Arizona en route Joint Base Andrews (4:45 PM Local), 6:45 p.m. EST
    • The President arrives at Joint Base Andrews, 10:20 p.m. EST
    • The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route the White House, 10:30 p.m. EST
    • The President arrives at the White House, 10:40 p.m. EST


  • Int. Trade in Goods 8:30 a.m. EST
  • Redbook Sales 8:55 a.m. EST
  • API Crude Oil Data 4:30 p.m. EST

Federal Reserve / Treasury Speakers:

  • Blackout Period.

M&A Activity:

  • Mill City Ventures III, Ltd. (MCVT) Enters into Letter of Intent to Acquire Mustang Funding, LLC.
  • NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG) to Acquire Vivint Smart Home, Inc. for $12 per share ($2.8 billion all cash deal)
  • Orthofix (OFIX): Indication of Interest for Buyout at $24.00 per share.
  • SS&C Techs (SSNC) acquires Complete Financial Ops.

Meeting & Conferences of Note:

  • Sellside Conferences:
    • Bank of America Water Conference
    • Citigroup Global Consumer Conference (12/06/22-12/08/22)
    • Cowen 5th Annual Cannabis Conference 2022 (12/06/22-12/08/22)
    • Credit Suisse 12th European Business Services Conference 2022 (12/06/22-12/07/22)
    • Credit Suisse Climate Tech Conference 2022 (12/06/22-12/07/22)
    • Credit Suisse 2022 Chicago Chemical Conference
    • CS Mexico Infrastructure Conference
    • Goldman Sachs U.S. Financial Services Conference 2022 (12/06/22-12/07/22)
    • Jefferies Private Medtech Summit
    • JMP Securities Hematology and Oncology Summit 2022 (12/06/22-12/07/22)
    • KBW Keefe, Bruyette & Woods UK Growth Financials Experience Conference 2022
    • Morgan Stanley Global Consumer and Retail Conference 2022 (12/06/22-12/07/22)
    • Morgan Stanley 5th Annual Space Summit 2022
    • Nasdaq 47th Investor Conference 2022 (12/06/22-12/07/22)
    • Susquehanna Virtual Freight Forum 2022
    • Truist Securities 4th Annual Industrials & Services Summit 2022 (12/06/22-12/07/22)
      • Previously posted and ongoing conferences:
        • Arete Tech Conference (12/05/22-12/06/22)
        • Bank of America Securities Home Care Conference(12/05/22-12/06/22)
        • BMO Capital Markets Growth & ESG Conference 2022 (12/05/22-12/07/22)
        • Capital One Securities 17th Annual Energy Conference 2022 (12/05/22-12/07/22)
        • JPMCrypto Economy Forum
        • Raymond James Technology Investors Conference (12/05/22-12/07/22)
        • The RHK Capital Disruptive Growth Conference hosted at ReedSmith 2022 (12/05/22-12/06/22)
        • UBS Global Media, Telecoms Communications, Technology (TMT) Conference 2022 (12/05/22-12/07/22)
        • Wolfe Research Virtual Consumer Growth Conference 2022 (12/05/22-12/06/22)

Top Tier Sell-side Upgrades & Downgrades:

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