CAPIS Morning Note – 12/08/22: Futures Edge Higher After 5 Days of Losses

Overnight Summary: The S&P 500 closed Wednesday at 3933.92 (lower by -0.19%) from Tuesday at 3941.26 (lower by -1.44%).  The overnight high of 3947.50 was hit at 6:50 a.m. EST. The low was hit at 3916.00 at 8:16 p.m. EST, a range of ~31 points high to low.  At 7:00 a.m. EST, the S&P 500…

Overnight Summary: The S&P 500 closed Wednesday at 3933.92 (lower by -0.19%) from Tuesday at 3941.26 (lower by -1.44%).  The overnight high of 3947.50 was hit at 6:50 a.m. EST. The low was hit at 3916.00 at 8:16 p.m. EST, a range of ~31 points high to low.  At 7:00 a.m. EST, the S&P 500 (mini) was up +9.

Earnings Out After The Close

  • Beats: OXM +0.24, HCP +0.18, VRNT +0.08, AI +0.05, SPWH +0.05, DSGX +0.04.
  • Flat: None of note.
  • Misses: GEF (0.11),GME (0.03).

Unusual Options Activity:

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Capital Raises:

  • IPOs Priced or News: None of note.
  • New SPACs launched/News:
    • ROC Energy Acquisition Corp. (ROC) Confirms Funding and Extension of Deadline to Complete Initial Business Combination.
  • Secondaries Priced:
    • CABA: Announces offering of 6,213,776 shares at a price of $5.52 per share for aggregate proceeds of $35 million.
  • Notes Priced of note:
    • CUTR: Announces the pricing of $100 mln aggregate principal amount of 4.00% convertible senior notes due 2029.
    • UNIT: Announces Pricing of Convertible Notes Offering.
  • Common Stock filings/Notes:
    • ARDS: Filed Form S-1.. 7,207,208 Shares Common Stock.
    • BTTX: Filed Form S-1.. Common Stock.
    • GTLS: Commences concurrent offerings of $600 million of common stock and $300 million of depositary shares of Series B Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock
    • INM: Filed Form S-1.. 5,090,918 Common Shares.
    • REPL: Proposed Public Offering.. $125 million of shares. (JPM and SVB Bookmanager)
    • RXDX: Proposed Public Offering of Common Stock.. $250 million of shares. (GS, SVB, Jefferies and Guggenheim bookmanager)
  • Direct Offering: None of note.
  • Selling Shareholders of note:
    • ESEA: Filed Form F-3.. 4,041,943 of our Common Shares Offered by the Selling Shareholders.
  • Private Placement of Public Entity (PIPE):
    • SABS: Announces $7.9 Million Private Placement of Common Stock.
  • Mixed Shelf Offerings:
    • GM: Filed Auto Mixed Shelf.
  • Debt Filing/Notes:
    • AVB: Completes $350 Million Senior Notes Offering.
  • Tender Offer: None of note.
  • Convertible Offering & Notes Filed:
    • CHEF: Announces Offering of $250 Million of Convertible Senior Notes Due 2028.
    • CUTR: Proposed Private Offering of $100 Million of Convertible Senior Notes.
    • NEP: announces offering of $500 million in aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2026.

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News After The Close:

  • After Hours: 
    • Trading Up: HCP +8%, BZFD +5%, OXM +4%.
    • Trading Down: RLMD -37%, DSGN -34%, CUTR -14%, CHEF -7%, SPWH -5%, GEF -5%, NEP -4%, SNY -4%, VRNT -4%.
  • News Since The Close:
    • Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said: I’ve banned TikTok on state issued devices. I’m also calling for legislation to make the ban permanent and to broaden the ban.
    • Google (GOOG), Oracle (ORCL), Amazon (AMZN), and Microsoft (MSFT) win $9 billion joint DOD contract. (Bloomberg)
    • Chevron (CVX) sees 25% jump in spending for 2023, excluding acquisitions. (MarketWatch)
    • Transocean Ltd. (RIG) Announces $1.04 Billion in Contract Awards for Two Ultra-Deepwater Drillships.
  • Exchange/Listing/Company Reorg and Personnel News:
    • Alvotech (ALVO) shares move to Nasdaq Iceland Main Market.
    • Alpha and Omega Semiconductor (AOSL) Announces Executive Leadership Transition.
    • Custom Truck One Source (CTOS) Announces CEO Transition Plan.
    • Eargo (EAR) Announces Strategic Additions to Board of Directors Following Patient Square Capital Becoming New Majority Shareholder.
    • Genuine Parts (GPC) appoints William Stengel to expanded role as President and COO.
    • GeoVax (GOVX) Appoints Jayne Morgan, M.D., to its Board of Directors.
    • WM Technology (MAPS) Chief Technology Officer Justin Dean tendered his resignation from his role.
    • Nordstrom (JWN) appoints Michael Maher, its Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, as interim CFO.
    • The Duckhorn Portfolio (NAPA) CFO Lori Beaudoin intends to retire in the spring of 2023.
    • PBF Energy (PBF) announces appointment of Karen Davis as interim CFO.
    • SPX Technologies (SPXC) Announces Appointment of Mark Carano as Chief Financial Officer.
  • Buyback Announcements or News: 
    • CarGurus (CARG) announces $250 million repurchase program.
    • Criteo (CRTO) announces the extension of its share repurchase authorization from $280-480 million.
    • Landstar System (LSTR) increases stock repurchase authorization to 3.0 million shares of common stock (see Dividends)
    • Verint Systems (VRNT) announces new $200 million share buyback program.
    • Exxon (XOM) share-repurchase program expanded up to $50 billion through 2024.
  • Stock Splits or News:
    • LCFY trading r/s price.
    • My Size (MYSZ) Announces Reverse Stock Split.
    • UpHealth (UPH) Announces Reverse Stock Split Will Effect Changes to Warrant Terms.
  • Dividends Announcements or News:
    • Adams Diversified Equity Fund (ADX) Announces $15.01 Issue Price of Shares for Year-End Distribution Payable December 21, 2022.
    • Adams Natural Resources Fund (PEO) Announces $21.40 Issue Price of Shares for Year-End Distribution Payable December 16, 2022.
    • Carrier (CARR) Board of Directors Increases Quarterly Dividend by 23%.
    • Coca-Cola Consolidated (COKE) doubles regular quarterly dividend to $0.50 per share from $0.25 per share;.  Company also declares a special cash dividend of $3.00 per share.
    • CubeSmart (CUBE) increases quarterly dividend 14% to $0.49 per share, a $0.07 bump.
    • Erie Indemnity (ERIE) increases its quarterly dividend 7.2% to $1.19 per shares.
    • FDX Goes ex div tomorrow for $1.15.
    • Landstar System (LSTR) declares one-time special cash dividend of $2.00 per share.
    • PDC Energy (PDCE) declares special dividend of $0.65 per share.
    • VFC Goes ex div tomorrow for $0.51.

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

S&P 500 +13, Dow Jones +86,  NASDAQ +40,  and Russell 2000 +7. (as of 7:55 a.m. EST).  Asian markets were mixed, but the Hang Seng was up 3.4% as they loosen coronavirus quarantine requirements and ease entry restrictions (see Bloomberg story below in Rags/Mags).  Europe markets are trading slightly down. European Central Bank staff is reportedly considering a strike after being offered pay raises below the rate of inflation.  VIX Futures are at 22.77 (up +0.4%). Gold up a hair and Silver down a….sliver.  WTI Crude Oil and Brent higher with Natural Gas higher as well. $ is flat. US 10-year Treasury sees yields at 3.46%. The U.S. Dollar is slightly higher versus the Euro, a touch lower versus the Pound and higher against the Yen. Bitcoin is at $16,826 from $16,791.

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

  • Daily Positive Sectors: Healthcare of note.
  • Daily Negative Sectors: Communication Services, Consumer Cyclical, Energy, technology, Financial 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. stocks inched mostly down Wednesday, with investors continuing to worry that stronger-than-expected economic data will prompt officials to hold interest rates higher for longer, potentially weighing on the economy next year. The S&P 500 was down 7.34 points, or 0.2%, to 3933.92, suffering its fifth consecutive day of losses. The tech-focused Nasdaq Composite fell 56.34 points, or 0.5%, to 10958.55. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.58 points, or less than 0.1%, to 33597.92. (WSJ)

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

  • Thursday After the Close: AVGO, COST, LULU, CHWY, COO, MTN, DOCU, RH, FIZZ, PHR, DOMO, CURV of note.
  • Friday Before the Open: None of note.

Earnings of Note This Morning:

  • Beats: CIEN +0.54, MOMO +0.52, GMS +0.45, KFY +0.02.
  • Flat: None of note.
  • Misses: None of note.
  • Still to Report: MANU.


  • Positive Guidance: HCP of note.
  • Negative Guidance: VRNT, SPWH,AI, KMI, KFY of note.

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Gap Ups & Down In Early Pre-Market:

  • Gap Up: MOMO +21%, RXDX +8%, HCP +6%, GMS +5%, BZFD +5%, OXM +4% of note.
  • Gap Down: RLMD -40%, DSGN -27%, CUTR -10%, CHEF -7%, SPWH -6%, GEF -5%, GTE -5% of note.

Insider Action: BALL sees Insider buying with dumb short selling.  AZYO, CVV 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: CIEN, GME, RENT, OXM, UL, KMI, CANO, EXPR  (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: The Federal Reserve Is Deflating Financial Bubbles, Without a Crash. (Bloomberg)
  • Bloomberg Most Read Story: Peru’s President Accused of Coup After Move to Dissolve Congress. (Bloomberg)
  • China’s Xi Jinping Meets Saudi Crown Prince in Pivotal Visit. (WSJ)
  • Hong Kong May End Outdoor Mask Rule, Relax Covid Tests, Report Says. (Bloomberg)
  • New York Times (NYT) Employees Are Walking Out Over Pay Dispute. (Bloomberg)
  • Google (GOOG)Combines Maps and Waze Teams Amid Pressure to Cut Costs. (WSJ)
  • US Sides Against Google (GOOG) in Consequential Social Media Case. (Bloomberg)
  • Surging retail theft could force Walmart (WMT) to close stores and raise prices, CEO Doug McMillon warns. (NYPost)

Moving Average Update:

  • Score remains at 25%.


  • President’s Public Schedule:
    • The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, 9:00 a.m. EST
    • The President and The Vice President have lunch, 12:15 p.m. EST
    • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, 12:30 p.m. EST
    • The President delivers remarks on building a stronger economy for union workers and retirees; The Secretary of Labor attends, 2:10 p.m. EST


  • Initial Jobless Claims 8:30 a.m. EST (Expecting 230k, Expecting 1.6 Million continued claims)
  • Quarterly Services 10:00 a.m. EST
  • EIA Natural Gas Report 10:30 a.m. EST (Expecting -31bcf)

Federal Reserve / Treasury Speakers:

  • Blackout Period.

M&A Activity:

  • IBM to Acquire Octo.
  • Unilever (UL) mulls $3 billion sale of some U.S. ice cream brands. (Bloomberg)
  • United Rentals (URI) Completes Acquisition of Ahern Rentals.

Meeting & Conferences of Note:

  • Sellside Conferences:
    • Bank of America Virtual Lithium and Battery Storage Conference 2022 (12/08/22-12/09/22)
    • Cantor Fitzgerald Medical & Aesthetic Dermatology, Ophthalmology & MedTech Conference 2022
    • Goldman Sachs Autos Conference 2022 (12/08/22-12/09/22)
    • Goldman Sachs Credit Outlook Conference
    • Jefferies Consumer Finance Summit
    • Macquarie Ad Tech C-Suite Virtual Day 2022
    • Truist Securities Gaming, Lodging, Leisure and Restaurants Summit 2022
      • Previously posted and ongoing conferences:
        • Bank of America Biotech SMID Cap Conference (12/07/22-12/08/22)
        • Barclays Global TMT Conference (12/07/22-12/08/22)
        • Citigroup Global Consumer Conference (12/06/22-12/08/22)
        • Cowen 5th Annual Cannabis Conference 2022 (12/06/22-12/08/22)
        • Credit Suisse Mexico Infrastructure Conference
        • DA Davidson Fintech and Payment Solutions Conference
        • John Tumazos Very Independent Research
        • Roth Sustainability Private Capital Event
        • Sidoti December Micro Cap Conference (12/07/22-12/08/22)
        • SVB Securities Biopharma Spotlight: Global Large Cap
        • Wells Fargo Midstream, Utilities & Renewable Power (12/07/22-12/08/22)
  • Company Meetings: CSCO, DQ, SHAC
  • Fireside Chat: AVY, HAS, IRIX, IMVT.
  • Investor/Analyst Day/Calls: ASXC, DCO, EIGR, EW, GE, KMT, LUV, MCRB, ML, ROG, WPRT, XOM
  • Update: None of note.
  • R&D Day: None of note.
  • Company Event: None of note.
  • Industry Meetings:
    • Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance Annual Meeting 2022
      • Previously posted and ongoing conferences:
        • International Union of Nutritional Sciences International Congress of Nutrition (IUNS-ICN) 2022 (12/06/22-12/11/22)
        • San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) 2022 (12/06/22-12/10/22)
        • Advanced Automotive Battery 22nd Annual Conference (AABC) 2022 (12/05/22-12/08/22)
        • IEEE Globecom 2022 (12/04/22-12/08/22)
        • Sequire Medical Technology Conference 2022 (11/30/22-12/08/22)

Top Tier Sell-side Upgrades & Downgrades:

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