CAPIS Morning Note – 12/09/22: Futures Up To Close Out the Week

Overnight Summary: The S&P 500 closed Thursday at 3963.51 (up by +0.75%….yeah!) from Wednesday at 3933.92 (lower by -0.19%).  The overnight high of 3982.75 was hit at 2:34 a.m. EST. The low was hit at 3960.25 at 7:51 p.m. EST, a range of ~22 points high to low.  At 7:25 a.m. EST, the S&P 500…

Overnight Summary: The S&P 500 closed Thursday at 3963.51 (up by +0.75%….yeah!) from Wednesday at 3933.92 (lower by -0.19%).  The overnight high of 3982.75 was hit at 2:34 a.m. EST. The low was hit at 3960.25 at 7:51 p.m. EST, a range of ~22 points high to low.  At 7:25 a.m. EST, the S&P 500 (mini) was up +15.

Earnings Out After The Close

  • Beats: RH +0.97, AVGO +0.16, DOCU +0.15, DOMO +0.13, PHR +0.11, CHWY +0.07, FIZZ +0.05, LULU +0.04.
  • Flat: None of note.
  • Misses: MANU (5.97), COO (0.36), MTN (0.11), COST (0.06), CURV (0.04).

Unusual Options Activity:

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Capital Raises:

  • IPOs Priced or News: None of note.
  • New SPACs launched/News:
    • Figure Acquisition Corp. I (FACA) announces intention to combine business with large warehouse lender and bank holding company.
  • Secondaries Priced:
    • AUTL: Pricing of Public Offering 75,000,000 American Depositary Shares @$2. (Jefferies, Blair and WFC Bookmanagers)
    • ERAS: Announces Pricing of Underwritten Offering of Common Stock 15,384,616 shares at $6.50/share.
    • GROM: Prices $5.0 Million Public Offering.
    • GTLS: Priced previously announced concurrent offerings of 5.9 million shares of common stock at public offering price of $118.17 per share.
    • REPL: Pricing of Public Offering.. 5,374,486 shares @$23.50.
    • RXDX: Pricing of Public Upsized $500 Million Offering of Common Stock.. 4,545,455 shares @$110.
  • Notes Priced of note: None of note.
  • Common Stock filings/Notes:
    • AUTL: Proposed Public Offering in the United States. (Jefferies, Blair and WFC Bookmanagers)
  • Direct Offering: None of note.
  • Selling Shareholders of note: None of note.
  • Private Placement of Public Entity (PIPE): None of note.
  • Mixed Shelf Offerings: None of note.
  • Debt Filing/Notes:
    • BIMI: Announces Sale of $2 Million Promissory Note. (See Stock Splits)
    • BAC: Filed Form S-3.. Debt Shelf.
  • Tender Offer:
    • TNET: About 1.5 million shares tendered at or below $72 per share.
  • Convertible Offering & Notes Filed: None of note.

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News After The Close:

  • After Hours: 
    • Trading Up: DOCU +8%, CMTL +6%, BBWI +5%, .
    • Trading Down: AUTL -20%, COO -9%, LULU -6%.
  • News Since The Close:
    • Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: LULU, COST, DOCU (CNBC)
    • Bath & Body Works (BBWI) stock gains after Third Point discloses 6% stake. (MarketWatch)
    • Lululemon (LULU) shares fall after company offers weak holiday quarter guidance. (CNBC)
    • Lockheed Martin (LMT) awarded $2.22 billion U.S. Navy contract modification.
    • ICF International (ICFI) selected by the U.S. Air Force for $25 million environmental services contract.
  • Exchange/Listing/Company Reorg and Personnel News:
    • CNO Financial (CNO) promotes Jean Linnenbringer to COO.
    • Krispy Kreme, Inc. (DNUT) announces appointment of Jeremiah Ashukian as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
    • LI: President and Director Yanan Shen Tendered Resignation. Donghui Ma Named As President from Jan 1.
    • Veritiv (VRTV) announces that Eric Guerin will succeed Steve Smith as CEO.
  • Buyback Announcements or News: 
    • ATRenew (RERE) Announces Extension of its Existing Share Repurchase Program.
    • AXIS Capital (AXS) Announces New $100 Million Share Repurchase Authorization; Increases Quarterly Dividend By $0.01.
    • Arcosa, Inc. (ACA) Declares Quarterly Dividend and Renews $50 Million Share Repurchase Authorization.
    • Broadcom (AVGO) will resume authorized share repurchases for remaining $13 billion; increasing quarterly dividend 12% to $4.60 per share.
    • Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR) increases its quarterly dividend to $0.05 per share; authorizes stock repurchase program of up to $25 million.
    • Celestica (CLS) to repurchase up tp 8.77 million shares.
    • Douglas Emmett (DEI) Announces $300 Million Share Repurchase Authorization. (See Dividend cut below)
    • NuScale Power (SMR) Names Karin Feldman Interim Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nuclear Officer.
    • PENN Entertainment (PENN) authorizes new $750 million share repurchase program.
    • TotalEnergies SE (TTE) decides to withdraw its directors from Novatek and will no longer equity account for its stake in Novatek; will record a $3.7 bln impairment in Q4.
    • Trinity Industries (TRN) increases quarterly dividend 13% to $0.26 per share; announces new $250 million share repurchase authorization.
    • Triton International (TRTN) approves an increase in the size of its existing share repurchase authorization to $400 million.
    • Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) sells $1.0B in AmerisourceBergen (ABC) shares; $200M buyback from WBA.
    • WM: Announces Plan to Increase its Dividend Rate and a New Share Repurchase Authorization.
  • Stock Splits or News:
    • BIMI Announces 1-for -10 Reverse Stock Split.
    • Babylon (BBLN) Announces Additional Details on its Upcoming 1-for-25 Reverse Share Split.
    • GROM trading r/s price.
    • MYSZ trading r/s price.
    • NDRA trading r/s price.
  • Dividends Announcements or News:
    • See Buybacks above: AXS, ACA, AVGO, BHR, TRN, WM
    • BBY Goes ex div on Monday for $0.88.
    • Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY) Announces Dividend Increase of 5.6% to $0.57 per share.
    • Crescent Point Energy (CPG) acquires Kaybob Duvernay assets and increases base dividend by 25%.
    • Douglas Emmett (DEI) cuts dividend to $0.19 per share from $0.28 per share.
    • Ecolab (ECL) Increases Cash Dividend 4%.
    • Edison (EIX) increases quarterly dividend 5.4% to $0.7375 per share from $0.7 per share.
    • F&G Annuities & Life (FG) declares an inaugural quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share.
    • Independent Bank (INDB) increases quarterly dividend 8% to $0.55 per share.
    • Medtronic (MDT) increases quarterly dividend 8% to $0.68 per share.
    • TE Connectivity’s (TEL) board approves recommendation to raise annualized dividend to $2.36 per share.
    • Territorial Bancorp Inc. (TBNK) Declares Special Dividend.
    • Utz Brands (UTZ) Board of Directors Increases Quarterly Cash Dividend.
    • W.P. Carey (WPC) increases quarterly dividend to $1.065 per share from $1.061 per share.
    • Zoetis (ZTS) increases quarterly dividend 15% to $0.375 per share.

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

S&P 500 +23, Dow Jones +154,  NASDAQ +85,  and Russell 2000 +9. (as of 7:53 a.m. EST).  Asian markets were up to end a very positive week.  Hang Send was up 2.3% and up 6.6% for the week.  The Shanghai Composite end up 1.6% for the week.  Europe markets are trading slightly down. European markets were flat to mixed, but for the week they were all down over 1% with Italy down 2.2%.  VIX Futures are at 22.60 (up +1.39%). Gold and Silver up a touch.  WTI Crude Oil and Brent higher with Natural Gas higher as well. $ barely down. US 10-year Treasury sees yields at 3.469%. The U.S. Dollar is unchanged versus the Euro, a touch higher versus the Pound and down against the Yen. Bitcoin is at $17,260 from $16,826.

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

  • Daily Positive Sectors: Technology, Consumer Cyclical, Healthcare, Basic Materials of note.
  • Daily Negative Sectors: Energy, Communication Services 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 rose, with the S&P 500 regaining some ground after five consecutive sessions of losses triggered by worries about how severe an economic downturn might be.  The S&P 500 advanced 29.59 points, or 0.8%, to 3963.51 on Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 183.56 points, or 0.5%, to 33781.48. The Nasdaq Composite added 123.45 points, or 1.1%, to 11082.00.  U.S. stocks have endured a stretch of losses recently. As of Wednesday, the benchmark S&P 500 had fallen eight of the past nine trading days. Worries that the Federal Reserve will hold interest rates higher for longer have been a key driver of those losses, as traders have considered the possibility that officials next year could raise their benchmark rate above the 5% currently expected by investors. (WSJ)

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

  • Friday After the Close: ORCL of note.
  • Monday Before the Open: None of note.

Earnings of Note This Morning:

  • Beats: None of note.
  • Flat: None of note.
  • Misses: LI (1.18).
  • Still to Report: None of note.


  • Positive Guidance: CIEN, CHWY, AVGO, CMTL, RH of note.
  • Negative Guidance: METC, DOCU, COO, CURV of note.

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Gap Ups & Down In Early Pre-Market:

  • Gap Up: DOCU +12%, CMTL +7%, BHR +6%, PHR +5%, BBWI +4%, AVGO +4% of note.
  • Gap Down: AUTL -27%, LULU -7%, CURV -6%, ICPT -4%, ALNY -4%, LI -4% of note.

Insider Action: No stock sees Insider buying with dumb short selling.  No stock 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: LULU, COST, AVGO, NFLX, DOCU, ABC, BBWI, RH  (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: Musk Twitter Leak Raises Concern About Outside Data Access. (Bloomberg)
  • Bloomberg Most Read Story: Tesla’s Troubles Are Piling Up While Elon Musk Is Distracted With Twitter. (Bloomberg)
  • U.S. to Levy Human-Rights Sanctions on Russia, China. (WSJ)
  • Sen. Kyrsten Sinema leaves Democratic party to become independent. (CNBC)
  • Goldman (GS) Moves More Bankers to Dubai in Middle East Money Push. (Bloomberg)
  • United Airlines (UAL), Boeing (BA) set to announce major 787 order -sources. (Reuters)
  • Tesla (TSLA) to suspend Model Y output in Shanghai in last week of Dec-memo. (Reuters)
  • Workers at GM-LG Battery Plant (GM) in Ohio Vote to Unionize. (WSJ)
  • Apple (AAPL) workers in Australia plan Christmas strike. (Reuters)
  • Former Apple (AAPL) Executive Says Company Blundered by Firing Him After TikTok Video. (WSJ)

Moving Average Update:

  • Score notches down to 20% from 25%.


  • President’s Public Schedule:
    • The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, 9:00 a.m. EST
    • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, 1:00 p.m. EST


  • November PPI is due out at 8:30 a.m. EST and expected to come in at 0.2% from 0.2% last month.
  • December University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment is due out at 10:00 a.m. EST  and is expected to rise to 57% from 56.8%.
  • Wholesale Inventories 10:00 a.m. EST
  • Baker Hughes Rig Count 1:00 p.m. EST
  • The latest NYSE And NASDAQ Short Interest is due out after the close for the period ending November 30th. During the collection period, the S&P 500 fell -0.73%.

Federal Reserve / Treasury Speakers:

  • Blackout Period.

M&A Activity:

  • AMCON Distributing Company (DIT) Acquires Henry’s Foods, Inc.
  • RH acquires Dmitriy & Co and Jeup.

Meeting & Conferences of Note:

  • Sellside Conferences:
    • Capital Link Invest in Greece Forum
      • Previously posted and ongoing conferences:
        • Bank of America Virtual Lithium and Battery Storage Conference 2022 (12/08/22-12/09/22)
        • Goldman Sachs Autos Conference 2022 (12/08/22-12/09/22)
  • Company Meetings: PX
  • Fireside Chat: None of note.
  • Investor/Analyst Day/Calls: SNTI, SYRS (12/10/22)
  • Update:
  • R&D Day: None of note.
  • Company Event:
    • Affimed (AFMD) Investor Event on AFM13 Clinical Development at the ASH Annual Meeting. (12/10/22)
  • Industry Meetings:
    • Essity Consumer Goods Presentation
    • American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition 2022 (12/10/22-12/13/22)
      • 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)

Top Tier Sell-side Upgrades & Downgrades:

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