CAPIS Morning Note – 12/15/22: BOE and Swiss National Bank Raise Rates As Well. Stocks Rally Ends.

Overnight Summary: The S&P 500 closed Wednesday at 3995.32 (lower by -0.61%) from Tuesday at 4019.65 (higher by 0.73%).  The overnight high of 4042.75 was hit at 6:40 a.m. EST. The low was hit at 3987 at 4:45 a.m. EST, a range of ~55 points high to low.  At 7:10 a.m. EST, the S&P 500…

Overnight Summary: The S&P 500 closed Wednesday at 3995.32 (lower by -0.61%) from Tuesday at 4019.65 (higher by 0.73%).  The overnight high of 4042.75 was hit at 6:40 a.m. EST. The low was hit at 3987 at 4:45 a.m. EST, a range of ~55 points high to low.  At 7:10 a.m. EST, the S&P 500 (mini) was -36.

Earnings Out After The Close

  • Beats: TCOM +0.29, LEN +0.12, NDSN +0.11.
  • 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: None of note.
  • Secondaries Priced:
    • ATXS: Pricing of $100 Million Underwritten Offering of Common Stock.. Priced @$11.01.
    • NFE: Prices secondary offering of 6.9 million shares of common stock at $46.00 per share.
    • PRTA prices offering. 3.25 Million shares at $56.50 per share.
  • Notes Priced of note: None of note.
  • Common Stock filings/Notes:
    • LNT: Entered into a distribution agreement for sale of common stock with offering price of up to $225,000,000.
    • NFE: Commences public offering of 6.90 mln shares of common stock by Energy Transition Holdings.
    • NVAX: Proposed $125 Million Public Offering of Common Stock. (JPM, Jefferies and Cowen bookmanager) – (See Convertible Offering below)
    • RNA: Announces Proposed Public Offering of Common Stock.
    • SCTL: Announces Closing of $35.6 Million Concurrent Public Offerings.
      SNDX: Closing of Public Offering of Common Stock and Full Exercise of Underwriters’ Option to Purchase Additional Shares.
  • Direct Offering:
    • CKPT: Announces $7.5 Million Registered Direct Offering Priced At-the-Market Under Nasdaq Rules.
  • Selling Shareholders of note:
    • RBT: Filed Form S-1.. Up to 24,616,551 Shares of Class A Common Stock by selling shareholders.
    • WBX: Files for 8,176,694 Class A share offering by selling shareholders.
    • VOR: Filed Form S-3.. 11,627,907 Shares common stock offering by selling shareholders.
  • Private Placement of Public Entity (PIPE):
    • BCDA: Announces $3.6 Million Private Placement of Common Stock.
  • Mixed Shelf Offerings:
    • BY: Files for $200 million mixed securities shelf offering.
    • CENT: Filed Form S-3ASR.. Mixed Shelf.
  • Debt Filing/Notes: None of note.
  • Tender Offer: None of note.
  • Convertible Offering & Notes Filed:
    • NVAX: Announces $125 million convertible notes offering.

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News After The Close:

  • After Hours: 
    • Trading Up: RICK +5%, BMEA +4%, PL +4%.
    • Trading Down: NVAX -10%, PSNL -7%, NFE -4%.
  • News Since The Close:
    • Novavax (NVAX) stock sinks after proposed $125 million share sale, convertible debt offering. (MarketWatch)
    • DoubleLine’s Gundlach on CNBC:
      • Thinks Inflation Rate Is Going To Fall Faster Than Most Economists Do.
      • Says housing market is ‘obviously’ in a recession.
    • The US Senate voted to ban the hugely popular TikTok video-sharing app from all government-issued phones as the Biden administration considers restrictions on the Chinese-owned platform.
  • Exchange/Listing/Company Reorg and Personnel News:
    • Centene (CNC) announces leadership changes; names Ken Fasola President; appoints Jim Murray COO.
    • Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) CFO Christina Chiu has also been named the company’s COO.
    • First Hawaiian (FHB) names James Moses as CFO.
    • Goodyear Tire (GT) names Christina Zamarro CFO. (MarketWatch)
    • JELD-WEN (JELD) names William J. Christensen CEO.
    • Lyell Immunopharma (LYEL) names Lynn Seely, MD as President and CEO.
    • M&T Bank (MTB) names Daryl Bible CFO.
    • Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) Announces Senior Executive Leadership Transitions at Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises.
    • Personalis (PSNL) Announces CEO Retirement and Transition.
    • Insulet (PODD) COO Charles Alpuche to retire.
    • Radian Group (RDN) discloses CFO departure.
    • Ra Medical Systems (RMED) Regains Compliance with NYSE American Continued Listing Standards.
    • Nyse To Suspend Trading Immediately In Starry Group Holdings, Inc. (STRY) And Commence Delisting Proceedings.
    • Sysco (SYY) announces that Aaron Alt will step down as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
    • Tronox (TROX) Announces Chief Financial Officer Retirement and Succession Plan.
  • Buyback Announcements or News:
    • Argan, Inc. (AGX) Increases Share Repurchase Program to $125 Million. (See Dividends)
    • Cadence Bank (CADE) announces 10 mln shares repurchase program for 2023.
    • HF Sinclair (DINO) agreed to repurchase an aggregate of 1 mln shares of the outstanding common stock from a registered broker for an aggregate purchase price of $48,600,000.
    • Eagle Bancorp (EGBN) authorizes new share repurchase program for up to 1.6 million shares.
  • Stock Splits or News:
    • BTB trading r/s price .
  • Dividends Announcements or News:
    • Argan, Inc. (AGX) Declares Regularly Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.25 Per Common Share.
    • Lamb Weston (LW) raises quarterly dividend by 14% to $0.28 per share.
    • Toll Brothers (TOL) Announces Cash Dividend.

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

S&P 500 -40, Dow Jones -267,  NASDAQ -145,  and Russell 2000 -19. (as of 8:08 a.m. EST).  Asian markets are lower.  Europe markets are trading lower. VIX Futures are at 23.25 from 24.01 . Gold, Silver andCopper lower.  WTI Crude Oil and Brent higher with Natural Gas lower. $ barely down. US 10-year Treasury sees yields at 3.48% from 3.50%. The U.S. Dollar is higher versus the Euro, higher versus the Pound and higher against the Yen. Bitcoin is at $17,655 from $17,857 lower by -0.69%.

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

  • Daily Positive Sectors: Healthcare of note.
  • Daily Negative Sectors: Energy, Financial, Basic Materials, Technology, Communication Services of note.
  • One Month Winners:  Basic Materials, Consumer Cyclical, Technology of note.
  • Three Month Winners: Basic Materials, Consumer Defensive,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 ended lower in choppy trade after the Federal Reserve raised rates another 50 basis points at its final rate-setting meeting of 2022, a year in which the central bank has quickly jacked up its policy rate to its highest level in 15 years. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.42% ended down about 142 points, or 0.4%, near 33,966, but was well off the session’s low of 33,704.17. The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.61% fell 0.6%, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.76% shed 0.8%. Fed Chair Powell, in an afternoon news briefing, said more work still needs to be done to ensure that inflation follows a concrete path lower to its 2% annual target, even though November’s consumer-price index this week showed a slowing to a 7.1% annual rate from a peak level above 9% this summer.  (MarketWatch)

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

  • Thursday After the Close: None of note.
  • Friday Before the Open: ACN, DRI, WGO of note.

Earnings of Note This Morning:

  • Beats: JBL +0.07.
  • Flat: None of note.
  • Misses: None of note.
  • Still to Report: None of note.


  • Positive Guidance: None of note.
  • Negative Guidance: NDSN of note.

Erlanger Research Advance/Decline Chart

Gap Ups & Down In Early Pre-Market:

  • Gap Up: BMEA +5%, VOR +5%, RICK +5% of note.
  • Gap Down: NVAX -10%, PSNL -8%, NFE -6%, FSM -4%, LEN -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: TSLA WBD LEN NVAX WDC T TTD SNAP. (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: Equities Decline as Hawkish Fed Halts Global Rally. (Bloomberg)
  • Chinese to offer more stimulus as Covid spikes. (Bloomberg)
  • Bloomberg Most Read Story: FTX Executive Ryan Salame Tipped Off Bahamian Regulators To Possible Fraud. (Bloomberg)
  • Bank of England hikes by 50 basis points. (CNBC)
  • Swiss National Bank raises rates as well. (CNBC)
  • Biden Administration makes Covid tests free again this winter. (CNBC)
  • 10 Year dips under 3.50%. (CNBC)

Moving Average Update:

  • Score goes to 68% from 74%.


  • President’s Public Schedule:
    • The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, 9:00 a.m. EST
    • The President departs the White House en route the U.S.-Africa Summit Leaders Session, 11:05 a.m. EST
    • The President participates in the U.S.-Africa Summit Leaders Session on partnering on the African Union’s Agenda, 11:15 a.m. EST
    • The President arrives at the White House, 1:05 p.m. EST
    • The President departs the White House en route the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Closing Session on Promoting Food Security and Food Systems Resilience, 3:35 p.m. EST
    • The President participates in a Family Photo with U.S.-Africa Summit Leaders, 3:40 p.m. EST
    • The President participates in the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Closing Session on Promoting Food Security and Food Systems Resilience, 4:00 p.m. EST
    • The President departs the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Closing Session on Promoting Food Security and Food Systems Resilience en route the White House, 5:45 p.m. EST
    • The President arrives at the White House, 5:50 p.m. EST
    • The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews, 8:00 p.m. EST
    • The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route New Castle, Delaware, 8:30 p.m. EST
    • The President arrives in New Castle, Delaware, 9:05 p.m. EST


  • November Retail Sales are due at 8:30 a.m. EST and expected to come in at -0.3% from 1.3%.
  • December Philadelphia Fed Index is due out at 8:30 a.m. EST and expected to drop to -10 from -19.40.00
  • December Empire State Manufacturing is due out at 8:30 a.m. EST and expected to fall to -1.0 from 4.5.
  • Initial Jobless Claims 8:30 a.m. EST
  • November Industrial Production is due out at 9:15 a.m. EST and is expected to improve to 0.1% from -0.1%.
  • Business Inventories 10:00 a.m. EST
  • EIA natural Gas Report 10:30 a.m. EST

Federal Reserve / Treasury Speakers:

  • None of note.

M&A Activity:

  • Shore Bancshares (SHBI) to merge with Community Financial (TCFC).

Meeting & Conferences of Note:

  • Sellside Conferences:
    • DNB Nordic Healthcare Conference
    • Imperial Capital Security Investor Conference
    • Oppenheimer Midwest Industrial Virtual Summit
    • UBS Virtual Electric Grid Summit 2022
      • Previously posted and ongoing conferences:
        • Deutsche Bank db access AutoTech Conference 2022 (12/13/22-12/15/22)
        • Jefferies Denver Healthcare Summit (12/14/22-12/16/22)
        • Jefferies Real Estate Conference (12/14/22-12/15/22)
        • RBC Capital Markets Healthcare Private Company Conference
        • ROTH Capital 11th Annual Deer Valley Consumer Conference 2022 (12/14/22-12/18/22)
        • Seaport Research Annual Corporate Access Dealer Days

Top Tier Sell-side Upgrades & Downgrades:

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Today’s Upgrades and Downgrades:

Previous Day’s Upgrades and Downgrades: