Futures higher on economic data

Strong Asian and European manufacturing reports boost global stocks, and US markets seem set to follow.

By Benzinga Aug 1, 2013 8:10AM

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U.S. equity futures are significantly up in early premarket trade on strong Asian and European PMI data. In addition, the Bank of England and European Central Bank are expected to reaffirm a policy of easing Thursday morning.


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  • Eurozone manufacturing is growing for the first time in two years. PMI came in at 50.3 versus the previous 48.8.

  • China's HSBC manufacturing PMI is down from 48.2 to 47.7. However, the National Bureau of Statistics manufacturing PMI rose from 50.1 to 50.3, beating expectations.

  • S&P futures are up 13.3 points to 1693.8

  • The EUR/USD is down 0.0067 to 1.3235

  • Crude Oil futures are up $1.22 to $106.25.

  • Gold futures are up $10.10 this morning to $1323.10.

Asian markets

Asian markets surged overnight on strong economic data. The Japanese Nikkei 225 Index gained 2.47% and the Topix Index rose 2.80%. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index added 0.94% while the Shanghai Composite Index rose 1.77% in China. Also, the Korean Kospi added 0.35%.


European markets

European shares also gained on strong economic data and anticipation for central banks to reaffirm easing. The Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.49% and the Italian FTSE MIB Index declined 1.09%. Similarly, the German DAX rose 1.08% and the French CAC 40 Index rose 0.38% while U.K. shares gained 0.38%.


Commodities

Commodities were mostly higher overnight with oil seeing a sizable increase. WTI crude futures gained 1.15% to $106.24 per barrel and Brent crude futures added 0.96% to $108.73 per barrel. Copper futures rose 1.19% to $315.55 per pound. Gold was higher and silver futures climbed 0.07% to $19.70 per ounce.


Currencies

Currency markets were on the move overnight as the euro and pound strengthened ahead of announcements from the European Central bank and Bank of England. The EUR/USD was lower at 1.3241 and the dollar rose against the yen to 98.8000. The EUR/JPY bundle rose to 130.8300.


Earnings reported Wednesday

Key companies that reported earnings Wednesday include:

  • Honda Motor (HMC) reported second quarter earnings per share of $0.69 on revenue of $28.75 billion vs. $29.49 billion.

  • Comcast (CMCSA) reported second quarter earnings per share of $0.65 vs. $0.63 expected on revenue of $16.27 billion vs. $16.01 billion.

  • Anheuser-Busch Inbev (BUD) reported second quarter earnings per share of $0.93 vs. $1.03 expected on revenue of $10.60 billion vs. $16.20 billion.

  • Allstate (ALL) reported second quarter earnings per share of $1.12 vs. $0.98 expected on revenue of $8.79 billion vs. $7.00 billion.

  • MasterCard (MA) reported second quarter earnings per share of $6.96 vs. $6.30 expected on revenue of $2.10 billion vs. $2.00 billion.

Premarket movers

Stocks moving in the premarket included:

  • Garmin (GRMN) was up 4.05% to $38.77 after the company reported strong earnings.

  • MasterCard (MA) was also up on strong earnings to $625.

  • Amgen (AMGN) was down this morning after sliding 2.62% Wednesday on bad earnings. Shares are down 2.83% in the premarket to $108.05

Earnings

Notable companies expected to report earnings Thursday include:

  • ConocoPhillips (COP) is expected to report second quarter earnings per share of $1.29 vs. $1.22 a year ago on revenue of $12.75 billion vs. $13.99 billion a year ago.

  • DirecTV (DTV) is expected to report second quarter earnings per share of $1.33 vs. $1.09 a year ago on revenue of $7.76 billion vs. $7.22 billion a year ago.

  • Enbridge (ENB) is expected to report second quarter earnings per share of $0.39 vs. $0.36 a year ago on revenue of $5.73 billion vs. $5.72 billion a year ago.

  • Kraft Foods (KRFT) is expected to report second quarter earnings per share of $0.66 on revenue of $4.81 billion.

  • Barrick Gold (ABX) is expected to report second quarter earnings per share of $0.59 vs. $0.78 a year ago on revenue of $3.10 billion vs. $3.28 billion a year ago.

  • LinkedIn (LNKD) is expected to report second quarter earnings per share of $0.31 vs. $0.16 a year ago on revenue of $354.04 million vs. $228.21 million a year ago.

  • marathon Petroleum (MRO) is expected to report second quarter earnings per share of $1.93 vs. $2.53 a year ago

  • Exxon Mobil (XOM) is expected to report second quarter earnings per share of $1.90 vs. $1.80 a year ago.

Economics

Thursday is PMI day. Overnight, China's manufacturing PMI came out, and early in the morning, it was the eurozone's and many European countries. At 8:00 a.m. ET, the U.S. figure will be released. U.S. ISM manufacturing data will also come out at 10:00 a.m. ET. At 8:30 a.m. ET, initial and continuing jobless claims are due out. The natural gas figure will be released at 10:30 a.m. ET, and it will be interesting to watch because suspicious trade patterns indicate the figure is regularly leaked. The last big figure of the day is total vehicle sales after hours.


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