Market Matters: Futures Up Slightly

August 27, 2014

In After Hours Trading

No IPOs on deck this week so far. Secondaries on deck today MPAA. Tpyically, this is the lightest week of the year.

In After Hours Trading (Best to Worst absolute beats/misses [+.02 or greater/-.02 or worse]): HEI+.06, SLH-.10

IPO Financial provides our capital raise data.

What’s Happening This Morning

US futures: S&P 500 +0.50, Dow Jones +11 and NDX +1 with fair values lower helping gains. Asia and Europe mixed. Copper and silver lower and gold higher. WTI Crude and Brent Oil Futures higher. Natural Gas is higher. $ is lower vs Euro, lower vs. Pound and lower vs. Yen. US 10 year Treasury yield -2. Prices as of 7:30 a.m.

Earnings Expected

Earnings due after the close (by market cap descending): WDAY, WSM, BYI

Due Thursday morning (by market cap descending): TD, DG, PLL, SIG, COTY, ANF

Reported Earnings This Morning

Reported Earnings This Morning (Best to Worst absolute beats/misses [+.02 or greater/-.02 or worse]): SDRL+.52, TIF+.11, MIK+.06, DCI+.03, BF.B-.02.

$60 Trillion & IMF Scandal

Bloomberg reported this morning that the overall value of global equities has climbed above $66 trillion. Since August 7th low on the S&P 500, over $2.2 trillion has been added to the $66 trillion.

$66 Trillion

In other news IMF Head Christine Lagarde is under investigation in France for “murky business affairs” while France’s Finance Minister.


Tesoro (TSO)

Tesoro (TSO) has moved above its price target and looks toppy. We are selling this name in our Superstock Trader Morning Matters Portfolio Wednesday morning for a 17% gain since we recommended it on May 1st.

Market Matters: Futures Flatish

In After Hours Trading

IPOs on tap this week but not today Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, and Recro Pharma. Secondaries on deck this morning APAM FEYE ICAD.

Reported after the close: AMBA +.07 ALOG -.03 COO +.01 BREW +.00 JMBA +.08 KFY +.09 NVTL -.08 PNY +.07 QIHU +.27 ZQK -.04 SKUL +.04 TFM -.04 THO -.02 WTI -.14 among others.

What’s Happening This Morning

US futures: S&P +1.25, Dow Jones +10 NDX +2 with fair value a tad higher with no impact on open. Asia lower ex Japan. Europe lower. Copper, silver and gold lower. WTI Crude and Brent Oil Futures higher. Natural Gas flat. $ is lower vs Euro, lower vs. Pound and lower vs. Yen. US 10 year Treasury yield -1. Prices as of 7:25 a.m. EST

Earnings Expected

No earnings due after the close. It’s Miller Time have a great weekend! 

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Index ETF Options Volume

oix daily

The rows in the options matrix are as follows:
  • Curr Vlm = Current Option Volume for today
  • OpVol20 = 20 day Option Volume average
  • % Delta (sorted descending) = Curr Vlm/ OpVol20 * 100
  • Sym = Symbol
  • 20 HV 100HV 252HV = 20 day, 100 Day and 252 Day Historical Volatility
  • Slope = The slope of the historic vol
  • Delta = Change in slope
  • cOptInt = Call Open Interest
  • pOptInt =Put Open Interest
  • cVolum = Call Volume
  • pVolum = Put Volume

Starbucks (SBUX)

Starbucks (SBUX) has sold off since its November peak and now is an interesting buy idea.


Discovery Communications (DISCA)

Discovery (DISCA) beat estimates after the close and raised guidance. Estimates were $0.90 and the company reported $0.92. There is some nice upside to this name before hitting our price target. Worth a look.


Syria: Now or Never?

It is apparent this morning that a potential strike on Syria is being delayed while a strike is played out in the United Nations and President Obama needs to get approval from Congress. The Wall Street Journal has a nice summary today of where we are at in the crisis.



Salesforce (CRM) will report earnings after the close. Estimates are $0.07 versus $0.42. Despite this weak earnings estimate, the stock is trading at a substantial discount to its price target. For the last three quarters, the stock has traded off on earnings. We would expect it to trade down again and then nibble on the stock.

Company Information

Sector: Information Technology
Industry: Application Software
Market Cap: $25,813 (Millions)


Price %Gain
Current Price $43.75
Price Target $50.32 15.0%
Upper Bound $62.40 42.6%
Lower Bound $40.58 -7.2%

Fundamental Variables

P/E Ratio N/A
Sales Growth 32.7%

Valuation Variables

Past Current Future
Profitability (CFROI) 12.9% 9.5% 11.0%
Growth (in Assets) 31.2% 6.2% 6.1%
Color Legend
Excellent Top 10%
Good 11- 30%
Average 31- 70%
Fair 71- 90%
Poor Bottom 10%

Stock data last updated 25-AUG-13.

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Futures Higher

In After Hours Trading

We expect filings and pricings during the week for secondaries but right now nothing on deck.

CWST (+.07) GES (+.17) GAME (+.04) TFM (.00) TLYS (+.02). TFM guided lower and will get hit today.

What’s Happening This Morning

US futures: (S&P +5.75, Dow Jones +49, NDX +11.75 with fair value slightly lower helping the open. Asia higher ex Shanghai and Europe higher. Copper lower and gold lower with WTI Crude lower and Brent Oil Futures lower. $ is higher vs Euro, higher vs. Pound and higher vs. Yen. US 10 year Treasury Yield +2. Prices as of 7:55 a.m. EST.

Earnings Expected

Due after the close CRM SPLK ESL KKD OVTI RUE SCVL BEBE PSUN AVID OCLR. Due tomorrow morning YGE SOL FRO.

Rags & Mags: Inside Wall Street

We are back to our own coverage of the major papers:


NY Times: U.S. faces test of proof on Syria. Portugal begins to see a rebound. Lobbyists pressure Congress to undo dialysis cuts.

Wall Street Journal: Main street confidence rises and small business owners seeing increase in consumer demand.

USA Today: Syria could retaliate against the U.S. Verizon and Vodafone resume talks.

Reported Earnings This Morning

FLWS(+.01) CPB (+.03) CSTM (-.18) GCO (-.04) JASO (+.01) LRN (+.03) MEI (+.16) PLL (+.02) RY (+.09) SIG (+.01)

Data Points

Wednesday saw 1676 stocks rise and 1324 fall on the NYSE. NASDAQ saw 1453 rise and 1051 fall.


The S&P 500 is now back below its 50 day exponential moving average and above the 200 day exponential moving average. The Russell 2000 is now below its 50 day moving exponential average and above its 200 day exponential moving average.

The 10 day spread moving average of breadth is now negative and we are in cash mode. The Madison Market Timing Indicator moved to buy on July 8th which can be found on


Q2 GDP (preliminary) is due out at 8:30 a.m. EDT and are expected to rise to 2.3% from 1.7%. Weekly Jobless Claims are due at the same time. Then at 10:30 Weekly Natural Gas Inventories are due out.


Congress is on vacation until after Labor Day thankfully. A military action in Syria by the U.S. military looks to be delayed for the time being.


St. Louis Federal Reserve President Bullard and Richmond Federal Reserve President Lacker speak at separate venues, times are 2:00 p.m. EDT and 6:45 p.m. respectively.

Conference & Analyst Meetings

Analyst Meetings of note LSTR. Simmons European Energy Conference.

Conference of Note

VM World 2013

M & A News

Verizone (VZ) may buy Vodafone Group (VOD)

Key Upgrades and Downgrades



Firm Upgrades Downgrades
JP Morgan
Goldman Sachs
Morgan Stanley
Deutsche Bank
Citigroup WOSYY
Merrill Lynch
Wachovia/Wells Fargo
Credit Suisse
Banc of America
Jefferies STML
Lazard IMUC
Societe Generale
Raymond James MHK
Societe Generale
Keefe Bruyette
Friedman Billings
Robert W. Baird
Sun Trust RH
Credit Agricole
Cantor Fitzgerald
Key Banc
HSBC Securities
William Blair
BNP Paribas
Brean Murray
JMP Securities
Janney Montgomery
Think Equity
Cantor Fitzgerlad
BMO Capital
Jesup & Lamont
Canaccord Adams
Global Hunter