Stocks opened flat on Thursday, with the latest Dow down 0.05%, or 17 points. The S&P 500 fell 0.06%, while the Nasdaq Composite fell 0.23%.
— Samantha Subin
Verizon shares fell about 1.7% in premarket trading Thursday after MoffettNathanson downgraded the telecommunications company.
The company moved its rating on Verizon to underperform and cut its price target, citing competition in the industry weighing on the stock.
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Initial jobless claims released on Thursday fell by 2,000 to 250,000 in the week ending August 13. Economists polled by the Dow Jones had expected 260,000.
Estimates were also revised up to 252,000 two weeks ago.
— Samantha Subin
Shares of pet food maker Freshpet rose 2% after Piper Sandler initiated the company with a buy rating and a price target that implies a 46% upside from Wednesday’s close.
“Freshpet sales have faced headwinds as pet parents increasingly treat their pets as part of their human family and feed them accordingly,” analyst Michael Lavery wrote in a note from Thursday.
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—Fred Imbert, Carmen Reinicke
Ryan Cohen’s filing to sell his entire stake in Bed Bath & Beyond means it’s time for investors to sell, too, according to Wedbush.
Analyst Seth Basham downgraded the stock to underperform from neutral and said in a note to clients that Bed Bath & Beyond’s valuation is “disconnected” from fundamentals. Basham cited the company’s high cash burn and possible future restructuring as areas of uncertainty.
Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond are down 10% in premarket trading, though they have pared their losses since Wednesday evening, when Cohen’s filing was officially released.
– Jesse Pound
People shop at Kohl’s department store amid the coronavirus outbreak on September 5, 2020 in San Francisco, California.
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Shares of Kohl’s sank more than 8% in premarket after the retailer cut its outlook for the year. The company beat analysts and lowered expectations on the top and bottom lines, but said inflation is putting pressure on middle-income consumers.
At the same time, Kohl’s said shoppers are spending less money per transaction. The retailer also expects net sales to decline 5% to 6% for the fiscal year.
– Samantha Subin, Lauren Thomas
Investors will take a look Thursday morning for the latest jobs news, as well as a manufacturing reading that could generate more interest than usual.
Initial jobless claims for the week ending Aug. 13 are released at 8:30 a.m., with the Dow Jones estimated at 260,000. That would be only a slight decline from the previous week, but also representative of an upward trend that began in April.
The latest business outlook survey from the Philadelphia Fed, which will measure manufacturing activity in the region for August, will also be released.
It’s generally not a major data point for the market, but it will be watched a little more closely after the New York Fed’s Empire State manufacturing survey on Monday showed an impressive 40-point drop to -31.3. Regional manufacturing surveys are notoriously volatile, so the Philadelphia reading could help show whether the New York survey was an anomaly or signaled a broader slowdown.
Also out on Thursday are weekly export sales at 8:30 a.m., followed by existing home sales and the Conference Board’s index of leading economic indicators at 10 a.m.
Shares of Elanco Animal Health fell more than 2% in premarket after Morgan Stanley downgraded the company to equal Wight from overweight.
“Overall, our previous overweight thesis was based on a turnaround story materializing with a significant earnings ramp, where we were optimistic it would not disappoint,” analyst Erin Wright said in a note. “Now we’re moving to the sidelines with the creation of company-specific headwinds.”
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—Fred Imbert, Carmen Reinicke
Bond yields edged lower, cooling after the previous session’s gains following the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee’s July meeting.
The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield was just under a basis point lower at 2.886%, while the 30-year Treasury yield was trading 1 basis point lower at 3.135%.
The yield on the shorter 2-year Treasury note was a basis point lower at 3.285%. Yields move inversely to prices, and one basis point is equal to 0.01%.
Markets await the release of employment data due on Thursday, including a variety of jobless claims and home sales figures.
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– Natasha Turak
European markets were mixed at the open on Thursday, struggling to capitalize on gains amid continued market caution over the inflationary outlook.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 was fractionally lower in early trade, with industrials down 0.6% while oil and gas stocks gained 0.6%.
– Elliot Smith
A pedestrian wearing a protective mask walks past a branch of Nomura Securities Co., a unit of Nomura Holdings Inc., in Tokyo, Japan, Monday, July 27, 2020.
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Nomura further cut its forecast for China’s GDP growth in 2022 from 3.3 percent to 2.8 percent, citing the latest economic data outside the country.
The latest move continues the bank’s streak of having one of the lowest calls among peers, echoing pessimism about Beijing’s growth target of around 5.5%. In July, Chinese officials indicated that the country could miss its GDP target for the year.
Nomura credits worsening downturns in the current economic cycle, as well as China facing its worst heat wave in years, which could weigh on growth in the third quarter.
Goldman Sachs also cut its forecast from 3.3% to 3%, citing the latest data showing a drop in demand and sluggish credit growth. The report also emphasized the drag of the downturn in the real estate sector.
The expected cuts come after the People’s Bank of China unexpectedly cut two interest rates on Monday, its medium-term policy loans and a short-term liquidity tool, for the second time this year.
– Jihye Lee
Energy efficiency improvements made by companies will become increasingly important to investors, according to Goldman Sachs.
“Carbon is increasingly becoming a factor affecting stock selection and equity valuation, driven by increasing regulatory pressure and net zero investment strategies,” the investment bank wrote in a recent report from August.
Goldman identified buy-rated companies that rank well in their reductions in energy consumption and where it says energy efficiency will play a key role in the companies’ long-term competitive positioning.
Professional subscribers can read more here.
– Weizhen Tan
PayPal has lost nearly half of its market capitalization this year, and that’s despite a strong rally over the past month.
But top tech investor Paul Meeks is still a fan of the online payments giant. He tells CNBC Pro Talks why he thinks the stock is a buying opportunity.
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— Xavier Ong
People leave a Bed Bath & Beyond store amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in New York on January 27, 2021.
Carlo Allegri | Reuters
Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond fell nearly 16% in extended trading Wednesday after activist investor Ryan Cohen said in a securities filing that he plans to exit his position in the retailer through his firm RC Ventures.
RC Ventures proposed to sell 9.45 million shares of the company, according to the filing. This represents the company’s entire position on Bed Bath & Beyond.
Cohen first disclosed his stake in the retailer in March.
– Lauren Thomas, Jesse Pound, Pippa Stevens
Shares of Dow component Cisco rose more than 4% in extended trading on Wednesday following the company’s fiscal fourth-quarter results.
Cisco beat the top and bottom estimates and gave better than expected guidance.
“We had a strong end to our fiscal year thanks to our fourth quarter performance. Our teams executed well amid an incredibly dynamic environment, resulting in the highest full-year non-GAAP earnings per share of the company history,” Chuck. Robbins, chairman and CEO of Cisco, said in a statement.
– Pippa Stevens
The market has been watching economic data perhaps more than usual in recent months, trying to determine the Federal Reserve’s course of action as the central bank works to fight the hottest inflation in last 40 years
First, the weekly jobless claims data at 8:30 am on Wall Street. Economists expect 260,000 claims, according to estimates compiled by Dow Jones.
The Philly Fed’s August survey is also out at 8:30 am, and economists polled by FactSet expect a reading of -5.0 after -12.3 in July.
Existing home sales numbers for July will be released at 10 a.m. ET Wall Street is forecasting a 6.1% drop in sales, according to Dow Jones.
– Pippa Stevens
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