Stocks Off The Lows But Still Down as Earnings Season Heats Up. FOMC Starts Meeting.

by Geoff Garbacz | 01/31/2023 9:12 AM

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Stocks Off The Lows But Still Down as Earnings Season Heats Up. FOMC Starts Meeting.

Overnight SummaryThe S&P 500 closed Monday lower by -1.17% at 4017.77 from Friday higher by 0.25% at 4070.56.  The overnight high of 4044 was hit at 7:05 p.m. EST. The low was hit at 4007.50 at 6:35 a.m. EST, a range of ~37 points high to low.  At 7:15 a.m. EST, the S&P 500 (mini) was lower by -11.50 points which is -0.29%.

Earnings Out After The Close: 

  • Beats: WHR +0.60, HP +0.30, SANM +0.26, PFG +0.16, AGNC +0.09, CFLT +0.06, ELS +0.05, GGG +0.04, CADE +0.03, HLIT +0.02, HTLF +0.02, ARE +0.01 of note.
  • Flat: None of note.
  • Misses: WWD (0.13), SYM (0.08), PCH (0.05), JJSF (0.05), NXPI (0.01) of note.

Unusual Options Activity:

Daily Screen in Erlanger Chartroom that highlights unusual Call and Put Options activity.  It looks for volume outliers relative to the Open interest in Calls or puts.  Usually, the stock price activity reflects the outlier situation (earnings/buyout/announcement), but once in a while, you can uncover stocks prior to a pop or drop.


Capital Raises:

  • IPOs Priced or News: None of note.
  • New SPACs launched/News:
    • Lotus Technology to Go Public through Business Combination with L Catterton Asia Acquisition Corp (LCAA), Accelerating Lotus’s Vision to Deliver All-Electric, Sustainable Luxury Vehicles Globally..
  • Secondaries Priced: None of note.
  • Notes Priced of note:
    • CHTR: Prices $1.1 Billion Senior Unsecured Notes.
    • STZ: Prices Offering of $500 million Senior Notes.
  • Common Stock filings/Notes:
    • ALV: Retires Treasury Shares, Decreases Number of Issued Shares.
    • MYSZ: Filed Form S-1.. 2,572,832 Shares of Common Stock.
    • RGCO: Filed Form S-3.. $40 Million Common Stock.
    • SNX: Closing of Secondary Public Offering of Common Stock and Concurrent Share Repurchase.
  • Direct Offering:
    • Cadiz Inc. (CDZI) Announces $40 Million Registered Direct Offering Backed By Largest Shareholders..
  • Selling Shareholders of note:
    • BBAI: Filed Form S-3.. 27,777,778 Shares of Common Stock by selling shareholder.
  • Private Placement of Public Entity (PIPE): None of note.
  • Mixed Shelf Offerings:
    • ETNB $500 Million shelf.
  • Debt Filing/Notes: None of note.
  • Tender Offer: None of note.
  • Convertible Offering & Notes Filed:
    • ITGR: Launch of Convertible Notes Offering $375 million.
    • PBA: Provides Notice of Series 21 Preferred Share Conversion Right and Announces Reset Dividend Rates.

Capital Raise Summary From The TradeXchange, bringing traders and investors real time news and Squawk Box, and other sources.

News After The Close:

  • After Hours: 
    • Trading Up: SYM +11%, CRK +6% of note.
    • Trading Down: HLIT -8%, BBAI -6%, ITGR -5% of note.
  • News After The Close:   
    • Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: WHR, UNH, NXPI, HLIT  (CNBC)
    • IMF hikes global growth forecast as inflation cools and household spending surprises. (CNBC)
    • Apple (AAPL) Executives Violated Worker Rights, Labor Officials Say. (Bloomberg)
    • President Biden To End Covid-19 Emergency Declarations On May 11. (AP)
    • Jim Chanos: Bear market is doing something unheard of in my career. (CNBC Interview)
    • Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) enter a new phase of uncertainty on prices and demand. (CNBC)
    • DoorDash (DASH) announces expected stock sales from co-founders. (MarketWatch)
    • Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) Preparing To File Bankruptcy As Soon As This Week – RTRS sources – Has Lined Up Liquidators For Going Out Of Business Sales.
    • Aecom (ACM) awarded $239 million Navy contract.
  • Exchange/Listing/Company Reorg and Personnel News:
    • Index Changes: Agree Realty (ADC) set to Join S&P MidCap 400; Comstock Resources (CRK) to Join S&P SmallCap 600
    • AIG Fired Interim CFO Lyons Over Non-disclosure Obligations. (MarketWatch)
    • Allegiant Travel (ALGT) appoints Robert Neal CFO.
    • Dollar General (DG) CFO John Garratt to retire. (MarketWatch)
    • Invitation Homes (INVH) Announces CFO Succession.
    • Wellous (KACL – Spac) Announces Key Leadership Appointments
    • Logitech Int’l SA (LOGI) names Charles Boynton as CFO.
    • Novo Integrated Sciences (NVOS) Announces Receipt of Notice from Nasdaq.
    • Optinose (OPTN) Announces CEO Transition and Business Update.
    • Six Flags (SIX) has appointed Marilyn Spiegel to its Board of Directors.
    • The Simply Good Foods Company (SMPL) Announces CEO Succession Plan.
    • Workday (WDAY) announced a realignment of resources resulting in the elimination of jobs.  This will impact around 3.0% of its workforce.
    • XPON names Brian Schaffner as new CEO, Greg Aydelott as new CFO.
  • Buyback Announcements or News: 
    • IGIC Executes Repurchase of Approximately 2.3 Million Common Shares.
    • MPC Announced Incremental $5 Billion Share Repurchase Authorization.
    • Silo Pharma (SILO) Announces Stock Repurchase Program.
    • UBS To Buy Back More Than $5 Billion Of Shares In 2023. (See Dividends too)
    •  UPS $5 Billion buyback. 
    • Victoria’s Secret & Co. (VSCO) Plans $125 Million Accelerated Share Repurchase Program.
  • Stock Splits or News: None of note.
  • Dividends Announcements or News:
    • Capital Southwest Corp. (CSWC) increases total quarterly dividend 1.7% to $0.58 per share.
    • First Financial Northwest, Inc. (FFNW) Announces 8.3% Increase in its Quarterly Cash Dividend to $0.13 per share.
    • German American Bancorp, Inc. (GABC) Declares 9% Cash Dividend Increase to $0.25 per share.
    • PBA: Announces Reset Dividend Rates.
    • Shutterstock (SSTK) Increases Quarterly Dividend by 13% to $0.27 per share.
    • UBS is increasing dividend by 10% YoY to $0.55 per share.
    • Woodward (WWD) Increases Dividend by 16 Percent to $0.22 per share.

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

S&P 500 -6, Dow Jones -99,  NASDAQ -34, and Russell 2000 -1. (as of 8:01 a.m. EST).  Asian and European markets are trading lower. VIX Futures are at 20.40 from 19.77 from 19.95 yesterday.  Gold, Silver and Copper lower.  WTI Crude Oil and Brent are lower with Natural Gas lower. US 10-year Treasury sees yields at 3.522% from  3.553% yesterday. The U.S. Dollar is higher versus the Euro, higher versus the Pound and higher against the Yen. Bitcoin is at $22,887 from $23,113 yesterday, higher by  0.81%.

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

  • Daily Positive Sectors: None of note.
  • Daily Negative Sectors: Consumer Cyclical, Technology, Energy, Communication Services of note.
  • One Month Winners:  Consumer Cyclical, Communication Services, and Technology of note.
  • Three Month Winners: Basic Materials, Real Estate, and Financial  of note.
  • Six Month Winners: Basic Materials, Energy, and Financial of note.
  • Twelve Month Winners: Energy, Basic Materials and Utilities of note.
  • Year to Date Winners: Consumer Cyclical, Communication Services, and Technology of note.

U.S. stocks fell Monday, with investors growing cautious at the start of a bumper week of central-bank meetings and corporate earnings.  The S&P 500 was down 52.79 points, or 1.3%, to 4017.77, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 260.99 points, or 0.8%, to 33717.09. The Nasdaq Composite declined 227.90 points, or 2%, to 11393.81.  Stock markets have been volatile in recent weeks, driven by signs of softening inflation and hopes that the Federal Reserve will continue to moderate—and eventually halt—its interest-rate increases. U.S. indexes registered solid weekly gains last week, with the S&P 500 adding 2.5%, the Nasdaq Composite jumping 4.3% and the Dow Industrials rising 1.8%.   In the S&P 500, 48 of last year’s 50 worst-performing stocks are up this year, notching an average gain of 17% through January, according to Dow Jones Market Data. In comparison, 30 of last year’s 50 best-performing S&P 500 stocks are up, posting an average advance of less than 1%.  (WSJ)

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

  • Tuesday After the Close: 

  • Wednesday Before the Open:

Earnings of Note This Morning:

  • Beats: MPC +1.02, PHM +0.71, GM +0.44, IMO +0.25, HUBB +0.20, PII +0.20, IP +0.18, MCO +0.13, MCD +0.13, UBS +0.12, XOM +0.12, PFE +0.10, LII +0.08, MSCI +0.08, ST +0.08, AOS +0.07, NYCB +0.04, UPS +0.03, ALGM +0.03, GLW +0.03, PNR +0.03, KEX +0.02, DOV +0.01 of note.
  • Flat: None of note.
  • Misses: MDC (0.44), PSX (0.35), CAT (0.17), OSK (0.13), SPOT (0.12), AQUA (0.07), MPLX (0.07), CVLT (0.04), MAN (0.04), SYY (0.04), PBI (0.02), of note.
  • Still to ReportNVR of note.


  • Positive Guidance: SANM, WHR, ITGR, PII, DOV, GM, ALGM, MAN of note.
  • Negative Guidance: HLIT, NXPI, UPS, AAWW, PFE, OSK, GLW of note.

Erlanger Research Advance/Decline Chart: 

Gap Ups & Down In Early Pre-Market:

  • Gap Up: SYM +7%, SANM +7%, CRK +6%, GM +6%, SPOT +5%, FENC +4% of note.
  • Gap Down: BBAI -15%, HLIT -13%, ITGR -5%, HTLF -5%, NXPI -4%, PCH -4% of note.

Insider ActionFCF sees Insider buying with dumb short selling.  No stock sees Insider buying with smart short sellers.

Rags & Mags: Repeated stories from prior days never listed, i.e. “rehashed news”. Sorted by Global, U.S. and stock specific.

  • Stocks making the biggest moves premarket: MCD, UPS, GM, IP, XOM, CAT, F, PFE, LCID, PHM (CNBC)
  • 5 things to know before the stock market opens. (CNBC)
  • 5 Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day. (Bloomberg)
  • Bloomberg Lead StoryUS Futures Dip As Earnings Roll In; Dollar Rises. (Bloomberg)
  • Bloomberg Most Read StoryTrump Sues Journalist Bob Woodward for releasing Interview Recordings. (Bloomberg)
  • Chinese factory growth returns as economists cheer it on. (CNBC)
  • Exxon (XOM) posts a record profit of $56 billion in 2022. (Bloomberg)
  • General Motors (GM) smashes expectations and guides towards a strong 2023, despite margin squeeze. (CNBC)
  • McDonald’s (MCD) profit grows as inflation-weary customers flock to its restaurants. (CNBC)
  • UPS falls short of revenue expectations. (CNBC)
  • Pfizer (PFE) forecasts weak 2023 sales of COVID products. (Reuters)
  • Caterpillar (CAT) misses on profits estimates as costs rise. (Reuters)

Moving Average Update:

  • Score pulls back to 77% from 100%.


  • President’s Public Schedule:
    • The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews and New York 10:05 a.m. EST
    • The President discusses how Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for the Hudson River Project will improve reliability for the 200,000 passenger trips per weekday on Amtrak and New Jersey Transit, 12:30 p.m. EST
    • The President participates in a reception for the Democratic National Committee, 3:30 p.m. EST
    • The President departs en route John F. Kennedy International Airport, Queens, New York and then the White House 4:45 p.m. EST


  • January Chicago PMI is due out at 8:30 a.m. EST and is expected to rise by 45.4 from 44.9 in December.
  • Employment Cost Index 8:30 a.m. EST
  • Redbook Sales 8:55 a.m. EST
  • FHFA HPI 9:00 a.m. EST
  • November S&P Case-Schiller Home Price Index is due out at 9:00 a.m. EST and is expected to fall to 6.8% from 8.6% in October.
  • December Consumer Confidence is due out at 10:00 a.m. EST and is expected to fall to 108.1 from 108.30.
  • Farm Prices 3:00 p.m. EST
  • API Crude Oil Data 4:30 p.m. EST

Federal Reserve / Treasury Speakers: With the FOMC announcement coming we do have a Fed blackout period set for January 21 until Feb 2.

M&A Activity:

  • BrightView (BV) Acquires Island Plant Company.
  • COHU Acquires MCT Worldwide.
  • Northstar Recycling Acquires Sonoco Sustainability Solutions (SON).

Meeting & Conferences of Note:

  • Sellside Conferences:
    • Cowen Digital Networking Reception
    • Credit Suisse 2023 Latin America Investment Conference 2023 (01/31/23-02/01/23)
    • Lytham Partners Investor Select Conference
    • SVB Securities Global Biopharma Conference

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