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Updated: 16-Jan-18 04:00 ET

03:44  WIRES On The Wires

  • Ubisoft and Tencent (TCEHY) announced a strategic partnership to bring a selection of Ketchapp games to Tencent's newly-launched mobile Weixin mini-game application.
  • Petrobras (PBR) and Total (TOT) announced that they have finalized a decisive milestone in the realization of their Strategic Alliance, signed in March 2017, with the completion of the following transactions: Transfer from Petrobras to Total of 35% of the rights, as well as the operatorship, of the Lapa field in Block BM-S-9A in the Santos Basin pre-salt, alongside Shell (RDS.A) (30%), Repsol-Sinopec (25%) and Petrobras (10%). The Lapa field was put in production in December 2016, via the 100,000 barrel per day capacity Cidade de Caraguatatuba FPSO.
  • Impinj (PI) announced it shipped its 25 billionth Monza endpoint IC, including 7.1 billion in 2017 alone. Impinj has shipped more endpoint ICs than all other RAIN RFID suppliers combined.
  • NexGen Energy (NXE) reported assay results for the final thirty-one holes from South Arrow as part of our recently concluded summer drilling program on our 100% owned, Rook I property, in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan. Assay results for the final 28 drill holes from the Arrow Deposit remain
    pending. The winter 2018 exploration and development program is scheduled to commence in the coming weeks. The Company has cash on hand of ~$160 million.
  • BD (BDX), along with Check-Points Health B.V., announced that the companies obtained CE Mark for a next-generation molecular screening test for antibiotic-resistant carbapenemase-producing organisms on the fully-automated BD MAX System.
  • Bango has expanded the use of its platform to provide resale and bundling technology to Amazon (AMZN), enabling customers to sign-up to Amazon Prime in India through resellers that offer product bundles.
  • Blackhawk Networkn (HAWK) and Alipay (BABA), a digital payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group, have partnered to expand Alipay's mobile payment acceptance and engagement offerings to participating U.S. retailers. Leveraging Blackhawk's technology, the partnership will present an opportunity for Blackhawk's network of retail partners to elect to engage with visiting Chinese travelers. Blackhawk intends to roll out the service in select participating retailers beginning January 2018.
  • Viasat (VSAT) announced it was awarded an IDIQ contract with an initial ceiling of $350M for advanced equipment, systems, services and support to significantly modernize ground/air situational awareness, tactical data links, terrestrial networking, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, tactical satellite communications, information assurance, network management and cybersecurity for Special Operations Forces.
  • Manhattan Associates (MANH) announced an innovative solution that gives retailers new insight into individual shopping experiences to provide exceptional, personalized service. Part of the Manhattan Active Omni platform, Manhattan Customer Engagement is the first product to connect customer conversations on social media platforms
03:41  CAR Avis Budget adopts one-year Stockholder Rights Plan (49.15 )

  • Co announced that its Board of Directors has approved the adoption of a one-year Stockholder Rights Plan to protect the interests of all Avis Budget Group stockholders. The Rights Plan is intended to preserve the Company's ability to evaluate and pursue all strategic actions and prevent SRS Investment Management, the Company's largest stockholder, from obtaining effective control without paying a control premium.
  • SRS has disclosed a 30.7% economic interest in Avis Budget Group, including voting power over 14.7% of the outstanding shares and economic exposure to an additional 16% of the outstanding shares through derivative instruments.
  • The Company and SRS entered into a cooperation agreement in May 2017 containing standstill provisions and ownership limitations which expired Jan 15
03:40  TEVA Teva Pharma receives FDA approval for TRISENOX (22.07 )

  • Co announced the FDA has approved the use of TRISENOX (arsenic trioxide) injection in combination with tretinoin for the treatment of adults with newly-diagnosed low-risk acute promyelocytic leukemia whose APL is characterized by the presence of the translocation or PML/RAR-alpha gene expression. The approval was based on a Priority Review by the FDA on data from published scientific literature and a review of Teva's global safety database for arsenic trioxide.
03:39  EGI Entree Resources reports updated feasibility study for its interest in the Entre/Oyu Tolgoi JV Property; NPV of $278 million (0.67 )

  • Co announced the results of an updated Feasibility Study that was completed on its interest in the Entre/Oyu Tolgoi joint venture property.
    • Entre has a 20% participating interest in the joint venture with Oyu Tolgoi LLC holding the remaining 80% interest. The Entre/Oyu Tolgoi JV Property comprises a significant portion of the long-life, high-grade Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mining project in Mongolia. The updated Feasibility Study only reports on mineral resources and reserves attributable to the Entre/Oyu Tolgoi JV.
    • The updated Feasibility Study discusses two development scenarios, an updated reserve case and a Life-of-Mine Preliminary Economic Assessment. The 2018 Reserve Case is based only on mineral reserves attributable to the Entre/Oyu Tolgoi JV from the first lift of the Hugo North Extension underground block cave. Lift 1 of Hugo North (including Hugo North Extension) is currently in development by project operator Rio Tinto, with first development production from Hugo North Extension expected in 2021. When completed, Oyu Tolgoi will become the world's third largest copper mine.
03:39  MUX McEwen Mining reports FY17 Production Results of 109,947 gold ounces (2.38 )

  • Co reports consolidated production in 2017 was 109,947 gold ounces and 3,178,742 silver ounces, or 152,329 gold equivalent ounces, at a gold to silver ratio of 75:1.
  • Q4 2017 Highlights
    • El Gallo achieved production of 19,893 gold equivalent ounces in Q4, successfully recuperating lost production due to equipment failure in July.
    • Black Fox had a good first quarter after the transition to MUX ownership, producing 14,279 gold equivalent ounces.
    • Funding for a $10 million exploration program in the Timmins region, focusing on the Black Fox Complex.
03:38  PDS Precision Drilling presents new investor presentation with updated activity and outlook (3.71 )

  • Co posted an updated investor presentation on its website. Key highlights include, but are not limited to:
    • WTI crude prices on January 12, 2017 closed at $64.43 per barrel, compared to $53.90 per barrel at the time of our third quarter conference call on October 27, 2017.
    • Co currently have 64 rigs active in the U.S. compared with 55 at the time of our third quarter conference call.
    • In Canada we are nearing peak activity reached in 2017 with 89 active rigs, in line with previously communicated expectations.
    • Since the end of the third quarter of 2017 we have signed 13 term contracts.
    • At current commodity prices, we expect to continue to add rigs in the U.S. and anticipate higher year-over-year activity in Canada.
    • Co anticipates 2017 capital spending to be slightly below our $104 million capital plan, with the difference expected to be spent in 2018
    • General and administrative expense for the full year 2017 is expected to be at the low-end of the $100 million to $115 million range co communicated on our first quarter 2017 conference call.
    • Co continues to have 20 rigs running with NOVOS and have now drilled over 135 wells utilizing process automation control technology.
03:37  WIRES On The Wires

  • Manhattan Associates (MANH) nveiled Push Possible, new branding designed to reflect the company's relentless commitment to innovation and expanding suite of business offerings. Built upon Manhattan's quarter century of commitment to its clients, the new look underscores the company's unique capacity to unite supply chain, inventory and omnichannel solutions into a customer-centric set of solutions that empower its customers to Push Possible every day
  • CGI (GIB) launched its new CGI Retail Xp360 platform, that enables retail and consumer services organizations to deliver a seamless, real-time customer experience across all channels, while accelerating their digital transformation. The platform meets increasing retail consumer demands for more products, services and information-delivered instantly, in an omni-channel and personalized manner.
  • Visa (V) announced it has initiated pilots with Mountain America Credit Union and Bank of Cyprus of a new EMV dual-interface payment card, making these the first commercial pilots to test an on-card biometric for contactless payments.
03:36  TOT Total S.A. reports Q4 European refining margin ERMI of $35.5/t, down from $48.2/t in Q3 (59.33 )

03:35  CMCL Caledonia Mining reports record quarterly and annual gold production at Blanket Mine (7.52 )

  • Co announces record quarterly gold production from the Blanket Mine in Zimbabwe for the quarter ended December 31, 2017. All production numbers are expressed on a 100 per cent basis and are based on mine production data and are therefore subject to adjustment following final assay at the refiners.
  • Approximately 16,425 ounces of gold were produced during the Quarter, a new quarterly production record for the mine. Production in the Quarter was 14 per cent higher than the previous quarter (Q3 2017) which was itself a record production quarter, and 21 per cent higher than the corresponding quarter of 2016 (Q4 2016).
  • Total 2017 gold production was approximately 56,135 ounces, marginally ahead of 2017 production guidance of 54,000 -- 56,000 ounces. 2017 production represents a new annual production record for the Blanket Mine, an increase of 11.4 per cent over the annual gold production in 2016.
03:35  TIG TiGenix announces publication of 52-week results of the Phase III ADMIRE-CD trial of Cx601 in publication in Gastroenterology (41.35 )

  • Co announces that the 52-week results of the Phase III ADMIRE-CD trial investigating Cx601 (darvadstrocel) in the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in Crohn's disease have been published in Gastroenterology
  • This publication in one of the leading scientific publications in the Gastroenterology field provides further validation of the ADMIRE-CD trial results and highlights that Cx601 maintained long-term remission of treatment refractory complex perianal fistulas in patients with Crohn's disease. The results showed that a single injection of Cx601 was statistically superior to control in achieving combined remission of perianal fistulas at week 52. The one-year data also confirmed the favorable safety and tolerability profile of Cx601 reported at week 24.
  • The data formed part of TiGenix' Marketing Authorization Application for Cx601 for which it recently received a positive opinion from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency
18:15  WRAPX This week's biggest % gainers/losers

The following are this week's top 20 percentage gainers and top 20 percentage losers, categorized by sectors (over $300 mln market cap and 100K average daily volume).

This week's top 20 % gainers
  • Healthcare: ATRA (28.25 +52.7%), ALDR (17.85 +37.84%), GBT (56.6 +36.39%), PTCT (23.29 +29.89%), CYH (5.15 +26.23%), MYOK (52.9 +25.06%), NVAX (1.61 +24.81%), NKTR (72 +24.65%), AGIO (75.11 +22.55%), SGRY (15.2 +20.16%)
  • Consumer Discretionary: DDS (70.00 +19.97%)
  • Information Technology: DST (83.51 +30.85%), STX (51.26 +19.38%), DDD (11.19 +19.17%), SSNC (49.47 +18.21%)
  • Financials: AFSI (13.01 +25.22%)
  • Energy: BPT (26.15 +22.2%), EMES (9.71 +21.38%)
This week's top 20 % losers
  • Healthcare: AXON (2.09 -61.08%), NVTA (7.58 -24.58%), BABY (28.95 -20.47%), INSY (8.84 -17.38%), ARNA (34.95 -14.42%), TRVN (1.75 -13.37%), TDOC (32.65 -12.93%), NUVA (53.33 -12.59%)
  • Materials: KLDX (2.13 -13.77%)
  • Industrials: AYI (158.74 -14.36%)
  • Consumer Discretionary: EXPR (7.26 -20.66%), BGFV (6.08 -20.07%), GPRO (6.23 -17.15%), PLAY (47.92 -14.99%)
  • Information Technology: AMBA (54.92 -13.67%), RENN (11.42 -12.09%)
  • Financials: ORC (7.87 -13.61%), GCAP (8.4 -13.58%)
  • Consumer Staples: SVU (16.33 -21.83%),
17:41  PEG Public Service Electric and Gas filed first regulatory rate review in more than eight years requesting 1% increase (50.02 +0.10)

If approved as filed, the typical combined residential electric and natural gas customer will see an approximate 1 percent increase or about $19.70 in their annual bill. Even with this proposed increase, bills for the typical residential customer are expected to be more than 15 percent lower than they were in 2010. The rate filing also seeks BPU approval of a rate design change, called the Green Enabling Mechanism (GEM), a proposal to decouple revenues from sales volumes and thereby encourage energy efficiency. PSE&G anticipates that new base rates as well as the GEM will take effect October 1, 2018.
17:37  DSKE Daseke CFO R. Scott Wheeler was appointed to additional role as President (14.29 +0.18)

  • Prior to this, Mr. Wheeler served as EVP Corporate Chief Financial Officer beginning in February 2015 and as a director on the Company's board of directors, beginning in December 2016.
  • Don Daseke, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman since he founded the Company (formerly named Walden Smokey Point, Inc.) in November 2008, will no longer serve the Company as President, effective with Mr. Wheeler's appointment, but will continue in his role as Chief Executive Officer and as Chairman.
17:32  TSRO Tesaro updated VARUBI (rolapitant) injectable emulsion package insert - changes include modifications to warnings/precautions and adverse reactions sections (69.59 -2.07)

Following its introduction in late November 2017, TESARO estimates that at least 7,000 doses of VARUBI injectable emulsion have been administered to patients receiving emetogenic chemotherapy in the United States. Anaphylaxis, anaphylactic shock and other serious hypersensitivity reactions have been reported in the postmarketing setting, some requiring hospitalization. These reactions have occurred during or soon after the infusion of VARUBI injectable emulsion. Most reactions have occurred within the first few minutes of administration.
17:21  HOMB Home Bancshares plans to distribute a one-time bonus of $500 for more than 850 full-time tenured employees (25.01 +0.29)

Approximately 53 percent of full-time employees will receive this one-time bonus which is expected to be distributed during January 2018.
17:20  GPI Group 1 Auto announced $500 cash bonus for non-management dealership employees and support staff; is assessing the full impact of the tax reform law on the company's operations (82.47 +1.87)

17:06  T AT&T: Communications Workers of America ratify contract with AT&T Mobility (four-year contract covers about 20,000 employees) (36.90 +0.42)

17:03  MDP Meredith received antitrust clearance of Time (TIME) acquisition and intends to offer up to $1.4 bln new senior unsecured 8-year notes (67.20 -0.10)

Meredith plans to complete the transaction -- first announced on November 26, 2017 -- within the next 30 days, subject to satisfaction of the other terms and conditions of the tender offer.
17:01  KSHB Kush Bottles COO Ben Wu to step down effective today; Jim McCormick to take on COO role in addition to CFO responsibilities (6.55 +0.94)

Mr. Wu will continue to support the Company as an independent consultant for a minimum of six months focusing his efforts towards ongoing projects. As a result, Mr. Jim McCormick will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer in additional to continuing to serve in his current capacity as Chief Financial Officer.
16:52  SCANX Market Internals -Technical-

DOW closes up at 25803 ( 0.89%). Nasdaq closes up at 7261 ( 0.68%). S&P500 closes up at 2786.2 ( 0.67%). Action came on mixed volume (NYSE 874.6 mln vs avg. of 836 mln; Nasdaq 1989 mln vs avg. of 1918 mln) , w/ advancers outpacing decliners (NYSE 1619/1318, NASDAQ 1495/1118) and new highs outpacing new lows (NYSE 396/56, NASDAQ 424/18) .

Relative Strength:

U.S. Nat Gas -UNG +3.61%, Junior Gold Mine-GDXJ +2.89%, Gold Miners-GDX +2.65%, Swiss Franc-FXF +2.51%, Global X Silver Miners -SIL +2.15%, Mexico-EWW +1.99%, Rare Earth Metals-REMX +1.97%, China Large Cap-FXI +1.7%, Italy-EWI +1.6%, Belgium-EWK +1.5%

Relative Weakness:

Cotton-BAL -1.91%, USD Bullish-UUP -1.04%, Cohen & Steers REIT -ICF -0.81%, U.S. Real Estate -IYR -0.79%, Utilities-XLU -0.57%, Israel-EIS -0.19%

16:28  WRAPX Closing Market Summary: Another Day, Another Record

Stocks ripped to new records for the second day in a row on Friday, extending their fantastic start to 2018.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 0.9% to 25803.19, the S&P 500 jumped 0.7% to 2786.24, and the Nasdaq Composite climbed 0.7% to 7261.06. The small-cap Russell 2000 kept pace for the first half of the session, but trimmed its gain in the afternoon, closing higher by just 0.3%. All four stock indices finished at new record highs.

The equity market was slightly higher at the opening bell and climbed pretty steadily throughout the day, finishing near its session high. The Dow, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq added between 1.6% and 2.0% for the week, increasing their 2018 gains to 4.2%-5.2%.

JPMorgan Chase (JPM 112.67, +1.83), Wells Fargo (WFC 62.55, -0.46), PNC (PNC 151.84, +0.35), and BlackRock (BLK 555.53, +17.61) kicked off the fourth quarter earnings season on a mostly positive note as all four reported better-than-expected earnings. However, their revenue results were mixed; JPMorgan and Wells Fargo missed estimates, while PNC and BlackRock beat expectations. The financial sector stayed in line with the broader market for most of the day and then rallied in the final minutes to settle higher by 0.9%.

The consumer discretionary sector was the top-performing group on Friday with Lowe's (LOW 100.86, +5.12) setting the pace. The home improvement retailer jumped 5.4% following reports that investor D.E. Shaw has build an active stake in the company. Nordstrom (JWN 51.82, +1.73) also outperformed, adding 3.5%, following a CNBC report that the Nordstrom family is considering resuming efforts to take the company private.

Meanwhile, the industrial sector (+0.9%) had another positive outing as Boeing (BA 336.21, +8.09) hit another record high, and the energy sector (+1.0%) rallied amid another positive day in the crude oil market; West Texas Intermediate crude futures jumped 0.6% to $64.21 per barrel. Boeing shares finished higher by 2.5%.

On the downside, the consumer staples (unch), utilities (-0.6%), and real estate (-0.7%) sectors struggled, extending losses for the year. The top-weighted technology sector (+0.6%) managed to settle roughly in line with the broader market, but social media giant Facebook (FB 179.37, -8.40) tumbled 4.5% amid concerns that changes to its news feed will be less engaging for users, prompting them to spend less time on the site.

In the bond market, U.S. Treasuries were under pressure, pushing yields higher; the benchmark 10-yr yield climbed two basis points to 2.55% while the 2-yr yield jumped four basis points to 2.00%. The 10-yr yield shot to 2.59% immediately following the release of the core Consumer Price Index for December, which showed a larger-than-expected increase of 0.3% (Briefing.com consensus +0.2%), but began backtracking soon thereafter.

Elsewhere, the Euro Stoxx 50 (+0.4%) broke a two-session losing streak after German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU agreed to a blueprint for a grand coalition with its former coalition partner SPD. To be clear, an agreement has not been finalized, but the situation finally looks promising after months of uncertainty.

The euro climbed to a three-year high against the U.S. dollar following the news, jumping 1.3% to 1.2184.

In Asia, stocks ended Friday mostly higher with Hong Kong's Hang Seng (+0.9%) and China's Shanghai Composite (+0.1%) extending their winning streaks to 14 and 11 sessions, respectively. Economic data from China showed the largest trade surplus in two years ($54.69 billion actual vs $37.00 billion consensus).

Reviewing Friday's economic data, which included the Consumer Price Index for December, Retail Sales for December, and Business Inventories for November:

  • Total CPI increased 0.1% (Briefing.com consensus +0.2%) in December while core CPI, which excludes food and energy, rose 0.3% (Briefing.com consensus +0.2%). On a year-over-year basis, total CPI is up 2.1% (from 2.2% in November) and core CPI is up 1.8% (from 1.7% in November).
    • The key takeaway from the report is that it won't change the Fed's prevailing expectation that three rate hikes are in order this year. That could be serving as a disruptive thought for traders who were likely inclined after yesterday's weaker than expected PPI report to think the Fed might think three rate hikes could be too many.
  • December retail sales increased 0.4% (Briefing.com consensus +0.4%). The prior month's increase was revised to 0.9% from 0.8%. Excluding autos, retail sales increased 0.4% in December while the Briefing.com consensus expected an increase of 0.4%. The prior month's increase was revised to 1.3% from 1.0%.
    • The key takeaway from the report is that it should underpin the belief that favorable economic drivers continue to act as an expedient for increased consumer spending activity that will benefit Q4 GDP growth.
  • Business Inventories increased 0.4% in November (Briefing.com consensus +0.3%). The October reading was revised to 0.0% from -0.1%.
    • The key takeaway from the report is that sales growth is outpacing inventory growth, which is a step toward regaining some pricing power.

The stock market will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On Tuesday, Citigroup (C 76.84, +1.28) and UnitedHealth (UNH 228.64, +3.25) will report fourth quarter results before the opening bell, and the Empire State Manufacturing Index for January (Briefing.com consensus 19.0) will be released at 8:30 AM ET.

  • Nasdaq Composite: +5.2% YTD
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average: +4.4% YTD
  • S&P 500: +4.2% YTD
  • Russell 2000: +3.7% YTD

Week In Review: Rally Keeps on Rolling

Equities kept the new year rally rolling this week with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq Composite, and the S&P 500 adding between 1.6% and 2.0%. All three major U.S. indices finished Friday at record highs and now hold year-to-date gains between 4.2% and 5.2%.

The fourth quarter earnings season unofficially began on Friday with reports from financial heavyweights JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Both companies beat earnings expectations, but came up short on revenues. PNC (PNC) and BlackRock (BLK) also reported, beating both earnings and revenue estimates.

The financial sector rallied 0.9% on Friday following the earnings releases, settling the week with a gain of 2.9%. A curve-steepening sell off in the Treasury market, which increased the 2yr-10yr spread by three basis points to 55 basis points, was a boon to the financial group.

Treasuries sold off due to several factors, including the Bank of Japan's decision to trim its daily purchases of Japanese government bonds, minutes from the European Central Bank's last policy meeting that revealed the ECB could begin preparing investors for the end of its bond-buying program early this year, and a Bloomberg report that China may slow or halt its purchases of U.S. Treasuries--however, Chinese officials later denied the report.

In addition, the core Consumer Price Index increased more than expected in December (+0.3% actual vs +0.2% Briefing.com consensus), which also contributed to the Treasury sell off.

The yield on the benchmark 10-yr Treasury note settled the week higher by seven basis points at 2.55%, but traded as high as 2.60%--its best level since March 2017. The 2-yr yield, meanwhile, advanced four basis points to 2.00%.

Outside of financials, the consumer discretionary (+3.1%), industrials (+3.2%), and energy (+3.2%) sectors had strong performances this week. Energy benefited from another increase in the price of crude oil, which climbed 4.5% to $64.21 per barrel, touching its highest level since December 2014.

In the industrial sector, transports showed particular strength, pushing the Dow Jones Transportation Average higher by 4.2%. The DJTA finished Friday at a record high.

On the downside, the lightly-weighted utilities (-2.1%), telecom services (-2.1%), and real estate (-3.5%) sectors struggled, extending their year-to-date losses; the three groups have lost between 3.4% and 5.3% since the start of 2018.

The top-weighted technology sector (+0.9%) underperformed with chipmakers showing relative weakness following a solid start to the year; the PHLX Semiconductor Index lost 0.3%. Facebook (FB) tumbled 4.5% on Friday amid concerns that changes to its news feed will cause users to spend less time on the site.

16:25  HF HFF Inc. reported record 2017 transaction volume results (48.78 -0.29)

Co estimates transaction volume at approximately $96 billion on 2,355 transactions across the debt placement, investment advisory, equity placement and loan sales capital markets platforms.
16:22  MSB Mesabi Trust increases qtrly distribution of $1.18 per Unit of Beneficial Interest vs $0.64 per Unit prior distribution (28.75 +0.10)

16:19  REVG REV Group acquired Lance Camper Manufacturing Corporation; expects will provide 'significant' new avenue of growth in its RV segment (31.69 -0.19)

  • Lance Camper designs, engineers and manufactures its lineup of innovative, high quality, and customer-centric products from its state-of-the-art campus in Lancaster, CA. Throughout its over 50-year history, the Company has built a tremendous reputation as a leader in the towable RV industry. Lance Camper has the number one selling truck camper in the U.S. and has won the National RV Dealer Association's prestigious Quality Circle Award 16 years running.
  • The Company employs over 550 associates and generates approximately $100 million in annual revenue.
16:16  LYV Live Nation acquired Songkick assets from Complete Entertainment Resources Group, including ticketing commerce platform, anti-scalping algorithm, API applications and patent portfolio (44.43 +0.67)

The two companies also announced that they have agreed to a settlement resolving litigation that was scheduled to go to trial later this month.