Morning Preview: April 15, 2024

Early Look

Monday, April 15, 2024









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After slipping last week, U.S. futures are pushing higher while oil and bond prices dip, as investors kept Middle East concerns in check after Iran’s weekend attacks on Israel. On Saturday, Iran attacked with more than 300 missiles and drones, but all were intercepted given the advanced notice of the attack. Global markets are responding with a bounce in stocks and small pullback in haven assets (bonds/gold) which rallied last week. Last week, the S&P the S&P 500 fell 1.56%, the Nasdaq declined 0.45%, and the Dow fell 2.37% as the Dow industrials recorded its biggest weekly percentage drop since March 2023 and the S&P registered its biggest weekly percentage fall since October. The Nasdaq recorded its biggest one-day% drop since March 5th on Friday, S&P records biggest one-day% drop since Jan 31. In addition to the geopolitical tensions, several Federal Reserve officials (Bostic, Collins, Daly) emphasized Friday that there is no urgency to lower interest rates, pointing to still-elevated inflation and a robust labor market. In Asian markets, The Nikkei Index fell -290 points to 39,232, the Shanghai Index rose 37 points to 3,057, and the Hang Seng Index fell -121 points to 16,600. In Europe, the German DAX is up 156 points to 18,087, while the FTSE 100 is down -34 points to 7,960. Bitcoin prices lower around $66,000 this morning while markets prepare for the beginning of earnings season. Oil prices, which have risen 10% as the tensions have built up over the last month, dropped 1%.


Market Closing Prices Yesterday

  • The S&P 500 Index dropped -75.65 points, or 1.46%, to 5,123.41.
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell -475.84 points, or 1.24%, to 37,983.24.
  • The Nasdaq Composite tumbled -267.10 points, or 1.62%, to 16,175.09.
  • The Russell 2000 Index declined -39.43 points, or 1.93% to 2,003.17.

Economic Calendar for Today

  • 2:30 AM ET                  Fed’s Logan Speaks on Panel in Tokyo
  • 8:30 AM ET                  Empire Manufacturing for April
  • 8:30 AM ET                  Retail Sales M/M for March
  • 8:30 AM ET                  Retail Sales – Less Autos for March
  • 8:00 PM ET                   Fed’s Daly Gives Keynote Remarks
  • 10:00 AM ET                Business Inventories M/M for February
  • 10:00 AM ET                NAHB Housing Market Index for April

Earnings Calendar:

  • Earnings Before the Open: GNTY GS INSE MTB SCHW
  • Earnings After the Close: CFB DFLI FBK MARK SKIL VUZI

Other Key Events:

  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN), 4/13-/18 in Denver, CO
  • China GDP for Q1, House Prices, Retail Sales, Industrial Output for March





















10-Year Note




World News

  • Iran fired more than 300 drones and missiles against Israel on Saturday evening, but almost all were intercepted before they reached Israeli airspace and there were no fatalities reported.

Sector News Breakdown


  • PVH Corp. (PVH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush.
  • Tesla (TSLA) lowered the price of Basic Autopilot to FSD capability to $99 per month from $199.
  • Tesla (TSLA) is laying off more than 10% of its global workforce, Electrek reported citing an internal company-wide email. According to the report, this means that at least 14,000 employees will be laid off, but it is unclear which specific teams will be most or least affected by Tesla’s layoffs.

Energy, Industrials and Materials

  • Aluminum Producers Alcoa (AA) and Century Aluminum (CENX) trading higher pre mkt after US sanctions for Russian metals late Friday – Russian Metal Hit With Sanctions as US Blocks Deliveries to LME Restrictions on aluminum, copper, nickel made after April 13.
  • Piedmont Lithium (PLL) said that the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources has issued an approval of our mining permit for the construction, operation, and reclamation of the proposed Carolina Lithium project in Gaston County, North Carolina.
  • Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. (SPR) is limiting overtime and hiring as production declines due to lower output of 737 MAX jets, Reuters reported late Friday, citing Spirit AeroSystems spokesperson Joe Buccino.
  • Timken Co. (TKR) mentioned positively in Barron’s this week saying investors may have been “too downbeat” on the manufacturer of ball bearings, with 2025 earnings expected to climb 14%.


  • JP Morgan Chase & co (JPM) said credit card delinquency rate 0.79% at March end vs 0.80% at Feb end and that credit card charge-off rate 1.49% in March vs 1.58% in Feb.
  • Medical Properties Trust (MPW) said it sold interests in five Utah hospitals to a newly formed joint venture with an unidentified investment fund.
  • M&T Bank (MTB) Q1 EPS $3.02 vs. est. $3.10; Q1 net charge-offs .42%; Q1 CET1 capital ratio 11.07%.


  • Neumora Therapeutics, Inc. (NMRA) shares slide after announced that the Phase 1 trial of NMRA-266 has been placed on clinical hold by the U.S. FDA. NMRA-266 is a positive allosteric modulator (PAM) of the M4 muscarinic receptor and is part of the Company’s M4 PAM franchise. The clinical hold determination follows recently available pre-clinical data showing convulsions in rabbits.
  • Novavax (NVAX) shares edge higher early after hedge fund Shah Capital recommends appointment of two new independent directors, Suresh Katta and Venkat Peri, to Novavax board. Shah Capital owns approximately 6.7% of the outstanding common stock of Novavax.

Technology, Media & Telecom

  • Salesforce (CRM) is in advanced talks to acquire data-management software provider Informatica (INFA) the WSJ reported, according to people familiar with the matter. Informatica has a market capitalization of more than $11 billion after a 43% run-up in its shares this year as traders bet on a deal. The price being discussed is below Informatica’s current share price of $38.48, according to the Wall Street Journal
  • Apple (AAPL) shares dipped pre-mkt after Research firm IDC data showed AAPL’s smartphone shipments dropped ~10% in Q1 2024, hurt by intensifying competition by Android smartphone makers. With a 17.3% market share, AAPL loses top spot to Samsung, which was at 20.8% in Jan-Mar quarter and China’s Xiaomi third with 14.1%.
  • Clearlake Capital says it delivered a letter to Blackbaud (BLKB) Board containing a non-binding proposal to acquire all its outstanding shares for $80 per share; Clearlake reports an 18.2% stake in BLKB.
  • Resideo Technologies (REZI) has agreed to buy Snap One Holdings (SNPO) for about $821 million; Resideo said it will pay $10.75 a share in cash for Snap One, a 32% premium to Friday’s closing price of $8.14. Resideo said the transaction, which it expects to complete in the second half of the year is worth about $1.4 billion including debt.


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