Commodities: Crude +0.2% to $59.3. Gold +0.7% to $1,324.70.
NewsSome data from last week: investors pulled a record $23.6B from the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), according to Bloomberg. SPY is the most popular SP500 ETF. That's a 8% of the total assets from the beginning of the week. It should be considered bullish because the selling pressure is much less after loose hands got off table.
Disney (DIS +0.3%) raises theme park ticket price. In other news, Alibaba (BABA +0.4%) has signed a deal to offer Disney shows on its Youku video streaming platform.
Airbus has halted all deliveries of its Pratt & Whitney-powered (UTX) A320neo after the latest disclosure in a series of flaws with the next-generation engine, according to IndiGo, the company's biggest customer for the aircraft. Nevertheless, UTX gains +1.9% today along with other defense companies.
Unilever (+1.9%) has threatened to withdraw ads from platforms like Google and Facebook if they do not do enough to police extremist and illegal content.
Google (GOOG +1.4%) will start renting out its AI chips tensor in “limited quantities” to Google Cloud Platform customers wanting to run machine learning models. Usage is billed by the second and costs $6.50 per Cloud TPU per hour.
WinnersHess (HES +4.8%) is higher as Credit Suisse upgrades shares to Neutral with an unchanged $42 PT after recent selloff.
Apple (+4.1%), DWDP (+3.2%) and BA (+3.3%) lead Dow Jones.
Gold miner enjoy the rising gold price. GDX +1.3%, NUGT +9.6% (DUST -7.8%)
LosersNVDA (-1.8%) is hurt by the news that Amazon (AMZN +3.5%) plans to become an AI chipmaker. To be honest, I don't believe Amazon is capable to deliver competitive products. This is buying opportunity for NVDA.
Target (TGT -0.8%) announces it will begin same-day delivery on March 1 of more than 55K groceries, essentials, home, electronics, toys and other products in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area today in partnership with Shipt. Looking ahead, Targets expects the majority of its U.S. stores will offer same-day service by the 2018 holiday season. Costco (COST +0.2%) has started their same-day grocery delivery service. Walmart (WMT +0.2%)/Costco/Target will definitely put pressure on Amazon.
Snap's (SNAP -0.9%) VP of Sales, Jeff Lucas, has left the company. He is responsible for 90% of ad sales at the company. Lucas is the seventh executive to leave the company since its IPO last year.
Facebook (FB +0.2%) is reported of losing younger users more quickly than previously estimated. A decline of 5.8% in the age 18-24 user base is expected in 2018. Facebook is still growing in the U.S. market, it says, but mainly due to older users signing on; meanwhile, Snapchat (SNAP -0.9%) is pulling young users away from Facebook at a quicker pace than Facebook's Instagram platform is. Well, I am not surprised because similar reports have been circlulated ever since Facebook IPO. It is a buying opportunity. In my recent post, I have explained my $240 price target in 12 months.
General Electric (GE -0.9%) is hammered again by J.P. Morgan analyst and longtime GE bear Stephen Tusa, who cuts PT to $14 from $16 and maintains an Underweight rating.
ULTA (-4.6%) after Women's Wear Daily details more accusations against the retailer on selling used and returned items as new.
Earnings in AHVipshop Holdings (VIPS +6.8%): Q4 EPS of $0.22 beats by $0.02. Revenue of $3.7B (+23.3% Y/Y) beats by $20M. Shares +12% in AH.
Molina Healthcare (MOH): Q4 EPS of -$4.59 vs consensus $0.18. Revenue of $4.69B (+11.9% Y/Y) misses by $280M. 2018 guidance: Total revenues: ~$18.8B; premiums: ~$17.5B; medical care costs: ~$15.6B; medical care ratio: ~89%; net income: $202M - 236M; EPS: $3.00 - 3.50; non-GAAP EPS: $3.23 - 3.73. Shares -5.6% in AH.
My Trades TodayDay-traded AHT ($5.5 --> $5.7).
- pre-market: APRN, ARCC, HCP, MLM, ONDK, PEP, SINA, WB, TRU, UAA
- post-market: AMX, BIDU, DENN, EFC, FANG, FOSL, MET, OHI, OXY, SKT, TEP, TWLO, WU