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| | Email US Market Update: Markets Higher After Improved Jobless Claims US Market Update: Markets Higher After Improved Jobless Claims Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:25 AM EST ***Economic Data*** - (IE) Ireland Mar CPI M/M: 0.4% v 0.8% prior; Y/Y: 0.5 v 1.1% prior - (IE) Ireland Mar CPI EU Harmonized M/M: 0.4% v 0.8% prior; Y/Y: 0.6% v 1.2% prior - (RU) Russia Gold & Forex Reserve w/e Apr 5th: $516.9B v $527.6B prior - (ZA) South Africa Feb Manufacturing Production M/M: -3.1% v +2.1%e; Y/Y: -2.9% v +2.1%e - (BR) Brazil Feb Retail Sales M/M: -0.4% v +1.5%e; Y/Y: -0.2% v +3.5%e; Broad Retail Sales Y/Y: 1.2% v 1.7%e - (US) Mar Import Price Index M/M: -0.5% v -0.5%e; Y/Y: -2.7% v -2.0%e - (US) Initial Jobless Claims: 346K v 360Ke; Continuing Claims: 3.079M v 3.067Me - (CA) Canada Feb New Housing Price Index M/M: 0.2% v 0.1%e; Y/Y: 2.1% v 2.1%e - (MX) Mexico Feb Industrial Production M/M: 0.5% v 1.0%e; Y/Y: -1.2% v 0.9%e - (US) EIA Natural Gas Inventories: -14 bcf v -9 to -14 bcf expected range - European indices are looking to close at their highs this morning following another decent Italy bond auction, while US indices are making modest gains. After last week's big increase, initial jobless claims dropped back to the lower end of their range for the year in this week's report. Retail names are lower after a poor showing in March SSS reports. As of writing the DJIA is up 0.50%, the S&P500 is up 0.57% and the Nasdaq is up 0.24%. - USD/JPY still can't take out the 100 level, and has remained pretty well contained within the 99 handle for the last two days. An HSBC analyst commented that the BoJ's plan to double Japan's monetary base in two years might not be as dramatic as markets believe when compared to actions taken by the BoE and the Fed. EUR/USD again briefly tested above its 38.2% Fib retracement level corresponding to the 2013 price range. - Hartford Financial hiked its FY13 EBITDA outlook at its analyst day today and shares of HIG are up more than 3%. Note that JPMorgan will be the first big bank to report Q1 results, scheduled for tomorrow before the open. - Yesterday afternoon, IDC reported that Q1 global PC shipments fell 13.9% versus expectations for a 7.7% drop, making for the steepest y/y decline ever since data series began in 1994. Note that this marks the fourth consecutive quarter of y/y shipment declines for the industry. Shares of MSFT are down more than 4% on the report (and a Goldman Sachs downgrade) and shares of HPQ are down 6%. - Yum Brands reported very weak March China sales comp, down 13% thanks to the impact from the ongoing bird flu scare. KFC sales comps were down 16%. Recall that China accounts for more than half Yum's global sales. Shares of YUM are in positive territory in the early going. - Shares of Rite Aid are up more than 18% this morning after the firm blew out EPS expectations and offered a very strong FY13 forecast. The firms margins rose sharply on new generic introductions and an increase in prescriptions filled. - Chinese solar names are making up for losses seen yesterday after JinkoSolar's big quarterly loss. Overnight there were press reports that China might set entry barriers for the solar industry, with overseas competitors facing possible limitations on bank loans and land approvals. - Shares of Boyd Gaming are up around 10% this morning after Morgan Stanley raised the name. ***Looking Ahead*** - 13:00 (US) Treasury to sell 30-Year Bonds Reopening - 14:30 (US) Dept of Commerce hearing on Obama 2014 budget - 17:00 (CL) Chile Central Bank Interest Rate Decision; Expected to leave Nominal Overnight Rate Target unchanged at 5.00%


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