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The Market In 5 Minutes: Record-Setting Week Coming To A Close

The Market In 5 Minutes: Record-Setting Week Coming To A Close - Apple Inc. NASDAQ:AAPL, AMC Networks Inc. NASDAQ:AMCX

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Macro Focus

The Dow Jones and S&P 500 again closed a record highs Thursday for the fifth straight day; however, futures were lower early Friday morning. The drop came in the aftermath of Thursday’s killing of at least 84 people in Nice, France, when a truck driver barreled through Bastille Day revelers who were gathered at the Promenade des Anglais in the Riviera city.

Chinese growth held steady at 6.7 percent in the second quarter, as record stimulus poured into the economy in Q1 lent at least temporary stability.

USA Retail Sales (MoM) for Jun 0.60 percent vs 0.10 percent consensus estimate. Here is other economic data scheduled for Friday.

BZ News Desk Focus

Citigroup C Q2 EPS $1.24 vs $1.10 est, Revenue $17.5B vs $17.5B est

Wells Fargo WFC Reports Q2 EPS $1.01 vs. Est. $1.01, Rev. $22.16B vs. Est. $22.17B

UBS UBS Q2 EPS $0.83, Revenue $5.45B; Q2 EPS Up ~4% YoY, Revenue Up ~8% YoY
PNC PNC Q2 EPS $1.82 vs $1.75 est, Revenue $3.79B vs $3.81B est
Simulations Plus SLP Reports Q3 EPS $0.11 vs. Est. $0.12, Rev. $6.01M vs. Est. $6.57M

Some traders have suggested a wider-than-already-priced-in premium to the Cabelas CAB deal might be unlikely. The consortium of Goldman Sachs and Bass Pro Shops has been viewed as the likely purchaser of the assets since June 2, when Cabela's shares were trading around $52. The stock closed at $54.08.

Sell-Side Themes

Barlcays cut Apple's AAPL price target from $121 to $115, citing near-term pressure. Meanwhile, Credit Suisse reiterated its $150 target, saying near-term iPhone SE strength offsets 6s/6s Plus weakness.

Sell-Side's Most Noteworthy Calls

Morgan Stanley downgraded Chipotle CMG to Equal-Weight.
UBS downgraded AMC Networks AMCX to Sell.
Citi upgraded Sealed Air SEE to Buy.
Goldman Sachs upgraded Reinsurance Group RGA to Buy.

Deal Talk

Walgreens Boots Alliance WBA is said to be in talks with the FTC regarding its proposed acquisition of Rite Aid RAD.

Bayer BAYRY has increased its offer to acquire Monsanto MON from $122 to $125 per share, first verbally on July 1 and via an updated proposal on July 9. In addition, Bayer has offered a $1.5 billion reverse antitrust break fee.

In The News

Donald Trump has called Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and offered him the vice presidential slot on his ticket, according to multiple reports. Trump Tweeted Thursday evening he's postponing the official announcement, previously set for Friday morning: "In light of the horrible attack in Nice, France, I have postponed tomorrow's news conference concerning my vice presidential announcement."

Chinese companies are increasingly staking their claim on Hollywood, with Wanda closer to becoming one of the world’s most dominant in entertainment following reports it is in talks to buy a minority stake in Paramount.


Could Dublin form a globally significant financial center, post-Brexit? This thread tries to answer.



Friday marks the 10th anniversary of Twitter's TWTR launch to the public. To celebrate the occasion, Benzinga took a look back at some of the most notable days in its history.

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