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The Market In 5 Minutes: Stocks Return Higher From Three-Day Weekend

BAYER AKTIENGES ADS BAYRY, Biogen Idec Inc. NASDAQ:BIIB - The Market In 5 Minutes: Stocks Return Higher From Three-Day Weekend

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Macro Focus

U.S. stock futures inched higher Tuesday, putting the market on track to add slightly to last week's gain as traders returned from a three-day weekend.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 12 points to 18,492.00, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index futures rose 1.50 points to 2,179.50. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index rose 3.75 points to 4,799.00.

Oil prices traded mixed as Brent crude futures fell 0.59 percent to trade at $47.35 per barrel, while US WTI crude futures also rose 1.08 percent to trade at $44.92 a barrel.

The services PMI for August is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
The ISM non-manufacturing index for August will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
The Fed labor market conditions index for August is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
The Treasury is set to auction 4-week bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
The Treasury will also auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for August will be released at 12:30 p.m. ET.
San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams is set to speak in Reno, Nevada at 8:30 p.m. ET.

BZ News Desk Focus

U.S. stocks surged on Friday after a disappointing August jobs report, which led investors to believe a rate hike out of the Fed isn't a likely option for September.

The Q2 reporting season is all but over, so that and the holiday-shortened trading week will leave things fairly quiet on the earnings front. Perhaps the two most prominent and anticipated quarterly reports scheduled for this week are those from Hewlett Packard Enterprise HPE and Kroger KR.

Sell-Side Themes

Jefferies downgraded Biogen BIIB to Hold and upgraded Gilead GILD to Buy.

Sell-Side's Most Noteworthy Calls

Argus downgraded VeriFone PAY to Hold.
DA Davidson downgraded VF Corp VFC to Neutral.
Evercore upgraded Intel INTC to Buy.
Credit Suisse upgraded Michaels MIK to Outperform.
Summit Redstone started Splunk SPLK at Buy.
Imperial started Hawaiian Holdings HA at Outperform.

Deal Talk

Bayer BAYRY confirmed advanced negotiations with Monsanto MON concerning a potential deal. Bayer said it's prepared to offer $127.50 per share to acquire Monsanto in a negotiated transaction.

In The News

Financier Jho Low, who investigators believe is at the center of one of the largest-ever financial scandals, kept up a stream of messages to an official at AmBank Bhd. Low was obsessed about how the bank handled the peculiar accounts of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Elon Musk’s latest admonition to Tesla TSLA employees -- produce more, spend less -- is no simple belt-tightening before he asks investors for more cash. It also reflects Wall Street’s schism about the health of the electric-car maker.

Blogosphere

What if Warren Buffett took one final puff of Berkshire Hathaway and then threw it in the gutter as he originally intended to?

Trending

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