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Morning Call For Wednesday, April 19

OVERNIGHT MARKETS AND NEWS

Jun E-mini S&Ps (ESM17 +0.27%) this morning are up +0.27% and European stocks are up +0.37%. A 4% rally in Morgan Stanley in pre-market trading is giving banking stocks a boost after it reported Q1 revenue of $9.75 billion, higher than expectations of $9.29 billion. Energy producing stocks are higher as well with May WTI crude oil (CLK17 +0.13%) up +0.29% after the API reported Tuesday afternoon that U.S. crude stockpiles fell -840,000 bbl last week. Strength in automakers is giving European stocks a lift after Eurozone Mar new car registrations rose +11.2% y/y. The U.S. markets await the Fed's Beige Book, to be released this afternoon, as to clues for the future direction of monetary policy. Asian stocks settled mostly lower: Japan +0.07%, Hong Kong -0.41%, China -0.81%, Taiwan -1.09%, Australia -0.56%, Singapore -0.36%, South Korea -0.63%, India +0.06%. China's Shanghai Composite fell to a 2-1/4 month low on concern that China's securities regulators will impose stricter regulations on the market after the president of the China Securities Regulatory Commission called on China's bourses to "show swords" and crack down on behavior that disrupts the market order "without mercy."

The dollar index (DXY00 +0.13%) is up +0.12%. EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is down -0.02%. USD/JPY (^USDJPY) is up +0.43%.

Jun 10-year T-note prices (ZNM17 -0.23%) are down -7 ticks.

ECB Governing Council member Hansson said growth rates in the Eurozone are "probably higher than potential" and the "output gap is closing" but at the same time, it's too early for the ECB to rush with concrete actions and claim victory over weak inflation, which remains volatile.

Eurozone Mar new car registrations rose +11.2% y/y to 1,891,583 million and are up +8.4% year-to-date at 4,141,269.

U.S. STOCK PREVIEW

Key U.S. news today includes: (1) weekly MBA mortgage applications (previous +1.5% with purchase sub-index +2.9% and refi sub-index unch), (2) Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren (non-voter) speaks at a conference at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, (3) Fed Beige Book, (4) EIA Weekly Petroleum Status Report.


Notable Russell 1000 earnings reports today include: Morgan Stanley (consensus $0.89), US Bancorp (0.80)...


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