Monday, March 30, 2015

Happy Monday

Good morning all,
Hope you had a great weekend. Markets are looking fairly strong pre-market. If for some reason we are unable to hold these levels we could see the first quarter close out in the red which hasn't happened in six years. 
Earnings season is just around the corner and expectations have not been very enthusiastic because of the strong dollar and the negative impact it can have on the big multi-national companies earnings. As I suggested over the weekend the markets are guilty till proven innocent so don't get overzealous with this bounce and keep in mind this will be a shortened trading week.

Stocks on my premarket radar in addition to the weekend video watchlist 
ZIOP gapper off of pr nice bounce off 50 day support on the daily, don't chase it wait for a setup, HYGS contract winner small floater could get a bounce look for some real volume tread carefully, LBIO bounce off Positive Phase 1 Data still very early don't chase it, NVGN continuation off animal study data has a tendency to pop and flop so don't chase it, NVAX catching a bounce off of pr, 

This weekends videos
Live Version Video 
http://ticker.tv/vegastrader66/55170637c9f9097c4a000001

Screencast Version
http://www.screencast.com/t/AW9cUcjxq

CNBC in the News

IN THE NEWS TODAY
U.S. stock futures were sharply higher in early trading. But with the first quarter ending tomorrow, the S&P 500 is barely in the green. The Nasdaq is up more than 3 percent year-to-date, while the Dow struggles. (CNBC)
Oil prices fell today, as officials from Iran and six world powers discussed a possible deal over Tehran's nuclear program that could bring an end to sanctions and allow an increase in Iranian oil exports. (Reuters)

But with a negotiating deadline tomorrow, there's word Iranian officials have backed away from a critical element of a proposed nuclear agreement, saying they're no longer willing to ship their atomic fuel out of the country. (NY Times)

UnitedHealth (UNH) has agreed to buy pharmacy benefit managerCatamaran (CTRX) in a deal worth $12.78 billion, representing a premium of27 percent to Catamaran's Friday closing price. (Business Wire)

Drugmaker Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA) said it would buy Auspex (ASPX) for $101 per share in cash, or $3.5 billion in equity value. Teva said the deal would add a portfolio of drugs for the treatment of central nervous system disorders. (CNBC)

Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook, who Friday tweeted against a new "religious freedom" law in Indiana, stepped up his condemnation of what he called a "very dangerous ... wave of legislation" in an op-ed. (Washington Post)

At a time when Apple is said to be revamping its streaming music plan, music mogul Jay Z today is expected to unveil a blueprint for his high-resolution music streaming service Tidal. (USA Today)

Volvo will invest $500 million in its first U.S. assembly plant, plugging a longstanding gap in the carmaker's manufacturing base as it pursues a global comeback under Chinese ownership. (Reuters)

GNC, the country's largest specialty retailer of dietary supplements, has agreed to institute sweeping new testing procedures that far exceed quality controls mandated under federal law. (NY Times)

The seemingly intentional downing of Germanwings flight 9525 by the co-pilot last week means the airline's insurers could end up paying hundreds of millions of dollars to the families of the victims. (NY Times)

Billionaire financier George Soros is ready to invest $1 billion in Ukraine, if Western countries help private investment there. He also put the odds of Greece leaving the euro at a third. (Reuters)

Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke launched his own economics blog today. Hosted by the Brookings Institution, where he's a senior fellow, the first post is on low global interest rates. (WSJ)

For the first time since 1996, Tiger Woods is not among the top 100 golfersin the world ranking. He hasn't played since he withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open on Feb. 6. It's not clear when Woods will return. (ESPN)
BY THE NUMBERS
Business economists are shrugging off a winter economic slowdown,predicting 3.1 percent GDP growth this year, the best performance in a decade, according to a poll from the National Association for Business Economics.
Investors will also be focusing on at least two key issues this week: the timing of the Fed's first rate increase and two key jobs reports. ADP's monthly look at private sector employment is out on Wednesday, while Wall Street's Good Friday holiday will be briefly interrupted by the release of the government's March employment report that day.

Today's economic data kicks off at 8:30 a.m. ET, when the government releases personal income and consumer spending for February. Forecasts call for a 0.3 percent rise in income after a similar January increase, while spending is seen rising 0.2 percent, reversing a loss of the same size in January.

The National Association of Realtors is out at 10 a.m. ET, with February pending home sales, a measure of sales contracts signed but not yet closed.

STOCKS TO WATCH
Yahoo (YHOO) and Microsoft (MSFT) will extend talks aimed at renegotiating their 10-year search partnership for 30 days. The two had originally teamed-up in 2010 in hopes of better competing with Google(GOOG).
Best Buy (BBY) will consolidate and close stores in Canada, in a move that the electronics retailer said will cost it up to $280 million in restructuring charges this year.

EBay's (EBAY) StubHub unit is suing Ticketmaster and the NBA's Golden State Warriors, alleging the two broke state and federal law by forcing fans to use Ticketmaster exclusively to resell tickets.

Madison Square Garden (MSG) plans to split into two companies, one to own its sports teams, entertainment productions, and the MSG arena, while the other would distribute the company's sports and entertainment content.


DreamWorks Animation's (DWA) "Home" topped the weekend box officewith better-than-expected North American ticket sales of $54 million. "Home" will be the only release by DreamWorks in 2015.

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Notable earnings before today's open: AIRCALM