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US stock market, economy and companies update (August 08, 2014)

August 8, 2014, Friday, 16:42 GMT | 12:42 EST | 20:12 IST | 22:42 SGT
Contributed by Trade The News

- Futures were under pressure as US traders came to their desks this morning, with key S&P500 levels in sight, teeing up another day of big losses. But just after 07:00ET, headlines suggesting the Russians were in a more conciliatory mood sent equities higher and even briefly pushed European indices out of the doldrums. Note that the UST 10-year yield didn't budge much, and is still below 2.40% as of writing. The DJIA is up 0.30%, the S&P500 is up 0.08% and the Nasdaq is up 0.20%.

- The ruble, the RSX and various Russian stocks surged this morning after Russia Security Council Chief Patrushev stated Russia would like to find ways to "de-escalate the Ukraine situation." Patrushev told RIA Novosti that Russia is prepared to mediate talks between Kiev and eastern Ukraine separatists. After the DNR separatists replaced a Russian leader with an ethnic Ukrainian, there was speculation that Russia was again trying to back away from the brink.

- Today the World Health Organization moved to declare the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as an "extraordinary event" and a major public health risk requiring a coordinated global response. The WHO warned the consequences of further international spread of Ebola are particularly serious due to virulence of virus. On a related note, last night the FDA lifted its clinical hold on Tekmira's experimental Ebola treatment. Shares of TKMR are up 20% this morning on the news.

- Shares of CBS rose 2% in the premarket after the firm beat on earnings in its second quarter and boosted the dividend and the share buyback program. However, profit and revenue were both down slightly from the year-ago period. Analyst comments goosed CBS to +4.5% mid morning, although the gains evaporated quickly.

***Looking Ahead***
- (SE) Sweden Sovereign Debt Rating May Be Published by Moody's (currently AAA with stable outlook)
- (TR) Moody's update on Turkey outlook (Baa3 current rating)
- (EU) DBRS to review EFSF rating (currently AAA with stable outlook)
- (RU) Russia July Light Vehicle Car Sales Y/Y: No est v -17% prior
- (PE) Peru Jun Trade Balance: -$450Me v -$664M prior
- (MX) Mexico July Nominal Wages: No est v 4.3% prior
- 21:30 (CN) China July PPI Y/Y: -0.9%e v -1.1% prior
- 21:30 (CN) China July CPI Y/Y: 2.3%e v 2.3% prior

***Economic Data***
- (PT) Portugal Jun Trade Balance: -€790M v -€874M prior
- (EU) ECB: 10 Banks to repay total €4.2B in Weekly 3-Year LTRO Funds vs. €3.0Be
- (IN) India Forex Reserves w/e July 25th: $320.0B v $320.6B prior
- (CL) Chile July CPI M/M: 0.2% v 0.2%e; Y/Y: 4.5% v 4.4%e; CPI Core M/M: 0.2% v 0.1%e
- (BR) Brazil July IBGE Inflation IPCA M/M: 0.0% v 0.1%e; Y/Y: 6.5% v 6.6%e
- (US) Q2 Preliminary Nonfarm Productivity: 2.5% v +1.6%e; Unit Labor Costs: 0.6% v 1.1%e
- (CA) Canada July Net Change in Employment: 0.2K v +20.0Ke; Unemployment Rate: 7.0% v 7.1%e
- (US) Jun Wholesale Inventories M/M: 0.3% v 0.7%e; Wholesale Trade Sales M/M: 0.2% v 0.7%e