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US stock market, economy and companies update (December 09, 2013)

December 9, 2013, Monday, 16:53 GMT | 11:53 EST | 21:23 IST | 23:53 SGT
Contributed by Trade The News

- The afterglow from last week's solid US data continues to buoy sentiment this morning, aided by a subdued China November inflation report and the better components of the November China trade data. As of writing, the DJIA is flat, the S&P500 is +0.17% and the Nadaq is +0.25%.

- Shares of McDonalds are down 1.5% this morning on a tepid November SSS report. Aggregate comps more or less meet very low expectations, but there were steeper than expected y/y comp declines in both the US and Asia-Pacific.

- InterOil is up 6% this morning after last week's huge declines. Multiple analysts have been out with notes defending the name and explaining away the apparent contradictions between Total and the company's numbers.

- Essex Property Trust confirmed press reports out last week and formally offered to buy BRE Properties for about $4.48B in stock and cash. Essex has offered each BRE shareholder about 0.2971 shares of its stock and $12.33 in cash, the equivalent of about $58 per share. BRE said it was exploring strategic alternatives and had agreed to an exclusivity period to discuss the offer with Essex. BRE had gained nearly 20% last Tuesday and Wednesday on the press reports, but is down 2% this morning.

- Sysco agreed to buy US Foods, one of the biggest food distributors in the country, for about $3.5B in stock and cash. Under the terms of the deal, Sysco will pay $3 billion in stock and $500 million in cash. The transaction will give US Foods' current owners, the investment firms Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, a stake of roughly 13 percent in the combined company. Including the assumption of US Foods' debt, the transaction is valued at $8.2B. Shares of SYY are up 14%.

***Looking Ahead***
- 12:00 (US) Q3 Household Change in Net Worth: No est v $1.342T prior
- 12:00 (EU) EcoFin press conference
- 12:15 (UK) BOE Gov Carney
- 12:30 (US) Fed's Lacker speaks at Charlotte Chamber Economic Luncheon
- 13:05 (US) Fed's Bullard Speaks on Economy, Monetary Policy in St. Louis
- 14:00 (ES) ECB's Linde (Spain) in Madrid
- 14:00 (US) Fed to purchase $2.75-3.50B in Notes
- 14:15 (US) Fed's Fisher Speaks on Economic and Banking Trends in Chicago
- Early Tues (CN) China Nov Industrial Production Y/Y: 10.1%e v 10.3% prior; Industrial Production YTD Y/Y: 9.7%e v 9.7% prior
- Early Tues (CN) China Nov Retail Sales Y/Y: 13.2%e v 13.3% prior; Retail Sales YTD Y/Y: 13.1%e v 13.0% prior

***Economic Data***
- (DE) Germany Oct Industrial Production M/M: -1.2% v +0.7%e; Y/Y: 1.0% v 3.1%e
- (PT) Portugal Q3 Final GDP Q/Q: 0.2% v 0.2% prelim; Y/Y: -1.0% v -1.0% prelim
- (EU) OECD Oct Leading Indicator: 100.7 v 100.6 prior
- (CL) Chile Nov Trade Balance: $202M v $200Me; Total Exports: $6.1B v $7.0B prior; Total Imports: $5.9B v 6.8B prior; Copper Exports: $3.3B v $3.9B prior
- (CA) Canada Nov Housing Starts: 192.2K v 195.0Ke
- (MX) Mexico Nov CPI M/M: 0.9% v 0.9%e; Y/Y: 3.6% v 3.6%e; CPI Core M/M: 0.1% v 0.2%e
- (EU) ECB calls for bids in 7-Day Main Refinancing Tender at fixed 0.50%
- (EU) ECB announces prior settlements in SMP program to offset bond purchases
- (HU) Hungary Nov YTD Budget Balance (HUF): -876.3B v -887.7B prior
- (MX) Mexico Nov Vehicle Production: 255.7K v 285.2K prior; Vehicle Domestic Sales: 100.4K v 88.3K prior; Vehicle Exports: 224.8K v 240.3K prior