The Market In 5 Minutes 5/22/2017

  • While some investors fear the uncertainty of possible Trump impeachment proceedings, others seem to be realizing that the possibility of a Mike Pence presidency could be the best possible news for investors:
  • Now that most companies have reported first-quarter earnings, Benzinga took a look at some of the largest, most popular tech companies in the world to determine how much value investors are getting from a share of stock at the current market price:
  • Last week, a deal was confirmed between the ride-hailing service Lyft and autonomous car company Waymo, an Alphabet Inc (GOOG) (GOOGL) subsidiary. While the companies are keeping hush on details, each offered statements confirming the deal:
  • Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT) shook up the business world after announcing its massive acquisition of to boost its e-commerce operations last August. It’s huge e-commerce bet on Marc Lore is starting to pay off:
  • Pandora Media Inc (P) is on the market with a 30-day sale goal, and none but Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (SIRI) seems to notice: THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
  • Ford Motor Co. (F) will replace Chief Executive Mark Fields with Jim Hackett, the former head of office-furniture maker Steelcase Inc. who joined the auto maker in 2016, according to people familiar with the matter:
  • The future of Arconic Inc. (ARNC) is up for grabs this week in a tightly fought shareholder vote that will test the growing power of activist investors:
  • Former managers at one of the largest U.S. solar-energy companies, Sunrun (RUN), say they manipulated a key sales metric around the time of the company’s August 2015 initial public offering:
  • For decades, investors imagined a time when data-driven traders would dominate financial markets. That day has arrived:


  • The world’s largest private equity fund, backed by Japan’s Softbank Group and Saudi Arabia’s main sovereign wealth fund, said on Saturday it had raised over $93 billion to invest in technology sectors such as artificial intelligence and robotics
  • Barclays will hire 100 new staff in its private bank as it launches its second attempt in the last seven years to win more business from wealthy clients, a source with direct knowledge of the plans told Reuters:
  • Akzo Nobel shareholders angered by the Dutch paint maker’s rejection of a 26.3 billion euro ($29.5 billion) takeover offer from U.S. rival PPG Industries (PPG) on Monday took their fight to an Amsterdam court:


  • Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Tesla Inc. (TSLA) is building at a plant in Nevada and opening the way for a quicker shift toward green power for both cars and utilities
  • Oil advanced a fourth day in the build-up to OPEC’s gathering in Vienna this week, asspeculation grows that production cuts will be extended into next year:
  • Blackstone Group LP (BX), the world’s biggest private equity manager, is eyeing more than $100 billion in infrastructure investments with a new strategy anchored by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund:
  • For commodity traders operating in the Information Age, just good old trading doesn’t cut it anymore:


  • Robots really mean skyrocketing economic growth and higher-paid jobs, a new think-tank report reveals:



Energy XXI (EXXI) Q1 GAAP EPS $(1.97), Sales $157.91M vs $116.29M YoY, Earnings Includes Impairment Charge




Biostar Pharmaceuticals (BSPM) Reports Q1 EPS $(0.38) vs $(0.28) In Same Qtr. Last Year, No Sales vs $801.627K YoY


Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) Q4 EPS $0.45 vs $0.43 Est, Sales $1.58B vs $1.48B Est
Cheetah Mobile (CMCM) Q1 Adj. EPS $0.12 vs $0.03 Est, Sales $172.99M vs $170.97M Est


08:30 a.m. Chicago Fed National Activity Index

10:00 a.m. FOMC Member Harker Speaks

10:30 a.m. FOMC Member Kashkari Speaks

11:30 a.m. 6-Month Bill Auction

11:30 a.m. 3-Month Bill Auction

7:30 p.m. FOMC Member Brainard Speaks

Analyst & Shareholder Meetings

  • 9:00 a.m. Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL)
  • 10:00 a.m. DeVry Education (DV)
  • 12:00 p.m. Targa Resources (TRGP)
  • 1:00 p.m. Travelzoo (TZOO)
  • 1:00 p.m. Twitter (TWTR)
  • 2:00 p.m. Morgan Stanley (MS)


  • JP Morgan Upgraded Qualcomm (QCOM) from Neutral to Overweight
  • B. Riley Upgraded Genesco (GCO) from Neutral to Buy
  • Barclays Upgrades Mylan (MYL) From Equal-Weight to Overweight


  • JP Morgan Downgraded Centene (CNC) from Overweight to Neutral
  • DA Davidson Downgraded Arista Networks (ANET) from Buy to Neutral
  • Baird Downgrades Zoe’s Kitchen (ZOES) From Outperform to Neutral

Deal Talk

  • Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) is close to an agreement to merge with Clariant in a deal valued at around $14 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. Huntsman shares gained 3.37 percent to close at $26.71 on Friday.


  • NKE Nike Jul 52.5 Calls: 1000 @ ASK $1.44: 4932 traded vs 943 OI: Earnings 6/27 After Close (est) $51.78 Ref


  • NKE Nike Oct 55.0 Calls Sweep: 554 @ ASK $1.58: 991 traded vs 2113 OI: Earnings 6/27 After Close (est) $51.89 Ref


  • MAT Mattel Jul 23.0 Calls Sweep: 2998 @ ASK $0.90: 3001 traded vs 1123 OI: Earnings 7/20 After Close (est) $22.26 Ref


  • GIMO Gigamon Oct 35.0 Puts: 1000 @ ASK $2.95: 2275 traded vs 194 OI: Earnings 7/27 After Close (est) $37.97 Ref


  • MDRX AllScripts Jun 13.0 Calls: 500 @ ASK $0.10: 1007 traded vs 392 OI: Earnings 8/3 After Close (est) $11.92 Ref


  • RT Ruby Tuesday Jul 2.5 Calls: 1000 @ ASK $0.20: 3000 traded vs 6163 OI: Earnings 7/20 After Close (est) $2.26 Ref


  • SBUX Starbucks Jul 60.0 Puts Sweep: 1800 @ ASK $0.909: 1825 traded vs 2893 OI: Earnings 7/27 After Close (est) $61.66 Ref


  • RT Ruby Tuesday Jul 2.5 Calls: 2000 @ ASK $0.20: 2000 traded vs 6163 OI: Earnings 7/20


  • RHI Robert Half Jun 50.0 Calls Sweep: 1104 @ ASK $0.213: 2060 traded vs 205 OI: Earnings 7/20 After Close (est) $46.20 Ref


  • MDLZ Mondelez June 2018 $38 Put; 2000 @Bid @$1.77; Ref=$45.58


  • NKE Nike Jul 52.5 Calls Sweep: 661 @ ASK $1.485: 1642 traded vs 943 OI: Earnings 6/27 After Close (est) $51.83 Ref


  • HLF Herbalife Jan18 45.0 Puts: 600 @ ASK $1.83: 600 traded vs 2716 OI: Earnings 8/3 After Close (est) $71.14 Ref


  • SNAP Snap May $20 Put @Bid @$0.06; Ref=$20.29


  • NKE Nike

Nasd 100…FANG names are attracting the new buying.

Nasd 100…FANG names are attracting the new buying.
A close over 5636 keeps the Nasdaq in a Risk On footing.
Spu’s…need a close over 2379 to keep the weekly pattern intact.
The later it gets in the day the greater the propensity of a melt up.

Short-term traders can still sell closer to 2379 early in the day looking for price rejection but only for a scalp, not a longer-term short.

Fighting the Bull late day on a Friday has proven to be a very low probability endeavor.

Cisco’s Sell-Side Roundup: The Good And Bad In Q3, And What’s Next

Cisco Systems, Inc. CSCO‘s fiscal third-quarter earnings report and fourth-quarter guidance was alarming enough for investors to send the stock lower by more than 7 percent Thursday.

Here is a summary of what some of Wall Street’s most notable analysts are saying after the report.

Citi: Maintain At Buy

Citi’s Jim Suva maintains a Buy rating on Cisco’s stock with a price target lowered from $37 to $36.

According to Suva, Cisco’s earnings report came in better than expected, but the company’s guidance fell short of expectations. But the analyst remains bullish on the stock as the company’s earnings per share could benefit by around 16 percent to 20 percent under President Donald Trump’s tax reforms.

The analyst also noted that around 3 percent points of Cisco’s sales declines from a year ago is attributed to the company’s shift to a subscription model along with a decline in business from the federal government.

MKM: ‘Modest’ Progress Seen

MKM Partners’ Michael Genovese maintains a Neutral rating on Cisco’s stock with a price target lowered from $35 to $34.

Genovese noted that Cisco’s “solid” third-quarter report is overshadowed by the fact that the company has only shown “modest” progress in its business transition. Specifically, 31 percent of revenue in the quarter came from recurring sources, which does mark an increase from 29 percent in the prior year but still consistent with prior quarters.

Looking forward, Cisco’s stock could re-rate higher as the company’s percentage of recurring revenue increases.

Wunderlich: Tough Environment

Wunderlich’s Matthew Robison maintains a Hold rating on Cisco’s stock with an unchanged $30 price target.

Robison’s unchanged view stems from the fact that the earnings report shows that the legacy tech company is operating in a tougher-than-expected environment but there are some encouraging signs, including a better-than-expected performance in the routing segment.

Robison also believes Cisco’s progress toward building a company that boasts a strong recurring revenue mix will be “gradual” although there are no immediate catalysts to excite shareholders in the near term.

Cowen: Weak Outlook But Still A Buyer

Cowen’s Paul Silverstein maintains an Outperform rating on Cisco’s stock with an unchanged $39 price target.

Silverstein acknowledged the “disappointing” revenue growth seen in the third quarter but also highlighted the company’s margin structure remains “impressive.” Since these two factors cancel each other out, the analyst maintains a bullish stance on Cisco’s stock, which is trading at a “highly favorable” risk to reward profile.

Jefferies: Not As Bad

Jefferies George Notter maintains a Buy rating on Cisco’s stock with an unchanged $37 price target.

While Notter admitted to being “frustrated” with Cisco’s guidance, it is hard to believe the overall IT spending environment is as bad as the guidance assumes it to be.

The analyst also highlighted the fact that Cisco’s operating margins hit 32.3 percent, which marks its best margin result dating back all the way to the July 2004 ending quarter. Looking forward the analyst is confident that the company can at the very least sustain margins, if not improve them further.

Wall Street’s M&A Chatter From May 18: B. Riley-Wunderlich, Lowe’s-Maintenance Supply, Energy Transfer-PennTex Midstream Partners

The following are the M&A deals, rumors and chatter circulating on Wall Street for Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Energy Transfer Partners Makes Tender Offer To Purchase PennTex Midstream Partners for $20/Unit Cash

The Tender Offer:

Energy Transfer Partners LP ETP announced a tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding common units representing limited partner interests in PennTex Midstream Partners, LP PTXP not currently owned by ETP for $20.00 per common unit in cash. ETP currently owns approximately 32.4 percent of the outstanding PennTex common units. The tender offer will expire on June 19, 2017, unless the offer is extended in accordance with its terms.

There can be no assurance that the tender offer will be completed. The tender offer is subject ETP and its affiliates owning more than 80% of the outstanding PennTex common units following completion of the tender offer.

PennTex Midstream Partners closed at $16.65, and traded at $19.87 after-hours.

Lowe’s to Acquire Maintenance Supply Headquarters for $512M

The Deal:

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. LOW announced it has agreed to acquire the distributor of MRO products to the multifamily housing industry, Maintenance Supply Headquarters, for $512 million. The acquisition is expected to be completed in Lowe’s FY Q2, subject to regulatory approval.

Lowe’s closed at $84.05, up $0.30.

B. Riley Financial to Acquire Wunderlich Securities for $67M

The Deal:

B. Riley Financial Inc RILY has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wunderlich Securities in a cash and stock deal valued at $67 million. The purchase price consists of $36 million in cash, 1.9 million shares of B. Riley Financial common stock, and warrants to purchase 0.82 million shares of B. Riley common stock.

The transaction is expected to close in June 2017.

B. Riley closed at $14.05, up $0.35.

A Peek Into The Markets: U.S. Stock Futures Up Ahead Of Campbell Earnings

Pre-open movers

U.S. stock futures traded higher in early pre-market trade, ahead of earnings from Campbell Soup Company CPB. St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard is set to speak in St. Louis at 9:15 a.m. ET, while San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams will speak in San Francisco at 1:40 p.m. ET.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 29 points to 20,673.00, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index futures rose 5.50 points to 2,369.00. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index gained 13.25 points to 5,643.75.

Oil prices traded higher as Brent crude futures rose 1.18 percent to trade at $53.13 per barrel, while US WTI crude futures gained 1.18 percent to trade at $49.93 a barrel. The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week is schedule for release at 1:00 p.m. ET.

A Peek Into Global Markets

European markets were higher today, with the Spanish Ibex Index rising 0.70 percent, STOXX Europe 600 Index surging 0.41 percent and German DAX 30 index gaining 0.23 percent. The UK’s FTSE index was trading higher by 0.43 percent, while French CAC 40 Index climbed 0.48 percent.

In Asian markets, Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average rose 0.19 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rose 0.15 percent, China’s Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.02 percent and India’s BSE Sensex rose 0.10 percent.

Broker Recommendation

Analysts at Macquarie downgraded Pandora Media Inc P from Outperform to Neutral.

Pandora shares rose 5.49 percent to close at $9.42 on Thursday.

Breaking news

  • Deere & Company DE reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter.
  • Gap Inc GPS reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Thursday.
  • Foot Locker, Inc. FL posted weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Friday.
  • Ross Stores, Inc. ROST posted better-than-expected profit for its first quarter.

8 Stocks To Watch For May 19, 2017

Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

  • Wall Street expects Foot Locker, Inc. FL to report quarterly earnings at $1.38 per share on revenue of $2.02 billion before the opening bell. Foot Locker shares rose 0.48 percent to $70.79 in after-hours trading.
  • Ross Stores, Inc. ROST posted better-than-expected profit for its first quarter. Ross Stores shares surged 4.19 percent to $63.63 in the after-hours trading session.
  •, inc. CRM posted upbeat earnings for its first quarter and raised its FY18 outlook. shares rose 1.37 percent to $88.95 in the after-hours trading session.
  • Analysts are expecting Campbell Soup Company CPB to have earned $0.64 per share on revenue of $1.87 billion in the latest quarter. Campbell Soup will release earnings before the markets open. Campbell Soup shares declined 0.82 percent to $56.94 in after-hours trading.
  • Autodesk, Inc. ADSK reported a narrower-than-expected loss for its first quarter. Autodesk shares jumped 10.08 percent to $105.49 in the after-hours trading session.
  • McKesson Corporation MCK reported upbeat profit for its fourth quarter on Thursday. McKesson shares climbed 8.24 percent to $153.10 in the after-hours trading session.
  • Analysts expect Deere & Company DE to report quarterly earnings at $1.68 per share on revenue of $7.31 billion before the opening bell. Deere shares gained 1.18 percent to $114.00 in after-hours trading.
  • Gap Inc GPS reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Thursday. Gap shares climbed 4.14 percent to $24.15 in the after-hours trading session.

The Market In 5 Minutes 5/19/2017

  • Not yet a year into his presidency, Brazilian President Michel Temer is facing a major bribery scandal that has sent Brazilian stocks tumbling:
  • Twitter Inc (TWTR) shares jumped 2 percent after cofounder Biz Stone announced he is returning to work for the company full-time. Why are investors so optimistic about Stone’s return? Here’s a look at a few ways he could light a fire under Twitter:
  •, Inc. (AMZN) has become known as the everything store. That’s why it’s no surprise recent reports have stated the company is interested to get into the pharmacy space: Link
  • Corium International (CORI) shares have been white hot over the past 10 days, rising more than 30 percent since the company reported positive preliminary results in the clinical study of its Corplex Donepezil Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) product candidate:
  • Robert Mueller’s bulletproof reputation as a relentless, by-the-book investigator virtually guarantees a rigorous and wide-ranging investigation of President Donald Trump’s ties to the Kremlin, the former FBI director’s supporters say: Link


  • President Donald Trump said Thursday that an investigation of his campaign’s possible ties to Russia is a “witch hunt” and should be quickly brought to a close, but the appointment of a special counsel and recent grand jury subpoenas suggest a federal criminal probe is expanding to include other suspicious activity and countries: Link
  • A loophole is helping gig-economy workers, online sellers and home-sharing hosts cheat on their taxes: Link
  • U.S. financial authorities are looking into the Russian government’s growing leverage over Citgo Petroleum Corp. amid heightened concern that the Kremlin is seeking to use energy as a political weapon against the U.S., according to U.S. and congressional officials: Link
  • International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) is giving thousands of its remote workers in the U.S. a choice this week: Abandon your home workspaces and relocate to a regional office—or leave the company: Link


  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers on Thursday that he has some doubts that what are known as alternate scoring models will give enough credit to the potential for economic growth when assessing the impact of the Trump administration’s tax planLink
  • Uber has threatened to fire an engineer accused by Alphabet’s self-driving Waymo unit of stealing confidential documents in a high profile trade secrets case between the two companies, according to a court filing: Link
  • Suitors including private equity firms KKR & Co LP (KKR), Bain Capital and U.S. chip maker Broadcom Ltd are lining up for Toshiba Corp’s semiconductor business, sources familiar with matter said ahead of a deadline for second-round offers on Friday: Link


  • Legendary short seller Jim Chanos lambasted a “dysfunctional” Trump administration, saying the markets hope that Vice President Michael Pence becomes presidentLink
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced Thursday he will resign from Congress next month, saying a “mid-life crisis” had compelled him to step away from his chairmanship of the House Oversight Committee just as it is poised to investigate President Donald Trump’s firing of the FBI director: Link
  • Greece’s latest economic reforms will be key to winning debt relief that unleashes years of pent-up investment and finally ends its economic crisis. Or the austerity will crush the economy and send the government cap-in-hand for another bailout: Link
  • Melco Crown Philippines Resorts Corp. is the best-performing casino stock in the world this year. To punters playing baccarat at the company’s City of Dreams venue in Manila, that’s no surprise: Link


  • JCPenney (JCP) is aiming to give “hot sheets” new meaning. The mall anchor is getting into the hotel business, selling bedsheets, towels, curtains and even mattresses to the lodging industry, the retailer said on Tuesday: Link


Gap (GPS) Reports Q1 EPS $0.36 vs $0.29 Est., Sales $3.4B vs $3.39B Est., Comps Up 2%

Ross Stores (ROST) Reports Q1 EPS $0.82 vs $0.80 Est., Sales $3.3B vs $3.27B Est., Comps Up 3%

Foot Locker (FL) Reports Q1 EPS $1.36 vs $1.38 Est., Sales $2.001B vs $2.02B Est., Comps Up 0.5%
McKesson (MCK) Reports Q4 Adj. EPS $3.42 vs $3 Est., Sales $48.7B vs $49.5B Est.
Sportsman’s Warehouse (SPWH) Reports Q1 Adj. EPS $(0.08) vs $(0.06) Est., Sales $156.9M vs $153.9M Est.


Warrior Met Coal (HCC) Reports Q1 Adj. EPS $2.22, Sales $254M


Deere (DE) Reports Q2 EPS $2.49 vs $1.56 in Same Qtr. Last Year, Sales $8.287B vs $7.31B Est.



Del Mar Pharmaceuticals (DMPI) Reports Q3 EPS $(0.18) vs $(0.15) Est.


Quality Systems (QSII) Reports Q4 Adj. EPS $0.21 vs $0.19 Est., Sales $132.4M vs $128.5M Est.
Autodesk (ADSK) Reports Q1 Adj. EPS $(0.16) vs $(0.24) Est., Sales $486M vs $470.4M Est.
Salesforce (CRM) Reports Q1 Adj. EPS $0.28 vs $0.26 Est., Sales $2.39B vs $2.35B Est.
Globant (GLOB) Reports Q1 Adj. EPS $0.27 In-line With Est., Sales $88.7M vs $87.72M Est.


09:15 a.m. FOMC Member Bullard Speaks

10:30 a.m. ECRI Weekly Annualized (WoW)

10:30 a.m. ECRI Weekly Index

1:00 p.m. Baker Hughes Oil Rig Count

Analyst & Shareholder Meetings

  • 9:30 a.m. TravelCenters (TA)
  • 10:00 a.m. Yum Brands (YUM)
  • 10:00 a.m. CBS (CBS)
  • 10:30 a.m. Aetna (AET)
  • 11:00 a.m. Cato Co. (CATO)
  • 11:00 a.m. J.C. Penney (JCP)
  • 11:00 a.m. Macy’s (M)
  • 12:00 p.m. Mattel (MAT)


  • Jefferies Upgraded Palo Alto Networks (PANW) from Hold to Buy
  • Oppenheimer Upgraded Lumber Liquidators (LL) from Perform to Outperform
  • BMO Upgrades Walmart (WMT) From Underperform to Market Perform


  • RBC Downgraded Symantec(EXPE) from Outperform to Sector Perform
  • Deutsche Bank Downgraded Buckle (BKE) from Hold to Sell
  • Macquarie Downgrades Pandora (P) From Outperform to Neutral

Deal Talk

  • Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) Makes Tender Offer To Purchase PennTex Midstream Partners For $20/Unit Cash
  • Vistra Energy Corp. (VST) has made a takeover approach to debt-laden rivalDynegy Inc. (DYN), according to people familiar with the matter at the Wall Street Journal, a tie-up that would create one of the country’s largest independent power producers.


  • CDNS Cadence Des Jun 34.0 Calls Sweep: 817 @ ASK $0.30: 1554 traded vs 2094 OI: Earnings 7/24 After Close (est) $32.38 Ref


  • FRED Fred’s Jul 12.5 Puts Sweep: 3000 @ ASK $1.576: 3020 traded vs 473 OI: Earnings 5/25 Before Open (est) $13.60 Ref


  • YRCW YRC Worldwide Jun 8.0 Calls: 9600 @ ASK $0.54: 10k traded vs 64 OI: Earnings 7/27 After Close (est) $8.04 Ref


Watch These 5 Huge Call Purchases In Friday Trade

These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session.

  • YRC Worldwide Inc YRCW Jun 8.0 Calls: 9600 @ ASK $0.54: 10k traded vs 64 OI: Earnings 7/27 After Close (est) $8.04 Ref
  • Rite Aid Corporation RAD Jan 2019 10.0 Calls: 1000 @ ASK $0.03: 1350 traded vs 61k OI: Earnings 6/22 Before Open (est) $3.46 Ref
  •, inc. CRM May 95.0 Calls Sweep: 760 @ ASK $0.22: 3047 traded vs 11k OI: $87.53 Ref
  • Humana Inc HUM Jun 245 Calls: 3000 @ ASK $1.40: 3000 traded vs 7895 OI: Earnings 8/2 Before Open (est) $226.61 Ref
  • Ambev SA (ADR) ABEV May 5.0 Calls Sweep: 500 @ ASK $0.666: 522 traded vs 20 OI: Earnings 7/27 Before Open (est) $5.53 Ref

18 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Thursday

  • Ascena Retail Group Inc ASNA 30.14% shares dipped 37.8 percent to $1.75 after the company lowered its Q3 and FY17 guidance.
  • Endologix, Inc. ELGX 35.96% shares dropped 35 percent to $4.38 after the company issued an update on Nellix System US regulatory status. Following meeting with the FDA, Endologix will seek US approval by conducting a confirmatory clinical study with the IFU and Gen2 device design. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Endologix from Buy to Hold.
  • Stein Mart, Inc. SMRT 37.06% shares tumbled 34.7 percent to $1.11 after the company reported weak Q1 results and suspended its quarterly dividend.
  • Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (ADR) GOL 26.05% shares declined 23.4 percent to $11.76 on fears that another political scandal will result in the impeachment of President Michel Temer. Temer, who ran on a platform of economic reform, has been in office for less than a year, but a new report by Brazilian newspaper O Globo has accused Temer of paying off a potential witness in an ongoing graft probe.
  • Banco Bradesco SA (ADR) BBD 18.73% shares tumbled 18.1 percent to $8.22 session. Stocks of US-listed Brazil-based companies seeing a substantial downside amid bribery allegations related to President Temer.
  • Banco Santander Brasil SA (ADR) BSBR 20.48% shares declined 17.8 percent to $7.26.
  • Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao-ADR CBD 15.1% shares dipped 17.4 percent to $19.63.
  • Itau Unibanco Holding SA (ADR) ITUB 18.24% shares fell 16.3 percent to $10.50 after dipping 3.28 percent on Wednesday.
  • Gafisa SA (ADR) GFA 16.57% shares slipped 16 percent to $7.35.
  • Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (ADR) SID 17.3% shares dropped 15.6 percent to $2.00.
  • Companhia de Saneamento Basico (ADR) SBS 17.3% shares declined 15.7 percent to $8.48.
  • Gerdau SA (ADR) GGB 14.58% shares dipped 15.2 percent to $2.71 after declining 3.19 percent on Wednesday.
  • Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (ADR) PBR 16.57% dropped 14 percent to $8.85 amid bribery allegations related to President Temer.
  • Banco Bradesco S.A. BBDO 16.42% shares fell 13.7 percent to $7.98.
  • Pure Storage Inc PSTG 13.84% shares plunged 10.5 percent to $10.45. Morgan Stanley downgraded Pure Storage from Overweight to Equal-Weight.
  • Teekay Corporation TK 8.06% fell 8.3 percent to $6.66. Teekay reported a Q1 loss of $45.3 million on revenue of $543.5 million.
  • Cisco Systems, Inc. CSCO 7.61% shares declined 7.3 percent to $31.35. Cisco reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter, but issued a weak revenue forecast for the current quarter. Cisco also announced plans to cut an additional 1,100 jobs.
  • ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc (ADR) ZTO 5.84% shares slipped 6 percent to $13.20. ZTO reported Q1 adjusted earnings of $0.10 per share on sales of $379.9 million. The company also named Hongqun Hu as COO.