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ISM Report on Business Services PMI for November

Today's Top Headlines/Must Reads:

- Signs of a Weakening Job Market, in Five Charts

- China's Colossal Hidden-Debt Problem Is Coming to a Head

- Green Investors Were Crushed. Now It's Time to Make Money.

Opening Call:

Stock futures fell early on Tuesday as traders awaited the first of a slew of labor data that in coming days will likely set the tone into next week's Federal Reserve meeting.

"Markets have lost a little of their recent poise over the last 24 hours, " Deutsche Bank said.

"There hasn't been a specific catalyst for the softness, but the astonishing rally in November and long positioning has led to some skepticism about how much further it's able to run, at least until we get some more data that's soft-landing friendly."

Investors will be keen to see if jobs reports coming over the next few days can support that narrative.

Asian Markets

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 1.9% and the Shanghai Composite lost 1.7%, both to their lowest in more than 12 months.

Moody's downgraded its outlook on China's debt and highlighted the difficulties facing the world's second biggest economy.

Premarket Movers

GitLab rose 16% ahead of the opening bell after the company's quarterly revenue trumped analyst forecasts.

Palantir Technologies slipped more than 1%, having dropped more than 9% on Monday. Late last week, William Blair analysts said that a four-year army contract that is about to expire will likely be less lucrative after it is renewed.

Take-Two Interactive Software released a trailer of "Grand Theft Auto VI" a day early, following a leak. Shares fell more than 3%.

Monday's Post-Close Movers

Joann logged a wider loss in the three months ended Oct. 28, as sales sank over 4%. The company's adjusted loss of 21 cents a share was in line with expectations. Shares fell 6.7%.

Travere Therapeutics will slash its workforce by about 20% and will dedicate resources to two ongoing programs, a treatment for a Berger's disease and classical HCU. The company said Monday that the move would extend its cash runway into 2028. Shares rose 7.3%.

Forex:

The dollar should recover this week as its recent correction lower looks to have gone too far, TD Securities said.

Positioning and short-term valuations are stretched, increasing the risk that the dollar rallies if Friday's nonfarm payrolls data are strong, it added.

It also upgraded its view on the dollar until year-end and now expects EUR/USD to finish the year at 1.08.

Bonds:

Big downward moves in bond yields aren't imminent but there is scope for lower yields further out, with higher volatility along the way, Hargreaves Lansdown said.

"Investors should not be put off by this outlook--we think this could be the most interesting entry point for bond investors in decades."

There is potential that investors could be rewarded either with income from higher-for-longer yields, or growth, as yields fall, Hargreaves said.

"Volatility is hard to stomach but can offer opportunities for good quality active fund managers to take advantage of price fluctuations."

Lazard Asset Management Germany said the earnings power of bonds has been restored in both the eurozone and the U.S. and clearly exceeds the dividend yield of a global equity portfolio, with calculable risk.

Bonds again fulfill criteria that a basic investment must meet in asset allocation, such as calculable and secure returns, continuous liquidity and serving to diversify with a low correlation to risky assets, it said.

"We are experiencing a renaissance of this asset class."

Energy:

Oil prices edged higher amid demand concerns, market skepticism following OPEC+ output cuts and tensions in the Middle East.

Prices declined on Monday after OPEC+'s voluntary curbs announcement left traders disappointed, raising questions over compliance and future supply policy.

Meanwhile, the Israel-Hamas conflict and a series of attacks in Middle-Eastern waters fueled supply concerns, and falling U.S. factory orders in October contributed to investor fears of a broader economic slowdown.

Capital Economics said crude prices should decline by the end of next year as a result of less constrained global supply and modest demand.

It assumes OPEC+ production will gradually rise starting from April, likely driving supply growth at a time of only moderate growth in demand.

"We think that the oil market will be in a slight deficit on average over most of 2024 but with a surplus in the final quarter."

Capital Economics forecasts Brent at $75 a barrel and WTI at $70 a barrel by the end of 2024, from previous expectations of $85 a barrel and $80 a barrel, respectively.

Metals:

Base metals were weaker on worries about the economy and demand for industrial goods, while gold edged up.

"The macroeconomic environment is on the bearish side of the ledger," Peak Trading Research said, citing weakness in crude oil and commodity currencies like the Australian dollar and Brazilian real.

Peak added that markets will be looking ahead to Friday's nonfarm payrolls figure in the and in turn how that affects Fed policy, though said it's unlikely the Fed will hike rates again.

   
 
 
   
 
 

TODAY'S TOP HEADLINES

 
 

Meta and IBM Launch AI Alliance

Meta Platforms and International Business Machines launched a coalition of more than 50 artificial intelligence companies and research institutions that are pushing a so-called open model of AI, hoping to gain traction in a fast-growing market.

The AI Alliance, whose members include Intel, Oracle, Cornell University and the National Science Foundation, said it is pooling resources to stand behind "open innovation and open science" in AI. Its members largely support open source, an approach in which technology is shared free and draws on a history of collaboration among Big Tech, academics and a fervent movement of independent programmers.

   
 
 

CVS Plans to Overhaul How Much Drugs Cost

CVS Health, the nation's largest drugstore chain, will move away from the complex formulas used to set the prices of the prescription drugs it sells, shifting to a simpler model that could upend how American pharmacies are paid.

Under the plan, CVS's roughly 9,500 retail pharmacies will get reimbursed by pharmacy-benefit managers and other payers based on the amount that CVS paid for the drugs, in addition to a limited markup and a flat fee to cover the services involved in handling and dispensing the prescriptions. Today, pharmacies are generally paid using complex measures that aren't directly based on what they spent to purchase specific drugs.

   
 
 

'The pivot is in.' Key ECB official doesn't rule out interest-rate cuts next year

Isabel Schnabel, a European Central Bank board member, declined to rule out interest-rate cuts next year in an interview published Tuesday.

Her remarks helped to further cement market odds the ECB will cut rates next year, to 69% in March and 90% in April.

   
 
 

Short Sellers Are More Bearish Than They've Been in Two Decades

Short sellers recently turned more bearish than they have been since the bursting of the dot-com bubble more than 20 years ago. That bodes ill for the stock market's prospects over the coming year.

Contrarians will disagree with this assessment, since they believe it's bullish when bearish sentiment reaches extreme levels. But the contrarians are wrong, at least when it comes to what aggregate shorting means for the overall market, according to Matthew Ringgenberg, a finance professor at the University of Utah.

   
 
 

Israel, Hamas Engage in Some of Fiercest Fighting of War

TEL AVIV-Israel and Hamas are locked in some of their fiercest fighting of the two-month-old war, including at close quarters, as Israel launched its offensive in the south while trying to finish its operations in and around Gaza City.

The Israeli military has essentially cornered Hamas fighters in two of their last strongholds in the northern Gaza Strip-the Shajaiya neighborhood of Gaza City and the city of Jabalia, immediately to the north.

   
 
 

Write to ina.kreutz@wsj.com

TODAY IN CANADA

Earnings:

D2L 3Q

Descartes Syss Grp 3Q

Economic Calendar (ET):

0815 Nov Official International Reserves

0930 Nov Services PMI

Stocks to Watch:

Atlas Lithium Achieves Fully Funded Status With First Production Expected in 2024

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Buhler Industries: Still Working With Origin Merchant Partners to Identify Long-Term Investment Partner; Lenders Extend Maturity Date of Credit Facilities to Dec. 8 From Dec. 4

   
 
 

Expected Major Events for Tuesday

00:01/UK: Nov BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor

00:30/JPN: Nov Japan Services PMI

06:00/RUS: Nov Russian Services PMI

07:45/FRA: Oct Industrial production index

08:45/ITA: Nov Italy Services PMI

08:50/FRA: Nov France Services PMI

08:55/GER: Nov Germany Services PMI

09:00/UK: Nov UK monthly car registrations figures

09:30/UK: Nov S&P Global / CIPS UK Services PMI

09:30/UK: Nov UK Official Reserves

11:00/FRA: Oct OECD CPI

13:15/CAN: Nov Official International Reserves

13:55/US: 12/02 Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index

14:30/CAN: Nov Canada Services PMI

14:45/US: Nov US Services PMI

15:00/US: Oct Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey

15:00/US: Nov ISM Report On Business Services PMI

15:00/US: Dec RCM/TIPP Economic Optimism Index

16:00/US: Nov Global Services PMI

21:30/US: 12/01 API Weekly Statistical Bulletin

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Expected Earnings for Tuesday

AeroVironment Inc (AVAV) is expected to report $0.59 for 2Q.

America's Car-Mart (CRMT) is expected to report $0.79 for 2Q.

Asana Inc (ASAN) is expected to report for 3Q.

AutoZone Inc (AZO) is expected to report $31.64 for 1Q.

Axcella Health Inc (AXLA) is expected to report for 3Q.

Box Inc (BOX) is expected to report $0.05 for 3Q.

Broadway Financial Corp (BYFC) is expected to report for 3Q.

CSP Inc (CSPI) is expected to report for 4Q.

Cohbar Inc (CWBR) is expected to report for 3Q.

Conn's (CONN) is expected to report $-1.46 for 3Q.

Core & Main Inc (CNM) is expected to report for 3Q.

Daktronics (DAKT) is expected to report $0.13 for 2Q.

Dave & Buster's Entertainment Inc (PLAY) is expected to report $-0.14 for 3Q.

Descartes Systems Group Inc (DSG.T,DSGX) is expected to report $0.46 for 3Q.

Designer Brands Inc (DBI) is expected to report for 3Q.

G-III Apparel (GIII) is expected to report $2.09 for 3Q.

Greenlane Holdings Inc (GNLN) is expected to report for 3Q.

Healthequity Inc (HQY) is expected to report $0.06 for 3Q.

Hennessy Advisors Inc (HNNA) is expected to report for 4Q.

Home Capital (HCG-T) is expected to report $0.49 for 3Q.

Hovnanian Enterprises Inc (HOV) is expected to report for 4Q.

IES Holdings Inc (IESC) is expected to report for 4Q.

J.Jill (JILL) is expected to report for 3Q.

JM Smucker Co (SJM) is expected to report $2.44 for 2Q.

Lands' End Inc (LE) is expected to report for 3Q.

MongoDB Inc (MDB) is expected to report $-1.03 for 3Q.

Ooma Inc (OOMA) is expected to report $-0.01 for 3Q.

Perma-Pipe International Holdings Inc (PPIH) is expected to report for 3Q.

Phreesia Inc (PHR) is expected to report for 3Q.

Powell Industries (POWL) is expected to report $1.21 for 4Q.

Rent the Runway Inc (RENT) is expected to report for 3Q.

SentinelOne Inc (S) is expected to report for 3Q.

Skillsoft Corp (SKIL) is expected to report for 3Q.

Spark Networks SE - ADR (LOVLY) is expected to report for 3Q.

Stitch Fix Inc (SFIX) is expected to report $-0.25 for 1Q.

TAG Oil (TAO.V,TAOIF) is expected to report for 2Q.

Toll Brothers Inc (TOL) is expected to report $3.71 for 4Q.

Yext Inc (YEXT) is expected to report $-0.02 for 3Q.

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ANALYST RATINGS ACTIONS

3M Raised to Equal-Weight From Underweight by Barclays

Adobe Raised to Outperform From Neutral by KGI Securities

Alaska Air Group Cut to Market Perform From Strong Buy by Raymond James

Antero Resources Cut to Hold From Buy by Truist Securities

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Shares Rise 6.3% On BofA Buy Rating

Carvana Raised to Neutral From Underweight by JP Morgan

Citizens Financial Group Cut to Equal-Weight From Overweight by Morgan Stanley

CNX Resources Raised to Buy From Hold by Truist Securities

East West Bancorp Raised to Overweight From Equal-Weight by Morgan Stanley

Equitrans Midstream Cut to Peer Perform From Outperform by Wolfe Research

Fisker Cut to In-Line From Outperform by Evercore ISI Group

Fluence Energy Raised to Buy From Neutral by Roth MKM

General Motors Raised to Buy From Neutral by Mizuho

Genesco Cut to Neutral From Buy by Seaport Global

Gentherm Cut to Hold From Buy by Argus Research

Hawaiian Holdings Raised to Buy From Hold by Deutsche Bank

Herc Holdings Cut to Sector Weight From Overweight by Keybanc

Immunogen Cut to Equal-Weight From Overweight by Barclays

Immunogen Cut to Neutral From Overweight by Piper Sandler

Incyte Raised to Buy From Neutral by Guggenheim

Insulet Raised to Overweight From Equal-Weight by Morgan Stanley

Mersana Therapeutics Raised to Buy From Neutral by Citigroup

Oncternal Therapeutics Raised to Buy From Hold by Brookline Capital

Oneok Raised to Buy From Neutral by B of A Securities

Repligen Cut to Hold From Buy by Benchmark

Stewart Info Services Raised to Buy From Neutral by BTIG

Teleflex Raised to Overweight From Equal-Weight by Morgan Stanley

United Rentals Cut to Sector Weight From Overweight by Keybanc

This article is a text version of a Wall Street Journal newsletter published earlier today.

 

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December 05, 2023 06:13 ET (11:13 GMT)

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