Morning Brief

On jobs Friday, Wall Street tries to end worst losing streak since 2008

Key Points


U.S. stock futures were lower ahead of the 8:30 a.m. ET of the government's October employment report. Wall Street continued its slide on election concerns Thursday, with the S&P logging its eighth straight down session, the longest losing streak since October 2008. (CNBC)

Economists expect to see 175,000 nonfarm payrolls added last month, up from 156,000 in September. The unemployment rate is expected to fall to 4.9 percent from 5 percent, with average earnings rising by 0.3 percent, according to Thomson Reuters. (CNBC)

U.S. crude was under pressure for the sixth straight day, below $45 per barrel, after falling 1.5 percent Thursday to a six-week low. Ahead of Friday's trading, oil was down 8.3 percent on the week. The weekly rig count report is out at 1 p.m. ET. (Reuters)

A Donald Trump win could spark an immediate sell-off of up to 5 percent for the S&P 500, according to analysts at Citi, who also warn on slower growth or even recession for the U.S. (CNBC)

With four days left until Election Day, Trump and Hillary Clinton are going to blitz swing states today. While Trump leads in the reliably GOP states of Arizona and Texas, Clinton runs neck and neck in Georgia, according to new polls. (NBC News)

The U.S. government believes cyber hackers from Russia or elsewhere may try to undermine next week's presidential election and is mounting an unprecedented effort to counter their meddling, American officials told NBC News.

GoPro (GPRO) was plunging about 20 percent in premarket trading, after the action camera maker reported disappointing quarterly results and revenue, and gave weak holiday quarter and 2016 guidance due to production issues for its newest products. (CNBC)

Starbucks (SBUX) was rising in the premarket, after reporting better-than-expected earnings and revenue. Same-store sales were higher. The board also approved a 25 percent dividend increase. (CNBC)

CBS (CBS) beat expectations with earnings and revenue. Meanwhile, CEO Les Moonves said the media giant is still in the early stages of considering a merger with Viacom (VIAB), a deal favored by its controlling shareholders.

Dalian Wanda Group is buying for $1 billion Dick Clark Productions, the company that produces the "Miss America" pageant and the "Golden Globe Awards." The Chinese conglomerate bought AMC Theaters in January. (NY Times)

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn increased his stake in Herbalife (HLF) again — this time buying about $100 million worth of shares, upping his stake to 23.1 percent. Herbalife also said its COO will take over for the CEO who's stepping down next year. (CNBC)

Two prominent U.S. lawmakers are calling on federal antitrust regulators to investigate whether Sanofi (SNy) , Eli Lilly (LLY), Merck (MRK), and Novo Nordisk (NVO) colluded to set prices for insulin and other diabetes drugs. (Reuters)

Three senators are asking regulators for hundreds of termination notices that Wells Fargo (WFC) filed with an industry overseer over the last five years as employees left the company in connection with its sales scandal. (NY Times)

The battle for voice-activated digital assistant supremacy kicks off today as Alphabet's (GOOGL) standalone Google Home speaker becomes available for $129, going after Amazon's (AMZN) $179.99 Echo speaker. (USA Today)


Besides the jobs report, the September trade deficit is out at 8:30 a.m. ET. There are also earnings from Duke Energy, Humana, NRG Energy, PG&E, Madison Square Garden, FirstEnergy, NGL Energy Partners, Shutterstock and Virtu Financial before the bell. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway reports after the market close.

There are three Fed speakers today, including Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, who participates in a panel at the IMF at 4 p.m. ET. Ahead of that, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart speaks at 9:30 a.m. ET, and Dallas Fed President Rob Kaplan delivers remarks at noon ET.


Weight Watchers (WTW) issued better-than-expected earnings, but missed on revenue. The company did, however, increase guidance. Subscribers for the quarter were up 10 percent year-over-year to 2.8 million.

Monster Beverage (MNST) missed estimates on earnings and revenue, as continued strength of the U.S. dollar as well as distributor transitions impacted results.

Kraft Heinz (HNZ) beat expectations on earnings, but missed on revenue. The company said it will likely raise its cost-cutting targets in the coming months.

Activision Blizzard (ATVI) exceeded estimates with earnings and revenue. The video game maker also raised its outlook, but traders were expecting an even stronger forward guidance.

Twilio (TWLO) reported a quarterly loss of 4 cents per share, a loss that was only half the size expected by Wall Street. The company, which provides a variety of customer interaction apps, also saw revenue come in above estimates.

FireEye (FEYE) lost 18 cents per share for its latest quarter, smaller than the 31 cents Wall Street had been anticipating. The cybersecurity products company's revenue came in above forecasts, as demand for its cloud-based products rose.

Lions Gate (LGF) lost 11 cents per share for its latest quarter, smaller than the forecast of a 24 cent loss. The studio's revenue was well above expectations on strong results for both its movies and its TV shows.

Las Vegas Sands reported better-than-expected earnings and revenue, boosted an improving climate for its operations in Macau, the gambling center off the coast of China.


The three New York-area airports — JFK, La Guardia, and Newark (actually in New Jersey) — are the three worst among the nation's 30 busiest airports, based on a study that considered timeliness, accessibility and amenities. (NY Times)

As the Chicago Cubs celebrate their first World Series win in 108 years with a parade today, that memorable victory was seen by just over 40 million viewers, the most for a World Series game since Game 7 in 1991. (USA Today & NY Times)