Ev'rywhere I hear the sound of marching, charging feet, boy
'Cause summer's here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy
But what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock 'n' roll band
'Cause in sleepy London town
There's just no place for a street fighting man
- Street Fighting Man, The Rolling Stones
- Happy May Day! U.S. stock index futures are pointing to a mixed start with a host of markets abroad closed for the holiday, including Hong Kong,
France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Holland, Sweden, Ireland, Switzerland, Russia, Mexico and Brazil. We in North American celebrate International Workers'
Day by working, if begrudgingly. Occupy Wall Street protestors are planning protests in New York and elsewhere, if weather permits. Bloomberg reports
this morning that the organizers of the protests in New York plan what they call an 8 p.m. "radical after-party" in an undetermined location in the
Financial District. Many bank employees are hoping to get home, get changed and get back downtown before the first dj starts spinning.
BNN reports today from the Milkin Institute Conference in Los Angeles where some of the world's top business leaders and economic thinkers are
meeting to discuss the issues most affecting countries, economies, industries and markets. Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO, sits down with Howard Green
just after 10:00 a.m. ET. We'll get some insight into the outlook for the U.S. economy and interest-rate policy from Richard Fisher, head of the
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, at 1 p.m. and talk real estate with David Simon, CEO of the Simon Property Group at 1:10 p.m. Airlines and
entrepreneurship are on the agenda at 1:20 p.m. in a conversation with David Neeleman, Founder of JetBlue Airways and Azul Brazilian Airlines.
Investors will turn their attention to earnings for market direction today. In Canada, WestJet will be a mover after the company topped
forecasts and decided to buy 20 Bombardier Q400 planes for its planned regional airline. Revenue in the quarter rose 15 percent but the company
cautioned that it expects average revenue per available seat mile to "moderate slightly" in the second quarter.
Suncor and Talisman reported this morning and the market will have to decide whether it will pay more attention to cash flow per share
or earnings per share. Suncor reported a decline in operating earning that still topped forecasts while cash flow rose modestly. Talisman appears to
have missed expectations for earnings from operations even as cash flow rose 5 percent. Decisions decisions.
Two pieces of the TMX bid puzzle fell into place last night as Maple Group said it had reached agreements to buy the Canadian Depository of
Securities, or CDS, for $167.5 million, and said it plans to buy Alpha for $175 million. The agreements will help the market put a value on the whole
deal -- the TMX, clearing house and Alpha -- and handicap the likelihood of the whole getting done by the new deadline of July 31.
Research In Motion kicks off its 2012 conference in Florida today where it hopes to inspire programmers to build new stuff for its next wave of
products. The crowds at this conference have dwindled in recent years. With so much at stake, this year's conference could be a turning point.
Other earnings we are watching this morning and after-hours include Yamana Gold, Cameco, Xstrata, Fairfax Financial, Thomson Reuters, Archer Daniels
Midland, Valero, Sirius XM and CBS.
In economics, the U.S. ISM manufacturing data could be the market mover today. A reading of 53 for April is due at 10:00 a.m. ET.
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