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North American Morning Briefing: Investors Await -2-

08/11/2021 | 06:02am EDT

A bankruptcy judge said building-products maker CertainTeed LLC appears to have disadvantaged asbestos-injury claimants by placing its asbestos liabilities in chapter 11, spotlighting a corporate maneuver that some congressional Democrats want to curb.

Judge J. Craig Whitley of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charlotte, N.C., said Tuesday the company may have defrauded injury claimants when it used a corporate affiliate with no employees or operations as a "vessel designed to ferry...asbestos liabilities into bankruptcy."


Air China Stock Will Struggle to Lift Off

This column is part of the Heard on the Street stock-picking contest. You're invited to play along with us here.

After a disastrous 2020, travel has begun recovering in 2021, offering some hope for beleaguered airline investors. Chinese airlines weathered the initial storm relatively well, as domestic tourism roared back and helped cushion the hit to international travel. But with China now fighting to contain the highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19, domestic tourism is again struggling, and the day the nation reopens its international borders is looking ever farther off.


Inflation Likely Eased Slightly in July as Economy Rebounded

Inflation likely remained elevated but ebbed slightly in July, as the economy rebounded amid pandemic-related shortages of labor and supplies, economists say.

Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expect the Labor Department to report the consumer-price index rose 5.3% in July from a year earlier, a bit slower than June's 5.4% surge and still close to the highest 12-month rate since 2008. The so-called core price index, which excludes the often volatile categories of food and energy, likely increased 4.4% from a year before, they estimate.


Fed's Evans Open to Reducing Asset Purchases Later This Year

The economy is on track to later this year satisfy the Federal Reserve's threshold to begin reducing its $120 billion in monthly asset purchases, a top central bank official said Tuesday.

Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said he expected recent employment gains to continue, which would allow the Fed to declare that the economy has achieved the "substantial further progress" it laid out last December.


China's Corporate Crackdown Drives Investors to Industries Beijing Supports

The corporate crackdown in China that has hammered internet stocks is driving investors to sectors still in Beijing's good graces, such as high-tech manufacturing and renewable energy.

Shares of Chinese semiconductor companies, electric-vehicle manufacturers and solar-panel makers listed in mainland China climbed over the past month while shares of technology giants and companies that provide after-school tutoring suffered massive selloffs.


Most GOP Senators Sign Pledge to Not Help Democrats on Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON-Most Republican senators have signed on to a pledge to force Democrats to raise the debt ceiling through procedures that don't rely on GOP votes, escalating the political tug of war over who is responsible for keeping the U.S. from defaulting.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) said in an interview that some 46 Republicans have signed on to a letter that he circulated during a rapid-fire series of votes on a budget resolution that kicks off Democrats' efforts to pass a $3.5 trillion cornerstone of President Biden's agenda.


Biden to Urge Businesses to Require Covid-19 Vaccine for Workers

WASHINGTON-President Biden will meet Wednesday with the chief executives of United Airlines Holdings Inc. and Kaiser Permanente in a bid to encourage more companies to follow their lead and require workers to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Howard University President Wayne Frederick and Diane Sumpter, a small business leader from South Carolina, are also expected to attend the virtual meeting alongside United CEO Scott Kirby and Kaiser Permanente CEO Gregory Adams, a White House official said.


Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul Begins Transition Following Gov. Cuomo's Resignation

New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is lining up support among local politicians as she transitions to become New York's first female governor after Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday he would resign.

Ms. Hochul, a Democrat, plans to address the public Wednesday afternoon, her office said.


China Sentences Canadian Citizen to 11 Years for Espionage in Case at Heart of Diplomatic Standoff

HONG KONG-A Chinese court sentenced entrepreneur Michael Spavor to 11 years in prison on espionage charges in the first of two national-security cases involving Canadian citizens that sit at the center of a fierce standoff with both Canada and the U.S.

Mr. Spavor was found guilty of "probing into and illegally providing state secrets" to foreign actors, said the Dandong Intermediate People's Court in northeastern Liaoning province on its website Wednesday.


Fresh U.K. Covid-19 Data Boosts Hopes That Delta Variant Can Be Held in Check

LONDON-The latest surge of Covid-19 cases in the U.K. is giving rise to growing optimism among doctors and scientists that the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus can be held at bay with high levels of vaccination and public caution.

Although caseloads are now ticking higher after Prime Minister Boris Johnsondropped almost all public-health restrictions in mid July, hospital admissions have been falling and deaths are a fraction of the level seen in earlier phases of the pandemic, according to the latest official data through early August.


Write to paul.larkins@wsj.com



Ag Growth Intl 2Q

Andlauer Healthcare 2Q

ATS Automtn Tooling 1Q

AutoCanada 2Q

BBTV Hldgs 2Q

Birchcliff Energy 2Q

Boyd Grp 2Q

Bragg Gaming 2Q


Canada Goose 1Q

Chmtrd Logstcs 2Q

Computer Modelling 1Q

Converge Tech 2Q

Dialogue Health 2Q

ECN Capital 2Q

Emera 2Q

Fortuna Silver 2Q

Franco-Nevada 2Q


Intertape Polymer 2Q

Linamar 2Q

Lundin Gold 2Q


mdf commerce 1Q

Metro 3Q

Mogo 2Q

New Gold 2Q

Northland Power 2Q

Peyto Explrtn 2Q

Points Intl 2Q

Savaria 2Q

STEP Energy 2Q

SunOpta 2Q

Superior Plus 2Q

Wesdome Gold Mines 2Q

Economic Indicators:

None scheduled

Stocks to Watch:

Bird Construction 2Q EPS C$0.26; 2Q Adj EPS C$0.28; 2Q Net C$13.6M

Cathedral Energy 2Q Rev C$7.3M Vs. C$8.8M; 1H Rev C$18.7M Vs. C$28.1M; North Amer Oilfield Services Industry Continues to Improve From 2020 Lows; Strong Oil & Gas Prices Spurring More Drilling Activity in Back Half of 2021 and Into 2022

Imperial Metals 2Q Loss/Shr C$0.04; 2Q Rev C$34.2M

Journey Energy 2Q EPS C$0.19 Vs. EPS C$0.07; 2Q Production Rev C$27.5M Vs. C$11.2M; 1H EPS C$0.03 Vs. Loss C$1.88; 1H Production Rev C$51.1M Vs. C$29.5M

Optiva 2Q Rev $16.3M Vs. $19.9M; 2Q EPS $0.22 Vs. Loss $2.78; 1H Rev $32.4M Vs. $39M; 1H EPS $3.16 Vs. Loss $2.63; Larger Sales Team Driving Ramp-Up in Bookings, Visibility Into Expected Rev Growth in 2022

Pan American Silver 2Q EPS 34c; 2Q Adj EPS 22c; 2Q Rev $382.13B; Raises Dividend to 10c Vs. 7c

VerticalScope 2Q Rev $14.4M Vs. $12.1M; 2Q Loss/Shr $0.24 Vs. EPS $0.06; 1H Rev $30.3M Vs. $23.4M; 1H Loss/Shr $0.18 Vs. Loss $0.28

Expected Major Events for Wednesday

06:00/JPN: Jul Preliminary Machine Tool Orders

06:00/GER: Jul CPI

08:00/ITA: Jul CPI

11:00/US: 08/06 MBA Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey

12:30/US: Jul CPI

12:30/US: Jul Real Earnings

14:00/US: Jul Online Help Wanted Index

14:30/US: 08/06 EIA Weekly Petroleum Status Report

18:00/US: Jul Monthly Treasury Statement of Receipts & Outlays of the U.S. Govt

23:01/UK: Jul RICS Residential Market Survey

23:50/JPN: Jul Corporate Goods Price Index

All times in GMT. Powered by Kantar Media and Dow Jones.

Expected Earnings for Wednesday

APi Group Corp (APG) is expected to report for 2Q.

ATS Automation Tooling Systems is expected to report $0.23 for 1Q.

Allena Pharmaceuticals Inc (ALNA) is expected to report $-0.22 for 2Q.

Altimmune (ALT) is expected to report $-0.40 for 2Q.

Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc (BLPH) is expected to report for 2Q.

Berkeley Lights Inc (BLI) is expected to report for 2Q.

Boyd Group Services is expected to report for 2Q.

CAE Inc (CAE,CAE.T) is expected to report $0.17 for 1Q.

CSP Inc (CSPI) is expected to report for 3Q.

Canada Goose Holdings Inc (GOOS,GOOS.T) is expected to report $-0.42 for 1Q.

Computer Modelling Group is expected to report $0.06 for 1Q.

Crescita Therapeutics is expected to report for 2Q.

Crown Crafts (CRWS) is expected to report $0.14 for 1Q.

Emera is expected to report $0.55 for 2Q.

Evofem Biosciences Inc (EVFM) is expected to report $-0.37 for 2Q.

Exicure Inc (XCUR) is expected to report $-0.14 for 2Q.

Gritstone bio Inc (GRTS) is expected to report $-0.48 for 2Q.

Haemonetics Corp (HAE) is expected to report $0.04 for 1Q.

Hyliion Holdings Corp (HYLN) is expected to report for 2Q.

Intertape Polymer Group Inc (ITP.T,ITPOF) is expected to report $0.33 for 2Q.

Ivanhoe Mines is expected to report $0.02 for 2Q.

Karuna Therapeutics Inc (KRTX) is expected to report for 2Q.

Keros Therapeutics Inc (KROS) is expected to report for 2Q.

Malvern Bancorp Inc (MLVF) is expected to report $0.25 for 3Q.

Metro Inc (MRU.T,MTRAF) is expected to report $0.62 for 3Q.

Neonode (NEON) is expected to report for 2Q.

New Gold (NGD,NGD.T) is expected to report $0.04 for 2Q.

OptiNose Inc (OPTN) is expected to report $-0.43 for 2Q.

Perma-Fix Environmental Services Inc (PESI) is expected to report for 2Q.

Redline Communications (RDL.T,RDLCF) is expected to report for 2Q.

Royalty Pharma PLC (RPRX) is expected to report for 2Q.

SOPerior Fertilizer Corp (SOP.H.V) is expected to report for 2Q.

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08-11-21 0601ET

Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
ATS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC. -0.55% 41.29 Delayed Quote.85.77%
BOYD GROUP SERVICES INC. -3.17% 243.82 Delayed Quote.11.05%
COMPUTER MODELLING GROUP LTD. 11.34% 5.5 Delayed Quote.1.23%
CRESCITA THERAPEUTICS INC. 0.00% 0.7 Delayed Quote.0.00%
EMERA INCORPORATED -0.42% 58.82 Delayed Quote.8.72%
IVANHOE MINES LTD. -1.84% 9.62 Delayed Quote.40.23%
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