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MORNING UPDATE: Man Securities Issues Alerts


CHICAGO, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Man Securities issues the following Morning Update at 8:30 AM EST with new PriceWatch Alerts for key stocks.

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Before the open... PriceWatch Alerts for TWX, ADPT, SLR, MWD, and JBL, Market Overview, Today's Economic Calendar, and the Quote Of The Day.


"Everybody's watching jobless claims because unemployment is the number one economic indicator on everybody's mind."

-- Tom Schrader, managing director, Legg Mason Wood Walker

New PriceWatch Alerts for TWX, ADPT, SLR, MWD, and JBL...


-- Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) Last Price 17.54 - APR 17.00 CALL OPTION@ $1.40 -> 5.3 % Return assigned*

-- Adaptec Inc. (Nasdaq: ADPT) Last Price 8.44 - APR 7.50 CALL OPTION@ $1.45 -> 7.3 % Return assigned*

-- Solectron Corp. (NYSE: SLR) Last Price 6.02 - APR 5.00 CALL OPTION@ $1.35 -> 7.1 % Return assigned*

-- Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MWD) Last Price 57.63 - APR 55.00 CALL OPTION@ $5.00 -> 4.5 % Return assigned*

-- Jabil Circuit Inc. (NYSE: JBL) Last Price 26.80 - MAR 25.00 CALL OPTION@ $3.30 -> 6.4 % Return assigned*

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NOTE: All stocks and options shown are examples only. These are not recommendations to buy or sell any security.


Overseas markets are generally positive as 11 of the 15 markets that we track are above their respective flat-line values. The cumulative average return on the collective stands at a plus 0.233 percent. Japan's production of crude steel fell 0.3 percent on the year to 9.28 million tons in November, marking a third consecutive monthly decline. The November production figure also marked a 1.6 percent drop from October, which could suggest that the steel maker's output may be peaking in this relatively saturated market.

Before the market open today, the weekly status on Initial Jobless Claims is expected. For the week of December 13, experts see an 8,000 decline to a seasonally adjusted 370,000 claims, partially reversing the prior week's 13,000-surprise jump. Despite the advance, the prior week marked the 10th consecutive week of claims beneath the mesmerizing 400,000 level. At 10:00 a.m., November Chicago Fed National Activity Index will be released. In October the index declined to a plus 0.01 from the plus 0.16 in September. The index, which was first released in March 2001, is a compendium of 85 different economic indicators grouped into four broad categories (reduced from five last month). Readings below zero indicate an economy growing below its long-term trend rate, with less of a potential for rising inflationary pressures ahead. If the index is above zero, it indicates an economy expanding above trend with the potential for inflation to build. Also at 10:00 a.m., the Conference Board will release the November Leading Economic Indicators. In October the index rose 0.4 percent to 113.6. Analysts expect a 0.3 percent rise in the November report. For reference purposes, the index was equal to 100 in 1996. At noon, the December Philadelphia Fed Business Index is seen declining to 25.0 from November's 25.9, which marked a decline from October's 28.0. Is there a trend brewing here?

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8:30 a.m.: Initial Jobless Claims for the week of December 13 (seen at minus 8,000, last plus 13,000).

10:00 a.m.: DJ-BTM Business Barometer for the week of December 6 (last minus 0.4 percent).

10:00 a.m.: November Chicago Fed National Activity Index (last plus 0.01).

10:00 a.m.: November Leading Economic Indicators (seen at plus 0.3 percent, last plus 0.4 percent).

12:00 p.m.: December Philadelphia Fed Business Index (seen at 25.0, last 25.9).

4:30 p.m.: Money Supply.

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