Wall St set to fall on mixed earnings, First Republic shares plunge



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First Republic plunges on $100-bln deposit flight

UPS dives on bleak full-year revenue expectations

Microsoft, Alphabet earnings on deck after closing bell

Futures down: Dow 0.23%, S&P 0.44%, Nasdaq 0.43%

Updates prices, adds analyst's comment

By Sruthi Shankar and Ankika Biswas

April 25 (Reuters) -Wall Street was set to open lower on Tuesday following a mixed batch of earnings reports, while a plunge in deposits of regional lender First Republic Bank stoked concerns about the banking sector.

First Republic FRC.N shares tanked 22.8% in premarket trading after the beleaguered lender reported a more than $100 billion flight in deposits in the first quarter following the biggest banking crisis since 2008 last month.

Other regional banks PacWest Bancorp PACW.O and Western Alliance Bancorp WAL.N fell 2.5% and 4%, respectively.

The KBW Regional Banking index .KRX and the S&P 500 bank index SPXBK have shed 22% and 9%, respectively, so far this year as the collapse of two mid-sized lenders last month wreaked havoc on the banking sector.

"Rising interest rates are worrying depositors that small- and mid-sized lenders are going to be facing increasing difficulties, that their business models are too heavily dependant on a low interest rate environment," said Stuart Cole, head macro economist at Equiti Capital.

"The risk is that the cost of emergency funding proves too expensive for the smaller banks and the market deems them to be no longer profitable."


Investors are also concerned about the impact of elevated inflation and aggressive interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve on companies' margins.

PepsiCo Inc PEP.O rose 1.7% after raising its annual revenue and profit forecasts, while McDonald's Corp MCD.N gained 1.3% after it beat estimates for quarterly global comparable sales and profit, boosted by higher menu prices and more customer visits.

General Electric Co GE.N gained 2.3% on lifting the lower end of its full-year profit forecast, while General Motors Co GM.N climbed 2.8% after the No.1 U.S. automaker raised its full-year profit and cash flow forecasts.

United Parcel Service Inc UPS.N slid 5.0% after the delivery firm forecast full-year revenue to be at the lower end of its earlier estimate as it grapples with a weakening economy. Peer FedEx Corp FDX.N lost 1.7%.

In a busy week for earnings, 178 of the S&P 500 companies are expected to report first-quarter results. Analysts have largely maintained their forecast of a near-5% drop in first-quarter profit for S&P 500 companies, according to Refinitiv data.

Earnings from trillion-dollar companies Alphabet Inc GOOGL.O and Microsoft Corp MSFT.O are due after market close on Tuesday.

At 8:44 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis 1YMcv1 were down 77 points, or 0.23%, S&P 500 e-minis EScv1 were down 18.5 points, or 0.44%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQcv1 were down 55.75 points, or 0.43%.

Investors are also awaiting the Fed's monetary policy decision in May for signals on the path of interest rates. Traders mostly expect the U.S. central bank to hike rates by 25 basis points next week and hold steady before cutting them later this year.

Consumer confidence data for April and new home sales unit data for March are also on tap after the opening bell.

Among other stocks, Spotify Technology SA SPOT.N climbed 6.1% after first-quarter monthly active users crossed the half-billion mark for the first time, while 3M Co MMM.N gained 1.4% on the industrial conglomerate's plans to slash about 6,000 positions globally.


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Reporting by Sruthi Shankar and Ankika Biswas in Bengaluru
Editing by Vinay Dwivedi

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