The latest government report on the domestic employment situation came in way better than expected, offering the market another encouraging data point after a gauge of manufacturing in China pointed to expansion there.
It might have been a green morning for stocks, but a report raising questions about the chance of a long-term deal with China has indices under pressure. Strong earnings from Apple, Facebook and Starbucks late yesterday could help blunt the blow.
Stocks barely registered a reaction after the Fed cut rates this afternoon, a move analysts had widely expected. The Fed did signal a possible pause, but that also isn’t a big surprise.
The markets could feel a little slow this morning as investors await the Fed decision, Apple, and Facebook later today. In the meantime, GDP surprised with a reading that beat estimates.
The market is a bit subdued this morning as investors perhaps take some profits amid a generally positive, but mixed, bag of earnings news.
Apple prepares to report fiscal Q4 on Wednesday with the stock near all-time highs amid buzz around the iPhone 11 and the pending launch of Apple TV+.
FB expected to report relatively strong Q3 earnings but analysts worry about growth slowdown.
Today is the start of an epic week on Wall Street marked by around 150 S&P 500 companies reporting, a Fed meeting, and key payrolls and manufacturing data.
Alphabet gets ready to report Q3 earnings this Monday with investors waiting to see if Q2’s solid performance in ad revenue continued. Other things to consider include search volume and the cloud business.
The markets may experience some hangover from Amazon’s disappointing earnings yesterday but could see some recovery as other major companies such as Visa, Intel, and Verizon showed more encouraging results.
It’s the busiest day of earnings season, with more than 40 S&P 500 companies set to report. Investors start the day poring over results from Twitter, Microsoft, and Tesla, with Amazon waiting in the wings.
Two major players in the chip industry—Intel and Advanced Micro Devices—are getting ready to report earnings this week and next as they battle it out in the semiconductor market.
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Two telecom giants, AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ), are set to release earnings, and analyst consensus is for modestly higher results versus those from a year ago.
There seems to be a little bit of extra tension going into Tesla's Q3 earnings report as third-party analysts are predicting the electric automaker might see its first decline in yearly revenue in years.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) could find itself under pressure today after disappointing results from McDonald’s and Travelers, but there are plenty of positive earnings reports out there this morning as well.
As Amazon and Microsoft prepare to report earnings this week, a regulatory cloud hangs over Amazon even as Microsoft appears to enjoy clear skies.
Earnings continue to be the focus as nearly 25% of S&P 500 companies report this week. Today’s a little light, but tomorrow’s calendar is packed as investors prepare for McDonald’s, Lockheed Martin and others.
Major defense and aircraft makers step into spotlight as Lockheed Martin (LMT) reports Tuesday and Boeing (BA) reports Wednesday.
Data from China showed the world’s largest economy grew at the slowest pace in nearly three decades, and the weaker than expected print threatened to take the fizz out of stocks. But U.S. shares seem to be holding up well as a strong start to earnings season continued with Coca-Cola (KO) shares gaining after the soft drink maker reported revenue that topped expectations.
News that Britain and the European Union have struck a preliminary Brexit deal boosted market sentiment. While the deal still has to be approved by British lawmakers and other EU member states, the draft deal seems to have gone a long way toward soothing investors worried about the state of the global economy.
Bank of America became the fifth major bank to report so far this earnings season, and it came in with better-than-expected results. The spotlight shines on Netflix this afternoon.
Streaming content giant Netflix is expected to open its Q3 books on October 16 after the close, as competitors including Disney, Apple and Comcast’s NBC Universal prepare to ramp up their own streaming services
Earnings season kicks off today with a quartet of major banks reporting. The results so far point to a mixed picture, with strength at some balanced by weakness at others as we await more color from executives on the calls.
Though Technology has been the sector leader in 2019, concerns over the economy and trade policy have many companies issuing negative guidance in recent weeks. This is an important dynamic to watch over the coming month.
The day starts with investors re-evaluating the meaning of a “phase one” agreement with China amid varying news reports. The earnings season gets underway with a bang tomorrow.
When companies report quarterly earnings, the stakes can be high. A single earnings miss can dent an investment portfolio that’s concentrated. Here are a few ideas for managing idiosyncratic risk.
Last quarter, Financial sector earnings ended up better than most analysts expected thanks in part to strength among consumers. Was that the case in Q3? We could find out next week when big banks begin reporting.
In an economy where the consumer has been driving growth, some of that might show up in Q3 Communications Services’ sector earnings. However, growing competition is a possible headwind for some firms.
Trade talks start Thursday but the mood is negative on Wall Street this morning as negative reports in the news seem to dominate. A lower than expected inflation read is also in the mix.
With earnings season still a week away and the jobs report behind us, trade talks are likely to take center stage this week as China and the U.S. resume negotiations.
> A volatile week comes to a close with a monthly jobs report that fell a bit short of consensus estimates. But the unemployment rate fell to a level not seen since 1969. How might this reflect on the U.S. consumer and on Fed policy?
Things seem to be getting a bit more stable this morning after two days of dramatic declines. Payrolls data looms large on Friday, but before that we get earnings from Costco later today.
All sectors finished lower Wednesday as concerns over weakness in manufacturing and fresh trade concerns weigh stock markets for the second straight day.
The Q3 looks like it might have been a tough one for the Energy sector, with earnings expected to fall double digits year-over-year, according to analysts.
We’re seeing the slide continue today and global stocks took it on the chin. Lennar earnings offer some positive energy for the housing sector, and odds of a Fed rate cut are rising.
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Q4 begins with an apparent follow-through from yesterday's market rally, but a strengthening dollar looks to be adding to weakness in manufacturing and commodity prices.
With uncertainty over trade talks, future economic growth, and political developments still lingering over the market, there are still positive elements to monitor such as solid earnings, strong job market, and low inflation.
The main worry with impeachment is whether the process might distract from trade talks or give China an advantage. Meanwhile, Nike earnings looked good and reinforced ideas that consumers are generally healthy.
Investors appear unsure of what to make of the past couple days of trade developments, as optimism about China and the United States sitting down at the negotiating table has been tempered with some troubling signs.
Uber is set to report earnings this Thursday after the close with the stock under heavy pressure and the company seen posting losses. Recent corporate news and a weaker global economy both could weigh.
The semiconductor sector bounced back impressively in the second half of Q2, but Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia might be under pressure to show strong guidance amid expected revenue declines from a year ago.
Tesla is expected to report after Wednesday’s close, after revamping its vehicle lineup earlier this month and reporting better than expected Q2 deliveries.
Major defense and aircraft makers step into spotlight this week as Lockheed Martin (LMT) reports Tuesday and Boeing (BA) reports Wednesday.
Despite tepid earnings expectations for Q2, retailers may be a mixed bag. Some big-box stores continue to see growth, while many old-line department stores struggle to stay afloat.
The cloud business comes into focus as Microsoft reports earnings this week, followed by Amazon later this month. Both are competing for a huge government contract.
Netflix, a dominant streaming service provider, faces rising competition from companies like Disney (DIS), and Apple (AAPL) as well as HBO, as it prepares to lose some of its content gems. Yet NFLX shares have continued to make strides.
Big banks continue reporting this week, with Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley all scheduled to share Q2 results.
FAANG stocks and other big-name flyers were, not too long ago, start-ups with no clear path to sustained profitability. If you’re looking for the next potential disruptors, how might you go about assessing candidates? You might want to go beyond traditional fundamental analysis.
Even amid challenges that included falling rates, tough comparisons, and weak global growth, some big banks could see earnings climb as executives steer through troubles.
Amid diminished expectations across S&P 500 sectors in Q2, Communications Services might be the leader of the pack. Here are a few themes to watch.
Energy company earnings are still expected to fall in Q2, but far less than they did in
a very rough Q1.
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Despite a big rally for the sector in June, many analysts expect Technology earnings to drop pretty significantly year-over-year in Q2, a victim in part of tough comparisons to a year ago.
> It could be a tough Q2 earnings season for the Financial sector, where many analysts expect big banks to see slowing earnings growth due in part to economic weakness and falling rates.
Trading a stock around earnings day isn’t always simple. There tends to be volatility risk. It also helps to really know the company’s fundamentals.
Oracle is set to report fiscal Q4 earnings this Wednesday, and many analysts see various competitive pressures potentially weighing on revenue for the second-straight quarter.
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February’s market seems poised for more possible volatility as investors watch how geopolitical issues like Brexit and U.S.-China tariff tensions unfold. Meanwhile, Q4 earnings season, now underway, is presenting a mixed bag and the government shutdown continues.
Though January was marked by a steady climb in the stock market after a December selloff, the month seemed charged with uncertainty as major geopolitical questions remained unanswered and consumer confidence appeared to waver.
Turmoil struck the markets in December as the Fed raised interest rates again. Stocks sank sharply amid worries about the economy, China tariffs, and more potential rate hikes next year.
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Investors can expect more volatility in December, when the stock market could react to a number of events.
The October's stock saw volatile trading that had investors on a rock ride as earnings season got underway. The Nasdaq plunged into correction territory in a sudden late-month slide.
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Geopolitical issues flared up again in August with Turkey’s potential currency crisis. Concerns over the headlines were seemingly tempered by strong earnings reports.
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July seemed to be a repeat of what investors have experienced for much of 2018: geopolitical news and earnings competing for attention. By the end of the month, strong corporate numbers appeared to have the edge, at least for now.
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