The Fed kept policy unchanged in its meeting that ended today and sees strong job growth moving forward, along with a slowing of current high inflation.
There’s plenty of earnings on today’s calendar, including Boeing and Facebook. But the Fed meeting might interrupt the earnings parade as investors await the latest words from Chairman Jerome Powell, especially regarding inflation.
Amazon is reporting earnings on July 29. Retail revenue is again expected to be strong, but shopping fatigue concerns investors.
The major action today comes after the close as three of the biggest “mega-caps”—Apple, Alphabet, and Microsoft—prepare to open the books on their latest quarters. The Fed also begins its meeting today.
Microsoft prepares to report earnings after the company recently pushed past $2 trillion in market capitalization. Focus remains on cloud growth, gaming, and possible acquisitions.
This is arguably the keystone week of the quarter, featuring 180 S&P 500 companies reporting and a Fed meeting. Some key earnings to watch include Apple, Microsoft, Tesla, and Facebook.
Boeing earnings approach as new issues intrude on airline maker’s recovery.
Analysts are mostly blowing the bullish horn on Apple earnings expectations after blowout fiscal Q2 and expectations of robust product and services sales.
The huge comeback from Monday’s plunge appears ready to continue today, powered by solid earnings from Twitter, Snap, and American Express. The Chinese regulatory crackdown could be worth monitoring.
When social media giant Facebook prepares to release and discuss Q2 earnings, just how much growth can be expected?
Ad revenue remains front and center for Alphabet heading into earnings next week, but the as-yet unprofitable cloud business could be where the future lies.
The market continues to recover from Monday’s losses, as earnings continue to impress and Delta concerns ease. Jobless claims unexpectedly jump, which could weigh.
Tesla reports earnings on July 26. Revenue is again expected to increase on higher car deliveries, but weaker bitcoin could be weighing on the stock price.
A parade of firm earnings results has the market looking slightly stronger this morning after the wild ride earlier this week. More earnings later today expected from Texas Instruments, CSX and Whirlpool.
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The market is getting some strength early today from rising yields and decent earnings following yesterday’s meltdown. Several key companies report this afternoon including Netflix, United, and Chipotle.
Delta variant concerns raised questions about the economic recovery with major indices selling off. Travel related stocks were hit the hardest. Oil prices also saw a big slide, falling 7%.
There’s plenty on the NFLX 2Q earnings plate, including membership numbers, content lineup, and a famous film director.
A big earnings week is on tap, but company reports are getting pushed to the background so far today as the market focuses on rising Covid caseloads. Major travel firms are getting slammed, and so are multinationals. The question is, will “buy the dip” show up.
A surprisingly strong June retail sales report might provide a tailwind for stocks this morning. Before the data, markets had been closely tracking bond yields and Fed policy. Earnings pick up next week with Netflix, airlines.
The market is falling this morning but remains near record highs as focus turns to weak yields and softer than expected Chinese GDP growth. Retail sales are due tomorrow, and the Fed’s Powell testifies again today.
With inflation data coming in higher than expected, investors are likely to focus on Powell’s testimony to Congress. Another area of focus will be earnings from some of the big banks.
Strong results from JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs could get overshadowed by a surprisingly sharp jump in June consumer prices. More banks on the way tomorrow along with June producer prices.
The market may be catching its breath after last week’s records and ahead of major banks kicking earnings season into high gear later this week.
Stocks rebounded early Friday as investors saw bond yields pop back up and crude get a lift. There’s not much in the way of economic data or earnings today, but next week brings a ton of both, including inflation numbers and bank earnings.
The continued deceleration of Treasury yields appears to be hitting the stock market, especially sectors that tend to do best in an accelerating economy like Financials and Energy. The question is whether some “buy the dip” psychology might turn up.
The Fed minutes later today could provide a better sense of the central bank’s thinking as of last month. Right now, the market might be focused on a weakening yield environment that’s raising worries about the economy.
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Starting the new year fresh can be a great idea. Despite the drop and pop we saw last year, it may still be a good time to think about resetting your trading strategies and get a fresh start.
During a major economic event, it may be a good time to revisit your portfolio. It could mean rethinking long-term objectives, reexamining your risk tolerance, or taking a moment to self-reflect.
Selling covered calls and cash-secured puts can help investors generate additional income, increase their probability of success, decrease their volatility of returns, and lower their overall risk when compared to buying stock.
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Like most financial advisors, robo-advisors recommend portfolios based on investors’ long-term financial goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance. Because robo-advisors generally use algorithms to make investment decisions, they avoid emotions and generally charge lower fees.
How can skew offer insight into market sentiment? Implied volatility between out-of-the-money put and call options is almost always skewed depending on whether there’s panic to the downside or upside.
The “financial independence, retire early” (FIRE) movement was all the rage in 2018 and 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we think about a lot of things. Has the upheaval in 2020 changed the desire to FIRE? And how might retirement plans be affected by the current situation?
Special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have been around awhile, but they’ve gotten some new attention in 2020. Here’s a look at the mechanics and risks for investors involved in blank-check companies.
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A good defense is the best offense, right? It’s sometimes true for investing as well. Here’s what investors should know about defensive investing and defensive sectors.
Are you an investor who follows the daily or weekly ebb and flow of your retirement accounts? If so, market downturns might be a bit unsettling at times. But what if instead of focusing on today’s bottom line you focused instead on outcomes—your progress toward your goals? Here’s how.
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The monthly U.S. Employment Situation report—commonly called the jobs report—is perhaps the most closely watched fundamental indicator for traders and investors. Here’s why.
Tariffs have been part of American economic history from the country’s origins. Are tariffs good or bad for investors?
Should you switch from trading long options strategies to short options strategies when volatility levels are high? Sometimes prices are high for a reason.
All investments experience market volatility, which is why retirement portfolio strategies should focus on allocating assets across investments of different risk levels.
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In these times of stock market volatility, many investors are looking for yield in fixed income and dividend stocks. However, there’s risk in these investments, too, so know what you’re getting into.
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Volatility’s tendency to level out after a spike can present strategy opportunities, especially selling strategies found with strangles and iron condors.
Use volatility to pick an options strategy to speculate on a given direction, rather than to replace fundamental analysis and charts to determine potential.
Study intermarket analysis, specifically bonds, for potential clues on the next leg for Federal Reserve policy and stock market reaction.
Trying to time the market? Add sentiment analysis to your stock trading approach to help narrow the time horizon around an underlying security’s move.
Check out short-term options pricing to gain a sense of how the underlying stock could move around an earnings release. You can track straddles or use the TD
Out-of-the-money call options may be hard to trade when volatility is low, but there are good opportunities for cheaper options trades during market extremes.
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