Stocks lost ground in premarket trading as investors considered Microsoft’s less-than-rosy cloud forecast and a surprise loss from Boeing. Having two mammoth companies report such weakness isn’t great news for an already-struggling earnings season.
3M cut jobs, which could make some investors wonder if China really is on the rebound. Meanwhile, Union Pacific’s weak quarter might get pass due to weather and other operational difficulties it experienced. Microsoft results arrive after the close, and its cloud business will be under scrutiny.
It’s a quiet day for data, but that will speed up soon enough throughout the week with a first look at Q4 GDP and much more. Meanwhile, this week’s tech earnings could indicate where growth sectors are heading.
Stock futures moved a bit higher in premarket trading Friday as strong Netflix subscriber gains helped the Nasdaq even as Alphabet cut jobs. Next week kicks earnings season into high gear with expected reports from Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Union Pacific, Intel and others.
Yesterday’s retail sales data raised concerns about the path of the economy, and hawkish words this morning from an influential bank CEO kicked Wall Street’s negative mood into a second day of lower trading. Fresh, weaker housing data also weighed on stocks early today as earnings season speeds up.
Sharply lower PPI and retail sales data pushed stock futures ahead this morning with a busy day of data to come. Some investors might be right to wonder, though, if we’re seeing a slowing economy—or a faltering one.
> Volatility and Treasury yields are inching higher this morning amid mixed bank earnings and key inflation data tomorrow. Meanwhile, data from China, a potentially newsworthy Bank of Japan meeting, and Davos now underway could compete for attention.
Stocks approached the weekend under fresh pressure after four of the biggest U.S. banks reported a mixed set of earnings. Recession worries resurfaced after the World Bank lowered its global economic forecast. The market is closed Monday, so be on the lookout for potential volatility ahead of the long weekend.
Stocks took a slight dip immediately following the CPI release amid investor concerns about food and shelter costs. But overall, it was a report unlikely to change the Fed’s thinking too much. Next up: Major banks report earnings early tomorrow, which could keep trading muted today.
We’re on the verge of a busy close to the week with inflation data tomorrow and bank earnings Friday, but so far, there’s not been much to trade on. KB Home reports later and could give more insight into the housing market, and China reopening hopes are lifting oil prices.
Slower wage growth started a rally Friday that carried over to Monday. Then two Fed Speakers said they anticipate rates to move above 5% in the battle against inflation. Tuesday’s early drop seemed to reflect that.
JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo start Q4 earnings season on Friday. We’ll have plenty of Fed speakers and consumer data in the meantime.
A day ahead of the critical December jobs report, stocks gave up Wednesday's gains amid headwinds from fresh data and hawkish Fed talking points. Treasury yields are on the rise following Fed minutes, and there aren't any signs of the hot jobs market cooling.
Analyst downgrades to Microsoft and Apple and job cuts at Salesforce contributed to Wall Street’s risk-off mood this morning—though stocks did climb ahead of the open. December’s Fed minutes and JOLTS and ISM manufacturing data arriving after the open are likely to shape the rest of the trading day.
A new year begins with the market bracing for data and earnings later this week, including Wednesday’s ISM Manufacturing report and Friday’s Nonfarm Payrolls numbers. Q4 earnings start to move on Thursday with Walgreens Boots Alliance on the calendar.
The market gyrated after the Fed’s 50-basis-point rate hike and economic projections, finishing lower on the day. As investors eyeballed the central bank’s dot-plot of future rate projections, the picture seemed dimmer for Wall Street.
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