The market appears set to resume its bid for a 3000 close in the SPX today after just missing it yesterday on worries about trade with China. Optimism about reopenings remains the major theme.
With businesses across the nation reopening and positive news on the development of a possible coronavirus vaccine, investor optimism seems to be fueling a rally in stocks.
Shares have gained this week on economic optimism as U.S. states begin to reopen, while investors and traders have also been encouraged by the possibility of more economic stimulus.
The market took a pause in pre-opening bell trading amid a deluge of data. Jobless claims remain near historic highs, but are down from previous week.
The momentum turned higher early Wednesday after Tuesday’s closing skid. Strength came in part from Lowe’s and Target earnings, along with a rise in crude prices.
Investors are scrutinizing earnings from Walmart and Home Depot this morning and awaiting the latest tidings from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell after yesterday’s ferocious rally. Walmart saw a big boost from e-commerce.
Markets have a firm tone overseas and in U.S. futures trading this morning as investors focus on calming words from Fed Chairman Powell in an interview and hopes for progress on a vaccine.
Trade tensions between U.S. and China plus lower than expected drop in retail sales send equity futures lower, ahead of the open.
Worse-than-expected weekly jobless claims numbers underscore sobering commentary yesterday from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell.
Excitement about the economy slowly starting to reopen has boosted shares in recent days. But there seems to be a sense among traders and investors that the economic recovery may have a ways to go.
As businesses start opening up slowly, investors seem to show more optimism in stocks. Equity futures are higher ahead of the open, oil is moving higher, and volatility appears to be declining.
The new week begins with the market catching its breath following Friday’s impressive rally. Focus this week shifts away from earnings and toward economic reopenings.
As expected, the Labor Dept. reported a massive spike in unemployment Friday morning. But with the bad news essentially baked in, index futures extended this week's rally in the early going. With the number out of the way, attention may turn back to earnings, trade talks, and the timing of economic reopening.
A profit-taking pullback in crude seems to be short-lived as export data out of China helped give markets a lift in the early going. But tomorrow's Labor Dept. Report is expected to show a hefty spike in unemployment.
A comeback rally enters its third day, with equity indices flashing green in the early going, and crude oil looks set to enter its 6th up day in a row. But data from ADP confirmed what most investors already knew—payrolls contracted sharply in April. How might this seeming dichotomy play out?
There’s a firmer tone this morning as strength in crude seems to be leading the way higher. The crude rally could reflect hopes for a return to more normal times as some states reopen. Disney and Beyond Meat lead earnings parade later.
he week ahead is likely to be dominated by the troika of GM and Disney earnings along with Friday’s looming payrolls data for April. The market is starting off on shaky ground after Friday’s ugly finish.
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It’s the busiest earnings day of the busiest earnings week of the quarter, and Amazon and Apple earnings cap things off this afternoon. A host of strong earnings last night, including from Microsoft and Facebook, are in focus this morning.
In a widely-expected non-move, the Federal Reserve held steady on the fed funds rate as COVID-19 keeps a lid on commercial activity in the U.S. In its statement, the central bank pledged to keep rates at essentially zero until "full employment returns."
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As the 2020 calendar flips to February, volatility has returned to the market in the form of deadly virus. Meanwhile, earnings season rolls on, as do impeachment hearings. Fed testimony also ahead.
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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.
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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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