It’s the final showdown in Washington on deadline day for a fiscal stimulus. Netflix earnings are up after the closing bell, while tomorrow brings the latest quarterly report from Tesla.
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There’s a firmer tone on Wall Street early on after impressive retail sales, strength in Europe, and some positive news on the vaccine front. The question is whether momentum can carry through into the weekend.
Jitters from Europe seem to be compounding domestic worries about a federal coronavirus aid package that have helped lead stocks lower for two days in a row and look like they could contribute to a third day of declines.
After stocks slid Tuesday, futures were essentially flat this morning as investors weighed solid bank earnings against disappointing news from the fight against COVID-19.
There’s a lot to look forward to today in the stock markets. Earnings season starts with strong results from Citigroup and JP Morgan, Amazon’s Prime Day starts, and Apple has its iPhone event.
It’s one of the busiest weeks of the year on Wall Street featuring the start of earnings season, an Apple (AAPL) event, and Amazon (AMZN) Prime Day. The week starts with a stronger tone amid continued hopes for a fiscal stimulus.
A market rally enters its third day amid fresh optimism regarding stimulus talks. Meanwhile, a pickup in M&A activity could be a sign of confidence going forward. But earnings season and an election are around the corner.
Volatility stepped back and stock futures trended higher this morning on new hopes for the airlines to possibly get some fiscal assistance. Two Fed speakers are scheduled for later, and tomorrow brings the latest weekly new jobless claims data.
Stock markets saw accelerated selling after President Trump said he would halt stimulus talks. This reversed today’s earlier rally with most of the S&P 500 sectors taking a hit, especially airlines, which got hit the hardest.
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After yesterday’s strong close and with the president back home, focus turns to the economy. Investors are likely to focus on developments in stimulus talks, bond market performance, and Fed Chairman Powell’s comments.
Uncertainty continues to loom with President Trump still hospitalized. Investors are likely to focus on news related to the virus, election, and stimulus hopes. All this could mean lots of ups and downs this week.
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Overnight news of the president and first lady having tested positive for COVID-19 rocked the pre-market, and a relatively disappointing payrolls number failed to impress in the early going.
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Banks, travel, and leisure stocks could get a lift today as investors sense better chances of another fiscal stimulus package emerging from Washington. Meanwhile, jobless claims remain high ahead of tomorrow’s payrolls report.
The quarter ends with markets pointing downward following last night’s contentious debate that failed to paint a real picture of what candidates see for the future. Disney layoffs add another negative element.
It could be a slow day on Wall Street as trepidation ahead of tonight’s debate forces the market to drift around looking for direction. Fed speakers are lined up, along with Micron earnings.
It’s been a wild year so far with the pandemic, and now a presidential election is just a few weeks away. Between election news, earnings season, and hopes for a vaccine, October seems to promise plenty of action. And volatility.
The market seems to be seeing momentum carry over from Friday’s strong session. Investors appear to be encouraged by Chinese industrial profit data and stimulus bill comments from key leaders.
The volatile trading week winds down with uncertainty still in place. Election jitters, weaker than expected durable goods data, virus fears still seem to be front and center.
After a volatile overnight trading session, caution seems to be the sentiment today. There’s lots to watch—jobless claims, new home sales, Fed testimony, coronavirus concerns, and earnings—all of which could influence the markets.
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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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