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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The market is in rally mode early Friday as optimism grows about possible progress in today’s trade talks. That said, there’s always a chance things could go south, so keep the seatbelts fastened.
It’s been hard to make sense of the news flow, and by this morning equities index futures had pared their losses as investors apparently strap in to see what actually happens.
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Investors are once again more optimistic ahead of high-level trade talks that start tomorrow after Bloomberg reported that China is still open to a partial trade deal and a Financial Times article said the Asian nation has offered to boost its yearly purchases of U.S. farm products.
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The stock market found new momentum throughout June as the issue of U.S.-China tariffs remained unresolved. The month included several major earnings and a lackluster jobs report.
Athletic apparel maker Nike Inc. reports fiscal Q4 earnings on Thursday after the closing bell. Investors could learn whether it can continue the across-the-board growth it saw in Q3.
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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.
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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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After a relatively calm start to the month, investor jitters returned in the second half of June over rising concerns about a possible trade war with China.
Homebuilders and housing-related companies had a strong 2017 and outperformed the S&P 500. Will the trend continue heading into Q4 earnings reports?
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