December opens with stocks continuing to look positive as investors remain optimistic about a vaccine. Powell’s testimony, ISM data, and Salesforce earnings all loom today.
The week gets off to a busy start with investors focused on Cyber Monday shopping. There’s testimony from Fed Chairman Powell later in the week and a host of earnings data including Zoom and Kroger.
Our chief market strategist breaks down the day's top business stories and offers insight on how they might impact your trading and investing.
It looks like we’re in for some quiet, pre-holiday trading, but Deere earnings and jobless claims could draw some attention. Also, a bit of inflation data looms.
It’s been a wild year on Wall Street, but December could bring a bit more calm. The market is roughly balanced between hopes for 2021 strength thanks to vaccines, and worries about mounting virus cases and slipping economic data.
It’s another green morning as investors watch the DJIA approach a major milestone and cheer developments in Washington. Retail earnings continue to roll in, with strong results from Dick’s Sporting Goods and Best Buy.
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The week starts with another vaccine boost thanks to AstraZeneca and Oxford University. Risk appetite appears to be back after last week’s late downturn, and a host of retail earnings loom.
Worries about virus count, lack of congressional stimulus package, and news that key Fed lending programs might not be renewed seem to be clashing with vaccine optimism, leaving investors and traders straddling the risk-on/off fence.
Virus shutdown fears and higher than expected weekly jobless claims could add some pressure to the stock markets today. Another area of focus could be earnings from Nvidia and Macy’s.
Focus today seems to be on more encouraging COVID-19 vaccine news, Boeing receiving clearance to fly its 737 Max, and positive earnings from Target. All these may be helping equity futures rally ahead of the market’s open.
Earnings from retailers Walmart and Home Depot plus the addition of Tesla in the S&P 500 Index bring some positive news today. However, retail sales were weaker than expected which could put pressure on the market.
This feels like a repeat of last Monday, with vaccine news getting things off to a quick start. Retail earnings from Walmart, Target and Home Depot later this week could be the focus in days to come.
Stocks bounced back in pre-market trading after yesterday’s slide, helped by firm earnings from Disney and Cisco. Next week is the start of retail earnings, with Walmart and Target on the schedule along with a key retail sales report.
This morning it seems that investors are leaning slightly toward the stay-at-home trade, perhaps as a result of climbing coronavirus cases and the realization that a vaccine likely will still take some time for approval and wide distribution.
News earlier in the week that a vaccine demonstrated more than 90% effectiveness against COVID-19 is continuing to help propel stocks higher as investors apparently are pricing in a faster-than-expected economic recovery.
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After the market rose substantially this week, investors started out the morning looking to take a breather, and perhaps take some risk off the table. But with the payroll data coming in above expectations, markets shifted from solid red to mixed by the open.
The Fed left interest rates unchanged today in a unanimous decision that could potentially be another piece of support for the stock market. Investors tend to appreciate the Fed’s “hands off” policy.
Investors seem to be focusing on chances of gridlock in Congress that might keep sweeping action on healthcare, taxes and tech firms from moving forward no matter who ends up in the Oval Office.
Election results may be undecided, but volatility is lower ahead of the open. Traders seem to be moving back into Technology stocks. Bond yields, which were rising in the days leading to the election, plunged this morning.
Election day started with stocks continuing Monday’s rally and some risk indicators stepping back. Volume has been thin, and it’s hard to imagine many people wanting to jump in and take a big stand with election results around the corner.
The night of Nov. 3 and any aftermath of the election is likely to set the tone for November. Look for possible “risk-off” trading if results are close or contested, but also be on the watch for retail earnings, the Fed, and possible vaccine data as the month continues.
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