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The S&P 500 started this week on a mixed note and declined as the week progressed. After declining to two-week low price levels on Tuesday, the S&P 500 started April 25 on a weaker note. However, the S&P 500 (SPY) regained strength as the day progressed and closed the day with small gains.
In the previous article, we noted that Sheila Patel, the CEO of Goldman Sachs (GS) Asset Management’s International division, believed that a global meltdown in equities isn’t imminent. As market risks are increasing in the economy, she advised investors to focus on a variety of investment strategies.
U.S. stock index futures fluctuated ahead of Thursday’s open, as earnings season continued to shower the markets with fresh financial updates from leading corporates.
Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) just reported its Q1 2018 earnings results that crushed expectations, and its stock has responded by rising over 3% in the after hours trading session. Here’s a breakdown of some of the key statistics from the report:MetricQ1 2018Q1 2017ChangeRevenue$11,966 million$8,032 million49.0%Income from operations$5,449 million$3,327 million63.8%Net income$4,988 million$3,064 million62.8%Diluted EPS$1.69$1.0462.5%
The Dow Jones industrial average opened slightly higher on Wednesday after Boeing reported quarterly results that easily beat expectations.
ETF inflows maintained the strong momentum last week amid solid corporate earnings growth. According to FactSet, US-listed ETFs attracted $11 billion worth of inflows, which takes the year-to-date inflows to $82.1 billion. The smart recovery in global stocks inspired investors to put $7.9 billion into equities (JPM) (WFC) (C)—$6.8 billion was in US equities, while the remaining was in international equities. US fixed-income ETFs added $2.2 billion, while international fixed-income ETFs garnered $458 million. The benchmark ten-year Treasury yield rose to 3% compared to 2. ...
Many risks that pushed stock market volatility higher in the last few weeks have started to retreat, which helped equity market indexes last week. President Trump paused further sanctions on Russia, and Trump’s planned meeting with Kim Jong Un after the latter said North Korea would end nuclear tests pushed a major geopolitical risk off the table for now. The risk of a flattening yield curve has also reversed as the US ten-year yield breached the February high on the back of renewed inflation expectations.
BlackRock’s (BLK) Larry Fink also shared his views on the bull market in his recent interview with CNBC. He believes in staying invested in the equity market.
On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Larry Fink, the chair and CEO of BlackRock (BLK), shared his view on market movement and volatility in an interview with CNBC.
Following a strong performance last week, the S&P 500 started this week with strong sentiment and advanced in the first three trading days. However, the S&P 500 opened lower on April 19 and declined as the day progressed. Nine out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors declined on Thursday. Weakness in the consumer staples, real estate, and IT sectors weighed on the market. Strength in the financials sector limited the market losses.
In the previous part of this series, we saw that Morgan Stanley (MS) thinks the bull market will end soon. It said the present bull market has already priced in the market movement and there is nothing else that will strengthen it. The most important factor investors should watch in the present scenario is earnings growth, which plays a major role in market movement.
Globally, politicians’ economic policies tend to impact equity markets. Looking at a few examples, Indian equity markets rallied in 2014 after Narendra Modi stormed to power. In the US, President Trump’s reform agenda helped buoy investor sentiments and markets rose sharply after his election in 2016.
On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, leading investment firm Morgan Stanley (MS) shared its views on the bull market in a research report. According to the report, the positive impact of the fiscal policy has already been priced into the market movement and won’t add more value to any future movement. The bull market has been mainly driven by the expectation of a huge tax reform and improved government spending.
After regaining strength last week, the S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note and gained in the first two trading days. Carrying forward the strength, the S&P 500 opened higher on April 18 and closed the day at four-week high price levels. Five out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed higher on Wednesday. Strength in the energy and industrials sectors pushed the market higher. On the other hand, weakness in the consumer staples and telecom services sectors limited the market gains.
Ray Dalio, the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, recently shared his views on the current trade war talk and the rising concern about other geopolitical tensions in a LinkedIn blog post. Ray Dalio said, “Donald Trump threatening to raise the stakes by $100 billion and the Chinese promptly indicating that they will match the moves dollar for dollar and step by step took me and people closer than me to the negotiations by surprise.
Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) missed and warned today. They lowered 2Q revenue guidance to $7.8-$7.9 billion. The street was at $8.82 billion. They blamed it on smart phone slowing. Mizuho securities also warned today that Apple’s (AAPL) forward guide would have to come down as well.
U.S. stocks opened lower on Thursday after a major Asian chipmaker delivered a disappointing forecast which dragged the technology sector lower.
Juniper Networks’ (JNPR) revenue fell 11% YoY (year-over-year) in 4Q17, primarily due to weakness in the company’s routing business and cloud vertical. Juniper has attributed this weakness to a shift to scale-out from scale-up architecture among cloud customers. Lower demand from cloud customers has meant that Juniper stock has fallen ~11% since October 2017, when the company announced its preliminary 3Q17 results, which were lower than analyst estimates.
Nokia (NOK) has returned 7.5% in the last 12 months, -2.1% in the last month, and 3.7% in the last five days. Nokia stock fell 28% in 2016 and was flat in 2017. Since the start of 2018, it’s risen over 20%. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) and the PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 ETF (QQQ) have generated returns of 0.2% and 4.4%, respectively, since January 2018. Analysts’ recommendations and price targets