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Retail Gears Up For Earnings
Although earnings season unofficially came to a close last Thursday with Wal-Mart’s report, the earnings front over the next couple of weeks stays busy as the bulk of major retail brands report.
S&P 500 Breadth – A Week Of Extremes
To say that the month of August has seen a pickup in volatility would be an understatement. A perfect illustration is the much more extreme readings we have seen in market breadth.
Biggest Losers Since Google IPO
Topping the list of losers is Frontier Communications, which is down 99.58%. It doesn’t get much closer to a total loss than that.
Biggest Winners Since Google IPO
Yesterday marked the 15th anniversary of Google’s (now Alphabet) IPO on 8/18/04.
Dash For Trash To Start The Week In Europe
Early in the European trading week, stocks are showing some pep in their step with the broad Stoxx 600 index up just shy of 1% on almost 10:1 positive breadth.
Home Builder Sentiment Keeps Climbing
The NAHB’s Housing Market Index for August saw its second straight month with a modest increase bringing it to 66 compared to expectations of an unchanged 65.
Fund Flows Remain Feeble
While domestic, large-cap equity funds had a pretty decent week ($1.46bn in net buying, larger than 92.9% of weeks since 2007), other categories were extremely weak.
Jobless Claims Back Up
In addition to last week’s original print of 209K being revised up to 211K, this week’s initial jobless claims came in a bit weaker than expectations of 214K, rising to 220K.
UK And German Equities Break Down
Whereas major US equity indices have yet to distinctively see any significant breakdown below recent support, the same cannot be said for European indices.
ZEW Sentiment Getting Carried Away
Each month, ZEW surveys analysts to gauge how they’re feeling about economic growth around the world, both for the current period and going forward.
Bottom-Line Earnings Beat Rates Down This Season
This quarter’s earnings beat rate is down significantly from recent quarters where 60%+ was pretty much a guarantee. If the current reading holds through Thursday, it will be the lowest beat rate since the Q1 2014 reporting period.
Next Week’s Economic Indicators – Friday, August 9
Economic data ramps up next week with 30 releases on the docket. The budget statement starts off the week as the only release on Monday. On Tuesday, NFIB releases July’s reading on small business optimism.
Nektar Therapeutics Falls Victim To The Index Curse
The last year and a half has been tough for NKTR, what’s even worse is that all of the problems for the stock started to happen right when it was added to the S&P 500 in March 2018.
Rebound
Equities are still lower than they were at the end of last week, but the past few days have seen a massive rebound which has eliminated most of the past week’s declines.
Can You Be Surprised With Roku?
Roku (ROKU) is the second best performing stock in the Russell 1000 today with a gain of more than 20%. The catalyst for this move is a strong earnings report after the close yesterday.
Small Claims Change
Today’s initial jobless claims release was expected to come in unchanged from last week’s reading of 215K.
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