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World Week Ahead: US earnings on radar

Tuesday 18th April 2017

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The latest US quarterly earnings are firmly in focus in another shortened trading week. 

US companies reporting this week include Netflix, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and International Business Machines.

Profits of S&P 500 companies are estimated to have risen 10.4 percent in the latest quarter, the first double-digit percentage growth since the third quarter of 2014, according to Reuters.

Wall Street moved higher, rebounding as geopolitical tensions eased. In 2.20pm trading in New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.61 percent, while the Nasdaq Composite Index added 0.56 percent. In 2.05pm trading, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index advanced 0.58 percent. 

"The anticipation of better earnings from the first quarter may shift the momentum in the favour of this market at least in the near-term,” Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Equity Capital Markets in New York, told Reuters. 

Underpinning gains were solid economic data from China, showing better-than-expected growth in the country’s gross domestic product, retail sales, and industrial output. 

"Emerging markets will benefit from this strength in Chinese growth firstly through commodities demand and support for commodity prices," Rajiv Biswas, Asia-Pacific chief economist at IHS Markit in Singapore, told Bloomberg. "Secondly, the whole Asian manufacturing supply chain will get a boost from stronger Chinese growth."

In the US, advances in shares of Nike and those of Boeing, up 1.6 percent and 1.4 percent respectively in afternoon trading, led the Dow higher. 

Shares of Chevron and those of Exxon Mobil bucked the trend, down 0.3 percent and 0.1 percent respectively for the only stocks declining in the Dow in afternoon trading. The energy producers declined with the price of oil.

US Federal Reserve officials scheduled to speak this week include Stanley Fisher on Monday, Esther George on Tuesday, Eric Rosengren on Wednesday, Jerome Powell on Thursday, and Neel Kashkari on Friday.

Their comments will be closely watched for any clues on the timing of the next interest rate hike and plans for trimming the Fed’s balance sheet. 

The latest US economic data slated for release include housing starts and industrial production, due Tuesday; the Fed's Beige Book, due Wednesday; weekly jobless claims, the Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey and leading indicators, due Thursday; as well as the PMI composite, and existing home sales, due Friday.

Investors will also eye the annual spring meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which start on Friday in Washington. 

Markets in Europe were closed for the Easter holiday on Monday. 

Here, the key economic data scheduled for release this week include the eurozone trade balance and consumer price index, due Wednesday; German producer price index, and eurozone consumer confidence, due Thursday; and eurozone manufacturing and services PMIs, as well as the current account, due Friday. 






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