Growth Report – Monday, October 28, 2019

THE WEEK ON WALL STREET

The S&P 500 came within 0.1% of a record close Friday. Stocks were lifted last week by positive news on U.S.-China trade negotiations, plus earnings announcements.

The Nasdaq Composite posted the largest weekly gain of the three major U.S. stock indices. It rose 1.90%. Last week also brought gains of 0.70% for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and 1.22% for the S&P. The MSCI EAFE, a benchmark for developed stock markets outside the U.S., rose 1.14%.1,2,3

Another Hint of Progress in Trade Talks

Friday, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative stated that parts of a new trade deal with China were near completion. No specifics were given as of Friday’s close, but the USTR noted that negotiators had “made headway” on key issues.

Analysts think both sides may cancel certain tariffs as part of a deal. President Trump has said that he would like to sign a new trade accord with China’s President, Xi Jinping, next month.4

A Gain for Consumer Sentiment

Rising to a final October mark of 95.5, the University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index advanced 2.3 points month-over-month. During August and September, the index’s level varied from 89.8 to 93.2.5

What’s Next

The Federal Reserve meets this week. Will it make another interest rate cut? And if it does, could it be the last rate cut for a while? Traders will study the language of the statement and listen carefully to Fed chair Jerome Powell’s Wednesday press conference for clues.

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T I P   O F   T H E   W E E K

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This is the time of year to think about year-end charitable gifts. Consider and research organizations you might wish to donate to and inquire about the possible tax advantages that could come from those contributions.

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THE WEEK AHEAD: KEY ECONOMIC DATA

Tuesday: The Conference Board presents its October Consumer Confidence Index.

Wednesday: The Federal Reserve makes its latest statement on monetary policy, and Automatic Data Processing (ADP) publishes its October private-sector payrolls report.

Thursday: The Department of Commerce offers September consumer spending data.

Friday: November begins with the Department of Labor’s October jobs report and the Institute for Supply Management’s newest Purchasing Managers Index for the factory sector, a gauge of U.S. manufacturing activity.

Source: Econoday, October 25, 2019

The Econoday economic calendar lists upcoming U.S. economic data releases (including key economic indicators), Federal Reserve policy meetings, and speaking engagements of Federal Reserve officials. The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and may not materialize. The forecasts also are subject to revision.

THE WEEK AHEAD: COMPANIES REPORTING EARNINGS

Monday: AT&T (T), Alphabet (GOOG), HSBC (HSBC)

Tuesday: Amgen (AMGN), BP (BP), Mastercard (MA), Merck (MRK), Pfizer (PFE)

Wednesday: Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Starbucks (SBUX)

Thursday: Altria (MO), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Sanofi (SNY)

Friday: AbbVie (ABBV), Alibaba (BABA), Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B), Chevron (CVX), ExxonMobil (XOM)

Source: Zacks.com, October 25, 2019

Companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Any investment should be consistent with your objectives, time frame, and risk tolerance. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. Companies may reschedule when they report earnings without notice.

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Q U O T E   O F   T H E   W E E K

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“Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.”

KEN HAKUTA

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T H E   W E E K L Y   R I D D L E

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Round like an apple and deeper than a cup, yet all the king’s horses can’t pull it up. What is it?

LAST WEEK’S RIDDLE: It falls from great heights, but it never stays, and sometimes people wish it would go away. What is it?

ANSWER: Rain.

 

CITATIONS:

1 – marketwatch.com/story/us-stock-futures-step-cautiously-higher-setting-investors-up-for-fresh-run-at-records-2019-10-25 [10/25/19]

2 – wsj.com/market-data [10/25/19]   

3 – quotes.wsj.com/index/XX/990300/historical-prices [10/25/19]

4 – reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china/u-s-china-close-to-finalizing-parts-of-phase-1-trade-pact-ustr-idUSKBN1X40EF [10/25/19]

5 – investing.com/economic-calendar/michigan-consumer-sentiment-320 [10/25/19]

CHART CITATIONS:

wsj.com/market-data [10/25/19]

quotes.wsj.com/index/XX/990300/historical-prices [10/25/19]

quotes.wsj.com/index/SPX/historical-prices [10/25/19]

treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=yield [10/25/19]

treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=yieldAll [10/25/19]

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