‘Follow the Money’: Major Players Betting on Vaccinations to Keep Global Economy Afloat

The coronavirus is in the news again, not last year’s pandemic fueling COVID-19 version, but the fast-spreading Delta variant. While dominating the mainstream news in the United States (See CNN and FoxNews), and globally on business website such as CNBC, Reuters and Bloomberg, to name a few, we’re not really seeing a major impact on the financial markets.

This is interesting to note because the mainstream story is centered on rising infection numbers, the slow pace of vaccinations and what is likely to happen if countries don’t start clamping down on the spread of the virus. In other words, people’s health. Some experts are even calling it a “life or death” situation.

In the financial markets, obviously we’re not seeing the same reaction as we did in 2020 with stocks dropping 20% in a matter of weeks and crude oil testing prices below $20 a barrel. Instead we’re seeing a relative calm.

Is this telling us to “follow the money?” Is this telling us that since the situation is not as bad as last year, there is no need to panic? Are the financial markets indicating there is not enough information yet to understand the impact of this new outbreak? Do we wait for the bad economic numbers or do we anticipate them?

The answer is all of the above.

Of course, I don’t recommend putting your finances ahead of your health. I don’t think anyone is doing that. Traders are making their decisions on what they know at this time. Some are even basing their decisions on their belief in the vaccinations.

In this case, they feel that enough people are vaccinated so major economic shutdowns are warranted at this time. But we’ve seen different reactions all around the globe, which could be adding to the confusion over what to do. Lighten up on the long side? Buy more, start selling? Move to the sidelines?

I don’t think I am going to be able to answer any of these questions in this article, but if I had to center on one, I’d have to say “follow the money”. But I should add that I am vaccinated, so I may be biased.

Here’s What Others are Saying and Doing

Fed’s Powell Downplays Delta Variant’s Threat to the Economy

The spread of the COVID-19 delta variant is raising infections, leading some companies and governments to require vaccinations and raising concerns about the U.S. economic recovery, according to the AP.

But on Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell injected a note of reassurance, suggesting that the delta variant poses little threat to the economy, at least so far.

“What we’ve seen is with successive waves of COVID over the past year and some months now,” Powell said at a news conference, “there has tended to be less in the way of economic implications from each wave. We will see whether that is the case with the delta variety, but it’s certainly not an unreasonable expectation.”

“Dining out, traveling, some schools might not reopen,” he said. “We may see economic effects from some of that or it might weigh on the return to the labor market. We don’t have a strong sense of how that will work out, so we’ll be monitoring it carefully.”

More Corporations are Requiring Workers to Get Vaccinated ~ Axios

The federal government in May said that it is legal for companies to require employees to get vaccinated for coronavirus.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to employees announcing that those going back to the office needed to be vaccinated. The company is also extending its work-from-home policy through October 18.

Facebook said that anyone going back to work in their U.S. campuses must be vaccinated.

Netflix is requiring that the casts for all of its U.S. productions be vaccinated, as well as everyone who comes in contact with them.

Drop in UK COVID-19 Cases Indicates Infections Surge May Be Past Peak ~ Reuters

Early last week, the UK added to the confusion when it reported its lowest daily total of new coronavirus cases since July 4, adding to signs that a recent surge in infections driven by the spread of the Delta variant may have passed its peak.

Sydney Readies for the Army as Lockdown Fails to Squash Australia Delta Outbreak ~ CNN

Sydney’s poorest neighborhoods on Friday braced for military enforcement of the city’s toughest and longest lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic as the infection as the infection numbers held persistently high five weeks since restrictions began.

The situation appears to be so bleak in Australia that economists are already predicting a third quarter contraction.

Oil Climbs, Notches Fourth Monthly Gain on Growing Demand – Reuters

The crude oil market is interesting since it sold off sharply early in July when the Delta-variant story first broke. The biggest concern was demand destruction.

Since then, however, both WTI and Brent have recovered enough to post a fourth monthly gain, with demand growing faster than supply and vaccinations expected to alleviate the impact of a resurgence in COVID-19 infections across the world.

Conclusion

The best advice appears to be: bet on the vaccinations to work, keep monitoring the global economy especially output and labor and keep an eye on gasoline demand.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

The Week Ahead – Economic Data, Monetary Policy, and COVID-19 in Focus

On the Macro

It’s quieter week ahead on the economic calendar, with 51 stats in focus in the week ending 6th August. In the week prior, 71 stats had also been in focus.

For the Dollar:

From the private sector, ISM Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing PMIs for July will be in focus.

Expect the Non-Manufacturing PMI due out on Wednesday to have the greatest impact.

On the labor market front, ADP nonfarm employment change and weekly jobless claims figures on Wednesday and Thursday will also influence.

Nonfarm payrolls at the end of the week, however, will be the key stat of the week.

In the week ending 30th July, the Dollar Spot Index fell by 0.79% to 92.174.

For the EUR:

It’s a busy week on the economic data front.

Private sector PMIs for Italy and Spain together with finalized numbers for France, Germany, and the Eurozone will influence.

Expect Italy and the Eurozone’s PMIs to be key in the week.

German and Eurozone retail sales figures will also influence, with consumption key to a sustainable economic recovery.

For the week, the EUR rose by 0.84% to $1.1870.

For the Pound:

It’s a relatively quiet week ahead on the economic calendar.

Finalized private sector PMIs for July are due out on Monday and Wednesday.

Expect any revisions to the services PMI to have a greater impact in the week.

Construction PMIs also due out, should have a muted impact, however.

While the finalized numbers will influence, the Bank of England monetary policy decision on Thursday will be the main event.

Last week, the IMF talked up the outlook for the British economy. It now rests in the hands of the BoE.

The Pound ended the week up by 1.13% to $1.3904.

For the Loonie:

It’s a busier week ahead on the economic calendar.

Trade data on Thursday and employment change figures on Friday will be the key numbers.

While trade figures will influence, expect the employment change figures to have a greater impact.

The Loonie ended the week up 0.71% to C$1.2475 against the U.S Dollar.

Out of Asia

For the Aussie Dollar:

Manufacturing sector data, building permits, retail sales, and trade data will be in focus.

Retail sales and trade data, due out on Wednesday and Thursday, will be the key stats of the week.

On the monetary policy front, however, the RBA monetary policy decision on Tuesday will be the main event.

The Aussie Dollar ended the week down by 0.30% to $0.7344.

For the Kiwi Dollar:

It’s a quiet week ahead. Mid-week, employment change figures will draw interest ahead of inflation expectation numbers on Friday.

With little else for the markets to consider in the week, expect both sets of numbers to provide direction. The markets are expecting a further pickup in inflationary pressures…

The Kiwi Dollar ended the week flat at $0.6974.

For the Japanese Yen:

Finalized private sector PMIs and Tokyo inflation figures will be in focus in the 1st half of the week.

Expect any revision to the PMIs to be of greater influence.

Late in the week, household spending figures will also draw interest.

The Japanese Yen rose by 0.75% to ¥109.720 against the U.S Dollar.

Out of China

It’s a busier day, with private sector PMIs to provide the markets with direction.

Following NBS numbers from the weekend, the market’s preferred Caixin manufacturing PMI will set the tone. Over the weekend, the NBS Manufacturing PMI fell from 50.9 to 50.4…

With service sector activity a greater component of the economy, Wednesday’s services PMI will also influence, however.

The Chinese Yuan ended the week up by 0.31% to CNY6.4614 against the U.S Dollar.

Geo-Politics

Russia and China continue to be the main areas of interest for the markets. News updates from the Middle East will also need continued monitoring…

Ferrari’s Revenue to More Than Double in Q2; Target Price $238

The luxury sports car maker Ferrari is expected to report earnings of $1.26 per share for the second quarter, representing a 3,050% increase over $0.04 per share a year earlier.

The company, known for its prancing horse logo, would post revenue growth of over 107% to around $1.3 billion. According to ZACKS Research, the company has beaten earnings per share (EPS) estimates in three of the last four quarters.

The U.S. listed Ferrari shares have slumped about 6% so far this year. The stock closed 1.88% higher at $216.21 on Thursday.

Analyst Comments

“Growth potential and strong execution. Global shipments of >11k units in 2021, growing at a 9.1% CAGR to 2030 ending at ~22k shipments. Adj. EBITDA margins rise to 35% in 2021 on improved mix and pricing after launching 5 new models in 2020 and 2 in 2021,” noted Adam Jonas, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

Ferrari trades at a justified premium to luxury brands, in line with luxury leader, Hermes, albeit with more opportunity to grow organically via: new customers, new segments and geographically in China & Asia-Pac, as well as exhibiting a unique moat with a world-renowned brand and a 12+ month customer order book.”

Ferrari Stock Price Forecast

Nine analysts who offered stock ratings for Ferrari in the last three months forecast the average price in 12 months of $238.63 with a high forecast of $281.00 and a low forecast of $202.00.

The average price target represents a 10.35% change from the last price of $216.24. From those nine analysts, four rated “Buy”, four rated “Hold” and one rated “Sell”, according to Tipranks.

Morgan Stanley gave the stock price forecast of $265 with a high of $350 under a bull scenario and $160 under the worst-case scenario. The firm gave an “Overweight” rating on the luxury automaker’s stock.

Several other analysts have also updated their stock outlook. BofA slashed the price objective to $281 from $287. UBS Group cut their price objective to $238 from $247 and set a buy rating.

NASDAQ Bearish Divergence, Amazon’s After-Hour Losses Weighing on US Futures Overnight

U.S. stock index futures are down sharply in Friday’s pre-market session as a disappointing earnings report from Amazon.com threatened to dampen an otherwise strong month ahead of July’s final day of trading. The early price action has put the major futures indexes in a position to post a potentially bearish closing price reversal top. If confirmed, this could mean a weak start to August.

Early Trading Results

At 04:41 GMT, September E-mini S&P 500 Index futures are trading 4378.25, down 33.50 or -0.76%. September E-mini Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are at 34863, down 111 or -0.32% and September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index is trading 34861, down 113 or -0.32%.

Possible Bearish Divergence

On Thursday, the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial touched record highs but the NASDAQ Composite underperformed. This created a divergence in the major indexes, suggesting weakness in the technology sector.

Weighing on the tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite during the regular session were shares of Facebook, which tumbled 4% after the social media company’s earnings report.

A disappointing IPO from online brokerage firm Robinhood helped cap NASDAQ’s gains throughout the regular session. The stock opened at $38 per share on Thursday, but eventually closed its debut session more than 8% lower at $34.82 per share.

The weakness carried over into the after-hours and pre-market sessions after e-commerce giant Amazon and social media platform Pinterest released their earnings reports to investors.

Amazon equity sank 7.4% in extended trading after it reported its first quarterly revenue miss in three years and gave weaker guidance. The move in Amazon’s stock helped weigh on NASDAQ-100 futures. Pinterest fell even further, down 19%, after saying it lost monthly users during the three months ended June 30.

Thursday Recap

Thursday’s positive session came despite a government report that showed U.S. second-quarter gross domestic product accelerated 6.5% on an annualized basis, considerably less than the 8.4% Dow Jones estimate. Meanwhile, weekly initial claims surprisingly came in higher-than-expected.

Helping to underpin the markets was the Fed news from late Wednesday. Many investors were relieved that the Federal Reserve signaled no imminent plans for dialing back asset purchases.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell also noted that while the economy has come a long way since the COVID-19 recession, it still has a ways to go before the central bank considers adjusting its easy-money policies.

Near-Term Outlook

The bearish divergence between the NASDAQ and the other major indexes could be an early sign that a major top is forming. If the tech-heavy NASDAQ trades sharply lower, it will drag the technology sector of the S&P 500 with it. The Dow is not likely to feel as much pain since it is tech unweighted.

The U.S. stock markets could be facing several near-term headwinds including summer vacation until after the U.S. Labor Day holiday. This would lead to low volume trading sessions. Overvaluation is another concern as well as the coronavirus outbreak.

One major concern is that investors won’t have a clue as to what the Fed is planning to do about tapering until it meets on September 21-22.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Exxon Mobil’s Revenue to Nearly Double in Q2; Target Price $68

Exxon Mobil, an American multinational oil and gas entity, is expected to report its second-quarter earnings of $1.0 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of over 240%, up from a loss of $0.70 per share seen in the same quarter a year ago.

The U.S. largest publicly traded oil company would post revenue growth of over 90% to around $63 billion. The company has beaten earnings per share (EPS) estimates in three of the last four quarters.

Exxon Mobil shares have surged more than 40% so far this year.

Analyst Comments

“The shares of Exxon Mobil have observed a 10% decline in the past month as benchmark prices declined due to the easing of production curtailments by OPEC. The company is committed to maintaining a strong balance sheet and returning capital to shareholders in the coming years. Despite an uncertain demand-supply environment, the company’s second-quarter results are likely to benefit from high benchmark prices, assisting deleveraging plans. The second-quarter revenues are likely to grow by around 100% (y-o-y) resulting in strong earnings expansion over last year’s depressed number,” noted analysts at Trefis.

Exxon Mobil Stock Price Forecast

Sixteen analysts who offered stock ratings for Exxon Mobil in the last three months forecast the average price in 12 months of $68.73 with a high forecast of $90.00 and a low forecast of $55.00.

The average price target represents an 18.05% change from the last price of $58.22. From those 16 analysts, seven rated “Buy”, eight rated “Hold” and one rated “Sell”, according to Tipranks.

Morgan Stanley gave the stock price forecast of $84 with a high of $100 under a bull scenario and $41 under the worst-case scenario. The firm gave an “Overweight” rating on the oil and gas company’s stock.

“Improving FCF outlook and dividend sustainability. With a more constructive commodity price outlook, lower capital spending, and additional cash operating cost savings, the dividend is covered in 2021 and averages >100% over the next 5-years on our estimates. Improving dividend sustainability supports yield compression for Exxon Mobil (XOM) relative to CVX,” noted Devin McDermott, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

“Cost cuts defend the dividend. Exxon Mobil (XOM) reduced 2022-25 spending plans to $20-25 B from $30-35 B, improving dividend sustainability while limiting further pull on the balance sheet. Additionally, XOM is targeting $6 B in structural operating cost reductions which should put upward pressure on consensus FCF estimates.”

Several other analysts have also updated their stock outlook. Piper Sandler raised the target price to $69 from $63. Independent Research upped the price objective to $56.00 from $55.00. Jefferies lifted the stock price forecast to $58 from $55.

Check out FX Empire’s earnings calendar

A Profit Warning Knocks PayPal Down Like a Rock

PayPal Holdings Inc. (PYPL), one of 2020’s hottest stocks, is trading lower by more than 9% in Thursday’s pre-market after issuing downside profit guidance for the third quarter and full year. The digital payments juggernaut beat Q2 earnings-per share (EPS) estimates by just $0.03, posting a profit of $1.16, while revenue rose 18.6% year-over-year to $6.24 billion, just missing $6.27 billion consensus. Total payment volume during the quarter grew 40%, or 36% on a currency neutral basis.

Pandemic Hangover

The company boasts a 55.7 price-to-earnings ratio (P/E), higher than American Express Co. (AXP) but on par with Visa Inc. (V) and MasterCard Inc. (MA). The weak outlook exposes vulnerability to a pandemic ‘hangover’ that many 2020 beneficiaries have reported in their quarterly results. Simply stated, the rapid transition into digital payments, streaming services, and at-home food delivery yielded a one-time cash influx that’s now reverting to historical performance.

The selloff comes just three business days before PayPal raises rates for many merchant accounts. Originally announced in June, the news triggered a strong rally into July but Q3 and full year profit warnings suggest the company miscalculated and now expects to lose customers. It may also have underestimated the growing number of choices in the digital payment space, heralding an era in which it will need to compete more forcefully for market share.

Wall Street and Technical Outlook

Wall Street has been wildly bullish on PayPal for months, holding like glue to a ‘Buy’ rating now based upon 35 ‘Buy’, 5 ‘Overweight’, 6 ‘Hold’, and 1 ‘Sell’ recommendation. Price targets currently range from a low of $250 to a Street-high $375 while the stock is set to open Thursday’s session more than $50 below the median $330 target. A quick uptick into the median price seems unlikely, given weak guidance, because it would require breaking out to a new high.

PayPal posted a phenomenal 219% return in 2020 and continued to book upside into the February 2021 high at 309.14. A decline into March found support in the 220s while the bounce into July mounted the first quarter peak by less than one point ahead of this morning’s selloff. The reversal reinforces resistance above 300 while setting up a test of 50-day moving average support at 285. A breakdown is possible given downside momentum, exposing an unpleasant trip to the March low.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Disclosure: the author held no positions in aforementioned securities at the time of publication. 

Fed Nothingburger, Dollar Lower, Focus on GDP, PCE

It was a rather pedestrian FOMC Statement day on Wednesday. There is GDP data incoming, and the widely Fed-followed Core PCE Price Index data comes out on Friday. What can we take away from the FOMC Statement and press conference?

Rates unchanged. No rush to raise interest rates. Inflation should persist.

No surprises here.

However, there was some notable price action in the US Dollar Index during Wednesday’s session. The US Dollar Index initially rose on the FOMC statement at 2:00 PM. During the press conference, the USD fell as Fed Chair Jerome Powell mentioned that inflation should persist for several months. It is noteworthy price action and can be a forward-looking indicator for the direction of other asset prices.

First, let’s take a look at the daily chart of the $DXY:

Figure 1 – US Dollar Index November 1, 2020 – July 28, 2021, Daily Candles Source stockcharts.com

As we know, the US Dollar has been in a longer-term downtrend. The repeating pattern has been lower daily highs. Short the dollar was a heavily crowded trade recently that we examined and discussed. After reaching oversold conditions, a quick bounce occurred. However, with no rush to raise interest rates and Fed open market operations continuing, the $DXY could try the downside once again. This downward move could impact the prices of commodities even further to the upside. There is a key Fibonacci level that was not quite reached in the index on its last downside attempt (near $88.41).

Figure 2 – US Dollar Index July 28, 2021 – July 28, 2021, 1-minute Candles Source stooq.com

I find value in this type of analysis; when you can take a daily/longer-term trend/outlook and then take an intraday peek on a day such as a Fed day. I would have guessed that the market would be factoring in further inflation already. However, based on the $DXY behavior intraday, it appears that the US Dollar may want to get set to go and retest the recent low near $89.50.

GDP Data, Core PCE

On Thursday morning, we are getting GDP (q/q), and on Friday morning we will get the Core PCE data. GDP can be a market mover, and the Fed does like to monitor the PCE data for inflation signals.

As the US Dollar may weaken some, a place to park some cash could be in the UDN – Invesco DB US Index Bearish ETF. I wouldn’t expect any home runs here; the ETF is unleveraged, but a 2 – 3% pop could be in the cards here if the $DXY wants to test its recent lows.

Figure 3 – Invesco DB US Dollar Index Bearish Fund – September 4, 2020 – July 28, 2021, Daily Candles Source stockcharts.com

UDN is doing its job rather well and is inversely tracking the US Dollar Index at an efficient rate. Other traders could use the $DXY product on ICE if their accounts are enabled for it. ICE passes through the monthly fee for its products to retail traders (somewhere in the neighborhood of $110 per month) to trade these products and receive quotes.

So, using UDN can give traders some pure exposure to a dollar decline. We will be eyeballing the $21.48 – $21.64 levels as potential TP targets for now. Levels and sentiment can change quickly, so stay tuned!

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E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index (NQ) Futures Technical Analysis – Bulls and Bears Battling for Control at 14954.00

September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index futures are trading slightly lower during the pre-market trade on Thursday after finishing a little better during the previous session in a mostly lackluster trade. The price action was driven by the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy statement that said the U.S. economic recovery remains on track and Chair Jerome Powell’s remark that the central bank was still a ways away from considering raising interest rates.

At 06:13 GMT, September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index is trading 14993.50, down 18.00 or -0.12%.

The NASDAQ ended higher and shares of Google parent Alphabet Inc hit an all-time high as a surge in advertising spending helped it post record quarterly results. The stock ended up 3.2%.

In other earnings news, Microsoft Corp ended down 0.1% even as a boom in cloud services helped it beat Wall Street expectations for revenue and earnings.

PayPal and Facebook fell 5% and 3% in after-hours trading, respectively, after warning of significant growth slowdown as they reported quarterly earnings.

Daily September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index

Daily Swing Chart Technical Analysis

The main trend is up according to the daily swing chart. A trade through 15134.00 will signal a resumption of the uptrend. The main trend will change to down on a move through 14445.00.

The minor trend is also up. 15134 is the new minor top.

The minor range is 15134.00 to 14774.25. The index is currently straddling its pivot at 14954.00.

The short-term range is 14445.00 to 15134.00. Its pivot at 14789.50 is support. This level stopped the selling on Tuesday.

The next support is a pair of 50% levels at 14546.25 to 14482.00.

Daily Swing Chart Technical Forecast

The direction of the September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index early Thursday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to the pivot at 14954.00.

Bullish Scenario

A sustained move over 14954.00 will indicate the presence of buyers. If the move is able to generate enough upside momentum then look for a drive into the record high at 15134.00.

Bearish Scenario

A sustained move under 14954.00 will signal the presence of sellers. This could trigger a break into the support cluster at 14789.50 to 14774.25.

The latter is a potential trigger point for an acceleration to the downside with the next targets a series of levels at 14546.25, 14482.00 and 14445.00. A trade through 14445.00 will change the main trend to down.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index (NQ) Futures Technical Analysis – Needs to Hold 14954.00 to Sustain Upside Momentum

September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index futures are trading higher at the mid-session on strong earnings from Google-parent Alphabet, as investors turned to the Federal Reserve for more guidance in the wake of rising inflation and the Delta variant on its monetary stimulus.

At 18:00 GMT, all eyes will be on the outcome of the Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting, with investors looking for comments on how the double whammy of rising inflation and a spike in COVID-19 cases would impact the central bank’s plan to potentially start withdrawing its stimulus.

At 16:25 GMT, September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index futures are at 15016.00, up 68.25 or +0.46%.

In stock related news, Alphabet popped more than 4% after the tech giant posted quarterly results, registering a 69% jump in advertising.

Other tech-related components were mixed. Apple shares dipped 0.4% after CEO Tim Cook warned that silicon “supply constraints” will affect sales of the iPhone as well as the iPad. The company did beat top- and bottom-line estimates and said its iPhone sales surged 50% year over year.

On the other hand, Microsoft saw its shares rise 1% after reporting an earnings beat despite a dip in revenue from its Windows division.

Daily September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index

Daily Swing Chart Technical Analysis

The main trend is up according to the daily swing chart. A trade through 15134.00 will signal a resumption of the uptrend. A move through the last main bottom at 14445.00 will change the main trend to down.

The minor trend is also up. A new minor top was formed earlier in the week at 15134.00.

The minor range is 14445.00 to 15134.00. Its 50% level or pivot at 14789.50 is support. This level stopped the selling on Tuesday.

Additional support is a pair of 50% levels at 14546.25 to 14482.00.

Daily Swing Chart Technical Forecast

The direction of the September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index on Wednesday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to the pivot at 14789.50.

Bullish Scenario

Look for a bullish tone as long as buyers can hold the index above 14789.50. If the move creates enough upside momentum then look for a surge into the record high at 15134.00.

The Fed is not expected to say anything major so after the initial reaction to their statement and Powell’s comments, we could get a strong reaction in the after-markets to earnings news from Qualcomm, Facebook and PayPal.

Bearish Scenario

A sustained move under 14789.50 will signal the presence of sellers. If this move creates enough downside momentum then look for a sharp break possibly into a pair of 50% levels at 14546.25 and 14482.00. These are the last potential support levels before the 14445.00 main bottom.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Amazon Stock Poised to Hit Fresh Highs After Strong Q2 Earnings; Target Price $4,332

The e-commerce leader for physical and digital merchandise, Amazon, is expected to report its second-quarter earnings of $12.24 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of about 19% from $10.3 per share seen in the same quarter a year ago.

The Seattle, Washington-based multinational technology giant would post revenue growth of about 29% to around $115 billion. The company has always beaten earnings per share (EPS) estimates in the last four quarters.

Amazon’s better-than-expected results, which will be announced on Thursday, July 29, would help the stock hit new all-time highs. Amazon shares have surged more than 10% so far this year.

Analyst Comments

“We expect Amazon (AMZN) to beat the consensus estimates for revenues and earnings. The company has reported better than expected revenue and earnings figures in each of the last four quarters. In the past year, due to the pandemic, people turned to e-commerce and online marketplaces for their day to day needs which converted into a high growth in revenue for the company,” noted analysts at Trefis.

“The momentum continued in Q1 2021 as revenue grew by 44% for the quarter. The company also continues its expansion into different segments. Our forecast indicates that Amazon’s valuation is $4241 per share, which is 15% above the current market price of $3703.”

Amazon Stock Price Forecast

Thirty-two analysts who offered stock ratings for Amazon in the last three months forecast the average price in 12 months of $4,332.90 with a high forecast of $5,500.00 and a low forecast of $3,775.00.

The average price target represents a 19.48% change from the last price of $3,626.39. All of those 32 analysts rated “Buy”, none rated “Hold” or “Sell”, according to Tipranks.

Morgan Stanley gave the stock price forecast of $4,500 with a high of $5,300 under a bull scenario and $2,700 under the worst-case scenario. The firm gave an “Overweight” rating on the e-commerce leader’s stock.

Amazon’s high-margin businesses continue to allow Amazon to drive greater profitability while still continuing to invest (last-mile delivery, fulfillment, Prime Now, Fresh, Prime digital content, Alexa/Echo, India, AWS, etc). Amazon Prime membership growth drives recurring revenue and a positive mix shift. Cloud adoption hitting an inflection point. Advertising serves as a key area for both further growth potential and profitability flow-through,” noted analysts at Morgan Stanley.

Several other analysts have also updated their stock outlook. BofA lowered the price objective to $4350 from $4360. Credit Suisse raised the target price to $4850 from $4000. Bernstein lifted the target price to $4200 from $4000.

Check out FX Empire’s earnings calendar

US Stock Index Futures Flat as Investors Eye Asia Markets Ahead of Fed Decisions, Earnings Reports

U.S. stock index futures are trading nearly flat in the pre-market session early Wednesday after retreating from record highs reached the previous session. Tuesday’s lower close snapped a five-day winning streak in both the cash and futures markets as the highly anticipated tech-heavyweight earnings reports released after the close failed to move the needle much.

At 02:52 GMT, September E-mini S&P 500 Index futures are trading 4398.00, up 3.50 or +0.08%. September E-mini Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are at 34952, down 1 or -0.00% and the September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index is trading 14948.50, up 0.25 or +0.00%.

During the overnight session, the focus is being spread between the after-market earnings reports from Alphabet, Microsoft and Apple, Wednesday’s reports from Pfizer, McDonald’s, Qualcomm, Facebook, Ford and PayPal, the turmoil in China due to the country’s crackdown on technology firms and the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decisions.

Tuesday’s Recap

The major U.S. equity markets fell from record highs on Tuesday as a sell-off in Chinese shares, economic growth concerns and the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting put investors on guard and drove profit-taking.

Unsettled by events in China overnight, where share prices skidded on concerns about the impact of a recent tightening in government regulations, global stock markets pulled back on Tuesday as volatility spiked.

In other developments, a host of megacap tech names reported quarterly results on Tuesday after the U.S. market closed, including Apple, which beat top- and bottom-line estimates and said iPhone sales jumped 50% year over year. Google-parent Alphabet also posted quarterly results, registering a 69% jump in advertising revenue, while Microsoft beat earnings despite a dip in revenue from its Windows division.

Wednesday’s Outlook

Investors are likely monitoring new developments in Asia early Wednesday since steep declines in the region were one of the reasons U.S. investors used to book profits the previous session.

In morning trading on Wednesday, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index is down 0.28% after an earlier jump of more than 1%. Chinese tech stocks in Hong Kong, among the hardest hit in the recent sell-off, were mixed in Wednesday’s morning trade.

On Wednesday, the Federal Open Market Committee will release a statement followed by remarks from Chairman Jerome Powell during a press conference.

Investors aren’t expecting any major developments at this meeting, but they do expect the Fed to say it looked deeper into when and how it will start removing its emergency stimulus from the economy. Some analysts want Powell to address inflation, while others believe he will stick to his “it’s transitory” proclamation.

Finally, after removing concerns about coronavirus from its June statement, policymakers may mention the subject again due to the surge in COVID-19 infections.

Meanwhile, the busiest week of earnings continues on Wednesday with Pfizer, McDonald’s, Qualcomm, Facebook, Ford and PayPal among the major companies reporting. Of the S&P 500 companies that have reported quarterly results thus far, 89% have topped earnings estimates, while 86% have exceeded revenue expectations, according to data from Refinitiv.

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Robust Earnings, Revenue Numbers from Alphabet, Apple, Microsoft After-Bell Fail to Turn NASDAQ Futures Green

The major U.S. stock index futures are trading lower following the release of earnings numbers from Google-parent Alphabet, Microsoft and Apple after the bell. The trio of tech heavyweights had been pressured during the cash market session, declining about 1% each ahead of their numbers.

In the futures markets at 20:00 GMT, the September E-mini S&P 500 Index was trading 4394.75. At 20:36 GMT, they were trading 4389.75.

At 20:00 GMT, the September E-mini Dow Jones Industrial Average was trading 34952. At 20:36 GMT, it was trading 34886 and at 20:00 GMT, the September E-min NASDAQ-100 Index was trading 14950.50. At 20:37 GMT, it was at 14911.00.

In the cash market on Tuesday, the benchmark S&P 500 Index settled at 4396.48, down 25.82 or -0.58%, the blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average finished at 35047.32, down 96.99 or -0.28% and the tech-driven NASDAQ Composite closed at 14638.77, down 201.94 or -1.36%.

The earnings are out and here are the numbers.

Alphabet Jumps 3% in After-Hours Trade After Earnings Beat

Alphabet Earnings per share (EPS) was reported at $27.26 versus $19.34 per share, according to Refinitiv estimates. Revenue was $61.88 billion versus $56.16 billion, according to Refinitiv.

YouTube advertising revenue was $7.00 billion versus $6.37 billion expected, according to StreetAccount estimates. Google Cloud revenue was $4.63 billion versus $4.40 billion expected, according to Street Account estimates.

Traffic acquisition costs (TAC) revenue came in at $10.93 billion versus $9.74 billion expected, according to Street Account estimates.

Microsoft Beat Expectations on the Top and Bottom Lines

Microsoft shares fell 3% in extended trading on Tuesday after the software and hardware company reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings.

The report showed earnings of $2.17 per share, adjusted, vs $1.92 per share as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv. Revenue was $46.15 billion, versus $44.24 billion as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.

Revenue rose 21% year over year in the quarter, which ended June 30, according to a statement. In the previous quarter revenue had increased by 19%.

Apple Earnings Blow Away Forecasts

Apple reported strong fiscal third-quarter earnings on Tuesday, demolishing Wall Street expectations, according to CNBC. Additionally, every one of Apple’s major product lines grew over 12% on an annual basis.

Overall, Apple’s sales were up 36% from the June quarter last year. iPhones sales increased nearly 50% on an annual basis.

Apple’s Earnings per Share (EPS) came in at $1.30 versus $1.01 estimated. Revenue was $81.40 billion versus $73.30 billion estimated.

Starbucks Credits Strong Cold Beverage Sales in U.S. for Fueling Earnings Beat

In other non-tech-related earnings news, Starbucks topped Wall Street’s estimates for its fiscal third-quarter earnings and revenue. The company also tightened its forecast for fiscal 2021 same-store sales growth.

Starbucks on Tuesday reported soaring cold drink sales in the United States, fueling an earnings and revenue beat for the company. The company also narrowed its forecast for same-store sales growth for rascal 2021.

Here’s a comparison between the company’s numbers and Wall Street analyst expectations.

Earnings per share was $1.01 adjusted versus 78 cents expected. Revenue came in at $7.50 billion versus $7.29 billion expected.

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China Soft Ahead of Fed, Big Tech Earnings. Transports Lower

It seems like rough markets have a way of originating in China

Thinking back to 2007, I remember watching the China markets meltdown. This process began well ahead of the US financial crisis of 2008.

Looking back at markets that you have lived and traded through, you amass a mental library of history and look to learn from it. Before 2007, I spent years as a Real Estate Agent and remember the days of people being approved for home purchases on variable ARMs and very low-income requirements. You just knew the music would have to stop at some point as banks loaded up subprime borrowers with debt that logic would dictate as unpayable.

The China markets started to crack ahead of the US markets back then.

Figure 1 – Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index March 24, 2007 – May 2, 2008, Daily Candles Source stockcharts.com

I do remember watching this market at the time. Other China indices fared even worse. Around this time, the $SPX experienced a pullback too, but one of a much lesser magnitude.

Figure 2 – S&P 500 Index August 1, 2007 – December 7, 2007 Daily Candles Source stockcharts.com

As we can see, the $SPX also pulled back around this time, but in more of a pedestrian manner, with a 5.4% pullback over an 11 day period versus 10.8% for China around the same time period.

It is important to note that the $SPX had pulled back prior to this time and rebounded to all-time highs. I am mentioning all of this as markets have memories and accelerated moves in China catch my attention. Let’s also mention the obvious here: the Covid meltdown in Feb – March 2020.

As China is grabbing all of the headlines today, let’s see how the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite has fared yesterday and today.

Figure 3 – Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index March 17, 2021 – July 27, 2021, Daily Candles Source stockcharts.com

Yes, the Shanghai Composite is lower over the last two days. However, the sky isn’t falling, at least not yet. It is lower by 2.9% or so over the past two sessions. Note the support that was found around its 200-day moving average.

What All of This Means for Us

I believe it is smart to avoid getting too caught up in the daily headlines, for the most part. Price and divergences can tell better stories than any news headlines, which often come out much too late.

This is the reason that it made sense to target the Transports to the downside yesterday. We had a pattern of lower highs and lower lows, with clear divergence from the direction of the broader markets since May 1st.

As we targeted the short side of the IYT yesterday afternoon around $258.00, let’s see how the transports are faring in today’s market down day.

Figure 4 – iShares Transportation Average ETF March 1, 2021 – July 27, 2021, Daily Candles Source stockcharts.com

The IYT is lower by 2.54% as of the time of this writing. As discussed, the Transports were already trading lower versus the broader indices.

Right now, we see the RSI(14) at 40 and daily MACD crossover brewing to the downside with the fast line crossing the slow line.

We will hear from the Fed tomorrow

The FOMC statement and subsequent press conference is slated for tomorrow. Those kinds of days can be tough to trade, and depending on the Fed’s tone, anything could happen.

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US Recovery Plan Will Support Recovery and Raise Long-Run Economic Growth Potential From 1.9%

Since the USD 1.9trn American Rescue Plan was signed into law in March, the Biden administration is pursuing two complementary pillars of its three-pillar “Build Back Better” agenda: i) the American Jobs Plan (with an earlier bipartisan compromise around a curtailed USD 1.2trn over eight years before recent setbacks), and ii) the American Families Plan (proposed USD 1.8trn).

The American Jobs Plan channels public funding towards enhancing physical and digital infrastructure, investing in research and development, shoring up supply chains and strengthening care systems. The American Families Plan aims to significantly raise federal spending in priority areas such as childcare, paid leave, pre-kindergarten, community college and healthcare.

The recovery plan is important not only for economic recovery but also for addressing structural bottlenecks

The administration’s programme is critical not only to provide near-term support for the economic recovery but also to address long-standing structural bottlenecks in the US economy. By enhancing the economy’s productive capacity, supporting domestic demand and tackling infrastructure deficits as well as structural weaknesses with respect to the social safety net, the programme supports a more inclusive and sustainable economic rebound and raises economic growth potential.

In our June 2021 Sovereign Interim Outlook, Scope Ratings projected the US economy to recover robustly, with 6.2% growth in 2021 (raised 2.2pps from our December 2020 projections) before 4.8% in 2022. After the 3.5% economic contraction of 2020, GDP is expected to have exceeded pre-crisis output as of Q2 2021, well ahead of the pace of recoveries in most European economies, including that of France and the United Kingdom. On the basis of the public investment programme, there is upside risk to our department’s prevailing US growth potential estimate of 1.9% – with potential output growth having otherwise seen secular decline since the turn of the century.

The spending programme comes at significant fiscal cost

The spending programme comes at a significant fiscal cost, however. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimates that the comprehensive package may amount to an aggregate of USD 6.7trn over 10 years. The US government has proposed offsetting measures such as an increase in the corporate income tax rate from 21% to 28%, enhanced tax enforcement and higher taxation of high-income households. These measures might generate savings of USD 3.3trn, leaving USD 3.5trn of unfunded costs, absent further revenue-raising measures.

In addition, mandatory expenditure linked to the healthcare system is likely to increase given the increase in federal spending on Medicaid and Medicare due to the Covid-19 health crisis and as more Americans seek benefits under programmes, barring reforms of the system.

US public debt to rise further, but accommodative financing conditions manage costs of borrowing

Presently, we expect US public debt to rise to above 135% of GDP in forthcoming years, from 108% in 2019 and only 65% as of 2007, exacerbating public finance weaknesses and stressing the United States’ AA credit ratings. Gross government financing requirements are estimated to stay around or above an elevated 40% of GDP per year through 2026. At the same time, prevailing accommodative financing conditions mitigate costs of borrowing, with 10-year government yields having backtracked to around 1.2% amid concern of a slowdown in the global recovery, from March highs of nearly 1.8%.

While benefits of a well-tailored investment programme at this stage are high and the cost of debt is low, it is critical that additional debt incurred nonetheless translates to tangible improvements of growth potential and addresses structural bottlenecks such as rising social inequality and problems of social mobility.

A return to a more balanced budget position remains crucial to ensuring benign funding costs and as the debt ceiling looms

While the United States still has meaningful fiscal space due to the dollar-based global financial system and the unparalleled status of US treasuries as the international risk-free asset, a return to a more balanced budget position after this crisis and reduction of contingent liabilities are nonetheless crucial to ensuring continued benign funding costs, especially as the Federal Reserve considers its exit strategies from crisis policies and as elevated deficits present risks after coming reinstatement of the US debt ceiling.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Dennis Shen is a Director in Sovereign and Public Sector ratings at Scope Ratings GmbH. Thibault Vasse, Senior Analyst at Scope Ratings, contributed to writing this commentary.

Microsoft Could Hit New All-Time High on Strong Q4 Earnings; Target Price $308

The Redmond, Washington-based global technology giant, Microsoft, is expected to post its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $1.91 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of over 30% from $1.46 per share seen in the same quarter a year ago.

The world’s largest software maker would post revenue growth of over 15% to around $44.1 billion, up from the $38.03 billion a year earlier. In the last four consecutive quarters, on average, the company has delivered an earnings surprise of over 15%.

Microsoft’s better-than-expected results, which will be announced on Tuesday, July 27, would help the stock hit new all-time highs. Microsoft shares have surged more than 30% so far this year.

Analyst Comments

“Channel work and our CIO survey point to building momentum across the Cloud, Hybrid and On-premises portfolio, which should power a solid Q4. While investors seek reassurances margin expansion continues into FY22, our model suggests durable high-teens EPS growth and upside in the shares,” noted Keith Weiss, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

“Strong positioning for public cloud adoption, large distribution channels and installed customer base, and improving margins support a path well beyond $1T mkt cap. Durable double-digit NT rev growth is supported by Azure (winning in public cloud), data center (share gains and positive pricing trends), O365 (base growth and ARPU uplift) and LinkedIn. GM % improvement, continued opex discipline and strong capital return lead to durable teens total return profile. At ~29x CY22e GAAP EPS, Microsoft (MSFT) trades at a premium to the S&P, warranted due to MSFT’s premium return profile. Multiple expansion will likely come from gaining comfort in the durability of commercial business gross profit dollars.”

Microsoft Stock Price Forecast

Twenty-five analysts who offered stock ratings for Microsoft in the last three months forecast the average price in 12 months of $308.65 with a high forecast of $378.00 and a low forecast of $270.00.

The average price target represents a 6.78% change from the last price of $289.05. All of those 25 analysts rated “Buy”, none rated “Hold” or “Sell”, according to Tipranks.

Morgan Stanley gave the stock price forecast of $300 with a high of $380 under a bull scenario and $195 under the worst-case scenario. The firm gave an “Overweight” rating on the global technology giant’s stock.

Several other analysts have also updated their stock outlook. Microsoft had its target price lifted by Barclays to $325 from $288. The brokerage currently has an overweight rating on the software giant’s stock. Citigroup reissued a buy rating and issued a $378.00 price target. Jefferies Financial Group lifted their price target to $310 from $290 and gave the company a buy rating.

Microsoft’s (MSFT) been a significant outperformer YTD, up 30% vs software index up 15% (IGV), setting the bar slightly higher for MSFT shares going into the F4Q print. F4Q expectations are achievable, supported by MSFT’s diverse portfolio including Azure and Teams driving up selling. Key items to watch are FY22 margin pressure, elevated expectations and more color on recent M&A and broader aspirations. Maintain Buy, Raise PT to $335,” noted Brent Thill, equity analyst at Jefferies.

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E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index (NQ) Futures Technical Analysis – Cautious Trade Ahead of Earnings, Fed Decisions

September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index futures eked out another record closing high for a second straight session on Monday, backed by optimistic investors betting on a slew of strong earnings reports from several tech heavyweights throughout the week. Nonetheless, gains were kept in check by general nervousness ahead of the start of a two-day Federal Reserve policy meeting on Tuesday.

On Monday, September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index futures settled at 15117.75, up 19.75 or +0.13%.

This week’s quarterly reports include Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc and Google-parent Alphabet, the four largest U.S. companies by market value. After the close, Tesla reported second-quarter earnings that beat on both the top and bottom lines. Shares rose about 2% after-hours.

In other stock related news, Zoom Video Communications Inc was the big winner for the session, closing at $373.14, up 13.91 or +3.872. They were followed by Intel Corp and Marriott International Inc, which rose 2.47% and 2.38% respectively.

Daily September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index

Daily Swing Chart Technical Analysis

The main trend is up according to the daily swing chart. A trade through 15134.00 will signal a resumption of the uptrend. A move through 14445.00 will change the main trend to down.

The minor range is 14445.00 to 15134.00. Its 50% level at 14789.50 is potential support.

Additional support levels are 14546.25 and 14482.00, followed by the main bottom at 14445.00.

Daily Swing Chart Technical Forecast

The direction of the September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index early Tuesday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to 15117.75.

Bullish Scenario

A sustained move over 15117.75 will indicate the presence of buyers. If this move creates enough upside momentum then look for a retest of 15134.00. This is a potential trigger point for an acceleration to the upside. However, below average volume may prevent a strong breakout move.

Bearish Scenario

A sustained move under 15117.75 will signal the presence of sellers. The first downside target is 15038.75. Taking out this level will turn 15134.00 into a new minor top. If this move is able to generate enough downside momentum then look for the selling pressure to possibly extend into the pivot at 14789.50. Since the main trend is up, buyers are likely to come in on the first test of this level.

Side Notes

Taking out 15134.00 then closing lower on Tuesday will form a potentially bearish closing price reversal top. If confirmed, this won’t change the main trend to down, but it could trigger the start of a 2 to 3 day correction.

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All Eyes on Big Tech Earnings this Week. Contrarian Play?

The bull market has continued, albeit with some warning signs beneath the surface of the market.

Last week, markets flexed their resiliency muscles by quickly erasing a 700 + point Dow Jones Industrial Average on Monday and ending the week at all-time highs. Easy monetary policy has continued, and liquidity is high. There was no shortage of buyers that were ready, willing, and able to buy that dip.

Even though the Fed has telegraphed its message of increasing rates in the future, Fed bond purchases have continued for the time being. The purchasing of these bonds helps to keep rates lower and create liquidity across markets.

Since June of 2020, the Fed has been buying $80 billion a month in Treasury bonds and $40 billion in MBS (Mortgage Backed Securities).

There is quite a lot happening this week. Consumer Confidence is set for release tomorrow. We will hear from Fed Chair Powell on Wednesday with the FOMC statement and the subsequent conference call. Advance GDP and Core PCE are on the table for later in the week.

All of the above happens during earnings week for the tech giants, namely Apple, Facebook, Google, Tesla, Amazon, and Microsoft.

What can we do on a week like this when the S&P 500 is at or near an all-time high?

Last week, we examined the divergence of the Dow Jones Transports and the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The Transports:

Figure 1 – Dow Jones Transportation Average March 8, 2021 – July 26, 2021, Daily Candles Source stockcharts.com

Transports have been weak, and today the index traded up to and touched the 78.6% Fibonacci retracement level from its July 1, 2021, high to its July 19, 2021 low. What is going on with the transports?

We can see lower highs and higher lows that have been occurring since May. Today is providing a nice bounce and intraday reversal so far.

As we can see, there is a downtrend in place in an otherwise sector uptrend dominant marketplace, let’s go with what is working here.

Looking for an ETF to take advantage of this downtrend is no easy task. Currently, I do not see a liquid way to take the inverse side of the transportation, so we will examine a short position in IYT.

Figure 2 – iShares Transportation Average ETF March 18, 2021 – July 26, 2021, Daily Candles Source stockcharts.com

We see IYT doing its job rather well, seeking to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. equities in the transportation sector.

Considering this downtrend could be a way to gain some alternative exposure in today’s market.

We are in a big earnings and economic data release week. There could be volatility in either direction in the major indices.

Since I am cautious on the indices in the current landscape per previous Stock Trading Alert publications, a trade in the transports could be a way to take advantage of an existing countertrend, while the major market indices have been trading at highs.

Now, for our premium subscribers, let’s look to pinpoint potential entry levels in IYT, and recap the other markets that we are covering. Not a Premium subscriber yet? Go Premium and receive my Stock Trading Alerts that include the full analysis and key price levels.

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Alphabet Could Scale to Fresh Record High on Upbeat Q2 Earnings; Target Price $3,000

The parent of Google and the world’s largest search engine that dominates internet search activity globally, Alphabet, is expected to report its second-quarter earnings of $19.33 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of about 90% from $10.13 per share seen in the same quarter a year ago.

The Mountain View, California-based internet giant would post revenue growth of more than 45% to around $56.16 billion. It is worth noting that the company, on average, has delivered an earnings surprise of over 43% in the last four quarters.

Alphabet’s better-than-expected results, which will be announced on Tuesday, July 27, would help the stock hit new all-time highs. Alphabet shares surged more than 50% so far this year. On Friday, the stock closed at a fresh record high at $2,660.30, up 3.57%.

Analyst Comments

Alphabet dominates the online search market with Google’s global share above 80%, via which it generates strong revenue growth and cash flow. We expect continuing growth in the firm’s cash flow, as we remain confident that Google will maintain its leadership in the search market. We foresee YouTube contributing more to the firm’s top and bottom lines, and we view investments of some of that cash in moonshots as attractive. Whether they will generate positive returns remains to be seen, but they do present significant upside,” noted Ali Mogharabi, Senior Equity Analyst at Morningstar.

“Our fair value estimate is $2,925 per share, equivalent to a 2021 enterprise value/EBITDA ratio of 21. We expect revenue growth to accelerate in 2021 as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, helped by greater revenue contribution from YouTube and cloud and the acquisition of Fitbit. While new offerings will pressure gross margin, we look for operating leverage improvement during the next five years. Our model represents a five-year compound annual growth rate of nearly 19% for total revenue and a five-year average operating margin of 26%.”

Alphabet Stock Price Forecast

Eleven analysts who offered stock ratings for Alphabet in the last three months forecast the average price in 12 months of $2,743.00 with a high forecast of $2,900.00 and a low forecast of $2,510.00. The average price target represents a -0.48% change from the last price of $2,756.32. All of those 11 analysts rated “Buy”, none rated “Hold” or “Sell”, according to Tipranks.

Morgan Stanley gave the stock price forecast of $2,575 with a high of $3,060 under a bull scenario and $1,800 under the worst-case scenario. The firm gave an “Overweight” rating on the internet giant’s stock.

Google Websites growth is likely to rebound in ’21 as we believe there are several underappreciated products driven by mobile search, strong YouTube contribution, and continued innovation, such as Maps monetization. Continued expense discipline leads to operating leverage and upward revisions on EPS estimates,” noted Brian Nowak, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

Several other analysts have also updated their stock outlook. Alphabet had its price objective hoisted by stock analysts at Credit Suisse to $3,350 from $2,755. The brokerage currently has an “outperform” rating on the information services provider’s stock.

Barclays boosted their target price to $3,000 from $2,500 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating. Susquehanna Bancshares lifted their price target to $3,100 from $3,000 and gave the stock a “positive” rating.

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E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index (NQ) Futures Technical Analysis – Has to Hold 15098.00 or Could Pull Back to 14781.00

September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index futures finished at a record close on Friday as investors continued to pour into tech-related stocks because of expectations the low interest rate environment will continue as the inflation surge seems more and more transitory like the Fed has been telling us for months. To put it another way, tech investors aren’t worried about central bank policy makers suddenly turning hawkish.

On Friday, September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index futures settled at 15098.00, up 169.50 or 1.12%.

Setting the tone early in the session were shares of social media firms Twitter Inc and Snap Inc.

Twitter on Thursday reported higher revenue growth than Wall Street had expected, as the social media platform rolled out ad targeting improvements to help brands reach potential customers. Shares of Twitter rose 3.0%.

Snap Inc reported quarterly revenue growth of 116% on Thursday. Its shares jumped 23.8%.

Other high-profile earnings expected this week include Tesla Inc, Apple Inc, Alphabet Inc, Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com.

Daily September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index

Daily Swing Chart Technical Analysis

The main trend is up according to the daily swing chart. A trade through 15117.25 will reaffirm the uptrend. The main trend will change to down on a trade through 14445.00.

The minor range is 14445.00 to 15117.25. Its 50% level at 14781.00 is the first support. This is followed by a pair of 50% levels at 14537.75 and 14464.00. Since the main trend is up, all of these levels are potential support. Keep in mind that they will move up as the market moves higher.

Daily Swing Chart Technical Forecast

The direction of the September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index early Monday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to 15098.00.

Bullish Scenario

A sustained move over 15098 will indicate the presence of buyers. Taking out 15117.25 will indicate the buying is getting stronger. This could fuel an acceleration to the upside since there is no resistance at an all-time high.

Bearish Scenario

A sustained move under 15098 will signal the presence of sellers. If this move creates enough downside momentum then look for the selling pressure to possibly reach 14781.00. Since the main trend is up, look for buyers on the first test of this level.

If 14781.00 fails as support then look for the selling to possibly extend into a pair of 50% levels at 14537.75 and 14464.00. These are the last two potential support levels before the 14445.00 main bottom.

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Monstrous Earnings Week Ahead: Tesla, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and Amazon in Focus

Earnings Calendar For The Week Of July 26

Monday (July 26)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: TESLA, LOCKHEED MARTIN

TESLA: The California-based electric vehicle and clean energy company is expected to report its second-quarter earnings of $0.94 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of over 113% from $0.44 per share seen in the same quarter a year ago.

The high-performance electric vehicle manufacturer would post revenue growth of about 90% to around $11.4 billion. The electric vehicle producer has beaten earnings three times in the last four quarters.

“A double-fly-wheel. We believe Tesla can leverage its cost leadership in EVs to aggressively expand its user base, over time generating a higher % of revenue from recurring/high-margin services revenue. Services drives the upside. We forecast Tesla’s network services EBITDA as a % of total TSLA EBITDA to reach 11% by 2025, ~18% by 2030 and ~35% by 2040. Tesla Service revenue includes automated driving, infotainment, upgrades, supercharging, maintenance, telematics, etc,” noted Adam Jonas, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

“Valuation supportive vs. tech. Including Network Services, Energy & Insurance to our core auto fcst, at $900 Tesla trades at ~29x EV/EBITDA in 2025 and ~6x 2025 sales. Expensive vs. auto but not vs. software/tech comps.”

LOCKHEED MARTIN: The Bethesda, Maryland-based global security and aerospace company is expected to report its second-quarter earnings of $6.53 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of about 13% from $5.79 per share seen in the same quarter a year ago.

The world’s largest defense contractor would post revenue growth of over 4% to around $16.9 billion. It is worth noting that the aerospace company has beaten earnings in all last eight quarters.

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Ticker Company EPS Forecast
PSON Pearson £8.40
LMT Lockheed Martin $6.53
PHG Koninklijke Philips $0.47
CHKP Check Point Software Technologies $1.56
LII Lennox International $4.39
RPM RPM International $1.26
BOH Bank of Hawaii $1.31
DORM Dorman Products $1.04
TSLA Tesla $0.94
KOF Coca Cola Femsa Sab De Cv $14.53
ARE Alexandria Real Estate Equities $0.62
AMP Ameriprise Financial $5.20
SUI Sun Communities $0.57
BRO Brown & Brown $0.40
UHS Universal Health Services $2.69
PKG Packaging Of America $1.77
FFIV F5 Networks $2.46
AGNC American Capital Agency $0.65
ACC American Campus Communities -$0.07
AMKR Amkor Technology $0.45
CR Crane $1.39
ADC Agree Realty $0.47
SSD Simpson Manufacturing $1.61
AXTA Axalta Coating Systems $0.46
TNET TriNet $0.81
HXL Hexcel $0.01
RRC Range Resources $0.25
PCH Potlatch $2.55
JJSF J&J Snack Foods $0.76
IBTX Independent Bank $1.31
CATY Cathay General Bancorp $0.83
AIN Albany International $0.73
CALX Calix $0.27
IBA Industrias Bachoco Sab De Cv $1.22
ARI Apollo Commercial Real Est Finance $0.36
PPERY PT Bank Mandiri Persero TBK $0.18
CDNS Cadence Design Systems $0.76
OTIS Otis Worldwide Corp $0.72
RYAAY Ryanair -$1.46
HAS Hasbro $0.48
WWD Woodward $0.98
ACKAY Arcelik ADR $0.46
GT Goodyear Tire & Rubber $0.16
TTM Tata Motors -$0.31
CBU Community Bank System $0.80
SANM Sanmina $0.91
BDN Brandywine Realty $0.01
FRME First Merchants $0.91

Tuesday (July 27)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: GOOGLE (ALPHABET), MICROSOFT, APPLE

GOOGLE (ALPHABET): The parent of Google and the world’s largest search engine that dominates internet search activity globally is expected to report its second-quarter earnings of $19.33 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of about 90% from $10.13 per share seen in the same quarter a year ago.

The Mountain View, California-based internet giant would post revenue growth of more than 45% to around $56.16 billion. It is worth noting that the company, on average, has delivered an earnings surprise of over 43% in the last four quarters.

Alphabet’s better-than-expected results, which will be announced on Tuesday, July 27, would help the stock hit new all-time highs. Alphabet shares surged more than 50% so far this year. On Friday, the stock closed at a fresh record high at $2,660.30, up 3.57%.

MICROSOFT: The Redmond, Washington-based global technology giant would report its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $1.91 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of over 30% from $1.46 per share seen in the same quarter a year ago. The world’s largest software maker would post revenue growth of over 15% to around $44.1 billion, up from the $38.03 billion a year earlier.

“Channel work and our CIO survey point to building momentum across the Cloud, Hybrid and On-premise portfolio, which should power a solid Q4. While investors seek reassurances margin expansion continues into FY22, our model suggests durable high-teens EPS growth and upside in the shares,” noted Keith Weiss, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

Microsoft’s better-than-expected results, which will be announced on Tuesday, July 27, would help the stock hit new all-time highs. Microsoft shares have surged more than 30% so far this year.

APPLE: The consumer electronics giant would post its fiscal third-quarter earnings of $1.01 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of over 55% from $0.65 per share seen in the same quarter a year ago.

The iPhone manufacturer would post revenue growth of over 20% to around $73.3 billion up from $59.69 billion a year earlier. It is worth noting that the company has beaten earnings in all last eight quarters.

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR EARNINGS CALENDAR FOR THE FULL RELEASES FOR THE JULY 27

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
SIRI Sirius XM $0.07
IEX IDEX $1.62
PCAR PACCAR $1.40
MMM 3M $2.29
MSCI Msci $2.31
ENPH Enphase Energy $0.42
LSXMK Liberty Media SiriusXM C $0.36
LSXMA Liberty Media SiriusXM A $0.48
CVLT Commvault Systems $0.52
LOGI Logitech Internationalusa $0.90
MXIM Maxim Integrated Products $0.85
ST Sensata Technologies $0.88
CNC Centene $1.22
UPS United Parcel Service $2.79
TRU TransUnion $0.91
SHW Sherwin-Williams $2.67
IVZ Invesco $0.70
FELE Franklin Electric $0.80
LW Lamb Weston Holdings Inc $0.42
IQV IQVIA Holdings Inc $2.07
RTX Raytheon Technologies Corp $0.93
ENTG Entegris $0.79
LECO Lincoln Electric $1.48
FISV Fiserv $1.28
DTE DTE Energy $1.36
GE General Electric $0.03
ROK Rockwell Automation $2.09
WM Waste Management $1.19
SWK Stanley Black & Decker $2.88
ADM Archer-Daniels Midland $1.02
HUBB Hubbell $2.16
PNR Pentair Ordinary Share $0.79
BSX Boston Scientific $0.37
ECL Ecolab $1.21
PPBI Pacific Premier Bancorp $0.71
GPK Graphic Packaging $0.28
PHM PulteGroup $1.73
AWI Armstrong World Industries $1.05
RGEN Repligen $0.52
SFNC Simmons First National $0.52
SSTK Shutterstock $0.68
ABG Asbury Automotive $4.60
MPWR Monolithic Power Systems $1.69
CHRW C.H. Robinson Worldwide $1.33
MANH Manhattan Associates $0.43
GOOG Alphabet $19.33
CB Chubb $3.00
AMD Advanced Micro Devices $0.54
PGRE Paramount Group -$0.05
SBUX Starbucks $0.77
CAKE Cheesecake Factory $0.72
EGP EastGroup Properties $0.67
AXS Axis Capital $1.42
WSBC WesBanco $0.75
HIW Highwoods Properties $0.33
STAG STAG Industrial $0.12
VIST Vista Oil Gas $0.15
NAVI Navient $0.85
EHC Encompass Health Corp $0.98
OMAB Grupo Aeroportuario Del Centro Nort $11.31
NOV National Oilwell Varco -$0.13
V Visa $1.34
GOOGL Alphabet $19.24
BXP Boston Properties $0.57
AAT American Assets $0.11
MSFT Microsoft $1.91
JNPR Juniper Networks $0.39
BYD Boyd Gaming $0.90
MASI Masimo $0.90
MTDR Matador Resources $0.75
CSGP CoStar $0.23
FIBK First Interstate BancSystem $0.72
OLN Olin $1.44
EQR Equity Residential $0.19
EXR Extra Space Storage $1.06
EPR EPR Properties $0.06
USNA USANA Health Sciences $1.72
THG Hanover $2.38
UMBF UMB Financial $1.75
CHE Chemed $4.29
SYK Stryker $2.13
MDLZ Mondelez International $0.65
MAT Mattel -$0.06
PFG Principal Financial $1.52
AAPL Apple $1.01
TER Teradyne $1.75
VIV Telefonica Brasil $0.13
ASH Ashland $1.31
GLW Corning $0.51
PII Polaris Industries $2.15
JBLU JetBlue Airways -$0.74
RDY Drreddys Laboratories $0.55
XRX Xerox $0.40
CIT CIT $0.86
SID Companhia Siderurgica Nacional $0.86
RNST Renasant $0.77

Wednesday (July 28)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: FACEBOOK

The world’s largest online social network is expected to report its second-quarter earnings of $3.04 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of about 70% from $1.80 per share seen in the same quarter a year ago. The Menlo Park, California-based social media conglomerate would post revenue growth of over 49% to around $28.0 billion.

“Monetization Potential: We are positive on FB’s monetization roll-out of Instagram as well as FB’s ability to continue to innovate and improve its monetization (Canvas Ads, Dynamic Ads, video). Combined with the high and growing engagement we see monetization upside going forward,” noted Brian Nowak, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

“Investing from Position of Strength to Drive Faster Long-Term Growth: We are modeling ~33% GAAP opex (excl. one-time items) growth in 2021, implying an incremental ~$18bn in opex. Our base case model implies opex per employee moderates in ’21 while FB hiring remains roughly flat on an absolute basis. We believe FB will grow EPS at a ~39% CAGR (2019-2022).”

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR EARNINGS CALENDAR FOR THE FULL RELEASES FOR THE JULY 28

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
PTC PTC $0.63
URI United Rentals $4.90
ENSG Ensign $0.88
ALKS ALKERMES $0.12
TYL Tyler Technologies $1.63
AMG Affiliated Managers $3.85
SF Stifel Financial $1.38
FIX Comfort Systems USA $0.91
MSA MSA Safety $1.04
CBD Companhia Brasileira De Distrib $0.04
ALGT Allegiant Travel $2.55
GD General Dynamics $2.55
HES Hess $0.11
PFE Pfizer $0.97
QCOM Qualcomm $1.68
HP Helmerich & Payne -$0.56
UMC United Microelectronics $0.14
BA Boeing -$0.81
EQIX Equinix $1.87
DB Deutsche Bank $0.33
RJF Raymond James Financial $2.27
SAN Banco Santander $0.13
HNP Huaneng Power International $0.86
LRCX Lam Research $7.59
APH Amphenol $0.55
EVR Evercore Partners $2.71
PPC Pilgrim’s Pride $0.52
R Ryder System $1.38
NSC Norfolk Southern $2.97
FORM FormFactor $0.33
SHOO Steven Madden $0.31
SCI Service International $0.67
ADP ADP $1.14
MNRO Monro Muffler Brake $0.52
SLAB Silicon Laboratories $0.93
BXMT Blackstone Mortgage $0.60
PAG Penske Automotive $2.76
ROL Rollins $0.18
BCS Barclays $0.54
CAJ Canon $0.33
XLNX Xilinx $0.78
HUM Humana $6.82
AVY Avery Dennison $2.05
NYCB New York Community Bancorp $0.30
SCL Stepan $1.84
GSK Glaxosmithkline $0.55
CME CME $1.61
TEVA Teva Pharmaceutical Industries $0.59
MCD McDonalds $2.11
BSBR Banco Santander Brasil $0.20
EXP Eagle Materials $2.07
DT Dynatrace Holdings $0.15
EEFT Euronet Worldwide $0.65
SPOT Spotify -$0.38
OC Owens Corning $2.14
FMX Fomento Economico Mexicano Sab $14.29
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb $1.89
VRTS Virtus Investment Partners $8.11
GRMN Garmin $1.26
SIX Swiss Exchange -$0.22
CCJ Cameco USA -$0.05
TDY Teledyne Technologies $2.70
IART Integra LifeSciences $0.66
GNRC Generac $2.30
MCO Moody’s $2.77
VRT Veritas Pharma $0.24
EPD Enterprise Products Partners $0.50
GIB CGI Group USA $1.08
TMO Thermo Fisher Scientific $5.47
TEL TE Connectivity $1.58
SLGN Silgan $0.83
PB Prosperity Bancshares $1.39
ODFL Old Dominion Freight Line $2.17
BG Bunge $1.62
LFUS Littelfuse $2.24
CNMD CONMED $0.62
CP Canadian Pacific Railway USA $1.00
AVB AvalonBay Communities $0.74
ALGN Align Technology $2.52
AM Antero Midstream Partners $0.19
CNO CNO Financial Group $0.54
CINF Cincinnati Financial $0.99
SSNC SS&C Technologies $1.14
MTH Meritage Homes $3.28
TTEK Tetra Tech $0.88
MKSI MKS Instruments $2.95
ROIC Retail Opportunity Investments $0.06
SIGI Selective $1.23
VAC Marriottacations Worldwide $0.89
PDM Piedmont Office Realty $0.05
IRBT Irobot $0.32
UDR UDR $0.01
EXAS Exact Sciences -$0.75
MOH Molina Healthcare $3.39
EQT EQT $0.04
MXL MaxLinear $0.50
IR Ingersoll Rand $0.42
AGI Alamos Gold $0.11
MAA Mid-America Apartment Communities $0.55
KGC Kinross Gold USA $0.13
ESRT Empire State Realty -$0.01
BSMX Santander Mexico Fincl Gp Sab Decv $0.17
CRUS Cirrus Logic $0.39
MUSA Murphy USA $3.21
RE Everest Re $8.58
VALE Vale $1.47
DRE Duke Realty $0.19
PYPL PayPal $1.12
NOW ServiceNow $1.21
CCS Century Communities $2.84
NLY Annaly Capital Management $0.27
TROX Tronox $0.52
XPO XPO Logistics $1.66
SAVE Spirit Airlines -$0.86
PAC Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacifico $1.14
CHX ChampionX Corp $0.10
NUVA NuVasive $0.44
FBHS Fortune Brands Home Security $1.39
NOVA Nova Mentis Life Science Corp -$0.24
FB Facebook $3.04
ACGL Arch Capital $0.84
CONE CyrusOne $0.04
AR Antero Resources $0.20
AEM Agnico Eagle Mines USA $0.59
RBC Regal Beloit Corporation $2.07
PEGA Pegasystems -$0.18
AFL Aflac $1.28
PKI PerkinElmer $2.44
CHDN Churchill Downs $2.51
PEB Pebblebrook Hotel -$0.65
CTSH Cognizant Technology Solutions $0.96
HOLX Hologic $1.12
KRC Kilroy Realty $0.29
ALSN Allison Transmission $0.93
F Ford Motor -$0.04
ASGN On Assignment $1.29
HIG Hartford Financial Services $1.34
ORLY O’Reilly Automotive $7.51
ISBC Investors Bancorp $0.31

Thursday (July 29)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: AMAZON.COM

The eCommerce leader for physical and digital merchandise is expected to report its second-quarter earnings of $12.24 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of about 19% from $10.3 per share seen in the same quarter a year ago.

The Seattle, Washington-based multinational technology giant would post revenue growth of about 29% to around $115 billion. The company has beaten earnings per share (EPS) estimates at all times in the last four quarters.

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR EARNINGS CALENDAR FOR THE FULL RELEASES FOR THE JULY 29

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
RLGY Realogy $1.08
VSTO Vista Outdoor $0.90
AGCO AGCO $2.20
PCG PG&E $0.28
MATX Matson $2.96
PRFT Perficient $0.79
NATI National Instruments $0.05
GPI Group 1 Automotive $7.59
CFX Colfax $0.53
CMS CMS Energy Corporation $0.46
LYG Lloyds Banking $0.14
MHK Mohawk Industries $3.59
EBS Emergent BioSolutions $1.41
TXT Textron $0.65
AUOTY AU Optronics $0.56
CMCSA Comcast $0.66
VLO Valero Energy $0.17
CG Carlyle $0.60
ABEV Ambev $0.02
NLSN Nielsen $0.36
MTD Mettler Toledo International $7.62
ADS Alliance Data Systems $3.68
FTNT Fortinet $0.88
FTV Fortive Corp $0.60
ASX Advanced Semiconductor Engineering $0.16
LKQ LKQ $0.75
ERJ Embraer -$0.26
TFX Teleflex $2.87
CARR Carrier Global Corp $0.55
CX Cemex Sab De Cv $0.16
ORAN Orange $0.18
CVE Cenovus Energy USA $0.26
MT Arcelormittal $2.52
MA Mastercard $1.74
KBR KBR $0.50
HOCPY Hoya Corp $0.85
YUM Yum Brands $0.96
EIX Edison International $1.02
EME EMCOR $1.58
AGIO Agios Pharmaceuticals -$1.35
KPELY Keppel Corporation $0.18
BUD Anheuser-Busch $0.87
CS Credit Suisse $0.22
DANOY Danone PK $0.45
SNY Sanofi $0.77
AZN Astrazeneca $0.45
TEF Telefonica $0.14
STM Stmicroelectronics $0.37
GRFS Grifolsbarcelona $0.26
THRM Gentherm $0.65
WWW Wolverine World Wide $0.49
CNX Consol Energy $0.24
CBRE CBRE Group Inc $0.77
TAP Molson Coors Brewing $1.35
VC Visteon $0.05
KEX Kirby $0.14
TREE LendingTree -$0.63
SAH Sonic Automotive $1.38
HSY Hershey $1.42
AMT American Tower $1.27
TW Towers Watson $0.39
OSK Oshkosh $2.25
MAS Masco $1.04
MO Altria $1.18
TROW T. Rowe Price $3.19
CTXS Citrix Systems $1.22
SPGI S&P Global Inc $3.26
BAX Baxter International $0.75
ICE Intercontinental Exchange $1.16
SO Southern Co. $0.79
NTCT Netscout Systems $0.18
GOL Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes -$0.91
CFR Cullen/Frost Bankers $1.56
CWT California Water Service $0.41
FSS Federal Signal $0.45
AER AerCap $1.37
COLB Columbia Banking System $0.66
COR CoreSite Realty $0.45
WEX WEX $1.95
TMHC Taylor Morrison Home $0.96
XEL Xcel Energy $0.56
FLEX Flextronics International $0.38
SAIA Saia $2.05
OSTK Overstock $0.67
IDA IdaCorp $1.21
FCN FTI Consulting $1.52
LAWS Lawson Products $0.60
WST West Pharmaceutical Services $1.74
MLM Martin Marietta Materials $3.85
MTSI MACOM Technology Solutions $0.53
LH Laboratory Of America $5.62
EXLS ExlService $1.01
BSAC Banco Santander Chile $0.50
AOS A.O. Smith $0.65
TPX Tempur Sealy International $0.56
HBAN Huntington Bancshares $0.32
WAB Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies $0.96
NOC Northrop Grumman $5.83
MMP Magellan Midstream Partners $1.02
HLT Hilton Worldwide $0.39
KDP Keurig Dr Pepper $0.37
OMCL Omnicell $0.82
BC Brunswick $2.14
MRK Merck & Co $1.40
TRP Transcanada USA $0.77
KIM Kimco Realty $0.12
IP International Paper $1.06
MDC MDC $1.99
PRLB Proto Labs $0.44
SGEN Seattle Genetics -$0.61
CPT Camden Property $0.34
SIMO Silicon Motion Technology $1.25
CUBE CubeSmart $0.21
DLB Dolby Laboratories $0.28
BIO Bio-Rad Laboratories $2.66
CC Chemours Co $0.94
ZEN Zendesk $0.16
FWRD Forward Air $0.97
AJG Arthur J. Gallagher $1.08
SPSC SPS Commerce $0.40
ROG Rogers $1.89
ERIE Erie Indemnity $1.51
CUZ Cousins Properties $0.20
WELL Welltower Inc $0.15
PTCT PTC Therapeutics -$1.81
AUY Yamana Gold USA $0.06
LPLA LPL Financial $1.67
WWE World Wrestling Entertainment $0.25
WRE Washington Real Estate Investment -$0.04
TXRH Texas Roadhouse $0.98
ATR AptarGroup $0.97
GLPI Gaming And Leisure Properties $0.57
OFC Orate Office Properties $0.14
RSG Republic Services $0.95
TEX Terex $0.60
X United States Steel $3.08
LBTYA Liberty Global Class A Ordinary Shares $0.46
KLAC KLA-Tencor $3.99
SWKS Skyworks Solutions $2.14
DXCM Dexcom $0.44
HUBG HUB $0.70
VCYT Veracyte -$0.25
POWI Power Integrations $0.75
LGND Ligand Pharmaceuticals $1.38
FHI Federated Hermes Inc $0.66
FSLR First Solar $0.55
CWST Casella Waste Systems $0.24
DLR Digital Realty $0.24
MTX Minerals Technologies $1.25
VRTX Vertex Pharmaceuticals $2.37
PFPT Proofpoint $0.49
ESS Essex Property $0.88
GILD Gilead Sciences $1.73
WERN Werner $0.87
MMSI Merit Medical Systems $0.45
LBTYK LIBERTY GLOBAL $0.46
AMZN Amazon $12.24
QGEN Qiagen $0.65
EW Edwards Lifesciences $0.55
NRZ New Residential Investment $0.31
MSTR Microstrategy $0.81
SM SM Energy -$0.26
SWN Southwestern Energy $0.21
TMUS T-Mobile Us $0.51
DECK Deckers Outdoor -$0.15
CORT Corcept Therapeutics $0.17
TWOU 2U -$0.16
SBH Sally Beauty $0.62
MPW Medical Properties $0.29
CACC Credit Acceptance $10.36
SJW SJW $0.64
SHEN Shenandoah Telecommunications $0.86
ES Eversource Energy $0.80
KMPR Kemper $1.33
WRI Weingarten Realty Investors $0.10
OPK Opko Health $0.02
SU Suncor Energy USA $0.39
APELY Alps Electric $0.11
ACI AltaGas Canada $0.69
EXPO Exponent $0.42

Friday (July 30)

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
KMTUY Komatsu $0.40
VFC VF $0.11
ABR Arbor Realty $0.42
PEXNY PTT Exploration & Production $0.16
LAZ Lazard $0.89
HRC Hill-Rom $1.35
XOM Exxon Mobil $1.00
COG Cabot Oil Gas $0.29
MFG Mizuho Financial $0.08
GCTAY Siemens Gamesa ADR $0.02
TU Telus USA $0.21
JCI Johnson Controls $0.83
CL Colgate-Palmolive $0.80
BAH Booz Allen Hamilton $0.97
TOTDY Toto $0.25
ASEKY Aisin Seiki Co $1.13
BBVA Banco Bilbaoizcaya Argentaria $0.06
E ENI $0.33
FMS Fresenius Medical Care $0.48
SMFG Sumitomo Mitsui Financial $0.21
SBGSY Schneider Electric SA $0.63
PG Procter & Gamble $1.09
CHD Church Dwight $0.70
ALNPY ANA Holdings ADR -$0.20
CVX Chevron $1.58
BNPQY BNP Paribas ADR $1.07
NMR Nomura $0.17
CHT Chunghwa Telecom $0.34
HUN Huntsman $0.81
LIN Linde PLC $2.55
AON AON $1.85
PNM PNM Resources $0.46
CAT Caterpillar $2.41
CPRI Capri Holdings Ltd $0.79
BLMN Bloomin’ Brands $0.66
CHTR Charter Communications $4.79
DAN Dana $0.50
ITW Illinois Tool Works $2.09
GWW Grainger $4.59
CERN Cerner $0.76
NWL Newell Brands Inc $0.45
POR Portland General Electric $0.37
ENB Enbridge USA $0.45
LYB LyondellBasell Industries $5.30
ABBV AbbVie $3.08
SHLX Shell Midstream Partners $0.35
WPC W. P. Carey $0.56
AVNT Avient Corp $0.81
WY Weyerhaeuser $1.37
IDXX Idexx Laboratories $2.02
BCPC Balchem $0.82
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