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Earnings Season Heats Up: Tech and More Take Center Stage
January 22, 2024
The financial world is buzzing with anticipation as earnings season ramps up. This week is looking to be quite the tell-all, with a lineup of big names across the board ready to dish out their quarterly reports. We’re not just talking about a couple of industries here—expect to hear from the heavy hitters in tech, defense, telecoms, finance, consumer goods, healthcare, travel, real estate, and industry. This diverse mix promises to paint a detailed picture of how the economy’s really doing.
Big Week for Tech and Chip Makers
Tech aficionados, get ready—this week’s a big one. Tesla and Netflix, both part of the illustrious ‘Magnificent 7,’ are gearing up to share their numbers. And for those keeping tabs on the chip world, ASML and Intel are on deck, too. Whatever they report is bound to give us some juicy insights into the tech we love and the markets these giants stride in.
A Sector Smorgasbord
But let’s not get stuck on tech. There’s a whole platter of sectors about to serve up some earnings. Defense is bringing out Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies, while telecom is rolling out AT&T and Verizon. Over in finance, Visa and American Express are prepping their figures, and Procter & Gamble are representing consumer goods. Health care’s check-up comes courtesy of Johnson & Johnson, and the travel industry’s fortunes will fly in with news from American Airlines and United Airlines. For a taste of the housing market, D.R. Horton’s the name to watch. And don’t forget the industrial giants—3M, Caterpillar, and General Electric—are set to update us on their dealings.
Hopeful Horizons for S&P 500 Firms
Zooming out to the broader scene, it looks like S&P 500 companies are on track to strut a 4.4% year-over-year earnings growth for the last quarter, according to LSEG. This has vibes of optimism all over it, especially with the S&P 500 recently nabbing a new high score. Things like strong spending, AI boosting company value, low unemployment, interest rates taking a chill pill, and American consumers remaining calm amidst international disputes are keeping the cheer alive.
Reading Between the Earnings Lines
Now, diving into what earnings reports are really saying, analyst Andrew Prochnow reckons that as long as companies’ earnings keep hitting the mark in 2024, we could see the market keep on climbing—or at least hold steady. But Prochnow does flag up a caution—if the earnings guidance gets shaky, so could the market. Remember, though, instant market reactions to earnings surprises might not spill all the beans. Investors might be wiser to really dig into those detailed financial statements and tune into what’s being said on those earnings calls.
Macro Matters and Rate Rumblings
Over in macroeconomic territory, all eyes are on the central bank honchos, especially with the Fed hushing up before its next meeting at the end of the month. And we’ve got some economic heavyweights stepping onto the scales this week. Q4’s GDP growth is expected to show a cool 2.0% upswing, taking a bit of a dip from the previous quarter’s 4.9%. Then, to cap the week, we’ll get a peek at the core PCE price index on Friday. As the Fed’s go-to gauge for inflation, it’s bound to stir some chatter about where interest rates might be heading.