|Bid||268.230 x 600|
|Ask||268.240 x 1000|
|Day's Range||267.720 - 269.880|
|52 Week Range||233.780 - 286.580|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.09%|
In the previous part of this series, we saw that Morgan Stanley (MS) believes the bull market might end soon and the earnings growth of the S&P 500 Index (SPY) is gradually reaching its peak. Tax reform played an important role in market movement. Although many market participants expect a higher infrastructure spending bill and defense spending to boost the equity markets, Morgan Stanley believes the boost could be short-term.
T-Mobile (TMUS), the third-largest wireless carrier in the United States (SPY), continues to provoke the wireless industry with innovative service plans and added subscriber benefits every few months rather than just competing on price.
The US has imposed tariffs on several products this year. In January, President Trump slapped tariffs on washing machines and solar panel imports. In another major move, we saw tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum imports.
After regaining strength last week, the S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note and gained in the first two trading days. Carrying forward the strength, the S&P 500 opened higher on April 18 and closed the day at four-week high price levels. Five out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed higher on Wednesday. Strength in the energy and industrials sectors pushed the market higher. On the other hand, weakness in the consumer staples and telecom services sectors limited the market gains.
The stock price of consumer electronics retailer Best Buy (BBY) rose 3.6% on April 18 following news of a partnership with Amazon (AMZN) to sell televisions that have Amazon’s Fire TV system built in. Beginning this summer, Best Buy plans to launch over ten 4K and HD Fire TV Edition models from Toshiba and Best Buy’s in-house brand Insignia. Through this partnership, Best Buy will become the exclusive retailer to sell Fire TV edition smart TVs.
This week, investors were preoccupied with Russia, as the country’s equities fell dramatically after the relations with countries in the West, including the U.S., deteriorated. First in the list, however, is Barclays Capital, as the asset management arm of the British bank said it would shut down a host of exchange-traded notes (ETNs). Russia is second in the list followed by crude oil, which has been on a tear lately thanks to dropping stockpiles in the U.S. Leveraged ETFs and biotechnology stocks close the list. Check our previous trends edition at Trending: Soybean Prices Whipsaw on Trade War Fears.
Juniper Networks’ (JNPR) revenue fell 11% YoY (year-over-year) in 4Q17, primarily due to weakness in the company’s routing business and cloud vertical. Juniper has attributed this weakness to a shift to scale-out from scale-up architecture among cloud customers. Lower demand from cloud customers has meant that Juniper stock has fallen ~11% since October 2017, when the company announced its preliminary 3Q17 results, which were lower than analyst estimates.
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Nokia (NOK) has returned 7.5% in the last 12 months, -2.1% in the last month, and 3.7% in the last five days. Nokia stock fell 28% in 2016 and was flat in 2017. Since the start of 2018, it’s risen over 20%. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) and the PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 ETF (QQQ) have generated returns of 0.2% and 4.4%, respectively, since January 2018. Analysts’ recommendations and price targets
Equity markets, which have rallied since President Donald Trump’s election, have come under pressure this year. By slashing the corporate tax rate, President Trump provided a one-time boost to US corporations’ bottom-line results. Looking at the equity markets, stocks can rise either with an increase in earnings or with a valuation multiple expansion.
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In the world of finance, geopolitical risk is among the various risks that equity investors face. After imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that targeted several countries, President Donald Trump discussed almost $150.0 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods. China has vowed retaliation and has already imposed tariffs on $3.0 billion of US goods. China has also readied its list of products—totaling almost $50.0 billion—related to potential retaliation if it is hit with US tariffs.
Geopolitical tensions, trade war fears, rate hikes, and market volatility have left investors restless. Geopolitical issues started when President Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The issues increased due to a potential trade war between the United States and China. Next, President Trump targeted Russia. Sanctions have been imposed on several Russian entities, including aluminum giant RUSAL. Missile attacks on Syria further escalated geopolitical tensions.
How Will March Inflation and Retail Sales Data Affect Markets? According to data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US consumer price index, or the inflation index, fell 0.1% in March 2018 as compared to a 0.2% rise in February 2018. This inflation figure didn’t meet the market expectation of a 0.1% rise.
In the week ending April 6, 2018, US crude oil inventories rose by 3.3 MMbbls (million barrels) to ~428.6 MMbbls. The market expected a fall of 0.6 MMbbls in the EIA’s data on April 11, 2018. On the same day, US crude oil May futures rose 2%. Rising geopolitical tensions in the Middle East pushed oil prices higher despite the bearish inventory data.
On April 16, 2018, US crude oil May futures fell 1.7% from the highest closing level for US crude oil active futures in more than three years. On April 13, 2018, US crude oil May futures settled at $67.39 per barrel. On April 16, US crude oil May futures settled at $66.22 per barrel.
The mixed market sentiment and optimism about earnings season helped the S&P 500 regain strength last week. With the improved sentiment, the S&P 500 started this week on a stable note by closing higher on Monday. All 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed higher on April 16.
As of April 16, 2018, McDonald’s (MCD) was trading at $161.63, a fall of 0.1% from the previous day’s close. The downgrade from Stephens appears to have led the stock to fall to as low as $160.83. However, the stock recovered due to strength in the broader equity market due to the easing of Syria-related tensions. On April 16, the S&P 500 Index (SPY) and the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLY) rose 0.8% and 0.75%, respectively.
The Alerian MLP Index (^AMZ), which includes 50 energy MLPs, recovered slightly last week from its 2018 lows with week-over-week gains of 3.5%. AMZ was supported by strong gains in crude oil prices and a general recovery in US markets after the trade war tensions eased. MLPs had a strong start last week. However, the gains were slightly offset by declines on Thursday and Friday.
In the previous part of this series, we considered Chevron’s (CVX) segmental outlook for 1Q18. Now, we’ll examine Chevron’s stock performance before its 1Q18 results. Chevron stock has fallen 6.5% since January 2. Oil prices as well as markets impact integrated energy stocks like Chevron, so let’s have a look at their performance in 2018.
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