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|Day's Range||265.61 - 269.05|
|52 Week Range||234.56 - 286.58|
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Procter & Gamble (PG) reported weak sales and earnings growth in fiscal 3Q18 (period ended March 31, 2018) on April 19, 2018. The company’s stock fell 4.2% after the release and closed at $74.95. Procter & Gamble’s soft organic sales and tepid margin performance sent the stocks of other major CPG (consumer packaged goods) companies down as investors fear that price competition, business reinvestment needs, and inflation in commodities and transportation costs are likely to dent the financials of these companies.
Larry Fink, the legendary investor and chair of BlackRock (BLK), said that investors should stay invested in the equity market rather than trying to time the market.
Between April 12 and April 19, 2018, US equity indexes’ correlations with US crude oil June futures were as follows: the S&P 500 Index (SPY) at -23.9% the S&P Mid-Cap 400 Index (IVOO) at -25.5% the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (DIA) at -45.7%
Between April 12 and April 19, 2018, energy subsector ETFs’ correlations with US crude oil June futures were as follows: the VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF (OIH): 91.4% the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP): 79.6% the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE): 49.6% the Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP): -59.3%
Bolstered by a surge in global crude prices, oil and gas companies have taken over as the U.S. stock market's priciest segment. As The Wall Street Journal’s Morning MoneyBeat newsletter noted on Friday, energy stocks have surged lately alongside rising crude prices. Energy companies, whose share prices were depressed by a multi-year slide in oil prices, are now among the market’s best performers as investors anticipate higher oil prices will bolster their revenue and profits.
Following a strong performance last week, the S&P 500 started this week with strong sentiment and advanced in the first three trading days. However, the S&P 500 opened lower on April 19 and declined as the day progressed. Nine out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors declined on Thursday. Weakness in the consumer staples, real estate, and IT sectors weighed on the market. Strength in the financials sector limited the market losses.
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.
Discover which mutual funds own the largest positions in General Motors, and learn about the investment style and strategy of each of those funds.
Previously, we looked at Phillips 66’s (PSX) 1Q18 estimates. In this part, we’ll evaluate PSX’s stock performance before it posts its results, which expected to be released on April 27, 2018.
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.
Regardless of where you are in life, it's always important to step back and plan what you want to do with your time and your money.
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.