Stocks closed the week with a bang, but that’s nothing compared to what’s in store next week. Between dozens of companies reporting their Q2 results, and Ben Bernanke speaking before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday, I am looking for a spike in volatility that may last all week long. Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (chart) closed up 203.82 points, the Nasdaq (chart) +42.28, the S&P 500 (chart) +22.02 and the Russell 2000 (chart) +11.37. With all that’s in store next week, I am also looking at the technicals to see if these key indices can breakout of their respective trading zones. What was impressive to me yesterday is that all four indices either held, or moved and closed above their 50-day moving averages.
With earnings reporting season kicking into high gear, I would expect that this will be the catalyst to whether the markets breakout or breakdown. On Monday all eyes will be on Citigroup (NYSE: C), followed by reports out of Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), Intel (NasdaqGS: INTC) and Yahoo (NasdaqGS: YHOO) on Tuesday. Wednesday we will hear from Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), American Express (NYSE: AXP) and eBay (NasdaqGS: EBAY), just to name a few. Closing out the week, Q2 earnings reports will be issued from Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), Phillip Morris (NYSE: PM), Google (NasdaqGS: GOOG), Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT) and General Electric (NYSE: GE).
So as you can see, next week should indeed be a doozy! Good luck to all and happy trading 🙂