Volatile start to November…

The markets kicked off the month of November on Thursday with a 1% gain only to give it back the very next day. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (chart) finished the shortened trading week essentially flat -0.11%, the Nasdaq (chart) -0.19%, the S&P 500 (chart) -0.16% and the small-cap Russell 2000 (chart) -0.14%. Without question the jittery start to November can be attributed to the upcoming election on Tuesday and the mixed signals from corporate America as companies continue to report their Q3 results.

Despite the increase in volatility, economic reports out this past week from consumer confidence to manufacturing showed signs of improvement. Even the labor market showed an increase in the number of new hires in the month of October. That said, it’s certainly easy for these metrics to be overlooked considering what’s in store next week. Once the Presidential and Congressional elections are over, I think all market participants can once again focus on the fundamentals of the economy, corporate America and the direction the country will go into with the newly elected officials in place.

Let’s not forget about Q3 earnings reporting season which will continue next week with reports coming out of the likes of Humana (NYSE: HUM), News Corp. (NasdaqGS: NWSA), Qualcomm (NasdaqGS: QCOM) and Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS) just to name a few. Good luck to all.

Have a great weekend 🙂