Earnings reporting season is in high gear and the markets are not liking what they are seeing. For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (chart) fell 1.77%, the Nasdaq (chart) -0.59%, the S&P 500 (chart) -1.99% and the small-cap Russell 2000 index (chart) declined 2.89%.
For the most part, corporate America continues to show a slowdown in their businesses and companies are also providing tepid outlooks in the near term citing the uncertainty of the pending fiscal cliff, and the expiration of the Bush era tax cuts. Even tech-titan Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) guided with an outlook that caught the street off guard. Despite the disappointing earnings reporting season so far, the key indices have managed to remain above their respective 200-day moving averages. The 200-day is one of the most closely watched key technical support indicator that market technicians and institutional investors respect.
Next week, Q3 results will continue to pour in so I expect that the 200-day will once again be tested. If this is the case, and this key technical level can hold, we just may make a run into the end of the year? Good luck to all.
Have a great weekend 🙂