As Halloween fast approaches is this also a spooky time for stocks? Without question volatility has picked back up which to me is no surprise at all. Factor in all of the headlines out of Europe, earnings reporting season here at home and last but not least, the daily Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump show. It’s no wonder stocks are bouncing around all over the place. For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (chart) closed lower by one half of one percent, the Nasdaq (chart) closed off by 1.5%, the S&P 500 (chart) -1.0% and the small-cap Russell 2000 (chart) lead the pack and finished the week lower by 2%. With all of the headlines and headwinds for that matter, I still remain quite impressed by the resiliency of stocks despite facing a multitude of uncertainties.
This upcoming week should also be a doozy as earnings reporting season kicks into high gear. Starting off the week, Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) will release their quarterly results followed by International Business Machine (NYSE: IBM), Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), Intel Corp (NasdaqGS: INTC), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), American Express (NYSE: AXP), Ebay (NasdaqGS: EBAY), Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), American Airlines (NasdaqGS: AAL), Microsoft Corp (NasdaqGS: MSFT), Paypal Holdings (NasdaqGS: PYPL), Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), General Electric (NYSE: GE), Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and McDonald’s Corp just to name a few. Expectations for this earnings reporting season is subdued and any upside surprise could bode well for sentiment during these volatile times.
Let’s take a quick look at the technical shape of the aforementioned indices and all but the small-cap Russell 2000 appear to be finding support either at their 50-day or 20-day moving averages. The small-cap Russell 2000 (chart) does appear to be breaking down at an accelerated rate however, it does appear that the 1200 level of the Russell 2000 should be met with a bit of support.
Both Paula and I wish everyone a very safe and Happy Halloween and good luck to all. 🙂