In this week’s recap: stocks advance after earnings season gets off to an encouraging start, and consumer prices rise the most in more than a year.
Weekly Economic Update
THE WEEK ON WALL STREET
Stocks broke out of a narrow range on Friday following news that two major banks grew their bottom line in the first quarter. For the week, the S&P 500 rose 0.79%; the Nasdaq Composite, 0.91%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average improved 0.50%. Turning to overseas stocks, the MSCI EAFE index declined 0.09%.1-4
The market spent much of the week in a lull as investors waited for earnings season to begin. Wall Street is paying close attention to both guidance and profit margins.
Big Banks Post Solid Results
Friday, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase both reported Q1 profit growth, and JPMorgan Chase announced record revenue.5
This was welcomed news. Analysts have tempered some of their expectations entering this earnings season, recognizing that slowing global growth, tariffs, and dollar strength may be affecting corporate profits. (The dollar rallied 6.2% in Q1.)6
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Inflation Picks Up
The Consumer Price Index rose 0.4% in March, the most in 14 months. This matched the consensus forecast of economists polled by MarketWatch, who believed rising gas prices would affect the number.
Even with this March jump, annual inflation remained relatively tame at 1.9%.7
Note that U.S. stock and bond markets will be closed on Good Friday (April 19).
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THE WEEK AHEAD: KEY ECONOMIC DATA
Thursday: March retail sales.
Friday: March housing starts and building permits.
Source: Econoday / MarketWatch Calendar, April 12, 2019
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THE WEEK AHEAD: COMPANIES REPORTING EARNINGS
Monday: Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS)
Tuesday: Bank of America (BAC), BlackRock (BLK), Comerica (CMA), IBM (IBM), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Netflix (NFLX), UnitedHealth Group (UNH)
Wednesday: Abbott Labs (ABT), Alcoa (AA), Bank of New York Mellon (BNY), Morgan Stanley (MS), PepsiCo (PEP), U.S. Bancorp (USB), United Rentals (URI)
Thursday: American Express (AMEX), Honeywell (HON), Manpower (MAN), Philip Morris (PM), Schlumberger (SLB), Travelers Companies (TRV), Union Pacific (UNP).
Source: Morningstar.com, April 12, 2019.
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Q U O T E O F T H E W E E K
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T H E W E E K L Y R I D D L E
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ANSWER: The hourglass.
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1 - quotes.wsj.com/index/SPX [4/12/19]
2 - quotes.wsj.com/index/DJIA [4/12/19]
3 - quotes.wsj.com/index/COMP [4/12/19]
4 - quotes.wsj.com/index/XX/990300/historical-prices [4/12/19]
5 - cnn.com/2019/04/12/investing/wells-fargo-bank-earnings/index.html [4/12/19]
6 - tinyurl.com/y45wuftu [4/12/19]
7 - marketwatch.com/story/higher-gas-prices-boost-cost-of-living-in-march-but-inflation-still-soft-cpi-shows-2019-04-10 [4/10/19]