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Futures on the S&P 500 Hold at Record Highs as Earnings Season Ramps Up, and Netflix is Eyed After the Close

January 23, 2024
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U.S. stocks are experiencing a modest decline in the morning on Tuesday as traders shift their attention to a flurry of corporate earnings reports, taking a pause following Monday's exceptional performance from two major benchmarks.

Current Stock Movement:

  • The S&P 500 is down by 3 points, or 0%, standing at 4,847.
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average has decreased by 141 points, or 0.3%, reaching 37,860.
  • The Nasdaq Composite has gained less than a point, or 0%, reaching 15,360.

Previous Day's Performance:On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by 138 points, or 0.36%, to 38,002, while the S&P 500 increased by 11 points, or 0.22%, closing at 4,850. The Nasdaq Composite gained 49 points, or 0.32%, concluding at 15,360.

Market Dynamics:The Dow achieved its first-ever close above 38,000 on Monday, and the S&P 500 secured its second record close for 2024. The S&P 500 is poised for a potential third record close.

Events Driving the Market:Tuesday's economic calendar lacks significant data releases, with attention turning to upcoming data on fourth-quarter GDP and inflation later in the week.

The primary focus for the day revolves around a stream of fourth-quarter earnings announcements, featuring companies such as Verizon (VZ), 3M (MMM), General Electric (GE), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble Co. (PG), and RTX before the opening bell. After the market closes, notable releases include Netflix (NFLX), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Baker Hughes (BKR).

With record highs for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500, and a notable 18% surge in the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite over the past three months, investors are closely watching for strong corporate profits to support the current market levels.

Looking Ahead:While Tuesday marks a busy day for earnings, the intensity of earnings season is expected to peak next week, with about 23% of the S&P 500 companies presenting their results.

Mid-morning on Tuesday, the Dow's downward movement may be attributed to 3M's stock selloff following a 2024 profit warning. After reaching all-time highs, markets often take a brief pause to recalibrate.

Key Data to Watch:Analysts are keeping an eye on Thursday's data on durable goods orders, GDP, and jobless benefit claims, followed by Friday's release of the Fed-preferred inflation gauge, along with numbers on personal income and spending.

Market Insights:Investors are displaying increased optimism about the U.S. economy's health, with a particular focus on upcoming earnings reports indicating potential growth in the technology sector. Tech earnings and corporate guidance are deemed crucial for sustaining momentum in the Mega Tech sector.

As of Tuesday morning, the Treasury market appears calmer, with 10-year yields stabilizing around 4.1%, allowing investors to maintain their focus on equities. The U.S. Treasury is set to auction $60 billion of 2-year notes at 1 p.m.

Editorial Board
Eric Ng
John Liu
Editorial Board
Bryan Curtis
Adan Harris
Managing Editor
Cathy Hills
Associate Editor

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