US Stock Markets Week Ended July 26, 2019
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Last week the S&P 500 Index closed at an all-time high on Wednesday and then again on Friday. Equities continue to perform well as the U.S. economy remains strong. 2Q U.S. GDP was announced to be 2.1% despite Bloomberg's survey of economists expecting 1.8%. While this is below 3.1% from 1Q19, in the 42 quarters since 2008 there have been 19 lower GDP measures. Meanwhile Personal Consumption remains robust and inflation muted. Additionally, a rate cut from the Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday of next week, which has been fueling equities as the era of low-cost borrowing appears to be continuing. Earnings season continued this week as 150 names in the S&P 500 Index announced quarterly results. Twitter Inc. announced they added 5m active users and increased their full year revenue guidance by 10% to $875m, the stock was up nearly 9% Friday as a result. The parent corporation of Google announced 2Q revenues of $31.7b, topping estimates. They also announced increased headcount (an indication of future growth) and margin improvement to 24%. Google's shares returned 10.5% for the week as a result of their strong announcement. Starbucks Corp. rallied nearly 10% last week after they announced revenue and earnings above expectations and announced over 50% of their beverages sold were cold, further showing the diversity of their revenue stream. Not all was rosy as Align Technology Inc. plummeted nearly 30% last week after lowering revenue guidance which caused sell side analyst to downgrade the stock and slash price targets. The Boeing Co. fell over 8% after they announced earnings that continue to have financial pressure from their 737 Max planes that are out of service. Their commercial airplane revenue was down 66% and deliveries down 54% as orders are frozen until the planes are fixed. Looking ahead to next week, earnings season continues as 168 companies in the S&P 500 Index are expected to release quarterly results.
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 @ 8:25 AM

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