US Stock Markets Ended Jan. 10, 2020

Despite heightened geopolitical risks, the S&P 500 set all-time highs and returned 1% last week. U.S.-Iranian hostilities reached an apex last Tuesday when Iran fired some 15 ballistic missiles at U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. While 10 of the missiles hit the U.S. base, no Americans were killed. On Friday the U.S. announced sanctions on Iranian metal exports along with more leaders of the embattled country. According to Bloomberg, the top performing factors for U.S. stocks were Growth and Size while the bottom performing were Value and Volatility last week. This marks the fifth straight negative weekly return for Value and the seventh straight for Momentum. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. announced quarterly results last week as revenue and earnings came in below analyst estimates which caused the stock to plummet over -8% for the week. Management blamed most of the underperformance on weakness their Medicaid business. Energy exploration and production company Apache Corp. shot up nearly 27% Tuesday, its biggest daily gain in nearly 50 years, after announcing a significant oil discovery off Suriname's coast which the company will have a 50% ownership stake. was up over 8.4% last week as the PaaS (platform as-a service) company was RBC's top pick for 2020 and received several other analyst upgrades last week. Looking ahead to next week, Wall Street heads into quarterly earnings season as 26 names in the S&P 500 are expected to report results. They include mega-cap banks JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc., Wells Fargo & Co., Bank of America Corp., U.S. Bancorp, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. along with health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group Inc., railroad operator CSX Corp. and energy servicer Schlumberger Ltd.
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 9:12 AM

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