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Earnings reports boost US equities

US stocks are rising higher after stellar earnings reports from Big-Tech, a steady FOMC meeting, and no immediate impact from President Biden’s tax plan that will now go through several rounds of negotiations.  Except for Amazon, who will report after the bell, the key earnings results are in and have mostly impressed.  After the open, stocks pared gains as the rise in Treasury yields steepened.  Markets are expecting a wave of amazing US data, with improving PMI readings and another near-1 million job growth employment report.

Apple

Apple’s results were too good.  Apple shares rose after delivering double-digit growth in every category, boosting the buyback program, and increasing their dividend.   Apple is another chip shortage victim and will see supply issues impact June results by USD3-4 billion.  The COVID-19 pandemic, a key upgrade cycle, and the new iPhone 12 have sparked tremendous sales, but that trend will struggle to continue over the next couple of quarters.  Apple continues to make progress in diversifying its revenue streams and the potential with their services businesses is exciting many analysts.  Apple should see a steady wave of analysts upgrading their price targets.

Biden

Wall Street is starting to be more critical of President Biden’s infrastructure plan and American Family Plan.  The next few months will see a wide range of changes to both plans.  The corporate tax rate will likely settle at around 25%, which is the rate conservative Democratic Senator Manchin is comfortable with.  Multinational companies will likely suffer the most as Biden will bring the tax impact to a worldwide basis.  The debate will intensify now over Biden’s proposals, but you can already see that the market is pricing in that something will get finalized later this year.

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Ed Moya

Ed Moya

Senior Market Analyst, The Americas at OANDA
With more than 20 years’ trading experience, Ed Moya is a senior market analyst with OANDA, producing up-to-the-minute intermarket analysis, coverage of geopolitical events, central bank policies and market reaction to corporate news. His particular expertise lies across a wide range of asset classes including FX, commodities, fixed income, stocks and cryptocurrencies. Over the course of his career, Ed has worked with some of the leading forex brokerages, research teams and news departments on Wall Street including Global Forex Trading, FX Solutions and Trading Advantage. Most recently he worked with TradeTheNews.com, where he provided market analysis on economic data and corporate news. Based in New York, Ed is a regular guest on several major financial television networks including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Yahoo! Finance Live, Fox Business and Sky TV. His views are trusted by the world’s most renowned global newswires including Reuters, Bloomberg and the Associated Press, and he is regularly quoted in leading publications such as MSN, MarketWatch, Forbes, Breitbart, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Ed holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.
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