Looking Ahead in U.S. Markets

Following the most turbulent market week in years, some strategists are ready to call the all clear. But others say stocks could test the lows of the past week—especially if there are more signs of a weakening global economy; Ebola headlines get worse, or U.S. corporate earnings fail to deliver.

Earnings are expected from about 20 percent of the S&P 500, including tech companies, like Apple and Microsoft. Big Dow stocks Boeing, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Caterpillar join a parade of consumer companies, automakers and industrials. However, there is little fresh U.S. economic data with the exception of existing home sales Tuesday and CPI inflation data Wednesday. Chinese retail sales, GDP and industrial production data will be important for markets Tuesday as traders try to assess whether its economy is weakening.

“This volatility is going to last through the election. It’s upside and downside volatility. It’s still two- way,” said Julian Emanuel, equity strategist at UBS. “Is the worst of what we’ve been calling a growth scareover?…We think so.”


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