Sunday, July 20, 2014

Week Ahead Magazine: July 20, 2014

This past week was an event filled one as geopolitical concerns rose to the top of investor worries with issues in Ukraine. As Josh Brown noted in an article he posted last week, these geopolitical events seem to be ever present. He noted though, the change this past week was investor awareness became focused on these concerns with the downing of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine. In spite of this type of headlines news, the S&P 500 Index manged to generate a positive return of .54% for the week. The small cap segment of the market continues to face headwinds and was down .72% last week.

From The Blog of HORAN Capital Advisors
Source: Doug Short

In the coming week, earnings season begins to pick up pace with a number of companies reporting. As noted by Brian Gilmartin, CFA, of Trinity Asset Management, "Factset notes that with 82 of the SP 500 companies having reported, the “revenue beat rate” of 70% quarter-to-date is at a record high. That would be a significant change to the quarterly patterns if its holds up through the end of July and mid-August, 2014. This improvement in revenue growth could have important implications for stock prices if the revenue growth is realized in the balance of the year. Additionally, key economic stats reported this week are:
  • Consumer Price Index (T)
  • Jobless Claims, New Home Sales (Th)
  • Durable Goods (F)
In all, the market does not seem to want to put in a meaningful correction. A correction will occur though and most likely at a time that is least expected. Below is the link to this week's magazine.

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