Earning seasons are upon us, and as you know; stock prices follow earnings. So, whats driving the markets is corporate profits, but that`s also the key to a dropdown. To make the S&P 500 go up 1 percent, you need to have a profit of $1 billion.
That is not what happend during the dot-com bubble. That`s why the markets plummeted. Now, it is a match of the index/stock prices and the profits (after tax). Normally, it goes up and down within a trendline. When we hit the roof, we will often see a correction. Looking at the correlation between the index and the profits right now, it isn`t something wrong with the bull market.
October means earnings begins to roll out and gives the traders a huge trading opportunities. Concur technologies Inc (CNQR) took the Wall Street by storm with the earnings and revenues last time. The volume skyrocket, and so did the stockprice.
We are at the all time high and it will be interesting to see the earnings comming in now. I think the picture will be mixed, but if the shutdown continue in the long run, it may affect the GDP and the earnings, which means you know how Q4 will be?
I often look at the commodity prices and I follow copper very closely. Copper are trading up and I often see the copper price together with the 10 day moving average. The price is on target of the 10 MA and tells me a lot about the demand for this commodity. The gold price is also on target for the 10 MA.
News to have a look at today is Crude Oil Inventories at 10:30am, 10 Year Note Auction 1:01pm, FOMC Meeting Minutes at 2:00pm. I look forward to hear from the FOMC meeting. I have added two charts today. Copper and Gold compared to the 10 day MA.
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