Buyers’ focus this week will probably be on earnings outcomes, with a few of the most closely weighted firms within the S&P 500 poised to ship their quarterly reviews.
Over the previous couple of weeks, a lot of the firms that posted earnings outcomes topped Wall Road’s estimates, regardless of widespread issues over the influence of provide chain challenges to company earnings. These better-than-feared outcomes helped energy each the S&P 500 and Dow to recent document highs prior to now week.
As of Friday, about 23% of S&P 500 firms had reported precise outcomes for the third quarter. Of those, 84% topped Wall Road’s expectations for earnings per share (EPS), in line with knowledge from FactSet. And the estimated earnings progress price for the S&P 500 stood at 32.7%, primarily based on precise outcomes and expectations for firms nonetheless but to report. If maintained by means of the top of third-quarter earnings season, that may mark the third-highest earnings progress price posted for the index since 2010.
Given the string of stronger-than-expected outcomes posted to date, this week’s docket of reviews has a heightened bar to clear.
And that is particularly set to be the case for the Huge Tech firms, together with Fb (FB), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN) and Alphabet (GOOGL). Most of those far outperformed the market final 12 months, however have seen their inventory positive factors cool to date in 2021 amid issues over rising rates of interest, chip shortages, and slowing progress after a surge in on-line media utilization and demand for software program through the top of the pandemic.
Regardless of the near-term challenges, nonetheless, some strategists have struck an upbeat tone on the know-how sector as a complete.
“Whereas the chip scarcity will probably be a serious dialog piece for tech buyers throughout tech earnings season and clearly be an overhang, we imagine the Road will as an alternative look by means of any near-term disruption and concentrate on the underlying wholesome demand drivers into 2022 which look strong,” mentioned Wedbush analyst Dan Ives in a notice final week.
Numerous the carefully watched know-how firms that reported final week posted outcomes that upset buyers or highlighted the lingering influence of those myriad issues. Snap (SNAP), the father or mother firm of the disappearing photo-sharing platform app Snapchat, supplied a current-quarter forecast that fell wanting expectations, with provide chain challenges for its advertiser buyer base and privacy-related adjustments to Apple’s iOS working system weighing on gross sales and earnings.
The weak steering despatched Snap’s inventory down by 27% on Friday for its largest single-day drop on document, and dragged down shares of different ad-driven firms together with Fb, Pinterest (PINS), Twitter (TWTR) and Alphabet.
In July, Fb had already flagged an early influence from Apple’s iOS privateness replace, which permits customers to higher management how apps monitor them. Fb Chief Monetary Officer Dave Wehner mentioned through the firm’s second-quarter earnings name that the corporate anticipated “elevated advert concentrating on headwinds in 2021 from regulatory and platform adjustments, notably the current iOS updates” and anticipated these “to have a extra vital influence within the third quarter in comparison with the second.”
Nonetheless, the social media juggernaut’s top-line progress is anticipated to climb by one other 37% within the third quarter of final 12 months to achieve a recent quarterly document of $29.45 billion. Nonetheless, this tempo of progress would mark a step down from the second quarter’s 56% year-on-year progress price.
For peer ad-driven firm Alphabet, a pickup in journey amongst shoppers might assist gasoline the corporate’s core Google Search enterprise even within the face of different ad-industry headwinds. Each Snap and American Categorical (AXP) final week highlighted a pickup they have been witnessing in shopper journey habits and out-of-the-home spending of their third-quarter earnings releases and calls.
“Misplaced within the noise, SNAP additionally highlighted alternative pushed by journey budgets returning, which is a constructive learn by means of to GOOGL’s common search enterprise,” Daniel Salmon, BMO Capital Markets web and media analyst, wrote in a notice on Friday.
Ongoing semiconductor shortages and supply-related points additionally dealt a blow to different tech firms. Tesla (TSLA) mentioned in its earnings report final week that, “A wide range of challenges, together with semiconductor shortages, congestion at ports and rolling blackouts, have been impacting our capacity to maintain factories working at full pace.”
And reviews earlier this month from Bloomberg steered Apple was prone to reduce its iPhone 13 manufacturing targets by as many as 10 million models amid chip shortages. The corporate, nonetheless, continues to be anticipated to submit still-solid income progress of 21%, bringing gross sales to $84.67 billion as shopper demand for the most recent smartphones remained resilient, particularly within the U.S. and China.
Rounding out this tech-heavy earnings week will probably be Amazon (AMZN), which posts quarterly outcomes alongside Apple on Thursday after market shut. The corporate has lagged the market since final reporting earnings in late July, falling 7.3% since July 29 versus a 2.9% acquire within the S&P 500.
Buyers have been particularly cautious on Amazon given widespread provide chain constraints, rising labor prices and fears that e-commerce gross sales and Amazon Net Companies progress might sluggish after a pandemic-induced surge. Amazon shares had climbed by 76% in 2020, and the inventory was the second-best FAANG performer after Apple that 12 months.
“Issues throughout prime line, backside line, and broader macro have collectively pushed cautious sentiment into year-end,” wrote JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth in a notice final Thursday. “Nevertheless, we imagine there may be nonetheless vital secular shift towards e-commerce forward and Amazon has a really sturdy monitor document round investing into future progress alternatives.”
“Macro points associated to produce chain, port congestion, and stock are well-documented and have intensified into the vacation season, driving issues that delays might influence timing of AMZN receiving 1P/3P [first-party and third-party seller] stock and sure objects might stay out-of-stock,” he added. “General, we imagine AMZN embedded a point of disruption into the 3Q information and we imagine AMZN scaled stock in anticipation of higher 2H demand.”
In late July, Amazon mentioned it anticipated third-quarter internet gross sales to complete $106 billion to $112 billion, lacking consensus expectations on the time. Wall Road analysts now anticipated to see Amazon submit third-quarter gross sales of $111.8 billion, representing year-over-year progress of 16%, or its slowest since early 2015.
Monday: Chicago Fed Nationwide Exercise Index, September (0.2 anticipated, 0.29 in August); Dallas Fed Manufacturing Exercise Index, October (6.2 anticipated, 4.6 in September)
Tuesday: FHFA Home Value Index, month-over-month, August (1.5% anticipated, 1.4% in July); S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-Metropolis Composite, month-over-month, August (1.44% anticipated, 1.55% in July); S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-Metropolis Composite, year-over-year, August (20.00% anticipated, 19.95% in July); New House Gross sales, month-over-month, September (756,000 anticipated, 740,000 in August); Convention Board Shopper Confidence, October (108.5 anticipated, 109.2 in September)
Wednesday: MBA Mortgage Purposes, week ended Oct. 22 (-6.3% throughout prior week); Advance Items Commerce Stability, September (-$88.3 billion anticipated, -$87.6 billion in August); Wholesale Inventories, month-over-month, September preliminary (1.0% anticipated, 1.2% in August); Sturdy Items Orders, September preliminary (-1.0% anticipated, 1.8% in August); Sturdy Items Orders, excluding transportation, September preliminary (0.4% anticipated, 0.3% in August); Non-defense Capital Items Orders, excluding plane, September preliminary (0.4% anticipated, 0.6% in August); Non-defense Capital Items Orders, excluding plane, September preliminary (0.4% anticipated, 0.8% in August)
Thursday: Preliminary jobless claims, week ended Oct. 23 (292,000 anticipated, 290,000 throughout prior week); Persevering with claims, week ended Oct. 16 (2.420 million anticipated, 2.481 million throughout prior week); GDP annualized, quarter-over-quarter, Q3 first estimate annualized (2.7% anticipated, 6.7% in Q2); Private consumption, Q3 first estimate (0.7% anticipated, 12.0% in Q2); Core private consumption expenditures, quarter-over-quarter, Q3 first estimate (4.4% anticipated, 6.1% in Q2); Pending house gross sales, September (0.6% anticipated, 8.1% in August); Kansas Metropolis Fed Manufacturing Exercise Index, October (19 anticipated, 22 in September)
Friday: Private earnings, September (-0.2% anticipated, 0.2% in August); Private spending, September (0.6% anticipated, 0.8% in August); Private Consumption Expenditures Core Deflator, month-over-moth, September (0.2% anticipated, 0.3% in August); Private Consumption Expenditures, Core Deflator, year-over-year, September (3.7% anticipated, 3.6% in August): MNI Chicago PMI, October (64.0 anticipated, 64.7 in September); College of Michigan Sentiment, October closing (71.4 anticipated, 71.4 in September)
Tuesday: Centene (CNC), UPS (UPS), 3M (MMM), Normal Electrical (GE), Waste Administration (WM), Eli Lilly (LLY), Hasbro (HAS), Raytheon Applied sciences (RTX), Invesco (IVZ), The Sherwin-Williams Co. (SHW), Lockheed Martin (LMT), S&P International (SPGI) earlier than market open; Capital One Monetary Corp. (COF), Twitter (TWTR), Juniper Networks (JNPR), Visa (V), Superior Micro Units (AMD), Microsoft (MSFT), Texas Devices (TXN), Alphabet (GOOGL) after market shut
Wednesday: CME Group (CME), McDonald’s (MCD), Hilton Worldwide Holdings (HLT), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Boeing (BA), The Coca-Cola Firm (KO), Kraft Heinz (KHC), Normal Motors (GM) earlier than market open; Ford (F), Xilinx (XLNX), O’Reilly Automotive (ORLY), United Leases (URI), Align Know-how (ALGN), eBay (EBAY), ServiceNow (NOW) after market shut
Thursday: Merck (MRK), Caterpillar (CAT), Yum! Manufacturers (YUM), Comcast (CMCSA), Moody’s Corp. (MCO), Nielsen Holdings (NLSN), Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), The Hershey Co. (HSY), Molson Coors Beverage Co. (TAP), Mastercard (MA), Altria Group (MO) earlier than market open; Apple (AAPL), Western Digital Corp. (WDC), Starbucks (SBUX), Gilead Sciences (GILD), Amazon (AMZN) after market shut
Friday: Royal Caribbean (RCL), T Rowe Value Group (TROW), Constitution Communications (CHTR), Chevron (CVX), AbbVie (ABBV), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Colgate-Palmolive (CL), Newell Manufacturers (NWL) earlier than market open
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