“Free Falling” – Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 12/4/2018

After a strong showing yesterday, the market was in a free fall on Tuesday as stocks went crashing. The S&P 500 shed 3.24% during today’s session while the Nasdaq plummeted 3.80%. The Dow plunged 3.10% as the market closed.

Individual components of the Dow were down across the board, with every single company ending the day in the red. Caterpillar (CAT) led declines with a loss of 6.93%. Other companies seeing heavy losses include Boeing (BA), with a drop of 4.85%, and Intel (INTC), which sank 4.75%.

Outside the Dow, Atossa Genetics (ATOS) didn’t fare much better. It dropped 2.90% during today’s session after impressive gains yesterday.

On the other side of the coin a bet, trade on investment in the VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX ST ETN (TVIX), a “bet against the broad markets,” paid off handsomely today as it closed at $44.47 up +25.13% on the day! Thank you triggered algorythmic trades!

Two major factors are being blamed for today’s sudden downturn. The first was yesterday’s inversion of the 3-year and 5-year notes, a warning sign pointing to a possible recession. This was the first inversion since 2007 and served to spook already wary investors.

The second factor was the contradictions from the White House on the exact nature of the trade deal with China that President Trump had touted this weekend. These differing reports led many to believe that the deal may not be as solid as the president had made it seem. Basically fear crept back into the markets prior to tomorrow’s closure of the markets in honor of George H. W. Bush.

Jim Tierney, with Alliance Bernstein sees a very bleak future as quite possible if Trump isn’t able to assure investor’s that the trade tensions are under control. “If we have a trade problem, I think that risks bringing a number of developing economies to the brink of recession. It also puts a huge tax of U.S. consumers, and the combination of those two means a pretty meaningful global slowdown, which would indicate that right now the yield curve is correct in terms of where we’re going,” Tierney noted.

One might also point to the selloff being due in part to the unsettling nature of a Wednesday market closing with all outstanding aforementioned issues directly related to the US unresolved and the worldwide issue of the Brexit situation. The fear surrounding the market was too much for many to handle…understandably so.

Tomorrow will provide a break from today’s turmoil as the market is closing in honor of deceased President George H.W. Bush’s funeral. Rest in peace President Bush.

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Stocks nosedive, Dow sheds nearly 800 points

Stocks tanked Tuesday as a slew of concerns over trade tensions and an inversion in part of the U.S. yield curve spooked investors…

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“Uncertain, But Rising” – Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 11/30/2018

US stocks were somewhat uncertain on Friday but ended the day rising. All three of the major indexes ended the day with gains. The S&P 500 rose 0.82% (22.41 points), and the Nasdaq increased 0.79% (57.45 points). The Dow also gained 0.79% (199.62 points) by the end of the session. This week’s gains for the S&P 500 mark the strongest week the index has had since December 2011.

Most components of the Dow saw gains today, although some weren’t so lucky. Goldman Sachs (GS) stood out with the biggest losses as it slipped 2.13% as it continues to deal with the ongoing potential negative scenarios related to 1MDB as the Malaysian government has sought refunds for fees paid the bank. Caterpillar (CAT), though, had a very nice day as it saw shares increase 4.18% by market close. Intel (INTC) also had substantial gains as it rose 3.38%.

Outside the Dow, Atossa Genetics (ATOS) ended the day just in the red with a loss of 0.87% for the day.

With oil seeing its largest losses in 10 years this month and the trade relationship with China still tense, all eyes are on the G20 summit meeting in Buenos Aires this weekend. President Trump and Chinese President Xi are set to have dinner on Saturday to discuss the trade war and hopefully come to some sort of agreement. Robert Lighthizer, a US Trade Representative, spoke to reporters and said that he’d “be very surprised if the dinner was not a success.” We are not so convinced….

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Stocks climb, investors brace for trade talks

Stocks rose as investors await a meeting between President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping, which will help shed light on the direction of future trade policy…

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“Spikes & Speeches” – Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 11/28/2018

After the Fed’s stability report and Chairman Jerome Powell’s speech on the current state of the economy, US stocks opened higher and then spiked to end the day on Wednesday. The S&P 500 shot up 2.30% (61.61 points) and the Nasdaq rose 2.95% (208.89 points). The Dow ended the day on a strong note with gains of 2.50% (617.70 points).

All but one of the Dow’s components saw shares rise today with Verizon’s (VZ) loss of 0.97% being the lone outlier. Caterpillar (CAT) did especially well as it rose 4.95% during the session. And Apple (AAPL), which has had some recent trouble, saw a nice increase of 3.85%.

Outside the Dow, Atossa Genetics (ATOS) also had a good day as it’s stock rose 2.59%.

The Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell seems to have told investors largely what they wanted to hear today in his speech given after the Fed’s release of a report detailing the financial risks facing the United States. After a month of volatility following a speech where Powell said that achieving neutral interest rates was “a long way off,” today the chairman had a much more welcome message. He noted, “Interest rates are still low by historical standards, and they remain just below the broad range of estimates of the level that would be neutral for the economy.”

The Fed’s report also seems to have helped to ease investors worries. In it, the central bank noted that there were several financial risks facing the United States including trade tensions, a possibly messy Brexit transition, and our relationship with China. Despite these potential trouble areas, the Fed insisted that risks should still be considered mild. In his speech, Powell clarified that “overall financial stability vulnerabilities are at a moderate level…The risks of destabilizing runs are far lower than in the past. The institutions at the heart of the financial system are more resilient.”

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Stocks spike, Powell says rates ‘just below’ neutral

Stocks rallied following a speech from Fed Chair Jerome Powell, which will provide further hints at the direction of future monetary policy in the wake of more than a month of turbulent equity trading. ..

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“Pulling in the Reins” – Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 11/8/2018

The market seemed to be pulling in the reins on Thursday after yesterday’s unbridled ride. Stocks were mixed as trade closed with the S&P 500 losing 0.25% (7.08 points) while the Nasdaq dropped 0.53% (39.87 points). The Dow managed to end the day just outside of the red with a paltry gain of 0.04% (11.12 points).

Note that the Fed left interest rates unchanged as the central bank kept the target range of 2%-2.25%. The Fed’s statement offered further, “The Committee expects that further gradual increases in the target range for the federal funds rate will be consistent with sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labor market conditions, and inflation near the Committee’s symmetric 2 percent objective over the medium term.” 

Could this be the straw that broke the camel’s back and sends the market towards a flash crash in the 10% range as early as Tuesday next week…….?

Components of the Dow also saw varied results today. 3M Company (MMM) led gains today with an increase of 1.38% while Caterpillar (CAT) saw the biggest losses as shares dropped 2.75%. Outside the Dow, Atossa Genetics (ATOS) shed 0.75%.

Disney (DIS), another Dow component, was down 0.90% at the end of the trading session. After releasing a very positive quarterly report, though, shares had risen 3.18% during after-hours trading as of 4:20 pm ET. Disney’s report not only revealed earnings and revenue that beat Wall Street’s expectations, but it also brought news about its new streaming service. It was announced that the new service’s name will be Disney+, which will provide subscribers with new viewing options such as a new Marvel series.

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Stocks fall, Fed leaves rates unchanged

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Caterpillar Sees Q3 Earnings Soar YOY

Dow 30 Component Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT) is the world’s chief manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engines, construction and mining equipment, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives. Caterpillar, Inc. also works to make sustainable progress possible and contributes to driving positive change on every continent.

Caterpillar reported its Q3 2018 financial results and saw earnings per share of $2.86 up from $1.95 from the previous year. Sales and revenue were reported at $13.5 billion, an 18 percent increase year-over-year.

The company saw an operating cash flow of $848 million in Machinery, Energy & Transportation. Caterpillar also repurchased $750 million in common stock and had a dividend payment of $511 million.

Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby stated, “This was the best third-quarter profit per share in our company’s history. Our global team continues to do excellent work focusing on our customers’ success and executing our strategy for profitable growth.”

To learn more about Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT) and to continue to track its progress please visit the Vista Partners Caterpillar, Inc. Coverage Page.

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“Heading to the Polls” – Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 11/6/2018

US stocks swung up on Tuesday, after the previous trading session closed with some uncertainty. All three major indices saw gains today. The S&P 500 was up 0.63% (17.22 points) as trade ended while the Nasdaq gained 0.64% (47.11 points). The Dow saw a milestone today as it hit the highest closing prices it has seen in three weeks. It rose 0.69% (175.21 points).

A good portion of the individual components of the Dow also saw gains. IBM (IBM) had another good day as it rose 2.55%, and Caterpillar (CAT) also ended the day up with an increase of 2.31%. NIKE (NKE) wasn’t as fortunate, as shares slipped into the red with losses of 1.24%. Atossa Genetics (ATOS) ended the day with a value of $1.34 per share.

While the markets rose, voters headed to the polls and analysts predicted what that might mean for the markets. If Democrats were to take the House, creating a divided government situation, there would likely be a situation where “no market-moving legislation is likely to pass through Congress,” according to Aroop Chatterjee, a Barclays analyst. This would not necessarily be negative, as it could lead to various effects such as lower volatility and “roughly flat spending.”

Chatterjee also noted that if the Republicans retain control of both the House and Senate, it is likely that the market may positive growth as there would be a possibility of increased fiscal stimulus and tax cuts.

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Stocks rally as America votes

Stocks rose Tuesday as investors buckle up for the outcome of the US midterm elections…

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Current Beats, Meets & Misses of Dow 30 Company Q3 Earnings Reports (11-1-18)

With the third quarter of the fiscal year having come to a close, the components of the Dow 30  have begun releasing their current Q3 earnings reports.  The current Dow 30 beats, meets and misses are listed, along with the expected report dates for the companies who have not yet reported.

  • Nike (NKE) reported earnings on 9/25/2018 after the market close of $0.67,  beating estimates of $0.657 per share.
  • Walgreens (WBA) reported earnings on 10/11/18 before the market open of $1.48, beating estimates of $1.471 per share.
  • JPMorgan (JPM) reported earnings on 10/12/18 before the market open of $2.36, beating estimates of $2.26 per share.
  • Goldman Sachs (GS) reported earnings on 10/16/18 before the market open of $6.28, beating estimates of $5.695 per share.
  • IBM (IBM) reported earnings on 10/16/18 after the market close of $3.42, missing estimates of $3.434 per share.
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported earnings on 10/16/18 before the market open of $2.05, missing estimates calling of $2.061 per share.
  • UnitedHealth (UNH) reported earnings on 10/16/18 before the market open of $3.41, beating estimates of $3.356 per share.
  • Walgreens (WBA) reported earnings on 10/11/18 before the market open of $1.48, slightly beating estimates of $1.471 per share.
  • JPMorgan (JPM) reported earnings on 10/12/18 before the market open of $2.36, beating estimates calling for $2.26 per share.
  • Goldman Sachs (GS) reported earnings on 10/16/18 before the market open of $6.28, beating estimates of $5.695 per share.
  • IBM (IBM) reported earnings on 10/16/18 after the market close of $3.42, missing estimates of $3.434 per share.
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported earnings on 10/16/18 before the market open of $2.05, missing estimates calling for $2.061 per share.
  • UnitedHealth (UNH) reported earnings on 10/16/18 before the market open of $3.41, beating estimates of $3.356 per share.
  • Procter & Gamble (PG) reported earnings on 10/19/2018 before the market open of $1.12, meeting expectations of $1.116 per share.
  • Travelers (TRV) reported earnings on 10/19/18 before the market open of $2.54, beating estimates calling for $2.19 per share.
  • American Express (AXP) reported earnings on 10/18/18 after the market close of $1.88, beating estimates of $1.808 per share.
  • McDonald’s (MCD) reported earnings on 10/23/2018 before the market open of $2.10, beating estimates of $2.012 per share.
  • 3M (MMM) reported earnings on 10/23/2018 before the market open of $2.58, missing estimates of $2.726 per share.
  • United Technologies (UTX) reported earnings on 10/23/2018 before the market open of $1.93, beating estimates calling for $1.861 per share.
  • Verizon (VZ) reported earnings on 10/23/2018 before the market open of $1.22, beating estimates of $1.211 per share.
  • Boeing (BA) reported earnings on 10/24/2018 before the market open of $3.58, beating estimates calling for $3.513 per share.
  • Microsoft (MSFT) reported earnings on 10/24/2018 after the market close of $1.14, beating estimates of $1.007 per share.
  • Visa (V) reported earnings on 10/24/2018 after the market close of $1.21, missing estimates calling for $1.244 per share.
  • Merck (MRK) reported earnings on 10/25/2018 before the market open of $1.19, beating estimates calling for $1.167 per share.
  • Intel (INTC) reported earnings on 10/25/2018 after the market close of $1.40, beating estimates of $1.19 per share.
  • Coca Cola (KO) reported earnings on 10/30/2018 before the market open of $0.58, beating estimates of $0.559 per share.
  • Pfizer (PFE) reported earnings on 10/30/2018 before the market open of $0.78, meeting estimates of $0.782 per share.

Companies Due to Report:

  • Chevron (CVX) reports earnings on 11/2/2018 after the market close.
  • Exxon Mobil (XOM) reports earnings on 11/2/2018 after the market close.
  • Disney (DIS) reports earnings on 11/8/2018 after the market close.
  • Home Depot (HD) reports earnings on 11/13/2018 before the market open.
  • Cisco (CSCO) reports earnings on 11/14/2018 after the market close.
  • Walmart (WMT) reports earnings on 11/15/2018 before the market open.

We are issuing reports regularly on the Dow 30 so please check out our coverage pages to review.

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“All Treats” – Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/31/2018

The markets delivered investors a special treat this Halloween, as US stocks rose for the second straight day. The S&P 500 climbed 1.08% (29.06 points) while the Dow jumped 0.97% (240.85 points). The Nasdaq was the biggest winner of the major indices as it surged 2.01% (144.25 points) to end the day.

Quite a few of the individual components of the Dow saw their shares increase today. Visa (V) closed trade up 3.83%. Caterpillar (CAT) increased 3.29%, rising again after steep losses during some of the previous trading sessions. Walmart (WMT) , on the other hand, saw a rollback in the price of their stock as it sunk 2.09%. Outside of the Dow, Atossa Genetics (ATOS) jumped 1.55%.

The market performance wasn’t the only good news on Halloween; according to a report today, in the month of October the US added 227,000 private sector jobs. This figure beats predictions by economists that only 187,000 jobs would be created. While October may have been a rocky month, today’s overall positive news proved to be a welcomed treat in month known for its tricks.

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Stocks end the month on a high note

US equities rose Wednesday, pointing to a rally into the end of a red October. ..

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“On the Rebound” – Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/25/2018

After taking a dive on Wednesday, U.S. stocks were on the rebound as trading closed Thursday afternoon. The S&P 500 was up 1.86% (49.46 points) while the Nasdaq also posted gains of 2.95% (209.94 points). The Dow ended the day with an increase of 1.63% (401.13 points).

Individual components of the Dow fared well overall. Microsoft (MSFT) saw big increases of 5.84% and Caterpillar (CAT), which has had several days of losses recently, climbed up 2.93%. On the other hand, McDonald’s (MCD) shares decreased 1.15%. Outside the Dow, Atossa Genetics (ATOS) slid 5.19% by the end of trade.

While October has been particularly volatile, not all investors are equally concerned about the shape of the markets. Many retain a bright outlook, due largely to the fact that despite recent losses, the labor market remains strong and inflation is well-contained. According to Greg Valliere, with Horizon Investments, the recent rout may not have been all that bad. “A significant selloff was inevitable and now expectations are more realistic. Some air has seeped out of the bubble, and that’s a good thing.”

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Stocks snap back after Wednesday’s rout

US stocks opened higher after a rout Wednesday erased the S&P 500 and Dow’s year-to-date gains…

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