Market Wrap-Up for July 30 (MET, EMN, EXPE, GNW, MA, TWX, COH, more)


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We will see the deluge of earnings reports for most S&P companies begin to wind down over the next several weeks.

For the most part, profits have appeared pretty healthy. Signs of job growth from major corporations has not kept up, though. For some companies, this is likely a time we'll see debt being paid down. For long-term investors, it's a mixed bag. We want to continue to see dividend payout increases of course, but innovation is something companies can't afford to cut back on. Let's hope Washington realizes this and avoids hammering corporations too heavily with taxes. Further incentives would also be a good thing to help spur growth. The economy is complex, but we all know that morale needs to be good for consumers to want to put money to work. (A combination of healthy spending and saving would be the right formula in our book.)

Looking at today's market, earnings results helped boost stocks like MetLife ( MET ) , Eastman Chemical ( EMN ) , and Expedia ( EXPE ) . Pushing lower following results were names like Genworth Financial ( GNW ) and Coinstar ( CSTR ). The week ended pretty much sideways as volume continues to lag. Looking ahead to next week, earnings season continues with major names such as Clorox ( CLX ) , Mastercard ( MA ) , Time Warner ( TWX ) , Coach ( COH ) , and AllState ( ALL ) all set to report.

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