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 (
) , Eastman Chemical (
) , and Expedia (
) . Pushing lower following results were names like Genworth
) and Coinstar (
). 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 (
) , Mastercard (
) , Time Warner (
) , Coach (
) , and AllState (
) all set to report.
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