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Stocks To Watch: Earnings Season Hits Higher Gear

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By all appearances it's going to take a lot to knock the stock market off its 2018 upward drive as potential landmines such as North Korea, political chaos and looming government shutdowns continue to be sidestepped with animal spirits stirred up. On that note, Bespoke Investment Group added up the cumulative declines on the S&P 500 on a rolling six-month basis to find that it's been over 50 years since so little downward pressure has been applied to stocks. Looking ahead to next week, some heavy hitters are expected to post tax benefit-adjusted guidance in what could be another driver for investor enthusiasm.

Expected IPO filings Pagseguro Digital ( PAGS ) and Entera Bio (ENTZ) on Jan. 23; Solid Biosciences ( SLDB ), Gates Industrial ( GTES ) and Menlo Therapeutics on Jan. 24; Adial Pharmaceuticals ( ADIL ), PlayAGS ( AGS ) and Armo Biosciences (ARMO) on Jan. 25.

FDA watch: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Innovia (INVA) and Theravance Biopharma (TBPH) are expected to find out if the supplemental new drug application for triple therapy inhaler Trelegy Ellipta has been accepted for review by the regulator. The FDA's Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee is also meeting on Jan. 24-25 to review Philip Morris International's (PM) iQOS. Feedback from the committee on the alternative tobacco product could also impact British American Tobacco (BTI), Altria (MO), Vector Group (VGR) and Turning Point Brands (TPB).

IPO/secondary share lockup period expirations: Bill Barrett (BBG), RBB Bancorp (RBB), First Republic (FRC) and Corbus Pharmaceuticals (CRBP) on Jan. 22; Sienna Biopharmaceuticals (SNNA), Ablynx (ABLX), Immune Design (IMDZ), Savara (SVRA) and UniQure (QURE) on Jan. 23; Newater Technology (NEWA), Redfin (RDFN), Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), Atossa Genetics (ATOS) and Hutchison China MediTech (HCM) on Jan. 24; First Bancshares (FBMS), VBI Vaccines (VBIV) , Celsion (CLSN) on Jan. 25.

Notable earnings reports: Earnings season really heats up this week with major reports out of every sector. Netflix (NFLX) and Halliburton (HAL) on January 22; Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Texas Instruments (TXN), Verizon (VZ), Procter & Gamble (PG), United Continental (UAL), Capital One Financial (COF) and Kimberly-Clark (KMB) on Jan 23.; Ford (F), General Electric (GE), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), Comcast (CMCSA), United Technologies (UTX) on Jan. 24; Intel (INTC), Starbucks (SBUX), (VMW), Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and Western Digital (WDC) on Jan. 25; Honeywell (HON), AbbieVie (ABBV) and Colgate-Palmolive (CL) on Jan. 26. See Seeking Alpha's Earnings Calendar for the complete list .

M&A watch: There are potential deals brewing with Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR), Kroger (KR)-Overstock.com (OSTK), CBS (CBS), Fossil (FOSL), Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) and in REIT world with Vici Properties (VICI)-MGM Growth Properties (MGP).

Detroit Auto Show: With the dreamy talk about next-gen electrification and mobility goals out of the way, the second week of the Detroit Auto Show is all about letting the public see new models. Front and center in Detroit will be the Ford (F) Ranger, Chevrolet (GM) Silverado and Ram (FCAU) 1500. BMW (BMWYY) is looking to gain traction in a new sub-segment with the sporty X2 SUV, while Volkswagen (VLKAY) is showcasing the new sub-$20K Jetta as it looks to rebuild U.S. sales. On the exotic side, Steve McQueen fans might want to take a look at the special edition Ford Mustang Bullitt. Although Tesla (TSLA) is skipping the Detroit Auto Show for the third year in a row, the Model 3 will be in the spotlight this week as it makes its way into more showroom. Early test drive reviews ( Los Angeles Times , Edmunds (video), USA Today ) are already starting to roll in.

Crypto: A couple of mainstream events are on the calendar this week with the Blockchain Davos Conference 2018 and Cannaccord Blockchain Investor Day scheduled for Jan. 23. The blockchain-focused Amplify Transformational Data Sharing ETF (BLOK) and Reality Shares Nasdaq NexGen Economy ETF (BLCN) will also catch the spotlight as they close out their first week of trading. As always, expect volatility in the sector. 7-day crypto scorecard: Bitcoin -14%, Ripple -25%, Ethereum -18%, Bitcoin Cash -31%, Litecoin -19%, Cardano -24%, NEM -25%, NEO +5%, TRON -25%, Stellar -10% and IOTA -26%.

Investor/Analyst Days: The Medicines Company (MDCO) on Jan 23.

Sales/business updates: HP (HPQ) on Jan. 22; Workhorse Group (WKHS) on Jan. 23; Progressive on (PGR) on Jan. 24.

Extraordinary shareholder meetings: CTI Biopharma on (CTIC) on Jan. 24; Broadsoft (BSFT) on Jan. 25.

Americas Lodging Investment Summit: Just days after a big industry-rattling deal between Wyndham Worldwide (WYN) and La Quinta (LQ), hotel management execs meet in L.A. on Jan 22-25. Presenters include Hyatt (H), Choice Hotels (CHH), Park Hotels & Resorts (PK), Marriott International (MAR), Red Lion Hotels (RLH) and Ashford (AINC).

Barron's mentions: In part 2 of its Roundtable, the panel discusses potential bargains including Samsung (SSNLF), Starbucks, GrubHub (GRUB) and MetLife (MET), among others. A set of picks for top stocks in emerging markets include Sberbank (SBRCY), Posco (PKX), China Construction Bank (CICHY) and Hollysys Automation Technologies (HOLI). And retailer H&M (HNNMY) isn't a bargain yet despite a recent 20% decline.

Sources: CNBC, EDGAR, Bloomberg and Nasdaq.com.

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.


The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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