It was another exciting week in the markets with the S&P500 ($SPX) advancing a little more than 0.50% by the close of trading on Friday, hitting new all-time highs for the fourth time in the last 10 days of market activity.  This pushes the stock index’s year-to-date (YTD) return into double digits for the first time in 2017 (YTD return= 10.44%). 

It’s worth noting that the NASDAQ is also sitting at new all-time highs having reached 5,932 during Thursday’s trading session.  The SPDR Select Sector Technology ETF ($XLK), which is often used as a proxy for the NASDAQ holdings, is up 18.84% for the year and has been a holding in our Sector Rotation model for the last two quarters.  These impressive YTD returns have mostly been on the back of the “FANG-MA” names (Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon).  We will be watching Alphabet (formerly known as Google), Facebook and Amazon very closely this week as they are all set to announce Q2 earnings.  Each of the aforementioned securities have posted strong returns this year and will be important to a continued advance of the stock market

With such significant earnings reports this week, we could be set up for some volatile sessions, something that this market has gone an exceedingly long period of time without.  As always, we will continue to monitor the markets and provide timely commentary.

If you would like to learn more about how we can help you participate in the markets while striving to protect your assets in the event of a downturn, please attend one of our upcoming seminars or reach out to us directly.

Major Earnings for the Upcoming Week (tickers are listed with a “$” preceding them)


Pre-Market – Cal-Maine Foods ($CALM), Halliburton ($HAL), Hasbro ($HAS), VF Corp ($VFC)

After Close – Alphabet ($GOOG / $GOOGL), Celanese ($CE)


Pre-Market – Caterpillar ($CAT), Chubb Limited ($CB), General Motors ($GM), Coca-Cola ($KO), Eli Lilly ($LLY), McDonalds ($MCD)

After Close – Akamai Technologies ($AKAM), Amgen ($AMGN), Advanced Micro Devices ($AMD), Chipotle Mexican Grill ($CMG), Express Scripts ($ESRX), Panera ($PNRA), AT&T ($T), United Technologies ($UTX), Wynn Resorts and Casino ($WYNN)


Pre-Market – Boeing ($BA), D.R. Horton ($DHI), Dish Network ($DISH), Ford ($F), Waste Management ($WM)

After Close – Buffalo Wild Wings ($BWLD), Facebook Inc. ($FB), F5 Networks ($FFIV), Gilead ($GILD), I-Max Inc. ($IMAX), O’Reilly Automotive ($ORLY)


Pre-Market – Celgene ($CELG), ConocoPhillips ($COP), Dunkin’ Brands ($DNKN), Southwest Airlines ($LUV)

After Close – Amazon ($AMZN), Electronic Arts ($EA), Intel ($INTC), Starbucks Inc. ($SBUX)


Pre-Market – American Airlines Group ($AAL), Chevron ($CVX), Merck ($MRK), Exxon Mobil ($XOM)

Economic Releases (7/10– 7/14):


8:45 am CT – PMI Composite Flash

9:00 am CT – Existing Home Sales

*FOMC Meeting begins


6:00 am CT – Producer’s Price Index,

7:55 am CT – Redbook

8:00 am CT- FHFA House Price Index, Case-Shiller House Price Index

9:00 am CT – Consumer Confidence


6:00 am CT – MBA Mortgage Applications

9:00 am CT – New Home Sales

9:30 am CT –Oil Inventories

1:00 pm CT – FOMC Meeting Announcement


7:30 am CT – Weekly Jobless Claims

7:30 am CT – Producer Price Index (PPI)

9:30 am CT – Natural Gas Inventories

3:30 pm CT – Fed Balance Sheet (Yield curve impact)


7:30 am CT – Consumer Price Index (CPI)

7:30 am CT – GDP

9:00 am CT – University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment

12:00 pm CT – Baker Hughes Rig Count

Disclaimers and Disclosures

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