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The Week Ahead: FOMC Policy Decision, Jobs Data Headline a Crowded Calendar

M&A news from DLTR and FDO should garner some attention today

by 7/28/2014 9:39:11 AM
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U.S. markets are signaling a soft start to a week, as a new round of geopolitical developments has cast a cautious shadow on the Street. Looking ahead, though, the domestic calendar is chock-full of earnings and economic reports that could serve as catalysts throughout the week.


  • While today's earnings calendar won't heat up until after the close when Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) reports, Dollar Tree, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:DLTR) $8.5-billion buyout of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (NYSE:FDO) should garner some attention on the corporate front. Both stocks are up significantly at the open. Elsewhere, pending home sales data and the Dallas Fed's manufacturing survey are slated for release within an hour after the open.


  • Housing and sentiment data will be in focus, with the release of the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index and the Conference Board's consumer confidence survey. Additionally, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) kicks off its two-day policy setting meeting. Stepping into the earnings spotlight ahead of the bell will be Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), and Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI), while American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) will report after the close.


  • Jobs data starts to roll in on Wednesday with the release of the Automatic Data Processing (ADP) employment report. Also, traders will be eagerly anticipating the Commerce Department's advance reading on second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP), as well as the FOMC's latest policy decision. Among corporate earnings reports, Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX), SodaStream International Ltd (NASDAQ:SODA), Sprint Corporation (NYSE:S), Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM), and Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) are just a handful of names on the day's docket.


  • Ahead of Friday's nonfarm payrolls report, weekly jobless claims and the second-quarter employment cost index will be released. Elsewhere, the latest Chicago purchasing managers index (PMI) is due. Meanwhile, a number of notable earnings reports are on the calendar, including those from Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD), MasterCard Inc (NYSE:MA), and T-Mobile US Inc (NYSE:TMUS).


  • The Labor Department's highly anticipated monthly jobs report will hit the Street at 8:30 a.m. ET. While most of the day's action should revolve around this report, personal income and expenses, the purchasing managers manufacturing index (PMI), the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan final consumer sentiment survey for July, the Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) manufacturing index, and construction spending figures are also scheduled for release. Meanwhile, earnings results from blue chips Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) and The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) will be reported ahead of the opening bell.

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