The Week Ahead: Trump Inauguration, Blue-Chip Earnings in Focus

Donald Trump will be inaugurated on Friday, while several Dow components -- including Goldman Sachs, American Express, and General Electric -- will report earnings

Karee Venema
Jan 12, 2017 at 1:30 PM
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Earnings season kicks off in earnest next week, when a number of big-cap financial names -- including Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) and Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) -- are set to report. Additionally, GS will join several of its fellow Dow components in the earnings confessional, with American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) and General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) among the many blue-chip names on the docket. And while speeches from a handful of Federal Reserve officials are likely to draw attention, it's the historical event in Washington D.C. that will hold Wall Street's gaze. Specifically, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th U.S. president on Friday, Jan. 20.

Below is a brief list of some key market events scheduled for the upcoming week. All earnings dates listed below are tentative and subject to change. Please check with each company's respective website for official reporting dates.

Markets will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Wall Street will return to action first thing on Tuesday, Jan. 17, with the release of the Empire State manufacturing index and a speech from New York Fed President William Dudley both slated for before the opening bell, and a speech from San Francisco Fed President John C. Williams after the close. UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH), CSX Corporation (CSX), Morgan Stanley (MS), and United Continental (UAL) are scheduled to report earnings.

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the consumer price index, industrial production data, and the Fed's Beige Book are all due. Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari will take the mic. On the earnings front, GS, C, Netflix (NFLX), Charles Schwab (SCHW), Fastenal (FAST), TD Ameritrade (AMTD), and U.S. Bancorp (USB) are set to report.

The economic calendar heats up on Thursday, Jan. 19, with the release of housing starts, weekly jobless claims, and the Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey. Additionally, the holiday-delayed weekly crude inventories report will hit the Street, while Williams is also due to speak. Stepping up to the earnings plate will be AXP, International Business Machines (IBM), Bank of New York Mellon (BK), BB&T (BBT), KeyCorp (KEY), Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), and Union Pacific (UNP).

While the week concludes on Friday, Jan. 20, with speeches from Williams and Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker, all eyes will likely be on Trump's inauguration. Dow component GE will cap a week heavy with blue-chip earnings. Also heading the earnings confessional will be Kansas City Southern (KSU), Schlumberger (SLB), and SunTrust Banks (STI).

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