The Week Ahead: Dow Earnings in Focus as Trump Takes the Wheel

A slew of blue-chip names will report earnings during Donald Trump's first week in office

Jan 19, 2017 at 12:54 PM
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Next week will mark the first of Donald Trump's presidency, and history suggests the S&P 500 Index (SPX) could struggle. Still, there will be plenty for traders to take in, as earnings season picks up in a big way. Blue chip McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD) will get the ball rolling early in the week, with a number of other Dow components set to report later on, including Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC). The earnings slate will also feature tech giant Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and coffee specialist Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX). As for economic data, most eyes will be trained on Friday's advance reading on fourth-quarter gross domestic product (GDP). 

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.

The week begins on Monday, Jan. 23, with the Dallas Fed manufacturing survey. MCD will headline the earnings calendar. Halliburton (HAL) and Yahoo! (YHOO) will also report.

Tuesday, Jan. 24 brings the Markit purchasing managers manufacturing index (PMI) and existing home sales. The earnings docket will feature 3M (MMM), DuPont (DD), JNJ, Travelers Companies (TRV), Verizon (VZ), Alcoa (AA), Alibaba (BABA), AK Steel (AKS), Capital One (COF), Corning (GLW), Cree (CREE), Discover Financial Services (DFS), D.R. Horton (DHI), Fifth Third (FITB), Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), Kimberly-Clark (KMB), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Navient (NAVI), Seagate Technology (STX), Steel Dynamics (STLD), and Texas Instruments (TXN).

For Wednesday, Jan. 25, the regularly scheduled update on crude inventories is the only item on the economic calendar. Stepping up to the earnings confessional will be Boeing (BA), United Technologies (UTX), AT&T (T), Abbott Laboratories (ABT), Briggs & Stratton (BGG), Citrix Systems (CTXS), eBay (EBAY), F5 Networks (FFIV), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Hess (HES), Lam Research (LRCX), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), McCormick (MKC), McKesson (MCK), Norfolk Southern (NSC), Novartis AG (NVS), QUALCOMM (QCOM), Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), and Western Digital (WDC).

On Thursday, Jan. 26, international trade data will be released, on top of new home sales and weekly jobless claims. On the earnings front CAT, INTC, Microsoft (MSFT), GOOGL, SBUX, Baker Hughes (BHI), Biogen (BIIB), Blackstone (BX), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Celgene (CELG), Comcast (CMCSA), E*TRADE (ETFC), Dow Chemical (DOW), Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford Motor (F), Helmerich & Payne (HP), hhgregg (HGG), JetBlue Airways (JBLU), Juniper Networks (JNPR), Northrop Grumman (NOC), PayPal (PYPL), PulteGroup (PHM), Quest Diagnostics (DGX), Raytheon (RTN), Sherwin-Williams (SHW), Southwest Air (LUV), Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), Swift Transportation (SWFT), and VMware (VMW) will report. 

The week wraps up on Friday, Jan. 27, with the advance reading of fourth-quarter GDP, as well as durable goods orders and the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment survey. Chevron (CVX), AbbVie (ABBV), American Airlines (AAL), Colgate-Palmolive (CL), and Honeywell (HON) will release earnings. 

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