After a period of stagnation, investors are hoping that strong corporate earnings results will help push stock prices higher. A recent batch of solid earnings reports has given markets a boost, and traders are betting that the positive momentum will continue. If corporate America continues to exceed expectations, it could help the stock market break out of its recent slump.
Stock Index Performance – April 19, 2022
- Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.25%
- S&P 500 up1.34%
- Nasdaq Composite up 1.75%
On Easter Monday, with several international markets closed, the Dow fell 40 points, or 0.1%. This marked the seventh time in the last nine sessions that the S&P 500 had dropped. The S&P 500 edged down 1 point, while the Nasdaq Composite lost 0.1%. Corporate America’s strong earnings results have given markets a boost, and traders are betting that the positive momentum will continue.
This week is a busy one for corporate earnings reports in the US. After last week’s somewhat disappointing results from banks, investors are hoping to see a boost from strong earnings elsewhere.
This week is a busy one for corporate earnings reports in the US. After last week’s somewhat disappointing results from banks, investors are hoping to see a boost from strong earnings elsewhere. Some of the companies reporting their earnings this week include Johnson & Johnson, International Business Machines Corp., and Netflix Inc. Netflix’s shares have been particularly hard-hit this year, falling more than 42%. This has caused investors to worry about the company’s subscription numbers. However, if the other companies reporting their earnings this week have strong results, it could help offset some of the concerns about Netflix and give the stock market a boost.
The war in Ukraine is expected to cause a significant slowdown in global economic growth this year, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). However, the IMF does not believe that the U.S. or Europe will experience recession or stagflation as a result of the conflict. While the overall impact of the war on the global economy will be negative, it is not expected to be catastrophic.
The IMF has said that global growth is expected to slow to a 3.6% rate this year. This is down from 6.1% in 2021 and 0.8 percentage points lower than in the last forecast in January. The U.S. economy is expected to grow at a 3.7% rate this year, which is down from the prior estimate of 4%. The IMF attributes this overall slowdown in growth to various factors, including the ongoing pandemic and associated restrictions. Despite this slowdown, the IMF notes that 3.5% growth is still in line with long-run trends. As such, while there may be some short-term challenges, the global economy is still expected to maintain a healthy growth rate in the long term.
U.S. economic data released Tuesday showed that housing starts in March rose by 0.3% from February, despite high inflation and rising mortgage rates. Housing starts were up nearly 4% compared with those in March 2021, indicating that the housing market remains strong despite some challenges. This is good news for the economy, as a healthy housing market is often seen as a key driver of growth.