Labor market conditions improved once again and jobless claims dropped to about 400,000 after rising last week, as economic activity picked up. Stocks rallied in the action-packed week and benchmark indexes Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 scaled all-time highs, after shrugging off the initial weakness.
Two deals that caught the market’s attention this week were tech firm HP’s offer to buy remote computing software company Teradici Corp. and the acquisition of spend intelligence vendor Suplari by Microsoft, though the financial terms are not yet known in both cases.
In the recent past, not a week has passed without Accenture adding new businesses to its fold, and this time it was Italy-based tech group Ethica Consulting. Meanwhile, Amgen has inked a pact to buy Teneobio for $900 million.
It was a busy week in terms of earnings announcements, with top players from across the corporate world revealing financial data for the recently-ended quarter. Proving its critics wrong once again, Tesla ended the first half on an upbeat note. The electric car maker was joined by aerospace giant Lockheed Martin on Monday in reporting second-quarter earnings.
FAANG components Alphabet and Apple stole the show on Tuesday, posting strong earnings that more than doubled year-over-year. The other most-awaited event of the day also came from the tech space – Microsoft registered impressive Q4 numbers. General Electric, United Parcel Service, JetBlue, and Visa also reported.
It was an equally upbeat show from Facebook, which reported a 56% spike in Q2 revenues midweek. Pharma giant Pfizer, aircraft builder Boeing, McDonalds, and PayPal were the other major Wall Street entities that published statistics on Wednesday. Thursday was not as busy as usual, with the earning releases of drugmaker Merck, Mastercard, and Amazon being the only major events. Caterpillar, Procter & Gamble, and ExxonMobil released their results on Friday.
The first week of August is going to be relatively less hectic, with no major events scheduled for the first few days. Camtek is preparing to release its Q2 report on August 4, to be followed by biopharma company Amarin and alcohol firm Constellation Brands on August 5. Draftkings is expected to unveil its most recent metrics on August 6.
Key Earnings to Watch
Tuesday: Standard Chartered, BP plc, DuPont, Alibaba, NXP Semiconductors, Blue Apron Holdings, Marriott International, Under Armour, Ralph Lauren, Eli Lilly, ConocoPhillips, Amgen, Akamai Technologies, LYFT, and Activision Blizzard
Thursday: Rolls-Royce, ABIOMED, Papa Johns, Moderna, Becton, Dickinson, Bayer AG, Viacom, adidas AG, Murphy Oil, MetLife, Marathon Oil, Kellogg, Novavax, Expedia Group, Dropbox, GoPro, Square, Beyond Meat, News Corp, FireEye, and Motorola Solutions
Key US Economic Events
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