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Stock Market Outlook for October 18, 2019


US Industrial Production fell by 1.7% (NSA) in September, weaker than the 1.1% decline that is average for this time of year.

 

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E*Trade Financial Corp. (NASD:ETFC) Seasonal Chart

E*Trade Financial Corp. (NASD:ETFC) Seasonal Chart

DR Horton Inc. (NYSE:DHI) Seasonal Chart

DR Horton Inc. (NYSE:DHI) Seasonal Chart

Teradyne, Inc. (NASD:TER) Seasonal Chart

Teradyne, Inc. (NASD:TER) Seasonal Chart

Autodesk, Inc. (NASD:ADSK) Seasonal Chart

Autodesk, Inc. (NASD:ADSK) Seasonal Chart

Aware, Inc. (NASD:AWRE) Seasonal Chart

Aware, Inc. (NASD:AWRE) Seasonal Chart

Landstar System, Inc. (NASD:LSTR) Seasonal Chart

Landstar System, Inc. (NASD:LSTR) Seasonal Chart

Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE:SCHW) Seasonal Chart

Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE:SCHW) Seasonal Chart

Unisys Corp. (NYSE:UIS) Seasonal Chart

Unisys Corp. (NYSE:UIS) Seasonal Chart

Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASD:UFPI) Seasonal Chart

Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASD:UFPI) Seasonal Chart

 

 

The Markets

Stocks rose on Thursday in continued positive reaction to earnings and hopes that a Brexit deal can be reached before the imposed deadline of the end of the month.  The S&P 500 Index was higher by just less than three-tenths of a percent, dancing around the psychologically important 3,000 level throughout the session.  Activity above this key threshold has been tenuous as investors express their hesitation in purchasing stocks around all-time highs.

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Part of the hesitation on Thursday can be attributed to scepticism as to whether a Brexit deal can be agreed upon when the UK parliament sits on Saturday.  European benchmarks initially traded higher following news that the United Kingdom and European Union had struck a deal, but, as the session progressed, various parties indicated that they would not support the Brexit framework and stocks sold off.  The German DAX was up by over one percent at the highs of the session, but ended negative on the day.  A similar reversal was realized on the French CAC.  European benchmarks have been flirting with 52-week high territory in recent days on optimism that a Brexit solution would be achieved, but, after many months of negotiations, it may be that the UK is no closer at achieving a successful separation.  Seasonally, European stocks tend to gain between now and the middle of January, following the same risk-on trend as other developed markets around the globe.

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DAX Index Seasonal Chart

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CAC 40 Index Seasonal Chart

On the economic front, US Industrial Production statistics were released before Thursday’s opening bell.  The headline print of September’s report indicates that activity fell by 0.4% in the month, a significant shift from the 0.8% increase reported for August. Expectations were for a decline of 0.2%. The manufacturing component was lower by 0.5%, also a miss versus the consensus analyst estimate of -0.3%. Stripping out the seasonal adjustments, industrial production in the US actually declined by 1.7% in September, which is weaker than the 1.1% decline that is average for the month. The result places the year to change higher by a mere 0.2%, well below the 2.3% increase that is average through the first three quarters. This is the weakest pace since 2015 in the midst of a manufacturing recession.  We sent out further insight to subscribers.  Subscribe now to be added to our distribution list.

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Sentiment on Thursday, as gauged by the put-call ratio, ended bullish at 0.91

 

 

 

 

Seasonal charts of companies reporting earnings today:

Coca-Cola Company (The) Seasonal Chart American Express Company Seasonal Chart Schlumberger N.V. Seasonal Chart Synchrony Financial Seasonal Chart State Street Corporation Seasonal Chart Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Seasonal Chart Kansas City Southern Seasonal Chart Gentex Corporation Seasonal Chart ManpowerGroup Seasonal Chart IBERIABANK Corporation Seasonal Chart Ameris Bancorp Seasonal Chart Sensient Technologies Corporation Seasonal Chart Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A. Seasonal Chart Sify Technologies Limited Seasonal Chart Acme United Corporation. Seasonal Chart

 

 

S&P 500 Index

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TSE Composite

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