Top 5 Things to Know in the Market on Wednesday

Five Things You Need To Know In Financial Markets

  1. Boeing, Caterpillar, Facebook Lead Earnings Parade

 

A whopping 42 companies out of the S&P 500 are set to release their numbers on Wednesday.

Ahead of the open, AT&T (NYSE:T) will be under the magnifying glass after Verizon (NYSE:VZ) reported mixed results on Tuesday, while investors digest details of how HBO plans to face off against Disney’s new streaming service.

Boeing (NYSE:BA) (NYSE:BA) also releases quarterly numbers with attention on the status of its grounded 737 MAX jetliner.

Fellow industrial bellwether Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) will also provide insight into the state of the global economy.

The pace won’t slow at the market close as the focus shifts to numbers from Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Visa (NYSE:V). Analysts will be on the watch for the social media company’s user engagement and the progress with the computer giant’s cloud business, while Visa may offer a glimpse into the current state of credit in the world’s largest economy.

Read more: After Rough 2018, Facebook’s Q1 Earnings May Prove Its Bulls Were Right – Haris Anwar

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) fans and short-sellers will be set for the ongoing debate with the company expected to swing back to a loss after two consecutive quarters of profit.

 

  1. Wall Street Pauses Near Record Highs

 

After earnings sent the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to record highs a day earlier, U.S. futures pointed to a more cautious open on Wednesday after signs that China is easing up on its monetary stimulus and after another disappointing German business confidence survey.

At 5:21 AM ET (9:21 GMT), the blue-chip Dow futures had gained 4 points, S&P 500 futures had slipped 1 point, while the Nasdaq 100 futures declined 7 points. None had fallen by more than 0.1%.

The S&P 500 managed to erase all the steep losses it saw in late 2018 by ending Tuesday above the previous record reached on Sept. 20. It closed just 0.3% below its intra-day record high of 2,940.91 hit on Sept. 21.

With the Federal Reserve signalling, it’s still in neutral gear, earnings will be the main factor determining whether the index hits news highs ahead of Friday’s reading on economic growth in the first quarter.

 

  1. Oil Breaks Winning Streak On Surge In U.S. Inventories

 

Oil prices broke a two-day winning streak on Wednesday as a larger-than-expected surge in U.S. crude stockpiles prompted profit-taking near six-month highs.

At 5:24 AM ET (9:24 GMT), U.S. crude oil futures were down 36 cents, or 0.6%, to $65.94, while Brent oil was down 21 cents, or 0.3%, at $74.30.

The American Petroleum Institute said Tuesday that crude stockpiles surged by 6.9 million barrels last week. Official government data from the Energy Information Administration will be released at 10:30 AM ET (14:30 GMT), amid expectations for a build of just 1.26 million barrels.

West Texas Intermediate oil was still on track for gains of 3% this week after the U.S. said it would end all exemptions for sanctions against Iran, demanding countries halt oil imports from Tehran from May or face punitive action. Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih told a conference Wednesday that the kingdom wouldn’t immediately increase oil output to offset any shortfall in global supplies.

Investing.com senior commodity analyst Barani Krishnan noted however that the U.S.’s move may have placed Saudi Arabia between a rock and hard place, caught between U.S. President Donald Trump and Moscow.

“This Saudi double strategy of appearing to meet Trump’s need for lower oil prices without really meeting them and persuading the Russians to withhold production increases for as long as possible is unlikely to work for long,” he warned.

 

  1. BoC Set To Kick Off Dovish Central Bank Decisions

 

The Bank of Canada will announce its monetary policy decision at 10:00 AM (14:00 GMT) Wednesday and is expected to keep interest rates on hold in what will be the start of a string of hands off moves from global central banks.

The Bank of Japan and Turkey’s central bank are both expected to follow suit with no changes expected on Thursday.

The three monetary policy announcements come ahead of decisions from both the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England next week.

The Fed, which was the first of the major central banks to begin policy tightening, shifted gears this year with a pledge to be “patient”. In fact, markets currently price in more than a 50% chance that Powell and team will cut rates by the end of the year

 

  1. S.-China Trade Talks To Resume Next Week, Target Draft Agreement

 

High-level trade talks between the world’s two largest economies are set to resume next week in Beijing with the intention to draft an agreement before June.

U.S. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated late Tuesday that Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on April 30 in Beijing.

Liu will then reciprocate by travelling to Washington for another round of negotiations on May 8.

“The subject of next week’s discussions will cover trade issues including intellectual property, forced technology transfer, non-tariff barriers, agriculture, services, purchases, and enforcement,” Sanders said in a statement.

The two sides are seeking to have a draft agreement by the end of May, a person familiar with the matter said, according to Bloomberg.

 

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