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October 15, 2017 The Week Ahead

Nearly all major indices closed the week higher, with the exception of the Russell 2000 which cooled off slightly. In addition, crude oil continued its strong performance gaining nearly 5% for the week.

All eyes will be on earnings this week as there are several key names reporting, including: Netflix, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, eBay, IBM, and Procter and Gamble.

The “fear index” closed at 9.61 on Friday, level that has found some support of late.

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Source: TradingView

Here are how some of the most traded ETFs performed over the week: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) +0.23%, iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) -0.45%, SPDR Dow Jones Industrials Average ETF (DIA) +0.52%, and PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ) +0.46%

Here is how some futures/commodity related ETF’s performed over the week: United States Oil Fund (USO) +4.01%, iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) +1.83%, SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) +2.25%.

Below you’ll find what is else is on the schedule for the week:

Economic Releases:
17 Oct 2017- Industrial Production 9:15 AM ET
18 Oct 2017- Housing Starts 8:30 AM ET; EIA Petroleum Status Report 10:30 AM ET
19 Oct 2017- Philly Fed Survey 8:30 AM ET; Jobless Claims 8:30 AM ET
20 Oct 2017- Existing Home Sales 10:00 AM ET

Key Earnings:
16 Oct 2017- SCHW, CSX, KMG, NFLX, RIO, SONC
17 Oct 2017- GS, CMA, HOG, JNJ, MS, PGR, TTS, UNH, BHP, CREE, IBM, IBKR, NAVI, SCSS
18 Oct 2017- ABT, ASML, NTRS, USB, UNF, AA, AXP, CCI, CCK, EBAY, STLD, UAL, URI
19 Oct 2017- S, BX, DHR, DOV, GPC, NUE, PM, RCI, SAP, TRV, UN, VZ, ATHN, EFTC, ISRG, LHO, NCR, PFPT, PYPL,
20 Oct 2017- CFG, CLF, DST, GE, HON, KSU, MAN, PG, SLB, STI, SYF

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October 1, 2017 The Week Ahead

All major indices closed the week higher, with the small caps outshining them all, as the Russell 2000 finished up 2.69%. Despite political tensions between North Korea and domestic uncertainty with taxes and healthcare, the market just keeps pushing higher.

The “fear index” closed at 9.50 on Friday, level that has found some support of late.

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Source: TradingView

Here are how some of the most traded ETFs performed over the week: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) +0.72%, iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) +2.69%, SPDR Dow Jones Industrials Average ETF (DIA) +0.28%, and PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ) +0.78%

Here is how some futures/commodity related ETF’s performed over the week: United States Oil Fund (USO) +1.86%, iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) -1.14%, SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) -1.35%

Below you’ll find what is else is on the schedule for the week:

Economic Releases:
2 Oct 2017- ISM Manufacturing Index 10:00 AM ET
4 Oct 2017- EIA Petroleum Status Report 10:30 AM ET
5 Oct 2017- International Trade 8:30 AM ET; Jobless Claims 8:30 AM ET
6 Oct 2017- Employment Situation 8:30 AM ET

Key Earnings:
2 Oct 2017- CALM
3 Oct 2017- LEN, PAYX
4 Oct 2017- MON, LW, PEP
5 Oct 2017- STZ, COST, YUMC

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September 24, 2017 The Week Ahead

The S&P 500 & Dow Jones Industrial Averages closed the week positive. The shining star was small caps, as the Russell 2000 gained more than 1%. However, we did see weakness in some tech names, forcing the Nasdaq to close the week 1% lower.

Shares of AAPL -5%, AMZN -3.21%, FB -0.64, and TSLA -7.56% all finished lower.

Despite the sell off in some high profile tech names, the VIX is not worried. The “fear index” closed at 9.60 on Friday.

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Source: TradingView

Here are how some of the most traded ETFs performed over the week: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) +0.10%, iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) +1.33%, SPDR Dow Jones Industrials Average ETF (DIA) +0.34%, and PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ) -1.19%

Here is how some futures/commodity related ETF’s performed over the week: United States Oil Fund (USO) +0.39%, iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) -0.52%, SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) -1.82%.

Below you’ll find what is else is on the schedule for the week:

Economic Releases:
25 Sep 2017- New Home Sales 8:30 AM ET; Janet Yellen Speech 11:50 AM ET
27 Sep 2017- Durable Goods Orders 8:30 AM ET, EIA Petroleum Status Report 10:30 AM ET
28 Sep 2017- GDP 8:30 AM ET; International Trade 8:30 AM ET; Jobless Claims 8:30 AM ET
29 Sep 2017- Personal Income 8:30 AM ET

Key Earnings:
25 Sep 2017- ASNA, RHT, SNX
26 Sep 2017- FDS, INFO, MU, NKE
27 Sep 2017- JBL, PIR, THO
28 Sep 2017- BBRY, CAG, MKC, RAD, CAMP, KBH, CMD

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September 17, 2017 The Week Ahead

The markets finished the week at all-time highs on Friday. Investors will be shifting their attention to the upcoming FOMC meeting this week. Market pundits are debating whether or not the FED will raise rates at the upcoming meeting, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Judging by the VIX the market fears very little these days. The “fear index” closed at 10.20 on Friday.

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Source: TradingView

Here are how some of the most traded ETFs performed over the week: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) +1.06%, iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) +2.29%, SPDR Dow Jones Industrials Average ETF (DIA) +1.93%, and PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ) +1.28%

Here is how some futures/commodity related ETF’s performed over the week: United States Oil Fund (USO) +4.83%, iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) -1.66%, SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) -1.91%.

Below you’ll find what is else is on the schedule for the week:

Economic Releases:
19 Sep 2017- Housing Starts 8:30 AM ET
20 Sep 2017- Existing Home Sales 10:00 AM ET, EIA Petroleum Status Report 10:30 AM ET; FOMC Meeting Announcement 2:00 PM ET; FOMC Forecasts 2:00 PM
21 Sep 2017- Jobless Claims 8:30 AM ET; Philly Fed Survey 8:30 AM ET
20 Sep 2017- PMI 9:45 AM ET

Key Earnings:
18 Sep 2017- SCS
19 Sep 2017- AZO, ADBE, BBBY, FDX, KOOL
20 Sep 2017- GIS, JBL
22 Sep 2017- FINL, KMX

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September 3, 2017 The Week Ahead

The markets finished off the summer in impression fashion, posting gains across the board. With earnings subsiding attention will focus on the economic impact of Hurricane Harvey, the debt ceiling, and potential conflict between North Korea. Thus far, neither one of these issues has been able to stop the stock market’s rise.

Judging by the VIX the market fears very little these days. The “fear index” closed at 10.13 on Friday.

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Source: TradingView

Here are how some of the most traded ETFs performed over the week: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) +1.34%, iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) +2.66%, SPDR Dow Jones Industrials Average ETF (DIA) +0.86%, and PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ) +2.84%

Here is how some futures/commodity related ETF’s performed over the week: United States Oil Fund (USO) -0.82%, iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) -0.45%, SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) +2.70%

Below you’ll find what is else is on the schedule for the week:

Economic Releases:
6 Sep 2017- International Trade 8:30 AM ET
7 Sep 2017- Jobless Claims 8:30 AM ET, EIA Petroleum Status Report 11:00 AM ET

Key Earnings:
5 Sep 2017- COUP, DLTH, HOME, HPE, PLAY
6 Sep 2017- CASY, FRAN, FRED, HDS, NAV, GWRE, NCS, RH
7 Sep 2017- BKS, FNSR, PAY
8 Sep 2017- KR

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August 27, 2017 The Week Ahead

The markets bounced back, breaking a losing streak that lasted several weeks. All major indices closed in the green as political headlines subsided. In fact, the news that dominated the headlines was the Solar Eclipse and massive hurricane that is hitting the gulf coast.

Earnings are slowing down; however, we have a number of economic releases going into the week, including GDP numbers.

The VIX continues to decline as its sharply fallen over the last two weeks when it traded above 17. On Friday the VIX fell to 11.28, a drop of 7.77%.

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Source: TradingView

Here are how some of the most traded ETFs performed over the week: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) +0.76%, iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) +1.45%, SPDR Dow Jones Industrials Average ETF (DIA) +0.70%, and PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ) +0.52%

Here is how some futures/commodity related ETF’s performed over the week: United States Oil Fund (USO) -2.21%, iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) +0.55%, SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) +0.36%.

Below you’ll find what is else is on the schedule for the week:

Economic Releases:
28 Aug 2017- International Trade 8:30 AM ET; EIA Petroleum Status Report 10:30 AM ET
30 Aug 2017- GDP 8:30 AM ET, EIA Petroleum Status Report 10:30 AM ET
31 Aug 2017- Jobless Claims 8:30 AM ET, Personal Income 8:30 AM ET
1 Sep 2017- Employment Situation 8:30 AM ET, ISM Manufacturing Index 10:00 AM ET.

Key Earnings:
28 Aug 2017- PSEC, EXA, CTLT, AMWSA
29 Aug 2017- BMO, BBY, HAIN, HRB, NCS, OLLI, SCSC
30 Aug 2017- ADI, BOBE, CHS, DY, VRA, BOX, CTRP, FIVE, GEF, KEYS, SMTC, WDAY
31 Aug 2017- CIEN, CPB, DG, TD, LE, TITN, AMBA, PANW, TECD

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August 20, 2017 The Week Ahead

Markets sold off for the second straight week, despite concerns between the U.S. and North Korea easing. The political focus was on the President and how he was handling the hate crime that happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. In addition, key figures leaving his administration.

These political waves did add to volatility but simmered down by the end of the week. The VIX cooled off a little after trading above 17 this week, closing at 14.26 on Friday.

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Source: TradingView

Earnings coming out for the week include: CRM, HPQ, INTU, GME, BRCD, ADSK, and VMW

Here are how some of the most traded ETFs performed over the week: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) -0.58%, iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) -1.14%, SPDR Dow Jones Industrials Average ETF (DIA) -0.99%, and PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ) -0.61%

Here is how some futures/commodity related ETF’s performed over the week: United States Oil Fund (USO) -0.20%, iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) +0.15%, SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) -0.40%.

Below you’ll find what is else is on the schedule for the week:

Economic Releases:
23 Aug 2017- New Home Sales 10:00 AM ET; EIA Petroleum Status Report 10:30 AM ET
24 Aug 2017- Jobless Claims 8:30 AM ET, PMI 9:45 AM ET; Existing Home Sales 10:00 AM ET
25 Aug 2017- Durable Goods Orders 8:30 AM ET

Key Earnings:
21 Aug 2017- FN, RT, ZAYO
22 Aug 2017- COTY, DSW, JASO, MDT, MOMO, TOL, CREE, CRM, INTU, LZB, VNET
23 Aug 2017- EXPR, LOW, RBC, GES, HPQ, LCI, PVH, TLYS
24 Aug 2017- ANF, DLTR, MIK, SAFM, SIG, SJM, TIF, TUES, ADSK, AVGO, BRCD, GME, MRVL, SPLK, ULTA, VEEV, VMW

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August 13, 2017 The Week Ahead

Markets sold off during the week as geopolitical tensions between the US and North Korea escalated. On Thursday the Nasdaq dropped more than 2% and the S&P 500 sold off more than 1.45%. But when Friday rolled around there was no follow through and markets closed in positive territory.

The VIX reached it’s highest levels of the year, closing at 15.50 on Friday.

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Source: TradingView

There are less earnings reporting this week, however; there are still some large cap names to watch out for.

Earnings coming out for the week include: Wal-Mart, Applied Materials, Alibaba, Cisco, Target, and The Home Depot.

Here are how some of the most traded ETFs performed over the week: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) -1.33%, iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) = -2.67%, SPDR Dow Jones Industrials Average ETF (DIA) -0.85%, and PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ) -1.08%

Here is how some futures/commodity related ETF’s performed over the week: United States Oil Fund (USO) -1.38%, iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) +1.20%, SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) +2.62%.

Below you’ll find what is else is on the schedule for the week:

Economic Releases:
15 Aug 2017- Retail Sales 8:30 AM ET
16 Aug 2017- Housing Starts 8:30 AM ET, EIA Petroleum Status Report 10:30 AM ET, FOMC minutes
17 Aug 2017- Jobless Claims 8:30 AM ET, Philly Fed Survey 8:30 AM ET, Industrial Production 9:15 AM ET

Key Earnings:
14 Aug 2017- JD, SYY
15 Aug 2017- AAP, COH, DKS, HD, QIWI, TJX, A, URBN, VIAV
16 Aug 2017- TGT, CSCO, NTAP, LB, SMRT
17 Aug 2017- BABA, BKE, BNT, MSG, WMT, AMAT, GPS, ROST, ZOES
18 Aug 2017- DE, EL, FL, HIBB

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August 8, 2017 Market Wrap Up

The markets were on pace for another slow grind up. However, that changed after some political remarks out of the White House, specifically; comments from the President about North Korea and it’s nuclear weapons ambitions.

Earnings highlights included: DIS -2.56%, CVS -0.7%, and CYBR -1.87%

The VIX climbed due to geopolitical concerns, it closed at 10.96.

Index EF movers: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) -0.25%, iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) -0.31%, SPDR Dow Jones Industrials Average ETF (DIA) -0.07%, and PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ) -0.17%

Commodity and futures related ETF movers: United States Oil Fund (USO) -0.4%, iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) -0.36%, SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) +0.29%

On the options front, we saw large call buying activity in Urban Outfitters Inc (URBN), which traded 3.4 times normal option volume. In addition, we saw heavy put buying in Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (FRAN), which traded 7.7 times normal option volume.

Economic Releases:
9 August 2017- EIA Petroleum Status Report 10:30 AM ET
10 August 2017- Jobless Claims 8:30 AM ET, PPI 8:30 AM ET
11 August 2017- Consumer Price Index 8:30 AM ET

Key Earnings:
8 August 2017- CABO, CVS, DF, ENDP, EXPD, IEP, KORS, LAMR, LNG, MNK, QVCA, RL, SEAS, SEE, TDG, TIME, VRX, ZBRA, ZTS, BUFF, CYBR, DIS, DXC, GDDY, HTZ, MSNT, MYGN, NUAN, PCLN, TRIP, TSO, XEC, ZG
9 August 2017- CROX, IPXL LITE, MYL, WB, WEN, FLO, FOXA,
10 August 2017- KSS, M, PRGO, JWN, NVDA, NWSA, SNAP, PCTY, TTD
11 August 2017- JCP

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August 6, 2017 The Week Ahead

It was another strong week for the stock market as both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrials posted gains. Job growth came stronger than expected and unemployment hit a 16 year low at 4.3%.

Earnings thus far have been mixed, but results from Apple were strong as shares of the stock gained 4.6% on the week.

Earnings coming out for the week include: Disney, Nvidia, and retailers like Macy’s and Nordstrom.

Here are how some of the most traded ETFs performed over the week: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) +0.20%, iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) -1.23%, SPDR Dow Jones Industrials Average ETF (DIA) +1.17%, and PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ) -0.13%

Here is how some futures/commodity related ETF’s performed over the week: United States Oil Fund (USO) -0.39%, iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) +0.84%, SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) -0.86%.

Below you’ll find what is else is on the schedule for the week:

Economic Releases:
9 August 2017- EIA Petroleum Status Report 10:30 AM ET
10 August 2017- Jobless Claims 8:30 AM ET, PPI 8:30 AM ET
11 August 2017- Consumer Price Index 8:30 AM ET

Key Earnings:
7 August 2017- BAH, GOGO, CAR, LC, LQ, MAR, MTW, THC, TWLO
8 August 2017- CABO, CVS, DF, ENDP, EXPD, IEP, KORS, LAMR, LNG, MNK, QVCA, RL, SEAS, SEE, TDG, TIME, VRX, ZBRA, ZTS, BUFF, CYBR, DIS, DXC, GDDY, HTZ, MSNT, MYGN, NUAN, PCLN, TRIP, TSO, XEC, ZG
9 August 2017- CROX, IPXL LITE, MYL, WB, WEN, FLO, FOXA,
10 August 2017- KSS, M, PRGO, JWN, NVDA, NWSA, SNAP, PCTY, TTD
11 August 2017- JCP

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