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USIR Weekly Update Hotline

USIR Weekly Update Hotline

For Monday, October 9, 2017


Earnings Season Begins

Of all the events affecting stock prices, earnings per share have by far the greatest on-going impact. And this week, third quarter earnings reports and near-term guidance begin in earnest. With stocks coming off a strong upswing since mid-August, this brings an element of uncertainty to the market until we see how the quarterly reports are trending. Expectations are generally upbeat.

            The broad-market S&P 500 closed Friday at 2549, up from an August low 2417, capping a13.9% gain year to date. The tech-weighted Nasdaq Composite ended last week at 6590, up from 6177 in August and ahead a stellar 22.4% for the year. Both indexes, however, experienced declines in trading volume late last week, suggesting that institutions, with a great year under their belts, are taking a wait-and-see attitude toward the upcoming earnings reports.

            Look for our mid-October issue in the week ahead. Meantime, in the USIR Growth Portfolios, we are concentrating on the positions held in the September issueabetted by the four stocks added to the under-invested Emerging Growth Portfolio in last weeks update hotlinenamely, chipmakers Brooks Automation (BRKS) and FormFactor Inc. (FORM) and electronic systems providers Teradyne (TER) and Control4 Corp (CTRL).


Stephen W. Quickel, Editor


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