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PREVIOUS WEEK RE-CAP:  (4/29 – 5/3)

Monday (4/29) – Stocks extended a rally with the S&P 500 ending at an all-time high as growth-oriented stocks like energy and technology lead the way.

(S&P 500 +0.7%)

Tuesday (4/30) – Stocks closed with slight gains, with the S&P 500 ending at another all-time closing high on a rally in Apple and encouraging economic data.

(S&P 500 +0.2%)

Wednesday (5/1) – Stocks fell sharply as the latest economic data on the jobs & manufacturing fronts continued a trend of indicators pointing to anemic growth, while bellwether companies disappointed on revenue.

(S&P 500 -0.9%)

Thursday (5/2) – Stocks closed higher, led by tech shares, after weekly jobless claims figures pointed to improving labor market conditions a day before the closely watched monthly payroll report.

(S&P 500 +0.9%)

Friday (5/3) – The Dow and S&P 500 advanced to all-time closing highs, with major indexes jumping 1 percent after an unexpectedly strong April jobs report eased concerns about an economic slowdown.

(S&P 500 +1.1%)

For the previous week, Dow closed up 1.8%, the S&P gained 2.0% and the Nasdaq added 3.0%

To begin the current week, the S&P 500 is up approx. 13.2% in the year-to-date period.

Technical Update:  In the latest week, the S&P 500 set a new all time high finishing above 1,600 for the first time in history.  After rebounding off the 1,540 support level two weeks ago, following the sell-off in Gold and Boston bombings, the S&P has moved steadily higher with the Index finally breaching the 1,600 level this past Friday.  Looking ahead, chart watchers and the electronic program trading community will most likely maintain a bullish bias on equities as long as we remain above the market’s 1,570 – 1,575 support band.  However, a pullback below this range could trigger a heavy round of short-term technical sell pressure.

Key Technical Levels (S&P 500):

On the upside (resistance) – 1,615 (new all-time intra-day high)

On the downside (support) – 1,600, 1,570 – 1,575, 1,550, 1,540 & 1,525-1,530 are the next major marks in range on the charts.

* 50-day moving avg. = 1,560 & 200-day moving avg. = 1,477

Economic Data: We are scheduled for a light week on the economic data front, highlighted by Tuesday’s Consumer Credit Report; Thursday’s Weekly Jobless Claims Data & Wholesale Inventories and Friday’s Treasury Budget.  See below for full list of weekly economic reports.

Corporate Earnings:  Corporate earnings continue at slightly less aggressive pace this week with 46 S&P 500 companies scheduled to report. As of 5/3/13, of the 395 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported earnings to date for Q1 2013, 68% have reported earnings above analyst expectations. This is higher than the long-term average of 63% and higher than the average over the past four quarters of 67%.  On the revenue front, 46% of companies have reported Q1 2013 revenue above analyst expectations. This is significantly lower than the long-term average of 62% and lower than the average over the past four quarters of 52%.  See below for full list of corporate earnings reports. 

Crude Oil: To begin the week, NYMEX WTI Crude Oil is trading around the $95.00 a barrel level & Brent Crude is trading near $104.00 a barrel.  In the 2013 YTD period, NYMEX WTI Crude Oil is up 2% while Brent Crude is down over 3%.



MONDAY (5/6)

The Federal Reserve’s Senior Loan Officer Survey, which provides a comprehensive picture of commercial-bank loans, is released.

Sysco Corporation Earnings – BMO

– Tyson Foods Inc Earnings – BMO

– First Solar Inc Earnings – AMC

– Vornado Realty Trust Earnings – AMC


– 3:00 PM ET – Consumer Credit – Mar – Expectations = 16.3B

– German and French finance ministers and central bankers meet in Berlin.

– Direct TV Earnings – BMO

– Emerson Electric Earnings – BMO

– CH Robinson Worldwide Inc Earnings – AMC

– Walt Disney Company Earnings – AMC

– Electric Arts Earnings – AMC

– Marathon Oil Corp Earnings – AMC

– Whole Foods Earnings – AMC


Bank of England holds monetary-policy committee meeting ahead of an interest-rate decision expected Thursday.

– Cognizant Tech Solutions CP Earnings – BMO

– News Corp Earnings – AMC


– 8:30 AM ET – Weekly Jobless Claims – Expectations = 336K

– 10:00 AM ET – Wholesale Inventories – Mar – Expectations = 0.3%

– IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde is scheduled to speak at the Global Investment Conference in London.

– Several Fed presidents speak across the country. Charles Plosser, president of the Philadelphia Fed, talks on monetary policy at Simon School of Business financial conference in New York.

– Cablevision Systems Corp Earnings – BMO

– Dean Foods Co Earnings – BMO

– Priceline.Com Earnings – AMC

FRIDAY (5/10)

– 2:00 PM ET – Treasury Budget – Apr – Prior = +59.1B

– Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke gives the keynote address at the Bank of Chicago conference.

– Finance ministers and central governors from the G-7 countries, which include the U.S., Canada, and Germany, meet in London.

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