We are approaching the apex of earnings season. Last Thursday’s spectacular earnings reports from Alphabet (GOOG / GOOGL), Amazon (AMZN), Intel (INTC) and Microsoft (MSFT) gave the equity markets, specifically the NASDAQ 100 (NDX), another boost higher to record levels.
This week we get the FAQs: Facebook (FB) reports on Wednesday, Apple (AAPL) on Thursday, and Qualcomm (QCOM) also on Wednesday. You can toss in Priceline (PCLN) on Friday morning for good measure.
Also this Wednesday, is the FOMC rate decision and then on Friday we get October’s monthly jobs report.
There is some reason to believe that the FAQs can duplicate last week’s tech triumphs as there is an interconnective aspect to operations across the tech world. There is rampant speculation, as there always as, for Apple following a new product launch. It appears that demand for the more expensive Apple X is quite strong. Demand based backlogs are being reported by the tech and financial media. AAPL is less than a point away from its all-time high. Piercing that ceiling price will set the stock, and the overall markets up for another leg higher
October, the month of crashes is on track to deliver an above average return, barring any unforeseen events in the next two trading days. As I have mentioned before, the market is in the sweet spot. Positive returns in October for the Standard & Poor’s 500 (SPX), has, with some few exceptions, yielded positive returns in the last two months of the year.
As a result, as we say here in Las Vegas; it is time to press your bets. If you are playing with house money, it is worth getting more aggressive, not less, in the last nine weeks of 2017. We will have ample time to rest Monday and Tuesday and get positioned for the busy days the rest of the week. 2018 is still far away and we can take chips off the table when we get there, if we need to.
Disclosure: At the time of this commentary Scott Rothbort, his family and/or clients of LakeView AssetManagement, LLC was long AAPL,FB, GOOG, GOOGL, PCLN, QCOM, SPY, SSO & SPXL— although positions can change at any time.
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