Bank, Energy Earnings to Disappoint ?

Bank, Energy Earnings to Disappoint ?

Investor’s first read Daily edge before the open
DJIA: 20,578
S&P 500: 2,355
Nasdaq  Comp.5,916:
Russell 2000:1,384
Friday, April  21, 2017    8:55 a.m.

      Another foray into the market similar to the six that preceded it since late February. Institutions have cash to invest, but have been reluctant to buy aggressively. 
      Obviously, the major driver of the post-election surge in prices has been Trump’s promise of a massive stimulus, but expectations for a strong rebound in earnings this year is part of that, as well.
      Factset projects a 9.2% rebound in the S&P 500 earnings for Q1 and 9.7% growth for the year. Based on that, the S&P 500 sells at 17.4 times earnings, well above the 10-year average.
      But Q1 projections are down from year-end growth projections of 12.5%, and a report today on Bloomberg Markets (Lu Wang) points out that growth rate may have to be revised down further, since its big contributor, bank and energy industry earnings may fall short of the mark.
       If the Street hangs tough on the Trump stimulus, an earnings growth shortfall won’t have much impact, however any major delay in passing tax cuts, deregulation and a big spend on the military and/or infrastructure would impact stocks significantly.

     Worth noting, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Comp. have logged in four straight days where the lows for the day were higher than the preceding day.  However, yesterday was the first day the DJIA’s low was higher than the preceding day.
      One reason for the DJIA’s lag is IBM and Goldman Sachs which until yesterday cost the DJIA 122 points over four days.
      The DJIA is a price-weighted average, whereas the other two are market value weighted making the DJIA more susceptible to distortion.
      During the period IBM lost 8.53 points, Goldman lost 9.23, or 17.76 totaled. Divide that by the Dow divisor 0.14602 and you get the 122.
      The Street is still focused on a stimulus with earnings growth as a kicker. That can change “if” the  assumptions that make up the algos are changed. My guess is most analysts would do that simultaneously leading to an abrupt plunge in prices in an already overpriced market. Without a change, the market can trade even higher.     

SUPPORT “today”:DJIA:20,507;S&P 500:2,348; Nasdaq Comp.:5,883
RESISTANCE:“today”:DJIA:20,642;S&P500:2,363;NASDAQ Comp.:5,941


“A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters.
      Russian documents appear to confirm what U.S. intelligence agencies have believed  all along that Russia influenced the outcome of our presidential election. 
      Yesterday, Reuters released documents, which were prepared by the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies[https://en.riss/], after the election that confirm this conclusion.
      It recommended that a, “propaganda campaign on social media and Russian backed global news outlets to encourage U.S. voters to elect a president who would take a softer line toward Russia than the administration of then-President Barach Obama, the seven officials said.”
     Additionally, a second institute document recommended Russia end its pro-Trump propaganda and intensify messaging about voter fraud to undermine the U.S. electoral system’s legitimacy and damage Clinton’s reputation.
      So far, investigations by U.S. institutions and Congress have not concluded collusion between Trump’s team and Russian operatives occurred.
     But U.S. investigations are still being conducted.
     I personally believe collusion DID take place, and odds are GOOD that it reaches far beyond collusion, that based on what I see and how people in the administration are acting.
     Reportedly, there is no mechanism in the U.S. Constitution that enables voters to recall at the federal level, though 19 states permit recalls at the state and local levels. Impeachment is the only recourse in the event high crimes and misdemeanors are committed.
      The truth may never be confirmed, it being so debilitating to orderly and effective governance, that it would  result in irreparable divisiveness.

       Now it’s VP Pence’s turn to talk tough. Wednesday, he addressed American troops aboard the USS Ronald Reagan where stated, “The United States of America will always seek peace, but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready.” That’s another way of saying negotiate, or else.
       It could be significant that Pence is the one out there, not Trump.   Are they preparing for the possibility of scandalous  news on Trump breaking, but don’t know when ?

Monday, President Trump slammed the media with a tweet, “The fake media has gotten even worse since the election. Every story is badly slanted. We have to hold them to the truth.”
      He has referred to the investigation of collusion between the Trump team and Russians to skew the election in his favor as, a “phony story,” a “total scam.”
      Sounds like he is setting the stage for news releases indicating collusion.  Really, why would the President of the United States take time early in the day with other things on his plate, to tweet this kind of rubbish ?

      Just a hunch, but I think collusion regarding influencing the election is only part of something much bigger, like major league money transfers for options on oil investments, real estate holdings, land deals.That’s why it is taking so much time.
      If we begin to see more and more of VP Pence, it may suggest the end for Trump is getting closer. Clearly, the inside knows something is about to break.  Trump is “toast,” IMVHO.
      There are so many people who know so much, and they are going to be watching out for number ONE, and that is not Donald Trump.
      While President Trump has moderated on some of his campaign rhetoric, he is unpredictable and unqualified to make decisions at this level, but Congress will waste little time seizing an opportunity of their lifetime – to ruthlessly, senselessly and wantonly dismember a system that works well without the intrusion of Republicans.
      The rape and pillage of our federal government continues, as Republican Thomas Massie  introduced a bill in February aimed at terminating the Department of Education effective December 31, 2018. This coincided with the Senate confirmation of Conservative Betsy DeVos, a long time advocate of school vouchers and critic of public education.

      As a budget is being developed, we can expect a major revamping of the nation’s government structure and huge cuts.
      Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget plans to streamline the U.S. government structure by drastic reallocation of resources away from social “Great Society” programs to the Dept. of Defense and Homeland Security.
      Action is already underway to gut the EPA and Dept. of Education, but the administration’s efforts are bound to encounter Congressional opposition, since budget cuts and the elimination of agencies will undoubtedly have widespread impact, none the least of which may be the loss of Republican House and Senate seats in 2018.
Expect the Trump administration to put the United States on a war footing within one year, probably regarding North Korea.  For one, it would justify its big military spend. For another, it would facilitate a mid-term election victory, since voters are reluctant to change  Congress significantly when the nation is gearing up for war.. It worked for George Bush in 2003.  Finally, it would deflect attention away from the Trump/Russia issue, that could sink the administration.

CORPORATE EARNINGS (updated  April 14, 2017)
      Q1 earnings are projected to increase 9.2%. That compares with a Q1 est. on Dec. 31 of +12.5%.  Q2 growth  is projected at +8.7%, Q3 at +8.2%, and Q4 at +12.6%. For 2017 as a whole growth is projected at a plus 9.7% down from Dec. 31 estimates of 11.6%.  Currently, the P/E on forward  earnings is 17.4 x. That compares with a 10-year average P/E of 14.0.
:  (UPDATED 4/13/17 and )
      On occasion, I technically analyze each of the 30 DJIA stocks  for a reasonable risk, a more extreme risk, and an upside potential over the near-term. I add the results of each, then divide by the new DJIA “divisor” (0.14602) to get the DJIA for those levels. This gives me an internal check on the DJIA itself, especially if certain higher priced stocks are distorting the averages.
      As of  March 29, 2017,  a reasonable risk is 20,413 a more extreme risk is 20,196.Near-term upside potential is 20,676
1-Trump’s presidency will implode within three years, Bannon will be gone, along with Breitbart News and Alt-Right’ influence.
2-Trump will put the United States on a war footing with North Korea in coming months with or without China’s cooperation.

Conclusion: It is happening now
3-Expect major domestic violence this summer as alt-Right groups confront protestors against tax reform and Congress’ gutting of a host of popular government programs.

Conclusion: It started on Easter weekend in Berkeley.
4-Seeds of a recession will be planted as Congress guts programs needed and used by millions.  Stock market has its final run.
5-Social Security and Medicare will be targeted for drastic changes if the Republicans hold control of both houses in 2018 and Congress is successful in gutting most of social service programs and the EPA per Trump’s wish list.     
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>                                                       Note: Source of weekly economic calendar and good recap of  indicators:
George Brooks
Investor’s first read
A Game-On Analysis, LLC publication
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