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Busy Finance Week Ahead: Earnings, Fed Minutes, Policy Meetings

Alex Vellor
03:24am, Monday, Feb 19, 2024

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U.S. financial markets will be open on Tuesday after the Presidents Day holiday. Investors and analysts gear up for a bustling week filled with earnings reports, Federal Reserve insights, and pivotal government meetings. The financial landscape promises to be dynamic, with significant developments from major corporations and policymakers that could sway market sentiments and investment strategies.

A Week of Anticipated Earnings Reports

The earnings season continues to unfold with many reports from heavyweight companies across various sectors. 

Notably, the tech giant Nvidia is expected to maintain its momentum, fueled by the surge in demand for artificial intelligence (AI), with analysts keenly awaiting its quarterly performance. As Nvidia's stock reaches new heights, surpassing even Google parent Alphabet in market value, its earnings report on Wednesday is arguably the week's highlight.

Retail giants Walmart and Home Depot are also on the radar, albeit with tempered expectations. Analysts project a decline in earnings for both, attributing the anticipated downturn to shrinking sales volumes and broader retail challenges. The outcomes of these reports could provide deeper insights into consumer spending trends and the retail sector's health.

Date Companies
Tuesday, February 20 Walmart (WMT), Home Depot (HD), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Medtronic (MDT)
Wednesday, February 21 Analog Devices (ADI), Nvidia (NVDA), Etsy (ETSY), Rio Tinto (RIO), Marathon Oil (MRO), Rivian Automotive (RIVN), Lucid Group (LCID)
Thursday, February 22 PG&E (PCG), Dominion Energy (D), Moderna (MRNA), Intuit (INTU), Booking Holdings (BKNG), Wayfair (W), Carvana (CVNA)
Friday, February 23 Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), Bloomin' Brands (BLMN), Ameren (AEE)

Additionally, earnings from Rivian Automotive and Booking Holdings will offer glimpses into the electric vehicle market and consumer travel spending, respectively. With Warner Bros Discovery rounding out the week, the focus will be on its advertising sales, streaming subscriber metrics, and developments in its sports streaming venture.

Federal Reserve Insights and Economic Indicators

The release of the Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) January meeting minutes on Wednesday is highly anticipated. These minutes are expected to shed light on the Fed's current economic outlook and potential interest rate moves, offering valuable clues to investors about the central bank's policy direction.

Furthermore, remarks from Federal Reserve officials, including Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker and Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari, will be closely watched for their assessments of inflation and economic conditions.

A Packed Conference Agenda Ahead

The upcoming week promises a bustling schedule for investors, with several key conferences on the horizon. Leading the lineup is the CAGNY Conference in Boca Raton, Florida, a significant gathering where companies such as Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP), Kraft Heinz (KHC), WK Kellogg (KLG), Mondelez International (MDLZ), Philip Morris International (PM), and Coty (COTY) are slated to present. Historically, this event has served as a platform for management teams to discuss their long-term visions and strategies.

The financial sector will also have its moment in the spotlight at the Bank of America Securities Financial Services Conference. Attendees can expect to hear from leading companies such as MetLife (MET), Apollo Global Management (APO), and Brookfield Asset Management (BAM), as they share their perspectives and updates.

Other important events:

Date Event
Feb 20 U.S. Markets Closed for Presidents Day
Feb 22 Intel Foundry Business Conference, Fed Minutes Release
Feb 23 Student Loan Meetings

In sum, this week encapsulates the multifaceted nature of the financial world, from corporate earnings and technological advancements to federal policy and economic forecasting. Investors and analysts will be parsing through these developments, looking for signals that could dictate market trends in the weeks to come.

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