S&P500 FACES Q3 TEST

Q3 results kick off

The impending arrival of the third quarter earnings season signals a pivotal period for the market. Leading this financial parade are prominent institutions such as JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and UnitedHealth. They will be followed by an array of noteworthy companies that include Tesla, Netflix, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Charles Schwab, American Express, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, American Airlines, and United Airlines.

Toward the month’s end, mega-cap tech giants, including Microsoft, Alphabet, Meta Platforms, and Amazon, are poised to provide insight into their Q3 performance. Lastly, Apple will wrap up the FAANMG stocks’ reporting on Thursday, November 2.

Expect turbulence amid macro headwinds

As this new earnings season beckons, the market anticipates a period that could bring turbulence, largely due to a set of significant macroeconomic challenges. If the Q3 earnings decline indeed reaches 0.3%, it will mark the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year earnings descent, although this one is expected to be the mildest.

Notably, the Communication Services sector is forecasted to shine with robust earnings growth, with major players like Alphabet, Meta Platforms, Netflix, and Disney driving this sector. The Consumer Discretionary sector is expected to follow suit with substantial annualized earnings growth, featuring stalwarts such as Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, McDonald’s, and Coca-Cola.

Varied expectations in different sectors

Within the banking sector, expectations for earnings growth persist, even amid the anticipation of weak loan growth, particularly in mortgages. These projections are bolstered by stringent cost-control measures. In stark contrast, energy companies are anticipated to grapple with a substantial earnings decline, primarily attributed to the drop in oil prices compared to the previous year. On the revenue front, there is a somewhat brighter outlook, with expectations of growth exceeding 1% compared to the same quarter last year.

Uncertainty prevails

While companies unveil their Q3 results, market observers will closely scrutinize forward guidance, as concerns loom over the uncertain macroeconomic landscape and rising recession fears. Vital topics likely to surface include assessing the health of the U.S. consumer, understanding hiring plans, and addressing ongoing supply chain challenges. Additionally, a strengthening U.S. dollar and its implications on overseas revenue will be a focal point, particularly for companies that heavily rely on international sales.

Spotlight on IT leaders In the technology sector, certain companies have shown promising potential for Q3 earnings and revenue growth. Notable tech-related firms, including Nvidia, Arista Networks, Snowflake, CrowdStrike, MongoDB, Zscaler, and Cloudflare, stand out in this regard. Meanwhile, consumer-sensitive stocks such as JPMorgan Chase, Royal Caribbean, Las Vegas Sands, and DoorDash are among those expected to deliver upbeat Q3 results, both in earnings and revenue.

Market caution

Artificial intelligence remains a central theme in the tech sector, with investors eagerly awaiting the financial performance impact of AI advancements. Against the backdrop of rising interest rates, the persistence of a high-rate environment by the Federal Reserve, and escalating geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, the market approaches this Q3 earnings season with a degree of caution.

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