Tech Up, FED & ECB Meetings in Focus, US Data Later Today  | MarketReader Minute

January 19, 2024

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Friday, January 19, 2024

The overall market is currently experiencing normal macro volatility.

Some of the largest moves in the market today include: Gold has experienced a large move of +0.6%. Nasdaq 100 Index (US) has experienced a large move of +0.7%. S&P 500 Index (US) has experienced a large move of +0.5%.

The foreign exchange market is currently anticipating the upcoming European Central Bank (ECB) meeting scheduled for next Thursday and the Federal Reserve’s meeting in the following week, with expectations of policy decisions that could influence currency valuations.

In addition to central bank activities, U.S. economic data releases are on investors’ radar with January consumer sentiment and December existing home sales reports due today at 10 a.m Eastern Time; these indicators may provide insights into current economic conditions.

Furthermore, Moody’s has revised Egypt’s credit outlook to “negative,” reflecting concerns over potential weakening in its credit profile which can have implications for emerging markets debt stability and investor confidence.

AI-generated summaries of notable premarket ETF moves:

VANGUARD INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ETF | VGT $494.16 +1.0%
The Vanguard Information Technology ETF has moved +1.0% since the previous close, potentially influenced by positive returns from Microsoft (+0.68%), NVIDIA (+1.39%), and Apple (+0.23%). The Dow Jones Index (US) also experienced a return of 0.49%, suggesting a strong positive relationship between the two securities.

NATURAL GAS | XNG/USD $2.64 -3.8%
Natural gas prices have moved down significantly since the previous close. Escalating tensions in the Middle East and changes in US oil production due to severe weather conditions are contributing to supply-side uncertainty, leading to price instability. Additionally, shifts in global demand for oil influenced by China’s economic slowdown are impacting natural gas prices. Economic factors such as interest rate decisions and fluctuations in USD strength can introduce further volatility into the market.

Travelers Companies Inc | TRV $209.33 +5.6%
Financials, Property & Casualty Insurance
Travelers Companies Inc’s stock is up 5.2% since the previous close as a result of reporting better-than-expected Q4 earnings, with higher EPS and revenues surpassing analyst estimates. The company also showed significant improvement from last year’s figures in terms of net income and per-share earnings. Net written premiums increased by 13%. 

Super Micro Computer Inc | SMCI $342.80 +9.9%
Information Technology, Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals
Super Micro Computer Inc’s stock has surged 9.9% since the previous close as a result of positive guidance from the company. They raised their EPS guidance for Q2 2024 to $5.40-$5.55 and revenue guidance to $3.60 billion-$3.65 billion, exceeding prior expectations and beating consensus estimates significantly.

International Business Machines Corp | IBM $169.95 +1.9%
Information Technology, IT Consulting & Other Services
International Business Machines Corp’s stock is up 1.9% since the previous close, outperforming its sector peers. An upgrade by Evercore/ISI to Outperform from In Line and a new price target of $200 has positively impacted investor sentiment towards IBM. This upgrade highlights IBM’s potential as an overlooked beneficiary of AI adoption, leading to increased confidence in the company’s prospects for future growth.

J B Hunt Transport Services Inc | JBHT $204.00 +3.6%
Industrials, Cargo Ground Transportation
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc’s stock has moved +3.8% since the previous close, driven by better-than-feared Q4 earnings and an increase in dividend amount announced on January 18th. Several analysts have also raised their price targets for the company.

Texas Instruments Inc | TXN $171.02 +2.4%
Information Technology, Semiconductors
Texas Instruments Inc’s stock (+2.3%) has been boosted by an upgrade from UBS analyst Timothy Arcuri, who raised the price target to $195 and upgraded their rating to Buy. The analysts expect orders and free cash flow (FCF) to improve positively, which will drive revenue growth above consensus estimates in ’24 and ’25. This positive sentiment is likely driving the outperformance of Texas Instruments compared to its sector peers since the previous close.

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