Weighing The Week Ahead: Can Earnings Season Reverse The Stock Market Decline?

By Jeff Miller:

Last week featured a low signal to noise ratio – speech after speech, but little fresh information. This week heralds the start of earnings season. While we have a normal measure of government data, market participants will carefully parse the announcements and conference calls.

This week will be all about earnings.

Prior Theme Recap

In my last WTWA I predicted that the media would focus on the speechifiers, be they central bankers, political leaders, or pundits. This proved to be amazingly accurate. Each of the major speeches was covered extensively and the lesser ones also got significant play. It shows what will happen when there is a vacuum in real news. None of the speeches really broke new ground. We could all have predicted the major theme of each in advance. There was little else to report, and the story had a very negative tone.

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