Economic Calendar & Watch List 5/4/2017


Thursday May 4, 2017


Economic Calendar & Watch List


Morning Notes

US Futures are moderately higher this morning after comments from the FOMC said they expect to see stronger economic growth after a rather soft first quarter. This may also signal continued rate increases if economic environment is right. European stocks also are advancing on the FOMC positive outlook for the economy. Asian markets closed mostly mixed.



The SPY sold off to test the recent gap entry which held as support and then closed just slightly back off the lows. Support will lie at the low of yesterday’s range at $237.70 which closely coincides with the recent gap entry at $237.81, then followed by $237.41, the 20EMA at $236.69, $236.61, and the recent pivot point at  $236.30 which also coincides with the 50SMA. Resistance will lie at the high of yesterday’s range at $238.88, followed by $238.98, $239.17, $239.53, $239.57, and record highs at $240.32.


Small Cap Watch List

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**Others On Watch**


Economic Calendar

8:30 Weekly initial unemployment claims expected -8,000 to 249K

8:30 March trade balance expected -$44.5B

8:30 Q1 non-farm productivity expected unchanged

8:30 USDA weekly Export Sales

10:00 March factory orders expected +0.4%


Notable Earnings Before Open
Apache Corp. (APA) – EPS Est. $0.13
BioCryst Pharma (BCRX) – EPS Est. -$0.19
Chesapeake Energy (CHK) – EPS Est. $0.19
Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN) – EPS Est. $0.48
Kellogg (K) – EPS Est. $0.99
Occidental Petroleum (OXY) – EPS Est. $0.07
Regeneron (REGN) – EPS Est. $3.07
Viacom (VIAB) – EPS Est. $0.59


Notable Earnings After Close
Activision Blizzard (ATVI) – EPS Est. $0.21
Arista Networks (ANET) – EPS Est. $0.86
BioMarin Pharma (BMRN) – EPS Est. -$0.29
Herbalife (HLF) – EPS Est. $0.89
Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) – EPS Est. -$0.71
LendingClub (LC) – EPS Est. -$0.03