What will drive the markets this week?
On Friday, Wall Street’s three major indices saw marginal gains as investors absorbed recent market advances. However, the outlook on when the U.S. Federal Reserve might initiate interest rate cuts became uncertain following remarks from Fed officials
The S&P 500, Nasdaq, and Dow marked their third consecutive week of gains, with the S&P and Dow achieving their lengthiest weekly winning streak since July. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq experienced its most extended weekly advance since June.
In Europe, shares climbed on Friday, driven by gains in financials and healthcare. The week concluded with heightened optimism that central banks would aggressively reduce interest rates in the coming year. The pan-European STOXX 600 rose by 1.0%, finishing the week 2.8% higher, supported by falling bond yields.
Asian shares, excluding Japan, dipped by 0.45%, while Japan’s Nikkei closed up 0.48%, posting a solid 3% gain for the week. The Bank of Japan’s commitment to its super loose policy contributed to this positive performance. However, Chinese blue chips declined by 0.12%, lagging behind the overall weekly rally.
As the trading week will be shortened due to the Thanksgiving holiday, U.S. markets will be closed on Thursday and will also close early the next day (Black Friday). Major retailers like Amazon, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Costco are gearing up for Black Friday sales events, offering a wide array of deals and discounts.
Although the majority of earnings reports have concluded, investors can still anticipate financial updates from notable retailers, including Lowe’s, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl’s, and Nordstrom. Notably, attention will be focused on the tech giant and AI trailblazer Nvidia, scheduled to report earnings on Tuesday.
Beyond corporate earnings, market observers should monitor updates on existing home sales and consumer sentiment. On Tuesday, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is expected to release the meeting minutes from its most recent policy meeting.
Events expected to move the markets this week
Monday, November 20
- Agilent Technologies Inc. (A), Keysight Technologies Inc. (KEYS), Trip.com Group Ltd. (TCOM), Zoom Video Communications Inc. (ZOOM), Symbiotic Inc. (SYM), Legend Biotech Corp. (LEGN), and Full Truck Alliance Co. (YMM) report earnings
- Conference Board Leading Economic Index (October)
Tuesday, November 21
- Nvidia Corp. (NVDA), Lowe’s Cos. (LOW), Baidu Inc. (BIDU), HP Inc. (HPQ), Best Buy Co. (BBY), Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS), Burlington Stores Inc. (BURL), American Eagle Outfitters (part of AEO Management Co., AEO), Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF), Kohl’s Corp. (KSS), and Nordstrom Inc. (JWN), and BellRing Brands Inc. (BRBR) report earnings
- Chicago Fed National Activity Index (October)
- Existing Home Sales (October)
- FOMC Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, November 22
- Deere & Co. (DE) and GDS Holdings Ltd. (GDS) report earnings
- Durable Goods Orders (October)
- Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index—Final Reading (November)
Thursday, November 23
- U.S. markets closed for Thanksgiving Day
- Futu Holdings Ltd. (FUTU) reports earnings
Friday, November 24
- U.S. markets close early (1 p.m. ET)
- Black Friday sales in the U.S.
- H World Group Ltd. (HTHT) reports earnings
- S&P Global Composite PMI—Flash Estimate (November)