The futures have been edging higher all morning long in anticpation that corproate earnings will be, at the very least, okay. I will say that I can't remember entering an earnings season with so few warnings. But, for me, the big test coming into this round of earnings will be whether companies could beat on both the top and bottom lines. Last Monday, a couple of companies didn't do that and their share prices were hit (in the case of Dominos Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) the share price was fractured). We'll get a chance to see if investors are so unforgiving again today as a couple of compaies have once again missed on the top line but beat on earnings.
- Hasbro (NASDAQ:HAS) posted earnings of $0.99 per share on $1.28 billion in revenue; the Street was looking for earnings of $0.93 per share on $1.32 billion in revenue.
- Eaton (NYSE:ETN) earnings $1.21 per share on $3.03 billion in revenue verses consensus estimates for $0.92 per share on $3.13 billion in revenue.
This could be the coldest winter in two decades, but all our efforts and rhetoric has gone into alternative energy that isn't positioned to fuel our economy.
By the way, speaking of crude oil, watch natural gas as it has started coming on like a gangbuster last week. This is one investment that confounded the pros all year long, but most have held their positions, and many will probably start to buy as well. They've been buying into natural gas via the ETF "UNG." At this level I like the risk/reward, but I still prefer indiviudal plays in the space including CHK and APA. The UNG above 12.50 could spark a buying stampede.
For today, it looks as if the Street is giving Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) the benefit of the doubt, and the rest of the market will get to ride along. Although Apple is a singular story of a company that happens to have the coolest stuff out there, a strong earnings result after the close would bode well for the entire market. I guess it does make sense that people would maybe walk out of the Apple store and then go to other stores in the mall. It makes more sense than the notion that someone would buy a car through the cash for clunkers program and not have such buyers remorse they'd drive straight to the mall from there.
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