The Week Ahead: Jobs

U.S. markets will be closed on Monday in observance of the New Year’s holiday, giving traders a short week culminating in a big report.

The employment situation report will be published Friday at 8:30 a.m. New York time. A private-sector sneak preview, the ADP employment report, will be released on Wednesday at 8:15 a.m.

The Institute of Supply Managers manufacturing survey will be published on Tuesday at 10 a.m., and international trade on Friday at 8:30 a.m.

The Federal Open Market Committee minutes of the Dec. 14 meeting, at which the Fed funds rate was raised by a 25 basis points.

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Tuesday’s Prospects

U.S. markets will be closed Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of the New Year’s holiday.

I have one prospect for Tuesday, COST, which has sufficiently high implied volatility to warrant a closer look.

Earnings season begins Jan. 9 with the publication of AA’s results and will continue for six weeks.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Dec. 31, 2016

Friday’s Prospects

There are no prospects that meet my criteria for further analysis on Friday. I don’t anticipate entering any new positions.

U.S. markets will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of the New Year’s holiday.

Earnings season begins Jan. 9 with the publication of AA’s results.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Dec. 29, 2016

 

Thursday’s Outcomes

I have neither entered nor exited positions today. I’ve attempted exits of options spreads on AMAT and XLF, but with no success. If either is filled late in the trading day, then I shall post an update after the close.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, 12/29/2016

 

Earns Prospects 1/3-1/6

There are 37 companies publishing earnings for trading consideration the week of Jan. 3 through Jan. 6. (Monday, Jan. 2, is a market holiday.)

Of them, only one qualifies for further analysis.

action sym earns date am/mid/pm
1/4 WBA 1/5 am

Earnings season begins Jan. 9 with publication of results by AA and will continue for six weeks.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Dec. 29, 2016

Thursday’s Prospects

The markets remain slow as the year approaches its end. I have no prospective entries into new positions for Thursday

Some high-volatility stocks are blocked from consideration because they are within a month of earnings announcements; I’ll wait until closer to the events before giving them a look.

The next earnings season begins Jan. 9 with the publication of AA’s results and will last for six weeks.

U.S. stock markets will be closed Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of the New Year’s holiday.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Dec. 28, 2016