The third quarter earnings season begins Oct. 11 with the Alcoa earnings report at the market close. It should definitely be an interesting earning season to say the least. As earnings reports battle with the European debt crisis and the political environment, I don’t expect this season to go smoothly. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see stocks fall on great earnings reports, when news comes out of Europe.
The Third Quarter Review
The story for the past three months has been defense. We’ve seen the Dow drop from its highs of the quarter, about 12%. The worst single quarter decline since Q1 2009, thanks to the debt ceiling crisis, political infighting, and increased global economic fears. The market’s been extremely volatile for much of the quarter. Even those with iron stomachs must have felt squeamish at times.
After the initial August plunge from the US debt downgrade, the markets were on a steadily declining trading range based entirely on European economic woes and mixed US economic data. Fairly nauseating to say the least and I for one am hoping for calmer waters ahead. Continue Reading…