Craig Johnson’s

Stock Market Summary

Monday, January 23, 2017

  • The stock market remained in a sideways trading pattern that has existed since the middle of December. It has been six weeks since the S&P 500 had a daily move up or down of more than 1%.
  • The recent sideways trading during the past month has been likely due to uncertainty. The uncertainty of a new President about to take office and the tone of the earnings reports. It is always a factor, but this time companies’ guidance and outlooks for 2017 are being given much more weight on whether a company had a good report or not.
  • The major market indices finished the week down about half of a percent, but the Russell 2000 Index, which represents the small capitalization universe, was down 1.50%.
  • Consumer staples had a good week benefitting from the market uncertainty, while healthcare and financials struggled.
  • The focus this week will primarily be earnings. The number of reports will be quite large over the next couple of weeks with technology names being the most visible. The recent strength in technology stocks that was largely absent last year could build further momentum if the reports are solid.
  • The stock market is always susceptible to pullbacks, but the charts of many stocks as well as market indices are providing an outlook with a positive bias.
  • The short, intermediate and long term trends are higher.


Sources:,,, Dow Jones News, Financial Times,, Investor's Business Daily,,, Thomson Reuters/First Call, U.S. Dept of Treasury, and individual company web sites and press releases.

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