Senate Republicans Approve Tax Vote!

The Republicans finally seemed to get their act together, the Senate Budging Committee narrowly voting to advance the upper house’s tax bill. The catalyst? Two Republicans changed their votes to a “yes,” with a full Senate vote coming as soon as Thursday. Even though indexes ended at record highs, there was a blip along the way, though: “The Fatty.”

After North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, otherwise known as “The Fatty”, announced that he launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that could strike “the whole mainland of the U.S.,” stocks pared early gains. The first strike in some two months, investors got spooked by the geopolitical tensions. The fear, though, didn’t last long, news breaking shortly thereafter that Republican’s tax proposal had moved a step closer to a Senate vote.

Market Summary: The blue chip, Dow, ended up 1.09%, the S&P 500 gaining 0.98%. The NASDAQ edged up 0.49%.

The Fed, too, served to help drive the market higher. Trump’s pick for new Fed chief, Jerome Powell, testified at a Senate confirmation hearing. While accentuating his credentials as a 5-year member of the FOMC committee, he stated that he hopes to continue in the vein of the reigning chief, Janet Yellen. As far as monetary policy specifics, he commented that he sees a December rate hike “coming together.” With investors and traders alike parsing his words, two words in particular gave the financial sector a boost. They were “tough enough,” Powell commenting that he saw the current regulations on the financial sector as just that, “tough enough.”

Banks reveled in the positive attention, the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE) rising 3.2%. Bank of America (BAC) jumped 4%, Citigroup tacking on 3.2%. Navient Corp. (NAVI) surged 4.01%. Wells Fargo (WFC), shot up 3%, despite earlier reports that it had overcharged foreign-exchange clients. Every component on the KBE rose on the day.

Phoenix Financial Services chief market analyst, Wayne Kaufman, is certainly bullish: “This is a strong market that continues to grind up, and I expect the market will continue to move higher throughout the end of the year. The market is very comfortable with valuations here, and so long as earnings continue to move up, I don’t see that changing.”

Bitcoin also had a field day, rising past $10,000, speculation running rampant, along with equal concerns that we’re talking about just another bubble; from tulip bubbles to the dot-com bubble, skeptics alike say that the lights are going to go out, the bubble imploding in turn.

The stocks that saw outstanding movement, likewise included Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), which soared 6.3% after Arby’s Restaurant Group (owned by private equity group, Roark Capital) agreed to purchase the company for $157 a share. The deal, including debt, is valued at $2.9 billion.

On the macro front, despite all the geopolitical tensions out and about and the political wrangling, Consumer Confidence in November rose to a 17-year high. The U.S. National Home Price NSA Index jumped 6.2% in September, based on the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller.

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Today’s Economic Calendar: The second reading for Q3 GDP is expected to be released at 8:30, Janet Yellen speaking at 10:00. Also at 10:00, be primed for pending home sales numbers, with the EIA Petroleum report coming out thereafter at 10:30. Then at 14:00, the Fed Beige Book will be released.

Wednesday’s Hot Stocks: ADSK, MRVL, NUAN, WESCO AIR

Economic Calendar


DAYTIME (EST)EventForecastImpact
Monday10:00New Home Sales620 KMedium
Tuesday9:00FHFA House Price Index0.6 %Medium
Tuesday9:00S&P Case-Shiller0.4 %Medium
Tuesday10:00Consumer Confidence240 KHigh
Tuesday10:00Jerome Powell SpeaksHigh
Wednesday8:30GDP3.3 %High
Wednesday10:00Janet Yellen SpeaksHigh
Wednesday10:00Pending Home Sales Index1.0 %Medium
Wednesday10:30Oil InventoriesLow
Thursday8:30Jobless Claims240 KMedium
Thursday8:30Personal Income and Outlays0.3 %Medium
Thursday9:45Chicago PMI64.0Medium
Friday9:45PMI Manufacturing Index54.5Medium
Friday10:00ISM Mfg Index58.4High
Friday10:00Construction Spending0.5 %Medium

Earning Calendar


TECDTech Data CorporationPMMonday
MOMOMomo Inc.AMTuesday
ADSKAutodesk, Inc.PMTuesday
MRVLMarvell Technology Group Ltd.PMTuesday
PSTGPure Storage, Inc.PMTuesday
NUANNuance Communications, Inc.PMTuesday
TIFTiffany & Co.AMWednesday
RYRoyal Bank of CanadaAMWednesday
SNPSSynopsys, Inc.PMWednesday
WDAYWorkday, Inc.PMWednesday
PVHPVH Corp.PMWednesday
GWREGuidewire Software, Inc.PMWednesday
JACKJack in the Box Inc.PMWednesday
BOXBox, Inc.PMWednesday
GLNGGolar LNG LimitedAMThursday
DCIDonaldson Company, Inc.AMThursday
KRThe Kroger Co.AMThursday
VMWVMware, Inc.PMThursday
ULTAUlta Beauty, Inc.PMThursday
NTNXNutanix, Inc.PMThursday
FIVEFive Below, Inc.PMThursday
BIGBig Lots, Inc.AMFriday

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