Your Friday Briefing: Dow Slides Over 60 Points as President Trump Proposes End to Quarterly Earnings Reports

The Dow Jones today slipped 68 points after U.S. President Donald Trump voiced his support for ending quarterly earnings reports. Trump said he spoke with many corporate executives and the consensus was that ending quarterly earnings reports would be a boon to American business.

The process of earnings reports has earned many critics over the years, many of whom argue that these targets increase short-term incentives at the expense of long-term business goals. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is exploring the idea of having companies report earnings two times per year instead of the customary four quarterly reports. While the move is controversial, it might not be as crazy as it sounds...

Here are the numbers from Thursday for the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq:

Index Previous Close Point Change Percentage Change
Dow Jones 25,558.73 396.32 1.58%
S&P 500 2,840.69 22.32   0.79%
Nasdaq 7,806.52 32.41 0.42%

Now here's a closer look at today's Money Morning insight, the most important market events, and stocks to watch.

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The Top Stock Market Stories for Friday

  • The Turkish lira slumped 6% on news that the Trump administration is willing to increase economic sanctions on the embattled country unless it releases Andrew Brunson, an American evangelical pastor who has been detained. Markets spent most of Thursday cheering trade developments between the United States and China, largely ignoring this ongoing drama. However, it's important to remember that Turkey's currency crisis may be a tremendous profit opportunity. Here's what you need to know.
  • dow jones industrial averageSemiconductor shares fell this morning as investors worried that the two-year surge in chip companies could be losing steam. Shares of Applied Materials Inc. (Nasdaq: AMAT) fell more than 5% after the world's largest semiconductor company fell short of quarterly expectations and issued a rather unimpressive outlook. The news pulled down shares of Micron Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MU) and Intel Corp. (NYSE: INTC).

Three Stocks to Watch Today: DE, NVDA, JWN

  • A light day of earnings reports features just Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE). The agricultural-machinery giant will attempt to keep momentum going despite the ongoing slump in farm incomes around the country. With soybean and corn prices moving lower, many farmers might now be able to purchase "new paint" - also known as new machinery. This factor could impact the company's forward guidance.
  • Shares of NVIDIA Corp. (Nasdaq: NVDA) were off 2.5% after the firm reported quarterly earnings after the bell Thursday. The firm topped Wall Street earnings expectations by $0.10 with a $1.76 figure. However, the firm reduced its current quarter guidance due to falling demand in the cryptocurrency industry.
  • Shares of Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN) popped more than 7% after the firm reported stronger-than-expected same-story growth and positive earnings expectation. The firm reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.95 on top of $3.98 billion in revenue. Analysts had expected EPS of $0.83 on top of $3.98 billion in revenue.

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