Stocks To Watch: Investors Look For Edges Amid Inflation, Rates, Earnings Challenges


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Investors hope to turn a page on a brutal September with the calendar turning to October. Looking to next week’s highlights, there is a full roster of Federal Reserve Bank speakers, although the general expectation is that the central bankers will reiterate the goal of not pulling back prematurely on restrictive monetary policy and higher interest rates. Meanwhile, the economic calendar is headlined by the September jobs report at the end of the week. For stock pickers, the flurry of investor events include presentations by Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI), Illumina (NASDAQ:ILMN), Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK), Hasbro (NASDAQ:HAS) and Box (NYSE:BOX). Also watch for news from Google (GOOGL) with a Pixel hardware event on the calendar.

Earnings spotlight: Tuesday, October 4 – Acuity Brands (AYI) and SMART Global (SGH).

Earnings spotlight: Wednesday, October 5 – Helen of Troy (HELE), Lamb Weston (LW)

Earnings spotlight: Thursday, October 6 – Conagra (CAG), Constellation Brands (STZ), McCormick (MKC), and Levi Strauss (LEVI)

Earnings spotlight: Friday, October 7 – Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY)

Auto sales preview: TrueCar forecasts total new vehicle industry sales increased 13% in September to 1,140,659 units in September 2022. That tally is up 3% from August 2022 when adjusted for the same number of selling days. Excluding fleet sales, TrueCar expects U.S. retail deliveries of new cars and light trucks to be 987,378 units, up 8% from a year ago and up about 3% from August 2022. “With increasing interest rates, affordability is being tested,” noted

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