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Market and Economic News from LPL Financial Research Team

Week of November 26, 2018

MARKET COMMENTARY; This weekly update offers insights into domestic and global financial markets events, policy actions, and geopolitical impacts.

"Corporate America Impresses Again"

KEY TAKEAWAY

  • Third quarter earnings season was again very impressive, with S&P 500 Index earnings growing 28% year over year, the fastest pace since the fourth quarter of 2010.
  • A pickup in economic growth, strong manufacturing activity, and tax cuts were the key growth drivers.
  • Guidance was generally positive despite tariffs and ongoing trade policy uncertainty.

ECONOMIC COMMENTARY; This weekly update offers insights into the U.S. and global economy.

"The Current State of Capex"

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Domestic capex growth has slowed in recent months as companies grapple with trade uncertainty.
  • The recent slowing has interrupted an otherwise solid two years for capital spending growth.
  • We expect robust capex growth to resume once U.S. businesses get more clarity around trade.