We're just over halfway through third quarter earnings reports, and the results have been better than expected so far. There were some concerns about the effects of the recent hurricanes, but they haven't been too bad. As of October 27, 55 percent of S&P 500 companies have reported their actual earnings results. According to data from FactSet, 76 percent of the companies that have reported actual earnings have beaten their estimates.
Monetary policy can have an impact on stock and bond prices. The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) has been embarking on a tightening cycle that should affect interest rates. They have indicated that another increase in the Fed funds rate could happen again this year at their final meeting of 2017 in December. They will probably raise the rate by 25 basis points or bips. Twenty-five basis points is equal to 0.25 percent.
Earnings reports for the third quarter of 2017 that just ended will get underway soon. Traditionally, aluminum maker Alcoa kicks off the reporting season with their announcement. This quarter, Alcoa will report on Oct. 18 after the market closes. The market is valued fairly high right now with a forward price to earnings ratio of 18.0, which is above both the five-year average of 15.6 and 10-year average of 16.1.
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Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".