The Weekend Rip: Big Banks Are On Deck

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Good evening, everyone. Welcome back to the grande casino!! ♠️ ♥️

3 of the 4 major indexes closed higher last week. Can the market of stocks continue to march higher? Time will tell… 

Earnings season is here!! 🔥 The major banks will kick off the festivities Wednesday morning. See more below.

Crypto crept higher during our weekend break. Bitcoin and Ethereum both bopped ~3% and trade at fresh weekly-highs. Even Dogecoin popped 20% today. Is it time for another crypto craze to commence?? Place your bets… 

Here’s the weekly S&P 500 chart:

And last week’s changes: 

S&P 5004,128+2.71%
Russell 20002,243-0.46%
Dow Jones33,800+1.95%

Naughty Alibaba

Chinese regulators slapped Alibaba on the wrist with a $2.8 billion fine in its latest anti-monopoly investigation. 

After opening a probe into the tech giant’s monopolistic practices last December, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) said the policy suffocates competition in China’s online retail market and “infringes on the businesses of merchants on the platforms and the legitimate rights and interests of consumers,”.

On top of the fine, Alibaba is required to file self-examination and compliance reports to the SAMR for three years. 

Alibaba commented:

Alibaba would not have achieved our growth without sound government regulation and service, and the critical oversight, tolerance and support from all of our constituencies have been crucial to our development.

Bank earnings 💰

The big banks start earnings season early Wednesday!
Financials flew to a hot start in 2021. The financial ETF $XLF is up 19% so far this year. Can the banks bounce on another strong quarter? Here’s the weekly chart:

JPMorgan Chase $JPM, Goldman Sachs $GS, Wells Fargo $WFC will report Wednesday BMO. Morgan Stanley $MS reports Friday BMO. See the calendar below.

Sunday Links:

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🍿 Godzilla vs. Kong tops $60 million, the best pandemic box office haul  

🎧 Balaji Srinivasan on The Future of Bitcoin and Ethereum – The Tim Ferriss Show

🏌 The unique relationship between Bryson DeChambeau and his caddie

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🤝 DiaSorin to Buy Covid-19 Test-Maker Luminex for $1.8 Billion 

📷 Ernest Hemingway in Cuba: Rare Photos of a Legend in Decline, 1952 

The Week Ahead

And now a brief and well-organized look ahead at the trading week beginning Monday, April 12th, 2021:

Economic Calendar:

4/13 March Consumer Price Index (8:30 AM ET)

4/15 March Retail Sales (8:30 AM ET)

4/15 Jobless Claims (8:30 AM ET)

4/16 March Housing Starts (8:30 AM ET)

Here’s the full Economic Calendar provided by Briefing

Earnings Calendar:

Be sure to know when your stocks are reporting. Here’s the earnings calendar