Walt Disney, CVS Health, Uber Technologies: 3 things to watch

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Investing.com — Stocks were stronger heading into the close after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said a “disinflation” process has begun but further rate increases are still appropriate.

Investors have been hoping for a sign that the Fed is getting close to pausing its rate increases. But on Tuesday Powell pointed to the January jobs report, which showed the economy added a far greater than expected half a million jobs in the month. Powell said that the report showed that the process of cooling the economy is going to take “a significant period of time.”

Futures traders are overwhelmingly betting the Fed will raise rates another quarter of a percentage point when it meets next month, heading toward a topping out of the terminal rate near 5%.

Inflation is easing in the goods sector and in housing but there is more work to be done, he said. Services inflation is still too high.

Several more Fed officials are scheduled for appearances and speeches this week, and on Friday, investors get the first reading of February consumer sentiment from the University of Michigan. The number is expected to inch up to 65 from 64.9.

Here are three things that could affect markets tomorrow:

1. Walt Disney earnings

Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) is expected to report earnings per share of 79 cents on revenue of $23.4 billion. Analysts will be listening in on Bob Iger’s first quarterly earnings call since returning to the entertainment giant as CEO. 

2. CVS Health earnings

Health care giant CVS Health Corp (NYSE:CVS) is expected to report earnings per share of $1.92 on revenue of $76.3 billion. It is reportedly pursuing a deal to acquire primary care center operator Oak Street Health. 

3. Uber Technologies

The ride-hailing app Uber Technologies Inc (NYSE:UBER) is expected to report a 14-cent a share loss on revenue of $8.5 billion.