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This week marked the busiest week of the second quarter earnings season, as the S&P 500 rose modestly on solid earnings and promising trade news. To date, 53% of the S&P 500 companies have announced second quarter earnings, with 83% of them beating estimates (FactSet).
Lets start with the headliner, Facebook. Most were expecting big numbers from Facebook, but the big numbers they received were not the ones they expected, as in a $120 billion decrease in market value. Facebook plunged after reporting mixed earnings, while providing a downbeat forecast for the remainder of the year. The numerous scandals/sins they were able to withstand over the past few months finally caught up to them. Read more from Ryan Nauman's weekly recap...
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