First Week of October Packed with Data

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There is plenty of economic data on tap for the first week of October, including a flood of employment data. The earnings docket is extremely sparse, with Conagra Brands (CAG),  Constellation Brands (STZ), and Tilray (TLRY).

Below is a list of key market events scheduled for the upcoming week. All economic dates listed below are tentative and subject to change.

Monday, Oct. 3 will bring the final S&P U.S. manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) and the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) manufacturing index. 

Tuesday, Oct. 4, job openings, factory orders, and a core capital goods orders revision is on tape.

The ADP employment report is due out Wednesday, Oct. 5, along with international trade balance data, the pending home sales index, S&P services PMI, and the ISM services index.

The usual initial and continuing weekly jobless claims data is all that is scheduled on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Oct. 7, nonfarm payrolls data, consumer credit and unemployment data are slated for release. 

When inflation rises, it’s not difficult to notice higher prices. But you don’t have to be very old to understand the expression that a dollar doesn’t buy as much as it used to. The Happy Meal was introduced in 1979 for a price of $1.10. Today, that same meal costs $2.99. Yet, it remains one of the restaurant chain’s most popular items. It’s also a barometer for the economy because of its convenience for parents.

And consider the iPhone which costs 81% more in 2022 than the initial model that launched in 2007. Yet despite the increase in price, consumers are willing to pay whatever is required.

The key to both of these examples, and others like them, is pricing power. A company that has the ability to raise its prices can maintain its profit margins. That means it delivers consistent results regardless of what’s happening in the broader economy. In good times, this may be taken for granted. But when the economy slows down, that consistency stands out.

In this special presentation, we’re looking at seven companies with significant pricing power at all times, particularly with inflation currently running at 40-year highs.

View the “7 Stocks with the Pricing Power to Push Through High Inflation”.

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Written by Steve Ives

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