It’s another packed week of earnings reports, with 130 S&P 500 companies on deck to release their first-quarter results. Estée Lauder is among Monday’s highlights, before things pick up on Tuesday:  Activision Blizzard, CVS Health, DuPont, Pfizer, and T-Mobile US all report.

On Wednesday,  Barrick Gold, Booking Holdings, General Motors, PayPal Holdings, and Uber Technologies release earnings.  Anheuser-Busch InBev, Moderna, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Square, and ViacomCBS go on Thursday. And finally, Cigna closes the week on Friday.

On the economic calendar this week, the main event will jobs Friday. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is forecast to report a gain of 975,000 nonfarm payrolls in April, and an unemployment rate of 5.8%—down from 6% a month earlier. 

Other data out this week include the Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index for April on Monday and its Services equivalent on Wednesday.

Enterprise Products Partners and Estée Lauder release earnings.

Merck and Public Storage hold virtual investor days.

The Census Bureau reports construction-spending data for March. Consensus estimate is for a 0.6% month-over-month increase in construction spending to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.53 trillion.

The Institute for Supply Management releases its Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index for April. Economists forecast a 65 reading, roughly even with the March figure. The March reading was the highest for the index since December 1983.

Tuesday 5/4

Activision Blizzard, Conoco Phillips, Cummins, CVS Health, Dominion Energy, DuPont, Eaton, Pfizer, Sysco, and T-Mobile US report quarterly results.

Eli Lilly holds a conference call to discuss its sustainability initiatives.

Union Pacific holds its 2021 virtual investor day.

Wednesday 5/5

Barrick Gold, Booking Holdings, BorgWarner, Emerson Electric, General Motors, Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Novo Nordisk, PayPal Holdings, and Uber Technologies release earnings.

ADP releases its National Employment Report for April. Expectations are for a gain of 762,500 jobs in private-sector employment after a 517,000 increase in March.

ISM releases its Services PMI for April. The consensus call is for a 64.6 reading, a tick higher than the March data. The March reading was an all-time high for the index.

Thursday 5/6

Anheuser-Busch InBev, Becton Dickinson, Expedia Group, Fidelity National Information Services, Kellogg, Linde, MetLife, Moderna, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Square, ViacomCBS, and Zoetis hold conference calls to discuss quarterly results.

The Department of Labor reports initial jobless claims for the week ending on May 1. Initial jobless claims have averaged 611,750 a week in April and are at their lowest level since March of last year.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports labor costs and productivity for the first quarter. Expectations are for a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.2% productivity growth, compared with a 4.2% decline in the fourth quarter of 2020. Unit labor costs are seen falling 0.4% after rising 6% previously.

Friday 5/7

The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the jobs report for April. Economists forecast a gain of 975,000 in nonfarm payroll employment. The unemployment rate is expected to edge down to 5.8% from 6%.

Cigna and Liberty Media report earnings.

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