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Day Ahead: Top 3 Things to Watch for Jan. 22

By Kim Khan

Investing.com - Here are three things that could rock markets tomorrow.

1. J&J Weighs in With Results

Dow component Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) will report earnings ahead of trading tomorrow.

On average, analysts are predicting quarterly earnings of $1.87 per share on revenue of about $20.8 billion, according to forecasts compiled by Investing.com.

But with all the litigation the pharma company is facing “even a robust quarter is unlikely to produce a sustainable rally in J&J (NYSE:JNJ) stock, which has substantially trailed the broader market this year,” Investing.com analyst Haris Anwar said.

Barclays (LON:BARC) upgraded J&J stock last month to overweight from equal weight with an increased price target of $173 per share.

The analyst noted that fundamentals are positive and that the consensus outlook was achievable.

2. Existing Home Sales Seen Rising

Housing data headlines the economic calendar tomorrow with the latest figures on prices and existing home sales.

The National Association of Realtors reports on December sales of existing homes at 10:00 AM ET (15:00 GMT).

Sales are expected to come in at an annual rate of 5.43 million for last month, up from 5.35 million in November, according to economists’ forecasts compiled by Investing.com.

Before that, at 9:00 AM ET, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight reports on November house prices.

Its house price index is forecast to have risen 0.2% for the month.

3. Market Will Continue Watching Health Scare

Along with the numbers, investors would do well to keep an eye out for any news on the Wuhan coronavirus.

Wall Street looked to be shaking off concerns in early trading, despite weakness in sectors like airlines and gaming. But the report of the first confirmed case of the disease in the U.S. sent shares into the red right away, resulting in a down day for the major indexes.

A man who traveled back from Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, to Washington state was confirmed to have the infection Monday afternoon after being hospitalized last week.

The disease is believed to be spread from person to person and could hurt both U.S. and Chinese economies.

But the S&P 500 Consumer Discretionary sector, the companies most likely struggle if an outbreak were to happen, ended the day down just 0.17%.

Also outside of the earnings and economic calendars, there will be another day of headlines from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Trade is likely in focus again, although neither President Donald Trump’s speech nor his meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen generated much market movement.

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