By Dominic Elliott and Antony Currie
The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are their own.
(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)
The Nifty rallied past the psychological mark of 8,500 for the first time in 11 months to close at 8,541. Global markets were buoyed by better-than-expected U.S. jobs data and cheered the victory of Japan’s ruling coalition in the upper house election. PM Shinzo Abe is expected to unveil a fresh stimulus package to help the country’s stagnant economy.
After myriad disappointments such as results from the likes of Apple, Intel and Alphabet and similarly dispiriting results from smaller companies like Twitter (which really doesn’t belong in this conversation, but here we are, darling), the stock market is now looking ahead for some kind of big win in earnings season to sort of set investors a bit less on edge.
So, uh, that happened. Apple put together an earnings report that seemed to spell the official end of the iPhone as an unstoppable force, as time, well, time waits for no one. And so after nine years without a sales decline, one has finally happened, and it’s cast a pall over markets so far in the early going for futures. Just how much the market reacts will be instructive for how much Apple still means for the overall market.