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It's earnings season again!  More than 90 of the biggest U.S. companies will report results this week, giving a clearer picture of what's expected to be the fourth straight quarter of declining profits. Based on analysts' forecasts for companies in the S&P 500 index, Thomson Reuters predicts adjusted earnings per share for the second quarter will be down 4.7% from a year earlier, following a 5% drop in Q1. (SA)

Meanwhile, several big pieces of news out of Europe today:  the Italian government is working on plans to set up a €50B bad bank bailout.  The scheme could help clean up the nation's stricken lenders, but also puts the country on a collision course with the EU, which does not want taxpayers bailing out banks before private investors take a hit.  Across the Mediterranean, in Turkey today, stocks are headed for their worst loss since 2013 following a failed coup attempt.  (SA)

Finally, deal activity is remaining strong: SoftBank (the Japanese owner of Sprint) has acquired chip designer ARM Holdings for ($32B), as the Japanese telecoms giant bolsters its presence in the growing Internet of Things sector. The deal will see SoftBank pay a 43% premium to ARM's closing price last week, making the deal the largest ever purchase of a European technology company. (Ft)

S&P 500 futures are up 3  and NASDAQ futures are up 6.  The MSCI international index is up just under 1/2 a %.
Oil is down $.50 at $45.45 a barrel.
Gold is up $1.40 at $1329 a Troy ounce.
With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management a Registered Investment Advisor I am Josh Fenili.

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