Earnings season is now off to the races and the week ahead is one of the busiest of the season. Of the S&P 1500 index members, 472 are scheduled to report over the coming week, and another 557 are scheduled to report the following week. In terms of market cap, that is more than $20 trillion this week and $7 trillion the next. Obviously, there is a huge divergence in the number of companies reporting and the size of those companies over the next couple of weeks. As we noted in today’s Chart of the Day and as shown in the chart below, one big reason for that is the fact that the FAAMG cohort is reporting this week. Today, Facebook (FB) is the first of those stocks with its $900+ billion market cap.  Similarly, Tuesday will see Alphabet (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) report, and their combined market cap is over a trillion dollars more than the 86 other S&P 1500 members reporting that day.  Even more impressive, on Thursday, Amazon (AMZN) and Apple’s (AAPL) combined $4 trillion market cap outweighs the entire market cap of every other S&P 1500 stock reporting that day. In other words, this week has a huge number of stocks reporting, but the overall market’s direction will likely be dictated by the results of a small handful of names.  Click here to view Bespoke’s premium membership options.

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