The Fed's new quantitative easing plan was recently unveiled; a $600 billion dollar injection into the U.S. bond markets in hopes of jump-starting our struggling economy. While some U.S. officials, like Fed Chair Ben Bernanke have stood behind the plan, it would appear that many of the leaders from around the world are not so supportive of it. Many of the G-20 leaders, who will meet tomorrow in Seoul, have been quick to criticize the policies of the central bank for artificially manipulating the value of the dollar through QE2. With these leaders arguing as to how this move will effect the economic standing of economies across the world, data from individual companies will be especially crucial to see how they could stand up to the possible devaluation of the greenback heading into 2011 [see also Netherlands ETF Immune to "Dutch Disease" Thanks to Euro].
Today, well before market open, will see the third-quarter earnings report from ING Group
Analysts estimate the banking giant to haul in EPS of $0.37 per share, a step down from the $0.44 EPS from last quarter. Investors should note that ING has missed expectations for the last five fiscal quarters, setting an unfortunate trend in this firm's earnings reports. If ING is able to meet their marks tomorrow, their share price may see a gain; but with the worry over the U.S. dollar and currencies around the world mounting, a solid earnings report could be nixed by an uncertain future in the form of a warning on profits next quarter [see also Warning: Commodity Surge Could Sink Consumer Staples ETFs].
In light of this major earnings announcement, today's ETF to watch will be the iShares MSCI Netherlands Index Fund
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