Yesterday saw the Dow hit a bump in the road, as major indexes endured a relatively flat day, ending the DJIA's winning streak. Perhaps the rough day came from a patch of unfavorable earnings from industry leaders like Cisco, or from the report that the Fed's budget deficit grew another $50 billion during the month of January. Still, the biggest news to hit the street yesterday was the address to the nation from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who stated that he will not be resigning, a surprising announcement, as many were under the impression that he would be leaving his post in order to quell the turmoil in his home country. The focus will stay overseas to close out the week, as a major earnings report comes from one of the world's biggest energy firms based in France [see also Three ETFs to Watch If Roubini Is Right About Europe].
Today, prior to market open, Total will be reporting earnings from their most recent fiscal quarter. Analysts predict that the company will bring in EPS of $1.58 per share, this compared to their EPS of $1.37 for the same quarter last year. Total hit their last two quarterly marks, but a low outlook for the year may put downward pressure on this. The company is expected to bring in 2011 revenues that would represent a 22% decline, casting a shadow of doubt over today's announcement for the French oil giant [see also What's Crushing the France ETF?].
With this major earnings announcement on tap, today's ETF to watch will be the iShares MSCI France Index Fund
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