Market Snapshot: Stocks may need a flawless earnings season to keep Trump rally going

An optimistic earnings season may run into the buzz saw of a self-fulfilling “sell the inauguration” prophecy if quarterly results are not near flawless in the coming week.

Stocks ended a lackluster week with the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.03% finishing down 0.4% and the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.18% slipping 0.1%. Only the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.48% posted a weekly gain of 1% as it sailed into another closing record on Friday.

After the Martin Luther King Day holiday on Monday, financial stocks continue to figure heavily with earnings. Expectations are high following upbeat results from J.P.

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