Stocks Edge Higher Ahead of Earnings Season

US stock futures point to a slightly higher open on Wall St Monday as another earnings season gets set to kick off. Aluminum giant Alcoa (AA), whose announcement generally marks the beginning of earnings season, will report after the bell today. Investors will hope earnings data provides another source of optimism for a market still jittery over the European sovereign debt crisis.

Stocks finished lower on Friday despite another strong US economic data point. The US economy added 200,000 non-farm payrolls and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5%, a major boost to President Obama’s resume as election season looms. A tug of war continues between US data and the European crisis, where bond yields continue to rise. Italy and Spain have key auctions this week that will paint a picture of market confidence.

It’s hard to see a way out from here for Europe, and many believe that an abandonment of the Euro currency is inevitable. Investors will be watching a few key debt auctions in Europe closely this week. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy will meet in Berlin this week to show solidarity ahead of another Euro summit in late January.

Netflix (NFLX) is up another 3% in the pre-market, building on big gains from last week. The stock has been hammered over the past few months but gained nearly 25% last week. Today’s bounce is due to news that the firm is rolling out new offerings in the U.K.

Lululemon (LULU) stock is expected to be under the microscope today after news late Friday that its founder would step down as Chief Innovation and Branding Officer. The stock initially traded sharply lower on the news, but is only slight lower this morning.

Apple (AAPL) continues its recent surge, up 0.6% in the pre-market. It appears investors are optimistic about a strong earnings quarter from AAPL, which missed estimates last quarter for the first time in 12 quarters.

Technically we are still in a constructive tape, something we haven’t seen for months. There have been some nice opportunities both from a swing buy and hold approach and from an active trader’s perspective. There is a nice floor in the S&P’s in the 1262-1276, the question is “can we get some momentum for a close above 1280-1284 to give us a move to the October highs of 1292?”

Disclosures: Scott Redler is long JPM, NFLX, HAUP, AAPL, SPY, GS, OIH, COH, QQQ, CSCO.

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Scott Redler is the Chief Strategic Officer of T3 Live. He develops all trading strategies for the service and acts as the face of T3 Live. Mr. Redler focuses on thorough preparation and discipline as a trader.

Mr. Redler has been trading equities for more than 10 years and has more recently received widespread recognition from the financial community for his insightful, pragmatic approach. He began his career as a broker and venture capitalist where he was able to facilitate relationships that led him into trading. Beginning his trading career at Broadway Trading in 1999, Mr. Redler moved on with Marc Sperling to Sperling Enterprises, LLC after establishing himself as one of the best young traders in the firm. As a manager at Sperling Enterprises, continued to trade actively while working closely with all traders in the firm to dramatically increase performance.

Mr. Redler has participated in more than 30 triathlons and one IronMan, exhibiting a work ethic that also defines his trading. His vast knowledge and meticulous attention to detail has led to regular appearances on CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg, and he is a regular contributor to Minyanville and Forbes’ Intelligent Investing blog. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and Investor's Business Daily, among other publications.

Scott received a B.B.A. in Marketing/Finance from the State University of New York at Albany, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Albany's School of Business.

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