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Week Ahead: Key Reports From Apple, Alphabet, and Amazon

We'll also see earnings from several energy majors and other companies. Plus, the Fed's meeting and advance reading on the second-quarter GDP.

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Scott Halver: For Morningstar, I'm Scott Halver, and welcome to The Week Ahead, our quick take on what investors should have on their radar screens for the week starting July 25.

It's a busy week on both the earnings and economic data front. Concerns about Apple's iPhone have weighed on investors' minds in recent quarters. And that will likely be the key focus when the firm reports on Tuesday.

Alphabet's core Google business has been performing well, particularly on mobile devices. We'll see if that top-line growth trend continues in the firm's latest quarter. 

Morningstar's R.J. Hottovy thinks Amazon has laid the groundwork to boost profitability, and the market will be looking for signs of that in Thursday's report.

Several energy majors including Shell, BP, Exxon Mobil, and Chevron will reveal how they are dealing with the oil price environment.

Facebook has been turning in impressive user growth and engagement numbers while Twitter has continued to struggle. Will that trend hold up in the second quarter?

Other reports in the week include Eli Lilly, Merck, Bayer, 3M, Boeing, Ford, Verizon, Sprint, McDonald's, and Comcast.

The Fed will meet this week and release its rate decision on Wednesday, but stronger economic data is unlikely to force the committee's hand. The September meeting is seen as the earliest they could act.

The other marquee economic event will be the advance reading of second-quarter GDP.

Some housing and consumer sentiment data will round out the releases.

Stay tuned to Morningstar for our take on all of these stories.

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