(New York) The New York Stock Exchange opened modestly higher on Monday, cautious after news of weaker-than-expected growth in China, and on the cusp of a busy week for corporate earnings.

By 9:50 a.m. EST, the Dow Jones Index was up 0.06%, the NASDAQ was up 0.28%, and the Broad Index S

On Friday, the Dow Jones Index was up 0.33%, the tech-heavy NASDAQ was down 0.18% and the broader S

Weekly gains were 2.3% for the Dow Jones, 2.4% for the S

The session began with the release of a lackluster manufacturing activity index for the New York (Empire State) area.

Business continued to grow very slightly in July, better than expected, but down sharply from the rate of June.

“The weakening of investment projects is disappointing, but not necessarily decisive,” commented Kieran Clancy, economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.

Outside the borders of the United States, it was Chinese growth that disappointed.

“China’s GDP growth slowed to 0.8% in the quarter, resulting in annual growth of 6.4%. This looks more impressive than it is, as GDP rose on the rebound from its decline imposed by the COVID-19 lockdowns,” commented Chris Low, Chief Economist at FHN Financial.

But according to Briefing.com analyst Patrick O’Hare, China’s growth is “just an excuse for the lack of buying interest on the New York Stock Exchange.”

“Investors want to see what’s happening with stock prices this week” between hopes of a soft landing for the US economy and forecasts of corporate earnings, he said.

From Tuesday are expected the results of Bank of America (0.72% at 9:45 a.m. Eastern time) and Goldman Sachs (-0.14%), after the good figures of JPMorgan (0.79% ) and Wells Fargo (0.65%) announced last week.

Automaker Tesla (3%) is due to announce its own on Wednesday, as are airline United Airlines (1.07%) and streaming leader Netflix (2.52%).

Among the important indicators expected, June retail sales in the United States should give an indication on Tuesday (at 8:30 a.m. ET) of the health of the consumer, which is the engine of American growth.

In the bond market, yields on ten-year Treasury bills were stable at 3.82% versus 3.83%. Two-year-olds were at 4.75% versus 4.76%.

This week ahead of the U.S. central bank’s (Fed) monetary meeting, scheduled for July 25-26, members of the Fed’s Monetary Committee should refrain from comment.

Another quarter-percentage-point rate hike is 96% expected by investors, despite the pause in hikes seen by the Fed in June, according to calculations on CME Group futures products. This should bring overnight rates to a range of 5.25% to 5.50%.