• Home Depot misses 3Q sales expectations, slashes guidance
    Yahoo Finance

    Home Depot misses 3Q sales expectations, slashes guidance

    Home Depot missed sales expectations in the fiscal third quarter and lowered its guidance for the full year.

  • Stock market news: November 19, 2019
    Yahoo Finance

    Stock market news: November 19, 2019

    U.S. stocks touched fresh record highs before pulling back Tuesday.

  • Lowe's (LOW) Q3 Earnings Beat Estimates
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    Lowe's (LOW) Q3 Earnings Beat Estimates

    Lowe's (LOW) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of 4.44% and -1.70%, respectively, for the quarter ended October 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?

  • Weakening Consumer Spending, Fed Rate Cut Pause, Trade Deal Uncertainty – All Reasons to Trim Stock Positions
    FX Empire

    Weakening Consumer Spending, Fed Rate Cut Pause, Trade Deal Uncertainty – All Reasons to Trim Stock Positions

    The warnings signs are there for investors to at least lighten up on the long side in the stock market. My advice is to start looking for value areas and to try to avoid investing on the fear that you are going to miss a major rally.

  • Investing.com

    Top 5 Things to Know in the Market on Wednesday

    Investing.com -- China reacted angrily to the Senate's passing of a bill tying trade preferences to observation of Hong Kong's rights, pushing Asian and European stock markets lower overnight. There are earnings updates due early from Lowe's and Target (NYSE:TGT), while Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) has priced the world's biggest stock offering so far this year. Here's what you need to know in financial markets on Wednesday, 20th November.

  • Lowe’s Earnings Beat, Revenue Misses In Q3
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    Lowe’s Earnings Beat, Revenue Misses In Q3

    Investing.com - Lowe’s reported third quarter earnings that beat analysts' expectations on Wednesday and revenue that fell short of forecasts.

  • Geopolitics, FOMC Meeting Minutes and Canadian Inflation in Focus
    FX Empire

    Geopolitics, FOMC Meeting Minutes and Canadian Inflation in Focus

    Trade tensions, UK politics, the FOMC meeting minutes and inflation figures out of Canada will keep the markets busy throughout the day…

  • Thomson Reuters StreetEvents

    Edited Transcript of HD earnings conference call or presentation 19-Nov-19 2:00pm GMT

    Q3 2019 Home Depot Inc Earnings Call

  • Fatal Self-Driving Uber Crash Prompts Call for Tighter Oversight
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    Fatal Self-Driving Uber Crash Prompts Call for Tighter Oversight

    (Bloomberg) -- The National Transportation Safety Board concluded its first investigation of a fatal crash involving an autonomous test vehicle by issuing several recommendations aimed at tightening the limited oversight of companies that test self-driving cars on public roads.Among other things, the board called for developers of autonomous vehicles to be required to assess their safety procedures and not test cars on the road until regulators sign off on the document.“We feel that we’ve identified certain gaps and these gaps need to be filled, especially when we’re out testing vehicles on public roadways,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said after a board meeting on the March 2018 crash involving an Uber Technologies Inc. self-driving test vehicle and a pedestrian.The case had been closely watched in the emerging autonomous vehicle industry, which has attracted billions of dollars in investment from companies such as General Motors Co. and Alphabet Inc. in an attempt to transform transportation.“Ultimately, it will be the public that accepts or rejects automated driving systems and the testing of such systems on public roads,” Sumwalt said. “Any company’s crash affects the public confidence. Anybody’s crash is everybody’s crash.”The NTSB detailed a litany of failings by Uber that contributed to the death of Elaine Herzberg, 49, who was hit by an Uber self-driving SUV as she walked her bicycle across a road at night in Tempe, Arizona.Uber halted self-driving car tests after the accident. Information released since then highlighted a series of lapses -- both technological and human -- that the board cited as having contributed to the crash.Uber resumed self-driving testing late last year in Pittsburgh.The “immediate cause” of the crash was the backup safety driver’s failure to monitor the road ahead because she was distracted by her mobile device, the board found. A lax safety program at Uber contributed to the accident, the NTSB found.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it would review the NTSB’s report and recommendations. “While the technology is rapidly developing, it’s important for the public to note that all vehicles on the road today require a fully attentive operator at all times,” the agency said in a statement.In a statement, Uber said it regrets the fatal crash and is committed to improving the safety of its self-driving program, and implementing the NTSB’s recommendations. “Over the last 20 months, we have provided the NTSB with complete access to information about our technology and the developments we have made since the crash,” Nat Beuse, head of safety for Uber’s self-driving car operation, said in a statement. “While we are proud of our progress, we will never lose sight of what brought us here or our responsibility to continue raising the bar on safety.”The Uber vehicle’s radar sensors first observed Herzberg about 5.6 seconds prior to impact before she entered the vehicle’s lane of travel and initially classified her as a vehicle. The self-driving computers changed its classification of her as different types of objects several times and failed to predict that her path would cross the lane of self-driving test SUV, according to the NTSB.The modified Volvo SUV being tested by Uber wasn’t programmed to recognize and respond to pedestrians walking outside of marked crosswalks, nor did the system allow the vehicle to automatically brake before an imminent collision. The responsibility to avoid accidents fell to the lone safety driver monitoring the vehicle’s automation system. Other companies place a second human in the vehicle for added safety.The safety driver was streaming a television show on her phone in the moments before the crash, despite company policy prohibiting drivers from using mobile devices, according to police. The NTSB has also said that Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group that was testing self-driving cars on public streets in Tempe didn’t have a standalone safety division, a formal safety plan, standard operating procedures or a manager focused on preventing accidents.“The inappropriate actions of both the automatic driving system as implemented and the vehicle’s human operator were symptoms of a deeper problem, the ineffective safety culture that existed at the time,” Sumwalt said at the opening of the hearing.Uber made extensive changes to its self-driving system after several reviews of its operation and findings by NTSB investigators. The board pointed out that Uber had been very cooperative with its inquiry. The company told the NTSB that the new software would have been able to correctly identify Herzberg and triggered controlled braking to avoid her more than 4 seconds before the original impact, the NTSB has said.To contact the reporters on this story: Ryan Beene in Washington at rbeene@bloomberg.net;Alan Levin in Washington at alevin24@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jon Morgan at jmorgan97@bloomberg.net, John Harney, Elizabeth WassermanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • The Catch-22 in a $50 Billion 5G Airwaves Fight
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    The Catch-22 in a $50 Billion 5G Airwaves Fight

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- There’s been a lot of drama lately in the wireless world concerning 5G and something called C-band. To most people, all the news headlines have probably looked like a foreign language. But allow me to translate for you, because it’s a fascinating situation that has sparked a transnational fight over some $50 billion, while presenting advocates of President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy with a catch-22. The outcome may have far-reaching implications for the U.S. in the global race to 5G, and it certainly does for a pair of beaten-down European stocks. At the root of the drama is spectrum, the invisible airwaves sought after by U.S. wireless carriers — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint — and others to construct ultra-fast 5G data networks, the kind that will enable a smartphone to download a movie in mere seconds and support driverless car technology. The Federal Communications Commission has been working to free up spectrum being used by other institutions so that it can be auctioned off to the 5G builders and repurposed for their networks, a high priority for the Trump administration.But there have been some hiccups along the way. Take one case, in which scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) raised concerns that a particular slice of spectrum auctioned by the FCC could interfere with weather sensors and limit their ability to forecast hurricanes. That’s quite a quandary.The recent spectrum controversy, a separate matter from the hurricane one, has involved a swath referred to as the C-band. In the 3.7 to 4.2 gigahertz frequency range, these midband airwaves are highly desirable for 5G because they can both carry large amounts of data and travel long distances (some spectrum can only do one or the other). Here’s where it gets complicated: Most of the C-band is controlled by two Luxembourg-based companies, Intelsat SA and SES SA, which use it to beam TV shows to U.S. households from their satellite fleets. Telesat of Ottawa also owns some of the C-band rights. These three foreign companies make up what’s called the C-Band Alliance (CBA).The good news it that the CBA members are willing sellers, and the auction could raise $50 billion or more, according to an estimate by New Street Research. It would be one of the biggest spectrum auctions ever. But who gets the money: the CBA, or the U.S. Treasury? These are U.S. assets, after all. The CBA had been pushing for a private auction run by, of course, the CBA, arguing that it would make the process much faster. For those who see America’s buildout of 5G as an important geopolitical race against China, time is of the essence. FCC Chair Ajit Pai — who is already a controversial figure for repealing net neutrality and for backing the potentially harmful merger of T-Mobile and Sprint — originally seemed to be leaning toward the CBA plan. His Republican colleague, Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, was in strong support of it: “In the grand scheme of things, if it is a contest between speed and the government trying to extract a significant piece of the transaction through a lengthy process, I’ll take the speedy resolution,” O’Rielly said at a conference in September. But in the CBA auction scenario, only a portion of the proceeds would go to the U.S., while the rest would be pocketed by the CBA. That sounded like nails on a chalkboard to at least one member of Congress: “They’re thinking about giving our spectrum to three foreign companies and letting them keep the $60 billion,” Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana said during an impassioned speech on the Senate floor last month. “Talk about swampy,” he said, adding that the funds should go to the American taxpayer. But to put America first, is it better to hold a quicker auction or a more lucrative one? Kennedy has led the charge against the CBA’s plan (seemingly a charge of one because, hey, it’s hard getting folks excited about radio waves), pushing instead for a public auction run by the FCC. Though he may have a point, it was somewhat diluted by his supplemental remark that proceeds from the auction “would solve all of the president’s [border] wall problems.” Perhaps a coincidence, after Kennedy stumped at a Trump rally in his home state last week in support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone, the FCC changed its tune. On Monday, Pai Tweeted that he supports a public auction, citing that it would “afford all parties a fair opportunity to compete for this 5G spectrum,” limiting the litigation risk that a private auction may have presented. This is bad news mostly for the CBA crew. The U.S. wireless carriers would obviously like to get their hands on this spectrum sooner rather than later and have a bigger say over the process (Verizon especially, given that it’s focused so far on finicky millimeter wave spectrum). But for the heavily indebted Intelsat, it’s a far bigger inconvenience. The company’s stock has plummeted more than 50% this week, while SES dropped 24%.There’s more to come on this matter, but so far the supposed race to 5G looks more like an exhausting obstacle course. To contact the author of this story: Tara Lachapelle at tlachapelle@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Beth Williams at bewilliams@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Tara Lachapelle is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering the business of entertainment and telecommunications, as well as broader deals. She previously wrote an M&A column for Bloomberg News.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • US STOCKS-Retail drags on Wall St; Dow falls, S&P holds steady
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    US STOCKS-Retail drags on Wall St; Dow falls, S&P holds steady

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell from record levels while the S&P was flat on Tuesday as dour forecasts from retailers Home Depot and Kohl's fueled worries about consumer spending while uncertainty over the U.S.-China trade dispute simmered in the background. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was the best-performing of the three indexes, with support from Facebook Inc and Broadcom Inc helping to counter a drag from Qualcomm after the chip maker held an investor meeting.

  • Retail Earnings Results, Target Preview & A New Strong Buy Stock - Free Lunch
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    Retail Earnings Results, Target Preview & A New Strong Buy Stock - Free Lunch

    The latest retail earnings results from the likes of Home Depot. A look at what investors should expect from high-flying Target. And why Tempur Sealy (TPX) is a Zacks Rank 1 (Strong Buy) stock right now...

  • US STOCKS-S&P 500, Dow retreat from record highs on Home Depot's dull forecast
    Reuters

    US STOCKS-S&P 500, Dow retreat from record highs on Home Depot's dull forecast

    The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones indexes slipped from record levels on Tuesday as dour forecasts from Home Depot and Kohl's eroded confidence on the strength of U.S. consumer spending ahead of the all-important holiday shopping season. The tech-heavy Nasdaq rose 0.24%, supported by gains in shares of Microsoft Corp, Facebook Inc and Broadcom Inc.

  • Weak Home Depot, Kohl’s Results Unnerve the Retail Industry
    Bloomberg

    Weak Home Depot, Kohl’s Results Unnerve the Retail Industry

    (Bloomberg) -- Home Depot Inc. and Kohl’s Corp. both posted disappointing results on Tuesday, raising fresh doubts about whether American consumers can keep up robust spending as the crucial holiday season approaches.The two retailers cut their annual forecasts for the second time this year. While the companies blamed shortfalls on specific issues -- including lumber prices at Home Depot and lower demand for women’s apparel at Kohl’s -- the weak results sent jitters across an industry that has been scrutinized for any sign of weakness amid a record streak of economic growth.The concerns were reflected in a broad decline in consumer stocks, with the S&P 500 Retailing Index down as much 1.5%. Home Depot’s stock dropped as much as 5.6%, the biggest decline since February 2018. Rival Lowe’s Cos., which reports earnings Wednesday morning, fell 0.8%. And an S&P 500 department stores index plunged by the most intraday since the start of 2017 following Kohl’s results.Kohl’s, whose stock plunged as much as 19%, is particularly worrisome ahead of the gift-giving season. The company has made investments that it said would draw in more customers -- specifically millennials.“Top-line sales weakness raises concern for the retailers to deliver in the all-important holiday quarter,” Bloomberg Intelligence’s Poonam Goyal said in an email. A deep cut to Kohl’s profit forecast calls into question “the effectiveness of management’s initiatives and suggests more may still be needed.”TJX Cos. Chief Executive Officer Ernie Herrman added to concerns, pointing to the uncertainty about tariffs talks between the U.S. and China. The comments followed an otherwise strong quarter for the operator of the TJ Maxx and Marshalls chains.“We don’t have as much visibility moving forward to whether or not we can keep mitigating as we have,” Herrman said on a conference call with analysts. “For next year, it’s a bit of a wait-and-see when we get closer to that time period.”The outlook for retailers will come into sharper focus as more companies report quarterly earnings this week, with results from Target Corp., Macy’s Inc., Gap Inc., Ross Stores Inc., Nordstrom Inc. and L Brands Inc. -- the owner of Victoria’s Secret.‘Cold Wind’Neil Saunders, an analyst at GlobalData Retail, said Kohl’s results weren’t all negative, since the company managed positive comparable sales. But apparel weakness and aggressive discounting across the industry illustrate “a challenging backdrop.”“Kohl’s felt the cold wind of this and struggled to generate growth,” Saunders said in an email.Walmart Inc.’s report last week pointed to investors’ nervousness. Although Walmart posted quarterly sales matched estimates and raised its outlook, the shares fell on concerns about persistent weakness at Sam’s Club and the high cost of new initiatives and slow progress in diversifying sales beyond groceries.Consumer spending has been fueling U.S. economic growth at a time when the global economy weakened, prompting concerns over when the record expansion will inevitably come to an end. Evidence that American households are starting to feel stretched is showing up in debt data, as serious delinquencies on credit cards and auto debt have crept up.Over at Home Depot, some online investments didn’t pan out as early as expected, and the benefits will take longer to materialize. The weak performance was all the more surprising since the Atlanta-based company had told investors that the second half of the year would be better. Same-store sales have now trailed projections for three straight quarters, a concerning trend for a retailer that’s been a consistent top performer this decade, according to Brian Yarbrough, an analyst for Edward Jones.“Housing is good, but not great like it was,” said Yarbrough, who downgraded Home Depot’s stock to hold last week. “It’s going to be harder for Home Depot to show those outsized gains.”The company now sees same-store sales growth of 3.5% for the full year, down from 4% previously.(Adds TJX CEO’s comments in sixth pargaraph.)\--With assistance from Matthew Boyle.To contact the reporters on this story: Janet Freund in New York at jfreund11@bloomberg.net;Matt Townsend in New York at mtownsend9@bloomberg.net;Jordyn Holman in New York at jholman19@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Catherine Larkin at clarkin4@bloomberg.net, ;Crayton Harrison at tharrison5@bloomberg.net, Jonathan Roeder, Cécile DauratFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • US STOCKS-S&P 500, Dow slip from record levels on Home Depot's dismal forecast
    Reuters

    US STOCKS-S&P 500, Dow slip from record levels on Home Depot's dismal forecast

    Other retail stocks also fell on the news, driving the S&P 500 retail index down 1.1%. Seven of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors were lower, with the consumer discretionary index's 0.82% drop weighing the most.

  • Ford Unveils the Mustang Mach-E
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    Ford Unveils the Mustang Mach-E

    Nov.19 -- Ford unveils the Mustang Mach-E, a battery-powered crossover designed as an alternative to Tesla models dominating the EV market. The car was revealed Sunday ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

  • Buy Home Depot, avoid Kohl's on drop: analyst
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    Buy Home Depot, avoid Kohl's on drop: analyst

    Shares of Kohl's plunged and Home Depot fell after both retailers cut their profit outlooks Tuesday. TacticalIncome.com's Jeff Tomasulo tells Reuters' Fred Katayama why investors should pick up Home Depot but avoid Kohl's.