Dow Win Streak at Risk After Home Depot Earnings

Home Depot's lower-than-expected revenue is burning the Dow

by Patrick Martin

Published on May 15, 2018 at 9:18 AM
Updated on May 15, 2018 at 9:29 AM

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) is pointed lower in pre-market trading, which could put the blue-chip index's shot at a nine-day winning streak in jeopardy. A negative earnings reaction for Home Depot (HD) is pressuring Dow futures, after the retailer's first-quarter revenue and same-store sales came in lower-than-expected. Traders are also keeping a cautious eye on the 10-year Treasury yield, which climbed back above the key 3% mark for the first time since April. Elsewhere, monthly retail sales rose 0.3% in May, on par with expectations. 

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  • Plus, Ulta Beauty stock gets upgraded; Morgan Stanley sees trouble ahead for Tesla; and Symantec updates on accounting probe.

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5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 932,964 call contracts traded on Monday, compared to 577,082 put contracts. The single-session equity put/call ratio jumped to 0.62, while the 21-day moving average fell to 0.62.
  2. Ulta Beauty Inc (NASDAQ:ULTA) stock is up 1.9% in electronic trading, after receiving an upgrade to "outperform" from "perform" at Oppenheimer. The beauty retailer also received a price-target hike to $280 from $220. ULTA stock has gained 10% in 2018, and has been guided higher by its ascending 20-day moving average since early April.
  3. Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock is down 2.6% ahead of the bell, after Morgan Stanley cut its price target o $291 from $376, as well as itsshort- and long-term auto margin forecasts. The analyst expressed concern over several fundamental hurdles, including Model 3 production and the recent executive restructuring. Tesla stock fell to an annual low of $244.59 on April 2, and recent comeback attempts have been foiled in the $308-$310 region. 
  4. Shares of Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) are up 2.7% in electronic trading, after the software company said its accounting probe would not have any material impact on financial statements. In response, Jefferies upgraded the stock to "hold," and issued a price-target hike to $22. Cowen chimed in with a hike of its own, to $21. Symantec stock still has a long way to go to fill its bear gap from last week, though. 
  5. Today will feature the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) housing market index, Treasury International Capital data, and business inventories. Boot Barn (BOOT) will step in to the earnings confessional. 

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Tech Sell-Off Hits Asia, Earnings Boost Europe

Stocks in Asia finished today mostly lower, as a tech sell-off hit the region. Japan's Nikkei shed 0.2%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 1.2%, and South Korea's Kospi took a 0.7% loss. China's Shanghai Composite was the only advancer, picking up 0.6% on stronger-than-forecast industrial output data. 

European markets are modestly higher at midday, propped up by bank stocks after a round of well-received earnings. Meanwhile, Brent crude futures are pushing higher following yesterday's Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting.  London's FTSE 100 is up 0.3%, Germany's DAX is 0.01% higher, and France's CAC 40 is 0.3% higher at last check.

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