September 26, 2021

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Walmart, Home Depot earnings, Fed minutes and Tesla top week ahead

Retail earnings will dominate the week with heavy hitters including Walmart and Home Depot. 

Investors will also closely monitor the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee Meeting (FOMC) from July and it will be a big week for Tesla and Robinhood. 

DOW, S&P 500 CLOSEOUT WEEK WITH NEW RECORDS

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 35515.38 +15.53 +0.04%
SP500 S&P 500 4468 +7.17 +0.16%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 14822.897575 +6.64 +0.04%

This as the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average sit at fresh all-time highs. 

FOX Business takes a look at the upcoming events that are likely to move financial markets in the coming days. 

Monday 8/16

Tencent Music Entertainment and Roblox Corp. will kick off earnings. As for economic data, investors will be watching the New York Fed’s manufacturing index.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
TCEHY TENCENT HOLDINGS LTD. 60.23 -0.80 -1.31%
RBLX ROBLOX CORP. 83.96 +1.31 +1.58%

 WALMART’S $1B BACK-TO-SCHOOL PAYOFF

It will also be a big day for Walmart as the largest U.S. private employer begins paying for its employees’ college tuition and books as part of a nearly $1 billion investment over the next five years. On Monday, the Arkansas-based retailer will drop its $1 a day fee for Walmart and Sam’s Club associates who are part of the company’s Live Better U (LBU) education program. 

Overall, the program will help 1.5 million associates earn a college degree or trade skill without facing that burden, Walmart said. To date, more than 52,000 associates have participated in the program since it launched. About 8,000 have already graduated.

Tuesday 8/17

On Tuesday, retail will dominate earnings as Walmart, Home Depot, and Krispy Kreme are all on the docket.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
WMT WALMART, INC. 149.53 +0.47 +0.32%
HD THE HOME DEPOT, INC. 331.32 -2.70 -0.81%
DNUT KRISPY KREME 15.03 +0.23 +1.55%

Investors will also take in a slew of economic data including retail sales, industrial production, capacity utilization, business inventories and the NAHB’s home builders index. 

FILE – In this March 20, 2019, file photo federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington. On Wednesday, May 1, the Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement after a two-day meeting. (AP Photo/Sus

Other notable events on Tuesday include a virtual town hall with educators and students hosted by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.

And the reveal of Nissan’s 2022 Z vehicle, and Microsoft ending support for Internet Explorer 11

Wednesday 8/18

The earnings parade will continue on Wednesday with Cisco Systems, NVIDIA Corporation, Victoria’s Secret, Target, Lowe’s, and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers all set to report.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
CSCO CISCO SYSTEMS, INC. 56.47 +0.08 +0.14%
NVDA NVIDIA CORP. 201.88 +2.83 +1.42%
VSCO VICTORIA’S SECRET & CO. 74.76 +3.34 +4.68%
TGT TARGET CORP. 261.54 -0.34 -0.13%
LOW LOWE’S COS., INC. 190.51 -1.49 -0.78%
RRGB RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS, INC. 25.68 -0.81 -3.06%

In addition, Robinhood will release its first quarter as a public company. The stock has bounced back above its $38 per share IPO price. 

As for economic data, investors will take in building permits, housing starts, the Mortgage Bank Association’s weekly report on mortgage applications and the Energy Information Administration’s weekly crude oil stocks. 

The Federal Reserve will also release the minutes from its Federal Open Market Committee meeting in July. In its June policy-setting meeting, Fed officials had inched closer toward a discussion over when to start curtailing its massive monetary support for the U.S. economy amid signs of a rapidly strengthening recovery and an unexpectedly large jump in inflation.

Thursday 8/19

Big-name retail earnings will continue on Thursday with Macy’s, Petco, Ross Stores and BJ’s Wholesale all set to release results. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
M MACY’S, INC. 18.92 -0.38 -1.97%
WOOF PETCO HEALTH AND WELLNESS COMPANY INC. 19.64 -0.61 -3.01%
ROSS ROSS ACQUISITION CORP. II 9.70 -0.05 -0.51%
BJ BJS WHSL CLUB HLDGS INC 50.29 -1.30 -2.52%

Closing out the week for economic data will be the Philadelphia Federal Reserve’s manufacturing survey, the index of leading economic indicators, and initial and continuing jobless claims.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
TSLA TESLA, INC. 717.17 -5.08 -0.70%

Thursday also marks Tesla’s highly anticipated AI Day. 

A Delaware judge on Monday ordered lawyers representing Tesla Inc. directors to turn over certain communications that CEO Elon Musk may have shared with the company’s top in-house attorneys before the board approved a compensation plan in 2018 that c

Though details remain scarce on what this year’s event will include, Musk tweeted that the sole goal of the event will be “convincing the best AI talent to join Tesla.”

Facebook will also holds its first-ever paid moving premiere of “The Outsider”, a documentary about the construction of the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum in lower Manhattan, on Thursday.

Abramorama, the distributor of the film, noted in a Facebook post that it will be available to screen globally from Thursday at 8 p.m. eastern time through Friday at 8 a.m. eastern time. Tickets cost $3.99 and will include access to an exclusive panel discussion following the premiere of the film.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
FB FACEBOOK, INC. 363.18 +0.53 +0.15%

The day also marks the deadline for the Federal Trade Commission to file an amended complaint against the tech giant in its antitrust suit. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
TWTR TWITTER, INC. 64.82 -0.13 -0.20%

Twitter’s updated privacy policy will also take effect on Thursday.

Friday 8/20

Wrapping up the week for earnings will be Foot Locker and Deere & Co.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
FL FOOT LOCKER, INC. 56.00 -0.94 -1.65%
DE DEERE & CO. 384.00 -1.62 -0.42%

Also on Friday, Bank of America customers will no longer be able to use checks for their savings accounts. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
BAC BANK OF AMERICA CORP. 41.63 -0.52 -1.23%

A bank spokesperson confirmed to FOX Business that checks presented on or after Aug. 20 will be returned unpaid, and payments processed as a check using a savings account may be rejected. A notice about the change was issued to customers back in June.