Nvidia, Walmart, Target and Other Stocks to Watch This Week

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It’s the late innings of second-quarter earnings season, with retailers ready to step up to the plate.



Home Depot

report on Tuesday, followed by





on Wednesday. 



BJ’s Wholesale,


L Brands

are Thursday’s retail highlights, then

Foot Locker

closes the week on Friday.

The Census Bureau’s July retail sales data is also out this week, on Tuesday. Economists on average are forecasting a 0.2% seasonally adjusted increase last month, after a 0.6% rise in June.

Major non-retail companies releasing results this week include Pandora and

Krispy Kreme

on Tuesday, followed by a busy Wednesday:


Tencent Holdings,



Analog Devices,


Lumentum Holdings

all report. 

Applied Materials

goes on Thursday and Deere closes the week on Friday.

Economic data out this week include several housing-market metrics: The National Association of Home Builders’ NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for August on Tuesday and the Census Bureau’s new residential construction report for July on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy committee releases the minutes from its last meeting in late July. Then, the Conference Board publishes its Leading Economic Index for July on Thursday.

Next Week

Monday 8/16

Tencent Music Entertainment Group,

Tokyo Electron,


Clear Secure

are among the companies holding earnings conference calls.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York releases its Empire State Manufacturing Survey for August. The consensus estimate is for a 26.5 reading. That compares with a record high of 43.0 in July, when the general business conditions index rose 26 points.

Tuesday 8/17

BHP, Walmart, Home Depot,

Agilent Technologies,

Pandora, and Krispy Kreme are among the companies hosting earnings conference calls.

America’s Car-Mart,

Jack Henry & Associates,



report financial results after the market closes and will hold earnings calls the following morning, Aug. 18.

The Federal Reserve releases capacity utilization in the industrial sector for July. Consensus calls for a 75.7% reading, little changed from June’s 75.4% reading. Industrial production is seen rising 0.5% from June’s 0.4% seasonally adjusted increase.

The National Association of Home Builders releases its NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for August. Economists forecast an 80 reading, the same as in July. The index is down from its all-time high of 90 set in November.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jay Powell will host a virtual town hall with educators and students.

The Census Bureau reports retail sales data for July. Expectations are for a 0.3% seasonally adjusted month-over-month decrease, following a 0.6% rise in June. Excluding autos, spending is seen rising 0.2%, compared with a 1.3% rise in the previous month.

Wednesday 8/18

The Federal Open Market Committee releases the minutes from its late-July monetary-policy meeting.

Cisco Systems, Lowe’s, Target, TJX, Tencent Holdings,

Brinker International,

Analog Devices,


Lumentum Holdings, and Nvidia host earnings conference calls.

The Census Bureau’s new residential construction report for July is expected to show the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts at 1.610 million, down from June’s 1.643 million. Housing starts hit a postpandemic peak of 1.73 million in March.

Thursday 8/19

BJ’s Wholesale, L Brands, Applied Materials,

Ross Stores,

Estée Lauder,

Kohl’s, Macy’s,

Performance Food Group,

Petco Health and Wellness,

and Farfetch host earnings conference calls.

The Conference Board releases its Leading Economic Index for July. The LEI is expected to increase 0.7% month over month, after gaining 0.7% in June.

Friday 8/20

Deere and Foot Locker host conference calls to discuss financial results.

Write to Nicholas Jasinski at nicholas.jasinski@barrons.com

Harry Byrne

Harry Byrne

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