Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) forecast annual profit below Wall Street expectations on Tuesday, hurt by higher supply chain costs amid weakening demand for home improvement products due to inflation. The No. 1 U.S. home improvement chain also missed fourth-quarter comparable sales estimates, sending its shares down 2.5% to $310 in premarket trading. The company said it expects earnings per share to decline in the mid-single digits percentage range for 2023, while analysts were expecting a 0.4% increase to $16.72, according to Refinitiv data. Comparable sales fell 0.3% in the fourth quarter compared with analysts’ average estimate of a 0.56% increase. The company said it was planning to invest an additional $1 billion in annualized compensation for its frontline, hourly associates, starting from the first quarter of 2023.
India reports 3,207 new Covid cases, 29 deaths, and a 0.95 percent positive rate
According to Union Health Ministry data published on Monday, India recorded 3,207 new coronavirus infections, bringing the overall number of COVID-19 cases to 4,31,05,401, while active cases fell to 20,403. The death toll has risen to 5,24,093 with 29 more fatalities, according to figures updated at 8 a.m. According to the government, active cases account […]
HSBC Logs Sharp Jump In Q4 Profit, Flags Special Dividend
HSBC Holdings PLC (LON:HSBA) logged a sharp jump in its fourth-quarter profit on Tuesday as rising interest rates greatly boosted its net interest income, while the bank also flagged a special dividend on the sale of its Canadian business. HSBC’s profit before tax for the three months to December 31 jumped 92% to $5.2 billion, […]
Asia FX Dips, Dollar Steadies As Fed Meeting Looms
Most Asian currencies retreated on Tuesday, while the dollar firmed slightly as markets hunkered down ahead of a Federal Reserve interest rate decision this week, while lingering fears of a banking crisis also weighed on sentiment. The South Korean won was the worst performer for the day, down 0.6% as soft inflation and trade data […]