As the housing market heats up, so is competition among home improvement retailers.
A day after Home Depot (HD) delivered earnings and revenue that were much better than forecasts and raised its guidance, Lowe's (LOW) reported a weaker-than-expected quarterly profit for the first-quarter on declining sales.
Lowe's CEO Robert Niblock blamed "cooler than normal temperatures and greater precipitation" for the soft sales figures. In contrast, Home Depot CEO Frank Blake said his company continued to "benefit from a recovering housing market" despite the fact that there was "less favorable weather" during the quarter.
The contrasting results gave traders on StockTwits plenty to chat about.
That's a good point. It's not the first time Lowe's has underperformed Home Depot, so bad weather isn't the primary problem. Same-store sales, which measure sales at stores open at least a year and are a key gauge of health among retailers, have been weaker at Lowe's than they have been at Home Depot each quarter for the past several years.
A lucky break indeed? Despite the lackluster performance, shares were of Lowe's rose 1% Wednesday, just behind Home Depot's 3% increase. Year-to-date, Home Depot shares of climbed almost 30%, while Lowe's shares are up a healthy 20%.
In addition to the two home improvement retailers, Toll Brothers (TOL) was also in focus Wednesday after announcing strong results, thanks to accelerating demand for houses and higher home prices.
Shares of the luxury homebuilder jumped 7% Wednesday.
Coach is back in the game! Shares of the luxury handbag maker jumped 10% Tuesday after the company blew past earnings and revenue expectations thanks to solid sales growth around the world.
Overall revenue climbed 7% during the fiscal third quarter to $1.19 billion, with sales rising 7% in North America and 6% in international markets. Sales in China were among the strongest, climbing a whopping 40%.
"We're pleased with...the progress we're MOREHibah Yousuf - Apr 23, 2013 12:01 PM ET
It's been a good week to be in the soda business.
While the debate over whether Pepsi or Coke taste better will probably go on forever, there's no denying the beverage companies have fairly healthy balance sheets.
PepsiCo and Coca-Cola both reported better-than-expected earnings this week, proving to investors that consumers still like their soda (or pop if you're from the Midwest) and snacks.
Shares of PepsiCo (PEP) rallied 5% to a new MORECatherine Tymkiw - Apr 18, 2013 1:15 PM ET
Caterpillar reported a sharp drop in sales to its worldwide network of dealers Wednesday, sparking a sell-off in its stock and raising worries of a global slowdown for the construction industry.
Shares of Caterpillar (CAT), which makes heavy construction equipment, dropped nearly 2%, even as the Dow Jones industrial average hit a new intraday record high.
In fact, Caterpillar was the only Dow component in the red for much of the MOREMaureen Farrell - Mar 20, 2013 1:29 PM ET
Shares of Gap Inc. jumped after the apparel company reported healthy sales growth in February.
Gap (GPS) stock was briefly halted after the numbers were inadvertently released ahead of schedule due to a "vendor error," according to a Gap spokesperson. Shares rose 3% after trading resumed.
The report was set to be released after the market closed, but a transcript of a pre-recorded conference call detailing the sales growth was accidentally MOREBen Rooney - Mar 7, 2013 2:31 PM ET
A double whammy for Walmart Friday.
First Reuters reported that Walmart's U.K. arm, Absa, said it found horsemeat in the beef bolognese (and three other sauces) it sells.
As if that wasn't enough, a research note warning of a sales slowdown was enough to spook investors.
Shares of Walmart fell 2% in early trading. But the stock tumbled nearly 4% later in the day after Bloomberg reported there were emails from Walmart execs MORECatherine Tymkiw - Feb 15, 2013 12:31 PM ET
JC Penney's latest tangle has many folks speculating about whether there's another hedge fund battle brewing.
The retailer said it received a Notice of Default from law firm Brown Rudnick, which claims to represent an "ad hoc" group who hold more than 50% of JC Penney's bonds due in 2037.
JC Penney says the notice is "utterly without merit" but it's raised speculation as to who is behind this so-called ad hoc MORECatherine Tymkiw - Feb 5, 2013 12:33 PM ET
Facebook beat fourth-quarter earnings and revenue estimates, and improved mobile ad sales, but investors weren't all that impressed.
Facebook (FB) stock tanked 10% within minutes in after-hours trading following the earnings release. But the stock nearly fully recovered before edging lower again as CEO Mark Zuckerberg, CFO David Ebersman and COO Sheryl Sandberg answered questions from analysts on a conference call. Shares were down 4% at the conclusion of the call, MOREHibah Yousuf - Jan 30, 2013 6:50 PM ET
Retailers have had a rough time lately, what with Superstorm Sandy, a sluggish economy and overall weak holiday sales.
You'd think dollar stores would be the exception. Not today.
Family Dollar missed earnings-per-share estimates by 6 cents a share and said profits the current quarter and full year would come in below forecasts. The company, which sells everything from baby care to home goods, blamed a worsening macro environment for ratcheting MORECatherine Tymkiw - Jan 3, 2013 2:01 PM ET
Barnes & Noble is having a good end to the year, thanks to the gift that keeps on giving -- the Nook.
British book publisher Pearson (PSO) said Friday that it would pay nearly $90 million in cash for a 5% stake in Barnes & Noble's Nook division. Microsoft (MSFT) already owns a 16.8% stake, leaving Barnes & Noble with 78.2%.
That was enough to offset any disappointment over Barnes & MORECatherine Tymkiw - Dec 28, 2012 1:52 PM ET
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