Stocks closed mixed on Tuesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 rising higher, while the Nasdaq Composite dipped into the red. Wall Street was encouraged by strong earnings results from Walmart
Here's how the market settled on Tuesday:
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Walmart reported quarterly earnings that beat top and bottom line estimates on Tuesday, sending the stock over 6% higher. The retail giant posted revenue of $152.86 billion and adjusted earnings per share of $1.77.
The results follow a recent warnings from Walmart, which lowered its full-year profit forecast, citing reduced consumer discretionary spending as prices rise. On Tuesday, Walmart reaffirmed this profit warning, expecting full year profits to decline between 9% and 11%.
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said on Tuesday the company is "working hard to support" consumers as they "prioritize" extra spending as food and gas prices impact extra cash.
Home Depot also reported second quarter results that topped Wall Street expectations on Tuesday, posting adjusted earnings per share of $5.05 and record sales of $43.8 billion.
Positive retail data boosted shares of Target
Elsewhere for stocks, Bed Bath & Beyond
Airline stocks also outperformed on Tuesday as investors bet on consumer-spending-driven stocks. The U.S. Global Jets ETF
For economic news, U.S. housing starts sharply fell in July by 9.2%, or much more than the 2.1% expected, to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.446 million units. This is the lowest level for the data since February 2021. Moreover, total building permits issued during the month also fell by 1.3% from the previous month.
Looking ahead, all eyes will be on the Commerce Department's retail sales report for July due out on Wednesday, as well as earnings reports from Target and Lowe's