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MarketWatch MarketPulseMay 22, 2019
Dow slips at the open as stock market awaits Fed minutes
U.S. stock benchmarks opened lower Wednesday morning as markets awaited the release of Federal Reserve minutes that could shed light on the central bank's outlook for interest rates amid Sino-America trade tensions. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 55 points, or 0.2%, at 25,820, the S&P 500 index retreated 0.2% at 2,858, while the Nasdaq Composite Index slipped 0.2% at 7,768. Minutes from the rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee's April 30-May 1 meeting will be released at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, and come amid increasing expectations that the central bank will cut rates before year-end. In corporate news, shares of home-improvement retailer Lowe's Co. were under pressure, down 7.4%, after its earnings disappointed, while shares of Target Corp. soared more than 9% after its quarterly results. Both quarterly updates were released before the start of regular trade. And Qualcomm Inc. shares tumbled, after a federal judge ruled late Tuesday that the chip maker violated antitrust laws.

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MarketWatch MarketPulseMay 22, 2019
Target's stock soars after profit, revenue and same-store sales rise above expectations
Shares of Target Corp. shot up 7.7% in premarket trade Wednesday, after the discount retail giant reported a fiscal first-quarter profit, revenue and same-store sales that rose above expectations. Net earnings for the quarter to May 4 rose to $795 million, or $1.53 a share, from $718 million, or $1.33 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted earnings per share rose 15.9% to $1.53, above the FactSet consensus of $1.43. Total revenue grew 5.0% to $17.63 billion, beating the FactSet consensus of $17.46 billion, as same-store sales growth of 4.8% topped expectations of a 4.1% increase. Comparable digital channel sales rose 42%, and contributed 2.1 percentage points to overall same-store sales. The company expects second-quarter adjusted EPS of $1.52 to $1.72, surrounding the FactSet consensus of $1.59, and affirmed its full-year EPS guidance of $5.75 to $6.05. The stock has gained 8.9% year to date through Tuesday, while the SPDR S&P Retail ETF has tacked on 5.1% and the S&P 500 has advanced 14.3%.

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