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MarketWatch MarketPulseJul 17, 2019
Dow slips and the stock market treads water at the open as investors digest earnings from B.of A.
U.S. stock indexes tread water at the start of trading Wednesday, with investors finding few reasons to take benchmarks further into record territory, amid a round of earnings from U.S. corporations. The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged 17 points, or less than 0.1%, lower at 27,316, the S&P 500 index retreated less than 0.1% at 3,003, while the Nasdaq Composite Index inched less than 0.1% lower at 8,224. Bank of America reported better-than-expected results, with earnings per share for the quarter at 74 cents, compared with estimates for 71 cents. But expectations for lower profits, in an environment of falling interest rates, have put some pressure on shares of the second-largest bank by assets. Meanwhile, shares of CSX Corp. were down after the rail company cut its full-year sales projections, citing economic uncertainty and a recent shutdown of a major oil refinery it served.

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MarketWatch MarketPulseJul 17, 2019
Comerica's stock falls after profit and NII miss, downbeat outlook
Shares of Comerica Inc. dropped 2.0% in premarket trading Wednesday, after the Texas-based regional bank reported a second-quarter profit and net interest income (NII) that missed expectations, and provided a downbeat NII outlook. Net income was $298 million, or $1.94 a share, after earnings of $326 million, or $1.87 a share, in the year-ago period. Adjusted EPS rose to $1.94 from $1.90, but was below the FactSet consensus of $2.00. NII increased to $603 million from $590 million, but missed the FactSet consensus of $609 million, as an increase in deposit costs and higher levels of funding to support loan growth offset an increase in average loans and an additional day in this year's quarter. For 2019, the company NII growth of 2%, while the FactSet consensus of $2.42 billion implies 2.8% growth. The stock has shed 9.5% over the past three months, while the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF has slipped 3.8% and the S&P 500 has gained 3.6%.

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MarketWatch MarketPulseJul 17, 2019
Goldman Sachs downgrades Levi Strauss, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein parent PVH on department store concerns
Concerns about the wholesale channel sparked downgrades of Levi Strauss & Co. , Ralph Lauren Corp , and Calvin Klein parent PVH Corp. at Goldman Sachs. The downgrades sent each of the apparel stocks down, with Levi Strauss tumbling 4%, Ralph Lauren falling 3.7% and PVH down 3.4% in Wednesday trading. Goldman expects headwinds for the wholesale channel to ramp up in the second half of the year. "The combination of persistently tough first-half retail trends and an optimistic spring ordering season has driven inventory overhangs at several multibrand retailers," the Goldman note said. "These retailers are thus tightening up ordering as we head into the critical back-to-school and holiday season. We thus see incremental sell-in risk for apparel brands, particularly those with high exposure to department stores." Goldman expects growth at PVH's Tommy Hilfiger brand to "fade," thinks Ralph Lauren's wholesale troubles will be amplified by brand challenges at Polo and Lauren, and is worried that growth in Levi's tops business will decline. Levi stock is down 19% over the last three months, Ralph Lauren is down nearly 16%, and PVH is down 32.2%. The ProShares Decline of the Retail Store ETF has climbed nearly 11% over the last three months and the S&P 500 index has gained 3.5% for the period.

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MarketWatchJul 17, 2019
Market Snapshot: Stocks edge lower after Dow snaps streak of record closes
U.S. stocks open slightly lower on Wednesday, after markets retreated from record territory Tuesday following comments from President Donald Trump on the lack of progress between Beijing and Washington in the long-running tariff dispute.

MarketWatch MarketPulseJul 17, 2019
Apple to test out some AirPods production in Vietnam: report
Apple Inc. plans to start trial production of its AirPods product in Vietnam, according to a new report from the Nikkei Asian Review, as it looks to reduce its dependence on Chinese manufacturing. One of the company's contract manufacturers will start testing its production processing for the next iteration of AirPods at a Vietnam facility, said the report, which cites multiple anonymous sources, though the initial trials would be very small. Apple declined to comment in the Nikkei Asian Review's story. Its shares are down 0.3% in Wednesday trading. They've gained 29% so far this year, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average has risen 17%.

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MarketWatch MarketPulseJul 16, 2019
API data reportedly show a 1.4 million-barrel decline in U.S. crude stocks
The American Petroleum Institute reported late Tuesday that U.S. crude supplies fell by 1.4 million barrels for the week ended July 12, according to sources. The API also reportedly showed a stockpile decline of 476,000 barrels for gasoline, but distillate inventories jumped by 6.2 million barrels. Inventory data from the Energy Information Administration will be released Wednesday. The EIA data are expected to show crude inventories down by 4.2 million barrels last week, according to analysts polled by S&P Global Platts. They also forecast a fall of 1.5 million barrels for gasoline and an increase of 300,000 barrels for distillate supplies. August West Texas Intermediate crude was at $57.50 a barrel in electronic trading, down from the contract's $57.62 settlement on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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