ANNOUNCER: This is NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT with Bill Griffeth and Sue Herera.
SUE HERERA, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT ANCHOR: Fixer upper. Home Depot
(NYSE:HD) crushes earnings estimates and raises its full-year guidance as
do-it-yourselfers spend a lot of money to spruce up their homes.
BILL GRIFFETH, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT ANCHOR: Modern bank heist. The FBI
warns that millions of dollars could be swiped from ATMs around the globe
in a matter of hours and it could happen soon.
HERERA: Restaurant revival. The return of the ultimate power lunch.
Those stories and more tonight on NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT for Tuesday,
GRIFFETH: And we do bid you good evening, everybody.
Expectations were very high for Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and the Dow component
did not disappoint. First thing this morning, the world`s largest home
improvement retailer released earnings that easily surpassed estimates and
it also lifted its outlook for the rest of the year. Homeowners it turns
out are spending a lot of money to modernize their homes, thanks to a
strong housing market and an improving economy. But despite the strong
report, shares fell today which is typical of Home Depot (NYSE:HD) stock
when the company does beat analysts expectations.
Courtney Reagan takes a look now at what`s going right for that retailer.
COURTNEY REAGAN, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: The housing market
may be starting to raise some concerns but there`s no sign of those worries
and Home Depot`s latest earnings report. The home improvement retailer
posting its highest earnings and sales in company history, and increasing
its full-year forecast.
U.S. comparable sales grew more than 8 percent, the best in nine quarters.
Thanks in part to record sales for garden equipment and pent-up demand from
an unusually cold spring.
BRIAN NAGEL, OPPENHEIMER & CO. RETAIL ANALYST: What do we see in this
report today is when the weather cooperates as it did here in the fiscal
Q2, people shop at Home Depot (NYSE:HD).
REAGAN: The home improvement retailer`s chief financial officer Carol Tome
says the housing market is tight, with only 4 percent of homes turning over
in the U.S. The 96 percent of homeowners that aren`t selling their homes
though, make a good market for renovating, which is great for Home Depot
Interior paint had its best first-half in five years. Painting is an easy
upgrade for homeowners looking for a refresh.
JOE FELDMAN, TELSEY ADVISORY GROUP RETAIL ANALYST: The underlying trends
in the business are very good. People are spending on their homes. People
are — we`ve continued to see that now for several years and we don`t think
that really is going to end.
REAGAN: All departments except lighting saw sales increase. Lighting was
the only department to see sales fall from LED price depletion. Sales to
professionals like contractors again outpacing sales to do-it-yourselfers,
with merchandise priced of a thousand dollars now making up 20 percent of
Home Depot`s total sales.
While online sales make up just a small portion of Home Depot`s total, it
is growing, up more than 25 percent in the quarter. Plus just under half
of all online orders are picked up in the store, which one in five shoppers
adding something to their cart when they come in to pick up their orders.
FELDMAN: Most people would go to Home Depot (NYSE:HD), they`re working on
some project. They need that consultation. You know, right now, I think
that`s a real key would what keeps people coming to these stores, and I
know I think that Home Depot (NYSE:HD) has been very, very smart to invest
aggressively in the service and their stories to help them.
REAGAN: There are inflationary pressures pushing up cost, including rising
raw material costs, transportation costs and tariff costs. But Home Depot
(NYSE:HD) says the size and scale of its business makes it manageable at
least for now.
For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, I`m Courtney Reagan.
HERERA: Joe Feldman is back with us. You just saw him in Courtney`s
report. He`s going to tell us more about Home Depot (NYSE:HD). He is the
senior managing director at Telsey Advisory Group.
Joe, good to see you as always.
FELDMAN: Thanks for having me.
HERERA: Was there anything in this report that disappointed you? It
seemed pretty solid as Courtney outlined on in almost every sector.
FELDMAN: Yes, it was really strong across the board. I mean, all product
categories, all regions were strong. Seasonal categories were good. The
pro-customer continued to grow at a faster clip than the DIY customer, and
pro is now 45 percent of total sales, which is really important because
that helps drive the average ticket, transactions improved after having
been down in the last quarter.
So, we saw very good results in this quarter.
GRIFFETH: I know we highlighted how Home Depot (NYSE:HD) stock was down
today, but I noticed that Lowe`s, its main competitor, was much higher
today maybe somebody`s expecting them to come in with a similar report.
FELDMAN: Yes, I think Lowe`s is going to have a very good result as well.
We`re modeling same store sales of 5.5 percent. So, we think they`ll be
very strong growth, not quite the 8 percent that look at Home Depot
(NYSE:HD) did, but still very good results.
And I think there was some concern that Lowe`s might take down numbers for
the back half of the year and after seeing this report, I think people felt
a little more comfortable that it should be a pretty solid year overall.
HERERA: Are they positioned to withstand some of the inflationary and/or
tariff pressures that Courtney mentioned at the end of her report? Lumber
prices have been skyrocketing. Labor costs have also been going up for
FELDMAN: No, that`s absolutely true.
You know both companies but Home Depot (NYSE:HD) in particular has been
really working hard on labor productivity initiatives within the store and
trying to really refine how they use labor and with the hours and making
sure there`s enough customer facing labor at the right times. That`s one
Commodity costs historically in the home improvement industry can be passed
on pretty quickly. You know, the purchases of those commodities don`t love
it, but, you know, if lumber prices go up a little, they have to pay a
little more. When it goes down, they pay less.
So, you do get a bit of that. As far as tariffs go, the companies have
told us that they`re working on ways to manage through that and given that
it is a relatively low penetration of their overall sales, it shouldn`t be
too much of a drag on the overall business for at least Home Depot
(NYSE:HD) and Lowe`s.
HERERA: Joe, thank you so much. Appreciate your perspective.
FELDMAN: Thank you.
HERERA: Joe Feldman with Telsey Advisory Group.
GRIFFETH: To Wall Street now. The Dow snapped a four-day losing streak
today. Tech and bank shares rose as investors shrugged off concerns about
Turkey`s ongoing currency crisis, at least for today. The industrial
average rose 112 points to 25,299. The Nasdaq was up by the 51. The S&P
HERERA: Despite today`s stock market gains, a number of Wall Street banks
are sounding cautious. Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) recently said that an
escalation of trade friction could result in a drop in earnings, which
could in turn push the benchmark indexes lower.
Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) warned about investor complacency.
GRIFFETH: And then just today, a Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) Merrill Lynch
survey said the despite bullishness reaching levels not seen since 2015,
the peak may indeed be near. Even the Congressional Budget Office lowered
its forecast for economic growth for this year, citing uncertainty from
So, how cautious should investors be right now?
Let`s turn to Barry Bannister. He`s head of equity strategy at Stifel.
Awful lot of crosswinds going here, Barry, with the — everybody convinced
that we may see a correction sometime next year. What do you make of that?
BARRY BANNISTER, STIFEL HEAD OF EQUITY STRATEGY: Yes, there`s a good
chance of that. If you look at the broader S&P 500, an important market
index, it`s actually still below where it was on January 26th of this year.
It hasn`t made a lot of progress.
We`ve had strong earnings to be sure but what`s called the price to
earnings multiple, the ratio of price to earnings, has fallen while the
earnings improved. So, we`ve had a market that`s really flat year-to-date.
HERERA: You also mention the fact that the market`s view on interest rates
is basically well below the Fed`s rate view. How much more aggressive do
you think the Fed is going to have to be?
BANNISTER: Yes, the trouble for the Fed is they don`t really have any good
choices. They have to cross an interest rate that`s going to undermine
some of the Wall Street speculation before they get to a rate that is
consistent with what`s called the dual mandate, which is low inflation and
full employment. So, we speculators need a certain rate, a very cheap
rate, and what the economy needs is a bit higher. It`s also pressuring
emerging markets as you clearly see because as the dollar gets more scarce,
it`s harder for those people who borrowed in dollars overseas that have no
control over the currency to pay back their debts.
GRIFFETH: You know one thing working against this bull market we`re in is
the length of time. We haven`t had a bear market in almost a decade at
this point. What would be the catalyst though do you think to end this
BANNISTER: We`ve had a couple of close calls, Bill, in terms of a bear
BANNISTER: We came close as recently as late 2015, early 2016. So, we`ve
seen weakness and we`ve seen weakness in the economy what`s called nominal
GDP, which is the real growth plus the inflation rate, actually bottom
doubt in early 2016, at a level consistent with past recessions. So,
usually to cause an actual bear market, you either have to be looking at
the conditions that could cause a recession, or you actually have to be
about to have a recession. And the Fed`s going to have to raise rates a
bit more before that`s a risk.
But what I do see this summer is a correction or pullback as some of the
earnings estimates come down because the dollar is strong, emerging markets
are weak. You`re also going to see the Fed I think a little more hawkish
than the street would like to see —
BANNISTER: — in terms of raising interest rates, and a number of other
negative factors. So, summer is a tough time through October for the
GRIFFETH: We will see what happens.
Barry Bannister with Stifel, again, thanks for joining us tonight.
BANNISTER: Thanks, Bill.
HERERA: Well, with all of the focus on trade — today, we learned that the
cost of imported goods was flat in July. But that the annual rate
increased to its highest level in six and a half years. According to the
latest government report, higher oil prices are behind the push higher but
economists say tariffs imposed by the White House could add to costs unless
the trade disputes are resolved soon.
GRIFFETH: Meanwhile, total household debt is now higher than before the
financial crisis. According to new figures from the New York Fed,
household borrowing reached more than trillion dollars in the second
quarter. It was driven by auto and mortgage loans. The good news, though,
is the borrowing has not been accompanied by a rise in delinquencies, which
still remains low.
HERERA: While the U.S. economy is expanding, the Chinese economy is
cooling, and the direction of the world`s second-largest economy could
impact investors around the globe.
Eunice Yoon is in Beijing tonight.
EUNICE YOON, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: The Chinese authority
has said that the economy remains steady in July but the numbers did miss
expectations and also indicated a further slowdown in the economy.
Now, looking at the numbers: year-to-date, China fixed asset investment
growth dropped by more than expected to 5.5 percent. Industrial output
remains steady at 6 percent. Retail sales posted slower growth at 8.8
point percent, this is down from 9 percent in June.
Now, the weaker data is already prompting authorities here to indicate that
they favor pro-growth policies. The Stats Bureau said today to expect
infrastructure investment to pick up in the second half. This is as part
of the government`s overall policies to try to support the economy. The
official also added that China faces serious complex external and domestic
environments, and that China needs to assess the impact of its trade
frictions with the United States.
So, even before the trade conflict, there`s been a debate going on here for
months as to whether or not China would want to continue with what we`ve
been seeing recently which is a clampdown on financial risks and a rein in
of rising debt, or if there would be a reversal in policy to be much more
supportive of the economy.
For NIGHTY BUSINESS REPORT, I`m Eunice Yoon in Beijing.
GRIFFETH: Time to take a look now at some of today`s upgrades and
We begin tonight with Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN) which was downgraded
to neutral from out perform at Baird. The analyst says that the stock is
now fairly valued after nearly tripling over the past year or so. Price
target now $53. Nevertheless, that stock continued to rise up about 3
percent today to $48.74.
Marriott was upgraded to outperform from market perform at Raymond James.
The analyst calls the recent weakness in that stock a buying opportunity.
Price target: $140. The stock rose nearly 1 percent to $121.61.
HERERA: Salesforce`s price target was raised to $178 at Morgan Stanley
(NYSE:MS). The analyst calls the company the vendor of choice for the
digital transformation. The rating on the stock remains overweight. The
stock rose more than 1 percent to $146.57.
Square`s price target was raised to $86 by Nomura Instinet. The analyst
says downloads of Square`s Cash app exceeded those of PayPal`s Venmo app
for the first time in July. The rating remains a buy. The stock rose more
than 3 percent to $74.97.
GRIFFETH: Still ahead, a small business owner caught in the middle of
Turkey`s financial crisis.
GRIFFETH: Optimism among small business owners is now at a 35-year high.
That`s its second best level ever, and that`s important because Main Street
businesses are certainly considered the backbone of the American economy.
Kate Rogers (NYSE:ROG) explains now what`s behind the upbeat mood.
KATE ROGERS, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: Small business
confidence is continuing to rise in the face of an increasingly strong
economy. A new survey from the National Federation of Independent Business
shows optimism is near record levels, with most owners looking to hire more
workers to keep up with strong demand.
WILLIAM DUNKELBERG, NFIB CHIEF ECONOMIST: Well, right now, the economy is
doing very well and that translates into a lot of demand for the output to
small businesses produce.
ROGERS: But a stubborn problem remains, finding qualified workers to fill
roles. Labor quality is the top issue for small business owners outpacing
both taxes and government regulations.
TODD MCCRACKEN, NSBA PRESIDENT: We`ve seen that the ability to find good
workers, especially skilled workers rising as a concern and a problem for
companies over the last few years, and it adds to flows, of course, with
the economy. And whenever we`ve seen the economy really humming along like
this, getting, keeping the right kind of workers in your business really
becomes one of the chief challenges.
ROGERS: And as the labor market continues to tighten, wages aren`t
increasing. That`s part of the reason small business owners are raising
DUNKELBERG: The problem that we face now is that with the tight labor
market and no supply or a little increase in supply, we are now — if I
succeed in hiring somebody, I`m going to create a vacancy someplace else.
So, we`re not going to be able to eliminate the vacancies unless we get an
increase in the participation rate and the labor force.
ROGERS: So, while Main Street is feeling good about its economic
prospects, it`s also dealing with the pros and cons of a strong economy.
For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, I`m Kate Rogers (NYSE:ROG).
HERERA: But it is a different story for business owners in Turkey who
suddenly find themselves dealing with the fallout of their country`s
Willem Marx is in Istanbul for us tonight.
WILLEM MARX, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: Sertan Cavus opened
his first Istanbul restaurant a decade ago.
Today, he oversees 10 burger joints in the city that`s better known for its
But extending this franchise further will have to wait, Cavus told me,
thanks to growing economic uncertainty.
SERTAN CAVUS, RESTAURANT OWNER: Euro (ph) currencies a little bit high
and, of course, like everyone, we have little problems. But we believe
everything is going to pass.
MARX: Many business owners here long ago learned to hedge against currency
But the liras` latest lurch downwards has even raised the cost of building
the perfect burger.
CAVUS: We`re using Turkish products. We`re using Turkish beef. We`re
using Turkish potatoes and many things. But the feed of the beef is coming
from out of country, which make a cost for us for everything (INAUDIBLE).
MARX: This nation has long stood at a geographic crossroads, but after
years of growth, its government now faces immense pressure to choose a new
economic path. So far, Turkish authorities have resisted calls to take a
bite out of inflation by raising interest rates and have instead blamed
foreign interference for their financial woes.
And this reluctance to act means entrepreneurs like Cavus must make their
own difficult decisions about the future.
CAVUS: Am I worried about it? A lot. I mean, before, I could see six
months and one year later, and I have a business plan. Now, I prefer to
MARX: But today, President Erdogan told Turks and in particular, Turkish
businesses, they should not postpone investment decisions just as they
should not transact in foreign currencies. To do so he said would be like
giving in to the enemy, and based on his recent rhetoric, these days, this
country`s greatest economic enemy seems to be the United States.
For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, I`m Willem Marx in Istanbul.
GRIFFETH: Tapestry bagged strong earnings and that`s where we begin
tonight`s “Market Focus”.
The luxury fashion company formerly known as Coach (NYSE:COH) posted
quarterly results ahead of estimates thanks in part to strong sales of its
Kate Spade handbags. Tapestry CEO said today that the death in June of the
brand`s namesake founder fueled nostalgia for Kate Spade products, and that
helps sales. Shares of Tapestry rose 12 percent today to $53.16.
Meanwhile, Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) is buying a stake in sports drink maker
BodyArmor, and Coke has the option of increasing its stake in that future.
The BodyArmor is a startup backed by several athletes including Kobe
Bryant. Just the latest company looking to topple longtime industry leader
Gatorade. Shares of Coke were up six cents today to $45.89.
HERERA: Advanced AutoParts topped Wall Street sales and profit estimates
for the most recent quarter and lifted its full-year revenue outlook. The
auto parts retailer sites improving industry trends and increased spending
per transaction. The company also announced a new $600 million share
buyback program. Stock popped 7 percent to $156.13.
Cigna`s deal to buy pharmacy benefits manager Express (NYSE:EXPR) Scripts
will no longer be opposed by the activist investor and Cigna shareholder,
Carl Icahn. That follows recommendations by advisory firms ISS and Glass
Lewis that shareholders vote in favor of the deal. Icahn though maintains
that the deal is, quote, wildly overpriced.
Shares of both Cigna and Express (NYSE:EXPR) Scripts rose. Cigna closed at
$185.30. Express (NYSE:EXPR) Scripts at $86 even.
Tesla`s board named a special committee to evaluate taking that company
private. This follows recent tweets from CEO and founder Elon Musk who
said he wants to take Tesla private at $420 a share, and that funding was,
quote, secured. But there are reports that the SEC is looking into the
accuracy of Musk`s statements. Shares dropped more than 2 percent to
GRIFFETH: The FBI is reportedly warning banks about a potential worldwide
ATM hacking scheme. According to a cybersecurity blog, hackers can use
malware to access a bank or payment card processor to steal data and then
use that stolen information to withdraw large amounts of cash from ATMs
Charles Henderson is global managing partner with IBM X-Force Red. This is
a team of so-called white hat hackers who helped companies uncover
vulnerabilities in their own security system.
Charles, thanks for joining us tonight.
CHARLES HENDERSON, IBM X-FORCE RED GLOGAL MANAGING PARTNER: Thank you for
GRIFFETH: Is this a new vulnerability we`re hearing about? You know what
do you make of this warning from the FBI?
HENDERSON: So, at its core, the FBI is addressing a lack of care and
feeding in the ATM world. If you think about all the things that banks
have had to secure and have been focusing on, such as networks,
applications, any number of things, they`ve been ignoring the ATM security
posture for some time. They`ve been treating it like a magic box.
And those — that ignoring has come home to roost and the criminals are now
targeting ATMs because they`re vulnerable. They haven`t been tested.
HERERA: So, is a hack imminent do you think? And what types of banks
might be the most vulnerable, the big guys like the JPMorgans and such, or
HENDERSON: So, you have to remember at its core — let`s take a step back.
Let`s put ourselves in the shoes of a criminal.
Criminals want money and it just turns out that cash monetizes extremely
easily. So, they`re going to attack ATMs with accounts that have a lot of
money and they`re going to raise the limits for the withdrawal of those
accounts so they can get the highest return on investment in one action.
Think about it this way criminal enterprises are business not unlike any
other, and they`re trying to raise their ROI.
GRIFFETH: Right. I can hear the people at home thinking, OK, now,
hopefully, banks are doing something about this to improve their security.
But what should I be doing with my bank accounts here? How safe are they?
HENDERSON: So, there`s really sort of a two-part scenario here. First of
all, the onus mostly falls on the banks. The banks need to shore up the
ATMs. They need to conduct dedicated testing programs against the ATM, and
when I say testing, I mean penetration testing.
HENDERSON: The kind of work that X-Force Red does, which is test these so
that the first time they`re tested it isn`t a criminal. The other thing
banks need to do is monitor accounts for out-of-the-ordinary withdrawal
patterns, as well as out-of-the-ordinary patterns in the daily withdrawal
Now, for consumers, even though it`s not their responsibility per se,
there`s a couple things they can do to sort of —
GRIFFETH: Very quickly, if you can, Charles.
HENDERSON: — make sure that they`re taken care of. One is I look at
their account, make sure that they`re monitoring the charge history. They
should be doing that anyway.
The second is call the number on the back of the card and investigate their
daily withdrawal limit. Make sure it`s acceptable.
GRIFFETH: Be vigilant, that`s for sure.
Charles Henderson with IBM X-Force Red, thanks. Appreciate it tonight.
HENDERSON: Thank you for having me.
HERERA: Coming up, a restaurant revival. The first look at the return of
a famed dining institution.
GRIFFETH: A landmark restaurant is making its return tomorrow at noon.
The Four Seasons will open for lunch for the first time in two years. And
while the name is the same, a lot about it will be different.
Robert Frank is in New York City for us tonight.
ROBERT FRANK, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: It is the day the
hungry New York elite have been awaiting for two years, the return of the
Four Seasons restaurant. Tomorrow, lunch will be served once again at the
new location of the Four Seasons. The iconic lunch room to billionaires,
finance kings and titans of media and politics for nearly 60 years.
Regulars include Henry Kissinger, Martha Stewart and billionaire financiers
like Steve Schwarzman and Mort Zuckerman.
In fact, Pete Peterson as Steve Schwarzman founded their firm Blackstone
over lunch at the Four Seasons in the mid-1980s. The old location in the
Philip Johnson designed area of the Seagram`s Building closed in after a
fight with the landlord. Today, it reopens a few blocks away with a new
$30 million shrine to eating drinking and deal-making.
Getting a reservation will be nearly impossible for mere mortals, but we
are the first cameras allowed inside.
It all starts here with the sunken bar made from 24 karat gold leaf and
molded glass. The windows are covered with a shower of crystal beads, each
of them hand-painted and hand blown from an artist in the Czech Republic.
You then proceed through this mysterious tunnel called The Passage which is
made from perforated bronze and that plays the recorded sounds of the
wildlife in Central Park for each of the four seasons.
And then you arrive here at the main dining room with the Four Seasons` 33
of the most coveted tables in New York city all of them surrounded in mid-
century modern elegance.
There`s a new executive chef. The new pastry chef comes from the White
House but many of the old dishes make a comeback, including the famous
Dover (NYSE:DOV) sole and the carved duck.
Upstairs is a private dining room and an invitation-only champagne bar. To
pay for their new space, dozens of Four Seasons customers invested between
$250,000 and a million dollars each in part to make sure they get a table.
The billionaire Brampton (ph) family is also a longtime partner.
ALEX VON BIDDER, FOUR SEASONS CO-OWNER: The space is brand new.
VON BIDDER: But the feeling is the same and the feeling is even more
intimate than before, and it`s really comfortable. We had a few dinners
for friends and investors last weekend, and they stay forever because it`s
so nice to be here. It`s warm.
FRANK: Even with all those investments, they`re going to have to sell a
lot of Dover (NYSE:DOV) sole to make back that 30 million bucks.
For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, I`m Robert Frank in Manhattan.
GRIFFETH: Can`t wait.
HERERA: Can`t wait.
That does it for us tonight. I`m Sue Herera. Thanks for joining us.
GRIFFETH: I`m Bill Griffeth. Have a great evening. See you tomorrow.
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