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Global markets live: Walmart, Home Depot, Amazon, Sonova, Berkshire Hathaway...

05/18/2021 | 10:58am EDT

Walmart posted a very strong performance in the second quarter, and so did Home Depot. These better-than-expected figures reassured investors, as they indicate that consumer demand has not yet been affected by inflation. Other earnings reports include Vodafone, Baidu and Tencent.


Main earnings releases. Walmart, The Home Depot, Netease, Baidu, Engie, Assicurazioni Generali, Imperial Brands, Sonova, JCDecaux, Iliad, Dermapharm, Grand City Properties, Britvic... 

Walmart sales rose by by 9.3% on a same-store basis, driven by purchases related to the lockdown period, and by its e-commerce activities, which have almost doubled (+97%) in one year. Sales amountedto $137.74 billion in the quarter, higher than the consensus of $135.48 billion, which expected a 5.4% increase in same-store sales. Adjusted earnings per share came to $1.56, compared with $1.25 anticipated.

The Home Depot saw a 25% jump in same-store sales in the second quarter and a profit per share of $4.02, better than the $3.71 expected.

Macy’s - The department store group is up 5.6 percent in pre-opening trading after raising its annual revenue and profit forecasts.

Amazon.com is in talks to buy Hollywood studio MGM, The Information reported Monday, citing a person close to the matter. In addition, the German competition authority has opened new proceedings against the group to try to determine whether it has a dominant position.

Tesla- The investment firm of Michael Burry, the short-seller made famous by the movie "The Big Short", announced that at the end of March it held a short position in Tesla worth $534 million (437 million euros). The stock was down as much as 4.8% in after-hours trading Monday night.

Tencent Music Entertainment reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and a 24% increase in revenue, driven by subscriber and advertising revenue growth.

Baidu reported Tuesday a quarterly revenue increase of 25% and above consensus, thanks to growth in its cloud computing and artificial intelligence businesses. The stock is up 3.4% in pre-market trading.

Vodafone: Q4 fiscal organic growth reached 0.8%, compared to the 0.4% expected by consensus. But results are worse than expected.

AT&T confirmed the sale of Time Warner to Discovery to create a new streaming behemoth.

Berkshire Hathaway invests in Aon and lightens Wells Fargo and Chevron .

Samsung could start construction of its new chip plant in the US in the third quarter.

BP Plc is reportedly close to selling its North Sea assets to Tailwind.

Saipem is negotiating the acquisition of Naval Group's floating wind business.

DKSH enters into a distribution agreement with Italian Naturis.

Schindler wins an order for 129 lifts in Egypt.

Woodside Petroleum to exit the Canadian Kitimat LNG project.

TechnipFMC wins a significant subsea infrastructure contract in the UK.

VZ Holding acquires a stake in Lumin Wealth in London.

ę MarketScreener.com 2021
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