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GLOBAL MARKETS LIVE: Airbnb’s IPO, Amazon’s pharmacy, Walmart’s results…

11/17/2020 | 10:13am EST

Today, we’re talking about Airbnb's IPO projects and the merger under discussion between BBVA and Sabadell in Spain. Amazon launched an online pharmacy offering, while Berkshire Hathaway is investing in healthcare.

Earnings season. The Home Depot, Sea Limited, NIO Limited, Experian, Fortum, Imperial Brands, Iliad, Eurazeo, Paradox Interactive and Zooplus are among companies reporting their results today.

A few results:

  • Baidu: the Chinese search engine achieved better-than-expected results, with a return to growth in Q3.
  • The Home Depot recorded a 24.1% increase in sales on a comparable basis for the third quarter, well above expectations. The group of DIY and home improvement department stores announced plans to increase employee compensation by $1 billion per year.
  • Kohl’s, the department store chain, announced a 13.3% decline in same-store sales in the third quarter.
  • Walmart saw a stronger than expected 6.4% increase in its U.S. same-store sales excluding fuel in the quarter ended October.
  • Zooplus: Nine-month revenues were up 18% and Ebitda increased sevenfold compared to the same period in 2019. The forecasts raised in October are confirmed.

In other news:

  • Amazon.com launched today an online pharmacy offering in the U.S. that includes prescription drugs, which represents new competition for the major drugstore chains.
  • Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria is negotiating a merger with Banco de Sabadell, a new stage in the consolidation of the banking sector in Southern Europe, which would give rise to a group worth some €27.5 billion.
  • Banco Santander will acquire Wirecard's European activities for an unspecified amount. The Süddeutsche Zeitung had recently reported €100 million.
  • Volkswagen has not taken a decision on the future of Lamborghini and Ducati, but is modifying their shareholder structure with a view to an operation that could constitute a demerger.
  • Berkshire Hathaway is investing in healthcare: Merck, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, AbbVie are among the recent investments.
  • Ryan Cohen (Chewy) owns nearly 10% of Gamestop and wants the company to think about its strategy.
  • Costco Wholesale will distribute a special dividend of USD 10 per share.
  • Tesla will enter the S&P 500.
  • The bosses of Facebook and Twitter are heard again in the U.S. Senate today.
  • Airbnb launches its initial public offering on the Nasdaq.
  • Huawei sells its Honor brand to a consortium of Chinese distributors not including Digital China, contrary to rumors, for an undisclosed price.
  • Komax will cut 70 jobs in Switzerland.

© MarketScreener.com 2020
Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
AIRBNB, INC. -0.99% 178.33 Delayed Quote.22.89%
AMAZON.COM, INC. -0.39% 3292 Delayed Quote.1.54%
BAIDU, INC. -0.02% 251.31 Delayed Quote.16.50%
BANCO BILBAO VIZCAYA ARGENTARIA, S.A. -0.82% 4.002 Delayed Quote.0.00%
BANCO DE SABADELL, S.A. -4.99% 0.3654 Delayed Quote.8.64%
BANCO SANTANDER, S.A. -2.23% 2.581 Delayed Quote.4.02%
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC. -0.81% 351136.13 Delayed Quote.1.43%
CHEWY, INC. -2.74% 102.2 Delayed Quote.16.92%
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION 0.27% 363.71 Delayed Quote.-3.71%
DJ INDUSTRIAL -0.35% 31061.28 Delayed Quote.1.06%
EURAZEO SE -0.34% 57.8 Real-time Quote.4.50%
EXPERIAN PLC -0.26% 2636 Delayed Quote.-4.83%
FACEBOOK INC 0.89% 275.25 Delayed Quote.-0.11%
FORTUM OYJ -0.75% 21.14 Delayed Quote.8.12%
HUAWEI CULTURE CO.,LTD. -2.33% 2.52 End-of-day quote.-9.35%
ILIAD S.A. 1.28% 158.65 Real-time Quote.-6.81%
IMPERIAL BRANDS PLC 0.58% 1649.5 Delayed Quote.6.81%
KOMAX HOLDING AG -0.85% 197.5 Delayed Quote.12.99%
NASDAQ 100 -0.24% 13369.519594 Delayed Quote.4.01%
NASDAQ COMP. -0.06% 13519.728142 Delayed Quote.4.41%
NIO LIMITED 5.25% 61.33 Delayed Quote.19.70%
PARADOX INTERACTIVE AB (PUBL) 1.12% 235 End-of-day quote.-8.20%
S&P 500 -0.21% 3844.38 Delayed Quote.2.55%
SEA LIMITED -0.11% 233.4 Delayed Quote.17.54%
TESLA, INC. -0.59% 838.6801 Delayed Quote.19.74%
THE HOME DEPOT, INC. 1.83% 284.065 Delayed Quote.5.06%
TWITTER 1.48% 47.7969 Delayed Quote.-12.98%
VOLKSWAGEN AG 1.88% 165.08 Delayed Quote.6.31%
WALMART INC. 1.45% 146.97 Delayed Quote.0.49%
WIRECARD AG -44.85% 0.6 End-of-day quote.92.93%
ZOOPLUS AG 0.21% 187.6 Delayed Quote.10.25%
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