China hints it won’t retaliate against newest U.S. tariffs: Morning Brief

Thursday, August 29, 2019

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Markets await a host of key consumer indicators, including earnings reports from retailers like Best Buy (BBY) and updated second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) figures.

For Best Buy, Wall Street is expecting earnings per share of 99 cents on sales of $9.56 billion. In the same quarter a year ago, Best Buy posted earnings of 91 cents per share on revenue of $9.38 billion. Analysts also await Best Buy’s quarterly comparable store sales figures, which tracks sales at stores open for at least one year. In Best Buy’s prior quarter, comparable store sales rose 1.1%. Meanwhile, U.S. comparable online sales stood at $1.31 billion, an increase of 14.5%. As of Wednesday's close, Best Buy shares are up roughly 30% so far this year, eclipsing the S&P 500’s (^GSPC) 15% gain during that time.

Other retailers, including Dollar Tree (DLTR), Dollar General (DG), Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), Burlington Stores (BURL) and Ulta Beauty (ULTA), release quarterly financial results on Thursday.

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Shipping containers, including those of China Shipping, a shipping conglomerate under direct administration of China'a State Council, await transportation on a rail line at the Port of Long Beach on July 12, 2018 in Long Beach, California. - The Trump administration announced tariffs on $200 Billion more Chinese goods on July 11 with China vowing to retaliate. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Correction: The headline of this Morning Brief was updated for accuracy.

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