On Tap Today: Gap, J.C. Penney Step Up to the Earnings Plate

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Gap (GPS) - Get Report and J.C. Penney (JCP) - Get Report are among the retailers on the earnings slate today. On the economic front, durable goods orders will get some attention at 8:30 a.m. EST.

Expected Earnings Reports

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Economic Data

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Economic Databank.

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  • 8:30 a.m.:Initial jobless claims for the week ended Feb. 19. Source: Labor Department. Forecast: 286,000. Previous: 283,000 (four-week average: 281,500).
  • 8:30 a.m.:Durable goods orders for January. Source: Census Bureau. Forecast: -1.4%. Previous: +5.5% (ex-transportation: +1.5%).
  • 10 a.m.:Help Wanted Index for January. Source: Conference Board. Forecast: N/A. Previous: 86.

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