What's Home Depot Telling Us About the Economy? What to Watch in Home Depot, TJX

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Both Home Depot (HD) - Get Report and TJX (TJX) - Get Report reported earnings before the bell Tuesday.

Home Depot Earnings

Real Money Stock of the Day Home Depot posted modestly stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings Tuesday but trimmed its full-year sales guidance as the world's biggest home improvement retailer said some of its investments won't pay off until 2020, reported TheStreet's Martin Baccardax.

Home Depot said earnings for the three months ending on November 3 came in at $2.53 per share, around a penny ahead of the Street consensus forecast. Group revenues, Home Depot said, rose 3.4% from the same period last year to $27.2 billion, a figure that fell shy of analysts' forecasts of a $27.528 billion tally. Same-store sales, too, missed estimates, rising 3.8% compared to consensus of 4.7%.

TJX Earnings

TJX reported third-quarter earnings of $828.3 million, or 68 cents a share, vs. $739.6 million, or 63 cents a share, in the year-ago. Analysts polled by FactSet had been expecting earnings of 66 cents a share.

Sales came in at $10.45 billion, above sales of $9.8 billion a year ago and above analysts' estimates of $10.32 billion. Same-store sales, a key metric in retail, gained 4% during the quarter, the company said.

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