Earnings Report – 2-18 Tuesday BUY $117.89
U.S. stock and bond markets are closed on Monday for Presidents Day. Fourth-quarter earnings season continues when they reopen on Tuesday, with 45 S&P 500 companies scheduled to report. Highlights include Walmart on Tuesday, followed by Analog Devices and Dish Network on Wednesday. ViacomCBS and Deere report on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
Walmart started the decade as almost an exclusively brick-and mortar business. However, by 2015, the company had upped its annual e-commerce investment from $1 billion to between $1.2 billion and $1.5 billion.
Walmart acquired e-commerce site Jet.com for $3.3 billion in 2016. The company has also been investing in same-day delivery and in-store pickup. Walmart appears to be poised to continue its investing and innovation in the 2020s, recently announcing an $11 billion commitment to store redesigns, including the addition of autonomous floor cleaners, shelf scanners and unloaders.