Stocks Await Jobs Report as Fed Interest Rate Decision Nears
Investors track jobs report ahead of Fed decision on interest rates. Updates on Spotify, Broadcom, Lululemon, Docusign, RH, and Smith & Wesson Brands.
Investors are keeping a close eye on the upcoming jobs report as it could influence the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates next year. The central bank's decision, set to be announced next week, will be heavily influenced by signs of waning inflation and slowing growth, particularly in the labor market.
Spotify CFO to Depart in 2022
In other news, music-streaming giant Spotify saw a 1.6% drop in premarket trading after it was announced that their chief financial officer, Paul Vogel, will be leaving the company on March 31 next year. This comes just days after Spotify revealed plans for significant job cuts, amounting to approximately 17% of its workforce.
Broadcom Reports Strong Quarterly Earnings
On a positive note, chipmaker Broadcom experienced a slight gain of less than 1% following impressive quarterly results that surpassed analysts' expectations. The company's CEO, Hock Tan, also highlighted the increasing demand for generative artificial intelligence.
These developments mark a crucial period for investors as they assess the potential impact on the market and wait for the Federal Reserve's decision on future interest rates.
Lululemon Athletica, the popular athletic apparel retailer, experienced a 2.7% decline after releasing its fourth-quarter guidance, which fell short of Wall Street's expectations. The company attributed these performance challenges to macroeconomic pressures. According to Lululemon, quarterly revenue is projected to range between $3.14 billion and $3.17 billion, below the analyst consensus of $3.18 billion. Despite this setback, the company's third-quarter results remain strong, with a remarkable 20% revenue growth and earnings exceeding estimates.
Docusign, the prominent e-signature company, witnessed a 0.5% decrease in stock value despite releasing better-than-expected results for the October quarter. The company demonstrated signs of recovery following a slowdown imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Both earnings per share and revenue surpassed Wall Street's estimations.
RH, commonly known as Restoration Hardware, encountered an unfortunate 8.7% decline after reporting an unexpected third-quarter adjusted net loss of $8 million. Additionally, the home furnishings group experienced a 14% decrease in revenue compared to the same period last year. RH explained that it faced increased headwinds, especially in early October when mortgage rates reached their peak at over 8%.
Smith & Wesson Brands, a renowned firearms manufacturer, observed a significant drop in profit compared to the previous year. Although sales for the October quarter exhibited a modest 3% increase year over year, gross profit plummeted by 19%, resulting in a reduction of gross margins from 32% to 25%.