Thus far, this week has been quite sour for investors, as markets have been reacting poorly to data from all around the world. With the dollar trending back and forth, commodities have taken a major hit as oil prices have been smothered as of late, falling all the way down below $97 per barrel. On top of a strengthening dollar, general equities took a big hit yesterday as the poor industrial utilization and home sales figures collided with a weak outlook from Hewlett-Packard in their most recent quarterly report. In other news, today should see the pricing of the IPO for the popular business social networking site LinkedIn, and tomorrow the shares are scheduled to begin trading, which could be a huge day for the so-called "web 2.0" companies [see also Judgment Day for Retail ETFs].
For today, investors will focus their attention on one of the few remaining earnings reports: Target
Analysts are calling for the bellwether discount retailer to bring in EPS of $0.94 per share, with revenues just passing the $16 billion mark. Last quarter, the company took an unfortunate turn when it missed its marks, leading investors to worry as to how the company's report will fare today. Investor should take note that the company has a significant amount of debt, with its debt-to-equity ratio falling in at just over 101. The majority of the debt is long term, suggesting that Target has high hopes for its future exploits into new areas [see also How Balanced Is Your Commodity ETF?].
With this major earnings announcement on tap, today's ETF to watch will be the PowerShares Dynamic Retail Fund
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