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Markets Review/Preview: Earnings and Russia Dominate

Sabre, DoorDash rally, while Roblox, Roku take a big hit.

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The fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine that weighed on global financial markets appear likely to continue as investors also keep watch on earnings reports and await next month's Federal Reserve decision on interest rates. Markets in the U.S. will be closed Monday for the Presidents Day holiday. 

Several large retailers are expected to report earnings in the coming days. Among the scheduled earnings reports:

  • Tuesday: The Home Depot (HD), Macy’s (M)
  • Wednesday: Lowe’s (LOW)
  • Thursday: Moderna (MRNA)

Looking back at the week ended Feb. 18, 2022:

The Morningstar US Market Index fell 1.7% as investors contended with the possibility of an attack by Russia on Ukraine and an increase in volatility. Oil hit a seven-year high as investors tried to assess how sanctions against Russia, a major oil producer and exporter, could impact global supply

Also: 

  • Retail sales rose 3.8% in January, the largest monthly gain since last March.
  • Sales of previously owned homes jumped 6.7% in January despite a housing market shortage.
  • Energy and communication service sectors performed the worst. Energy fell 3.7% while communication stocks slid 2.6%.
  • Yields on the benchmark 10-year treasury note closed at 1.93%, finishing the trading week 3% lower.
  • Of the U.S.-listed companies covered by Morningstar, 29% rose while 71% fell in the past week.

Advancers

Leading performers among the U.S.-listed stocks covered by Morningstar analysts were Sabre (SABR), Asbury Automotive (ABG), TreeHouse Foods (THS), I-MAB (IMAB), and Kraft Heinz Company (KHC).

Stocks in the travel services industry were among the best performers in the past week. In addition to Sabre, which rose 24.8%, Expedia (EXPE) was up 8.9%, and Airbnb (ABNB) rose 5%.

Real estate investment trusts moved higher with Vornado Realty Trust (VNO) having risen 7.7% and SL Green Realty (SLG) up 7%. Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (PEB) and Host Hotels & Resorts (HST) also closed higher.

Automotive retailers also posted higher gains. Asbury Automotive (ABG) rose 15.3%. Sonic Automotive (SAH) rose 7.4%; Lear (LEA) and Adient (ADNT) also moved higher.

DoorDash (DASH) made headlines after posting strong earnings results. The company rallied as much as 18.7%, but closed up 1.3% in the past week. Shares are down 35.4% year-to-date

Decliners

A slew of disappointing earnings in the communication services sector drove some of the worst-performing stocks in the past week. Among them were Roku (ROKU), Roblox (RBLX), and Altice USA (ATUS). Fastly (FSLY) and Masimo (MASI) also posted steep losses.

Roku fell 31.4% after management announced a 35% revenue growth target for 2022, down from their 55% target in 2021. Shares are down 50.7% YTD.

Gaming platform Roblox fell 25.6% after showing slower user growth and weaker-than-expected profitability. Similarly, cable provider Altice USA was driven down 22.2% after posting a net loss of 13,000 residential customers in the fourth quarter.

Several online retailers fell ahead of earnings. Luxury fashion retailer Farfetch (FTCH) fell 16.1%, Wayfair (W) down 12.1%, and Etsy (ETSY) slid 10.2%. All three companies are expected to report earnings on Feb. 24, 2022.

Jakir Hossain does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.