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Home Improvement Spree Props E-commerce Stocks: 5 Picks

The coronavirus outbreak has swelled the traffic to online shopping platforms with more people at home due to lockdowns. And the demand for home décor has also gone up significantly with people finding the time to refurbish interiors.

Surge in online shopping of home furnishing products has boosted e-commerce businesses, dealing a massive blow to brick-and-mortar retailers.

Online Delivery Caters to DIY Customers

The use of do-it-yourself (DIY) products in home improvement is lower when compared to work outsourced. With excess time in hand along with the availability of free pick-up and delivery options for online purchases, the demand for DIY home improvement products has grown. Per a Bank of America poll, more than 70% of 1.054 Americans said that they have decided to take up home improvement projects, with more planned for 2021.

Home improvement retailer The Home Depot, Inc. HD recently announced plans of opening three distribution centers

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Coronavirus Feeds Home Improvement Trend, Stocks to Count on

The COVID-19-induced shelter-at-home orders fuelled the need for home improvement by housebound Americans, thereby driving demand for the said industry.

The home improvement space includes Décor and indoor garden, Painting and wallpaper, Tools and hardware, Building materials, Lighting et al.  Apart from essentials, retailers in this industry are witnessing solid demand for gardening and other in-house activity-related products.

Although states are reopening and people are reporting back to work, the emergence of new cases triggers the fear of a second wave, only to remind us that the deadly virus is not going to subside anytime soon. Rather, the pandemic threat keep people confined to their homes, spurring the obvious requirement for home improvement products.

One of the leading industry players, management at Lowes disclosed that it saw very strong COVID-related demand for cleaning products along with other necessary home appliances, such as refrigerators, freezers and DIY home repair products. As

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4 Retails Stocks Likely to Top Estimates This Earnings Season

Though the earnings season has reached its tail end, the main chunk of releases from the Retail-Wholesale sector is yet to come. This time the season has been quite different for retailers. The space has been hit hard by the coronavirus-induced stay-at-home orders, social distancing and some mandatory store closures. As a result, U.S. retail sales witnessed a record decline for the second consecutive month in April. Per the Commerce Department retail sales in April fell 16.4%, following a decline of 8.3% in March.

Per the latest Zacks Earnings Preview report, the sector is anticipated to witness top-line growth of 5% this earnings season, down from an improvement of 7.2% in the last reporting cycle. Again, the bottom line is expected to plunge 21%, following an increase of one percentage point in the preceding season.

Here’s How the Quarter Shaped Up

The quarter that commenced on an upbeat note took

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3 Stocks to Keep an Eye On

Major retail players will be reporting first-quarter earnings numbers this week. The coronavirus outbreak has forced retailers selling discretionary items to shut outlets.

Meanwhile, retailers suppling essential commodities like food and cleaning products saw a considerable sales improvement in the quarter ending March. 

What’s more, the results will provide a clear picture of how retailers have managed the unprecedented pressure on supply chains, particularly for essentials like cleaning supplies. 

We will also gain an insight into the levels of cash flow and debt. After all, for any retailer, the ability to mitigate debt obligations is going to be crucial for survival. 

Here we discuss three key retail earnings reports which could move markets –

Walmart

Retail behemoth, Walmart Inc. (WMT) is scheduled to report first-quarter earnings on May 19, before market open. Walmart’s management hasn’t said anything recently about the impact of the pandemic on its performance. But the company

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