Zoom, Apple, Chevron, Oracle, Roche, and Other Stocks to Watch This Week


Several companies will present to their investors this week, while economists will be watching the latest data on spending, inflation, and sentiment.

On Monday, Oracle reports quarterly earnings and Zoom Video Communications hosts an investor day. Chevron speaks with investors on Tuesday, followed by events from Cisco Systems and Roche Holding on Wednesday.

Apple will also host a product-launch virtual event on Tuesday, where it is expected to unveil the next iPhone models.

Economic-data releases this week include the August consumer price index from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Out on Tuesday, the CPI is seen surging at a 5.3% rate last month, following 5.4% annual rates in both June and July.

Also Tuesday, the National Federation of Independent Business will release its Small Business Optimism Index for August and, on Friday, the University of Michigan publishes its Consumer Sentiment index for September. Finally, the Census Bureau reports retail-sales data for August on Thursday.

Oracle reports first-quarter fiscal 2022 results

Palo Alto Networks and Zoom Video Communications hold analyst days.

The Department of the Treasury releases the U.S. budget statement for August. For fiscal 2021, which ends in September, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the deficit will reach $3 trillion, just shy of last year’s record $3.1 trillion—or 14.9% of gross domestic product. This comes amid Congress’ discussions over a stopgap funding bill for the rest of the year and raising the debt-ceiling limit.

Apple hosts a product-launch event via a livestream on its website. It is expected to introduce the iPhone 13, the latest iteration of its flagship product, and possibly a new Apple Watch and updated AirPods model.

Chevron hosts a conference call to discuss its transition plans for a lower-carbon future. CEO Mike Wirth is among the speakers.

Roche Holding hosts a virtual pharma day. The company will discuss the drugs in its pipeline and the market opportunities for them.

Ecolab and MarketAxess Holdings hold investor days.

The National Federation of Independent Business releases its Small Business Optimism Index for August. Consensus estimate is for a 99 reading, slightly lower than July’s 99.7.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the consumer price index. The CPI increased at a 5.4% annual rate in both June and July, the quickest pace of growth since 2008. Economists forecast a similar, 5.3% year-over-over gain for August, as well as a 4.3% rise in the core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy prices. The 4.3% estimate would match July’s rate of growth.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports export and import prices for August. Export prices are expected to rise 0.4%, month over month, after a 1.3% jump in July. Import prices are seen increasing 0.3%, which would match the previous rate of growth.

Cisco Systems holds a virtual investor day.

The Census Bureau reports on retail-sales for August. Consensus estimate is for a 1% monthly decline, to $612 billion, from July’s level, after decreasing at a similar rate in July from June’s Excluding autos, expectations are for a 0.2% month-over-month dip, after a 0.4% drop previously.

Progressive reports earnings for August. It is one of the rare S&P 500 index companies that reports results monthly, instead of quarterly.

The University of Michigan releases its Consumer Sentiment index for September. Economists forecast a 71.3 reading, one point higher than August’s. The August figure was the lowest since December 2011.

Write to Nicholas Jasinski at nicholas.jasinski@barrons.com

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