The day has started with a bang. Equity markets are higher today pretty much everywhere (those quirky Italian traders however are seeing a bit of red) while Home Depot kicked off the week’s reporting season with a decent beat ($1.52 vs $1.45) and raised its January 2015 outlook to $4.53 (above the highest estimate on the street of $4.50). The stock is higher by 3%. BHP has provided details on its spin-off plans with a new company that will hold its “unwanted” assets including its aluminum, coal, manganese, nickel and silver assets. The new company will be listed on the ASX.
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