Home Depot and Kohl's earnings, housing data: 3 things to watch for in the markets on Tuesday

Veteran Donald Sullivan helps customer David Scannell at the Home Depot in Hyattsville, MD on October 31, 2013. Sullivan served 27 years in the Army and recently retired as a Lt. Colonel. Home Depot is known for hiring veterans and has been a good fit for Sullivan who is helps manage the Hyattsville store which is one of the top volume stores in the area.
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Here are the most important things to know about Tuesday before you hit the door.

1. Home Depot earnings on deck

Home improvement retailer Home Depot reports third quarter earnings before the bell on Tuesday. Jefferies is expecting Home Depot to report earnings per share of $2.53, compared to the $2.51 per share earned in the same quarter last year. The firm is forecasting same-store sales growth of 4.9% for the period.

Jefferies said its data shows foot traffic in stores and e-commerce website visitations favors Home Depot over rival Lowe's. Lowe's is set to report earnings on Wednesday. Last quarter, Home Depot lowered its sales outlook for the year amid fears that the trade war will slow consumer spending.

Shares of Home Depot are up about 17% in the last three months.

2. Kohl's set to report

Continuing the big week of retail earnings, Kohl's reports third quarter earnings before the bell on Tuesday. Wedbush is expecting Kohl's to report earnings of 86 cents per share on revenue of $4.412 billion. Kohl's earned 98 cents per share on revenue of $4.369 billion in the third quarter of 2018. The firm is expecting 1% same-store sales growth in the third quarter.

Wedbush said it is cautious on Kohl's heading into earnings as the firm has less visibility into fourth quarter guidance and promotional trends. Shares of Kohl's are up nearly 30% in the past three months, higher than the S&P 500 retail ETF the XRT, which is up about 14%. The outperformance leaves"little room for anything but glowing commentary as to the start of Holiday," said Wedbush analyst Jen Redding in a note to clients.

3. Housing data

We'll get a read on homebuilding in the U.S. on Tuesday with housing starts data set to release at 8:30 a.m. Economists polled by Dow Jones are expecting that housing starts increased 3.5% in October, adding 1.3 million new homes, according to the Commerce Department.

U.S. homebuilding tumbled from a more than a 12-year high in September, while single-family home construction grew for a fourth straight month, suggesting the housing market remains supported by lower mortgage rates even with a slowing economy.

Homebuilder confidence in November fell 1 point to 70, after rising steadily since June to the highest level of the year last month, the national association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index said Monday.

Major events (all times ET):

8:30 a.m. Housing starts

9:00 a.m. New York Fed President John Williams

10:00 a.m. QSS

Major earnings:

Home Depot (before the bell)

TJX (before the bell)

Kohl's (before the bell)

Aramark (before the bell)

Medtronic (before the bell)

—with reporting from CNBC's Michael Bloom.