The title says it all really.
While I realize the answer to this question is somewhat dependent on the visitors you're targeting, I'm wondering if there are any specific guidelines to follow.
It's somewhat obvious to me that users expect to be able to navigate to the major sections of your website from your homepage. But are sections containing your latest x, y or z part of the expectations? Does your average visitor really want to see it, do they even read it?
For my specific use case frequent visitors will spend most, if not all, of their time in a specific section of the website, while new visitors are likely to be surfing other area's of the website as well. Both types have what they need, they can go to the section they wish to visit with a the click of their mouse. But while their basic needs are taken care off, I'm wondering if any form of actual 'content' should be part of the homepage to please a visitor.