Company Earnings

They are also referred to as “corporate earnings” and “corporate profits:” basically, the amount of money a company makes in certain period of time. The price/earnings multiple is still the most common tool used to value a company. The stock market values a company based on the amount of money—the earnings and profits—the company has after all expenses, including taxes, have been paid. In a stock market where stocks are traded at an average of 12 times earnings, a company making $1.00 a share per year would be valued at $12.00. All things being equal, the more money a public company makes, the higher its stock price.


As corporate earnings tumble in, equity market action has been more tuned to stronger oil prices. A number of companies have now reported, and the numbers aren’t that bad. It’s still in the early stages, of course, but so far,…

Looking ahead to 2015, the first and most obvious news the marketplace will be looking for is fourth-quarter earnings. Even before oil prices experienced their material sell-off, fourth-quarter earnings were looking good, as corporate reporting in both the second and…

There is a huge amount of news for the stock market to digest this week, with both economic data and company earnings reports. The stock market has been unsure of itself the last couple of weeks, wondering if the rally…

Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ/RIMM), otherwise known as RIM, is begging for patience from its shareholders and analysts…and that’s an understatement! The stock price is down 95% over the last four years after trading at over $140.00 in May 2008,…

The first quarter was great for stocks. April on the other hand has not been kind to stocks so far, but it’s early. The question is: are stocks pausing and then moving higher or lower? Is this a sucker’s rally?…

My kid hardly ever works on his desktop personal computer (PC) anymore, instead favoring a laptop. In fact, I often see him surfing the Internet and doing research using my “iPad” or his “iTouch.” This market shift is not only…

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ/MSFT) presented muted results after its fiscal first-quarter revenues were only marginally above estimates, while its earnings were in-line. The stock has been a disappointment over the past decade, becoming viewed as a boring technology play with limited…

Amid continued concerns about the economy, slowly the stock market has been edging upward, setting the groundwork for a good year for stocks. Many factors are playing out behind the market's advance: In spite of predictions to the contrary, corporate…

Earnings and revenues are largely dictating trading at this time as evidenced by the volatility in the market. The results have so far been mixed and there is some concern towards revenue growth. Bellwether General Electric Company (NYSE/GE) reported its…

By Mitchell Clark, B.Comm. — Ahead of the Street column Just when things were going so well, another shock hit the system. Hopefully this will be fixed soon. I’ve been saying it over and over again and there’s no doubt…

I've been brooding in a few of my past Profit Confidential articles about Canada's corporate drainage to foreign money. But, as evidenced on just a few Australian examples show, there could be a way to at least retain a portion…

The world's largest computer maker, Dell Incorporated (NASDAQ/DELL) is not the stock it used to be when founder Michael Dell first started the company from his garage in the '80s. Both revenue and earnings growth has slowed considerably due to…

A very good friend of mine is a director at Bell Canada's wireline acquisition marketing department. He is also an MBA graduate and a CFA Charterholder, which is why I love to pick his brain. This time around, the topic…

The news is out, and it is not good for Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE/BBI) -- the nation's biggest movie-rental chain. Facing stiff competition from on-line movie rental businesses and the rapidly growing trend of "Video on Demand," Blockbuster has been scrambling…

When we look back 20 years from now, I believe the Internet will be regarded as one of the greatest technological advances in the history of man. This may be stretching it somewhat, but the Internet really has, in less…

It is crunch time for earnings. Companies are under extreme pressure to at least meet and better yet beat Wall Street estimates. After two straight up years of earnings growth, there are concerns regarding slower earnings growth ahead this year,…