Corporate Earnings

Corporate earnings are also referred to as “company 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.


With each passing day, there is more evidence that suggests the stock market is a dangerous place to be; the upside seems very limited and the downside risks are increasing. At the end of the day, for key stock indices…

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,…

One sector of the domestic economy that should continue to produce solid corporate earnings is transportation stocks. Higher freight volumes, higher freight prices not affecting demand, and lower fuel prices are a solid combination that should boost the bottom line…

Going back to the lackluster corporate earnings from early reporters that I talked about in my last article, today, I’m taking a closer look at NIKE, Inc. (NKE), which appears to be outperforming the market so far in 2015. Current…

As this issue goes to press, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down for the year. Yes, 70 days into the year, we’ve seen the stock market move up to new highs and we’ve seen stocks move back down. The…

Which DOW stock just hit a home run with its earnings? It was The Walt Disney Company (DIS), reporting another strong quarter in terms of its parks and resorts, consumer products, and media networks. It was a solid quarter for…

Large-cap earnings were pretty good this quarter, just like they were in the second quarter of this year. The Walt Disney Company (DIS) was one of them. Notable in the company’s solid fiscal fourth-quarter and year-end results was its huge…

Lots of corporate earnings are still streaming in for the third quarter, though mostly among smaller-cap companies. Top-line growth certainly isn’t robust, but it’s not bad either. The surprise I’ve noticed in third-quarter reporting has been the profitability. There has…

Credit card companies are some of the best indicators in the global economy. Visa Inc. (V) just reported a pretty decent quarter. While earnings were down comparatively due to a one-time charge, adjusted earnings handily beat consensus. The company’s fiscal…

Corporate earnings are flooding in, and while there are always disappointments—typically in not meeting Wall Street expectations—the numbers are pretty good. The stock market was relieved when conglomerates started reporting. 3M Company (MMM) saw its share price pop almost five…

Amid all the turmoil in capital markets, I’m reminded of all the good corporate earnings being released. Of course, the stock market is a system of discounting future business conditions and the recent sell-off has been pronounced, but stocks have…

While corporate earnings continue to come in solid, stocks continue to be sold. It’s not all the time that stocks follow oil prices, but they certainly have this time around and the selling momentum has gained on deflationary pressures from…

Now that the Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen 1,035 points (six percent) from its mid-September peak, the question investors are asking is “how far will she go?” For small-cap investors, the drama is greater, as the Russell 2000 Index…

If there’s one thing the stock market needs, it’s a distraction from global growth worries and geopolitical events. And corporate earnings are the ticket for that as this season’s numbers are starting to pour in. Pharmaceutical benchmark Johnson & Johnson…