Earnings Outlook

A company reports its revenue and earnings on a quarterly basis. The company will then issue guidance of where they see the market in the future, along with any possible developments in either the goods or services they produce or the market in general. This information is then used by analysts, who then make an estimate of where they believe the earnings outlook will be for the company in future quarters. Investors will use this information, in addition to other criteria they may have, to make investment decisions.


Lots of companies have broken out of their previous long-term trends on the stock market, and it’s a positive, contributing signal to a secular bull market. One company that recently beat Wall Street consensus and just broke out of its…

With little wind at its back from last year’s exceptional performance, this market is a stock-picker’s market, and one that continues to favor existing winners. For an existing portfolio of large-cap, dividend-paying blue chips, I don’t see a lot of…

The Dow Jones Transportation Average is still very close to its all-time high, and so are countless component companies. The airlines, in particular, have been very strong in a classic bull market breakout performance. Many of these stocks have roughly…

Looking for volatility? Stick with 3D (three-dimensional) printer stocks. While most continue to exude upward price momentum, valuations are off the charts and the action can only be described as “gut-wrenching.” Stratasys Ltd. (SSYS) is a company we looked at…

We won’t really get into the heart of the fourth-quarter 2013 earnings season until late January into early February. Smaller companies typically take longer to report, as they don’t have the large accounting departments that blue chips have. I’ve noticed…

It can only be described as a huge vote of confidence. The Boeing Company (BA) announced a whopping 50% increase in its dividends to $0.73 per share. And beginning this January, the company will begin a new $10.0-billion share repurchase…

There are still a lot of companies that are reporting quarterly earnings and, in many cases, the numbers are pretty decent. Let’s look at some of the winners. The iconic jewelry brand Tiffany & Co. (NYSE/TIF) reported outstanding quarterly earnings…

Transportation stocks are now reporting their third-quarter earnings, and it’s important for investors to pay attention to what these leading market indicators have to say. J.B. Hunt Transportation Services Inc. (JBHT) is one of the largest trucking firms in North…

Third-quarter earnings season continues this week; with a number of companies set to report in the next few days, the stock market’s attention should finally be on corporate earnings. And while earnings expectations are being reduced, the positive disposition to…

We all know that corporate earnings are managed, but in a sense, it works, because an investor is better off having some ballpark earnings outlook over nothing. Earnings estimates for mature, large-cap businesses are typically more accurate over traditional growth…

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The S&P 500 had a pretty good year in 2012, up approximately 11.5% not including dividends. But, as is the norm in the current stock market, trading action remained choppy without any real trend. The S&P 500 began 2012 strongly,…