Earnings Season

Public companies, firms that have their shares trade on an exchange, must make their financial reports available for investors to research every quarter, or four times a year. In an earnings report, a firm must supply revenue, expenses, net income, earnings per share, income statement details, cash flow, and balance sheet. Usually the months following the quarter-end are busiest, as this is when most companies will report their earnings.

An earnings season refers to the time period in which public companies report their audited or unaudited financial results as required by law. This typically occurs at the end of each calendar quarter, four times a year, including year-end numbers.

In recent earnings seasons, corporate reporting has shown solid financial performances, especially from large-cap blue chip companies. The standout in their financial reports over the last three earnings seasons is their strong balance sheets with large cash positions.

Early Corporate Earnings Unveil Missing Sales Growth

By Friday, April 17, 2015

Early corporate earningsAs 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, there have been a lot of good financials. Having said that, sales growth has been missing early this corpor… Read More

China’s Strategy to Boost Consumer Spending an Investment Opportunity?

By Friday, April 17, 2015

China InvestmentsFor many of you who have been long-term readers, you know that I’ve been a bull towards China and Chinese stocks. Yes, there was also the period of deception and fraud with Chinese stocks listed on U.S. stock market exchanges a few years back, but much of that has been cleaned up by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Short-T… Read More

Why Investor Sentiment Is Ignoring Stock Results This Earnings Season

By Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Stock resultsThe stock market continues to be mediocre. Economic data from abroad isn’t particularly inspiring. Investors are likely to yawn at first-quarter earnings season results this year as they did with earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014.
If there is an overarching theme to the stock market’s action this year, it’s that the Fed… Read More

Flat-Lining Revenues the Big Problem This Earnings Season

By Friday, January 23, 2015

4Q14 Earnings NumbersThe same old earnings trend continues. Sales are coming in light, while earnings are meeting or beating the Street. It’s a familiar sight in a slow-growth environment with a stronger U.S. dollar. And that’s the one big problem so far this earnings season: revenues aren’t improving, so why are stocks still so high?
Johnson &amp… Read More

4Q14 Earnings Suggest Consolidation to Continue Throughout 2015

By Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Current Stock Market ConsolidationWhile the stock market’s trading action has been pretty subdued, even in the face of fourth-quarter earnings, the market’s actually been in consolidation since last September. It’s a near-term trend that I think will continue into 2015.
4Q14 Earnings Action
While we’re still in the early days of the fourth-quarter 2014 re… Read More

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