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.

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?
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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

Why Positive Large-Cap Earnings Don’t Suggest a Strong Stock Market in 2015

By Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Large-Cap Earnings NumbersAfter a slow start to the reporting season, large-cap companies are peppering the Street with good numbers. The stock market may be in consolidation, but a number of companies have announced solid earnings reports so far. But even these positive results don’t suggest a strong market for all of 2015.
Large-Caps Reporting Good Earn… Read More

Early 4Q14 Earnings News Suggests Slow 2015

By Monday, January 12, 2015

Early Earnings Revealing Slow Growth for Stocks in 2015Financial reports are trickling in, and it’s exactly what the market needs—a fresh dose of news, straight from the horse’s mouth. Unfortunately, the numbers aren’t forming a rosy picture of a strong market in 2015 so far. Instead, early 4Q14 earnings news suggests a slow year ahead.
Early 4Q14 Earnings Reports
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Beauty Company ULTA Signaling Strong Upcoming Earnings Season?

By Friday, December 19, 2014

Strong Upcoming Earnings SeasonWhatever the news that causes the equity market to gyrate, I’m reminded that the most important news for investors is what underlying businesses say about their operations. Amidst all the turmoil and shocks that can affect the broader market, a good, underlying business that has the liquidity will always get recognized by the inv… Read More

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