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.


This Could Be a Huge Catalyst for Visa Stock It’s a big day for Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) stockholders on Monday morning with two big news items. The largest payments processing company in the world reported its fourth-quarter earnings, which were…

With the S&P 500 returning back to its all-time highs, the bulls are starting to break open the champagne. But for anyone willing to look past the rosy headlines, the chance of a stock market crash in 2016 is growing.…

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,…

The 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…

While 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…

Financial 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…

Whatever 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…

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…

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…

The big news so far this earnings season isn’t corporate financial results but the price of oil, which continues to be under pressure. Domestic production has finally caught up to spot prices and combined with reduced expectations for the global…

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…

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…

On the day that the DOW, S&P 500, and NASDAQ Composite dropped two percent on global growth worries, once again, several companies reported very good numbers. But investors are paying less attention to corporate results and more attention to economic…

One large-cap that always reports early is Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST). The company’s numbers came in solid. Costco hit a wall not too long ago and was hard pressed to produce growth. But the company’s latest quarter beat the Street…

More good numbers are coming down the earnings pipeline, and if the broader stock market is going to take a well-deserved rest, corporate results are a positive indicator going into 2015. Global Payments Inc. (GPN) is a very good business…

Financial reporting is ramping up and what corporations actually say about their businesses is the best market intelligence available to investors. Acuity Brands, Inc. (AYI) is in the business of making lights for indoor and outdoor applications. Based in Atlanta,…