Earnings are also known as profits. At the most basic level, a company’s earnings consist of what’s left over after all costs are taken out from the revenue generated. Earnings are also the basis for corporate taxes. Many corporations report EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The most important thing to watch for when researching a company is where earnings are forecasted to move. Investors want to see that the future expectations are for the earnings to grow over time.
On Tuesday, May 19, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE/WMT) released its earnings report for the quarter ended April 30, 2015. Its earnings per share (EPS) are $1.03, lower than the expected $1.04. Quarterly revenue is reported at $114.82 billion, lower than last year’s $114.96 billion. (Source: Wal-Mart, May 19, 2015.)Upon the news, Wal-Mart’s. Read More
On May 7, 2015, Alibaba GroupHolding Limited (NYSE/BABA) released its quarterly earnings report for the year ended March 31, 2015. The company also named a new CEO, Daniel Zhang, who currently holds the title of COO (Chief Operating Officer). In response to the news, Alibaba’s stock price opened 11% higher at $88.83 per share this. Read More
It was an interesting week for Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL). The company announced exceptional first-quarter earnings results, touting that demand for the “Apple Watch” is exceeding expectations. But the company isn’t in the clear. In the midst of great news, there are some issues the company needs to contend with if it hopes to. Read More
Income-starved investors are helping prop up the long-in-the-tooth bull market (up 220% since 2009) on the S&P 500. How else can you explain the support the S&P 500 has found in the face of a really mediocre earnings season? The only way is if investors think it’s a good thing that more than half of S&P 500 companies are reporting. Read More
Although the equity market has been pretty tired and trendless since the beginning of the year, earnings are holding up. Of course, there are always disappointments from quarter to quarter. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE/JNJ) didn’t have a particularly great quarter recently. And neither did 3M Company (NYSE/MMM).But while international. Read More