corporate earnings

2015: First Year Since 2008 Companies Don’t Post Earnings Growth?

By Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Earnings GrowthSince the beginning of the year, key stock indices have been experiencing wild swings. One day they are up significantly, and the next day, all the gains made are lost. The opposite is true, too; one day down big-time, and the next day back up.
In the past, we have seen this sort of pattern develop when stocks or commodities are forming a top.
Corporate Earnings Growth Forecasts Continue to… Read More

Current Stock Market Not a Good Play for New Money?

By Friday, February 6, 2015

Current Stock Market Not a Good Play For MoneyWhich DOW stock just hit a home run with its earnings? It was The Walt Disney Company (DIS)… Read More, reporting another strong quarter in terms of its parks and resorts, consumer products, and media networks. It was a solid quarter for the company and the stock soared on the news, helping out the Dow Jones Industrial Average tremendously on a down day for the broader market.
The company’s fiscal first

Consumer Spending Falls Most in Five Years: Proof Economy Getting Worse, Not Better

By Monday, February 2, 2015

Proof Economy Getting WorseA stock market can’t move higher if the companies listed on that market are not posting earnings and revenue growth. American companies are stuck on both fronts right now.
Corporate Earnings Dismal, Revenue Growth Embarrassing
As of January 23, 90 companies on the S&P 500 have reported their corporate earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014…and it doesn’t look good. The earnings growth rate among the companies that have reported… Read More

Six Mature Companies with Earnings Momentum into 2015

By Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Earnings Momentum into 2015Large-cap earnings were pretty good this quarter, just like they were in the second quarter of this year.
The Walt Disney Company (DIS) was one of them. Notable in the company’s solid fiscal fourth-quarter and year-end results was its huge jump in profitability.
While total fiscal 2014 sales grew eight percent to a record $48.8 billion, earnings grew a whopping 22% to a record $7.5 billion on the back of… Read More

Two Micro-Caps Suggesting Fourth-Quarter Earnings Boost

By Monday, November 10, 2014

Micro-Cap Stocks Suggesting Fourth-Quarter Earnings BoostLots 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 been plenty of double-digit comparable earnings growth on single-digit sales reported.
One micro-cap company that just reported a solid quarterly performance is Blount International, Inc. (BLT).
This Portland, Oregon-based company… Read More

How the Markets Will Close Out 2014

By Friday, October 31, 2014

Markets Will Close Out 2014Credit card companies are some of the best indicators in the global economy. Visa Inc. (V) just reported a pretty decent quarter. While earnings were down comparatively due to a one-time charge, adjusted earnings handily beat consensus.
The company’s fiscal fourth quarter came in solid, with growth of 10% on a constant dollar basis to $3.2 billion compared to the same quarter last year.
Recently, the company increased its quarterly… Read More

3Q14 Earnings Results Suggest Strength into 2015?

By Monday, October 27, 2014

3Q14 Earnings Results Suggest Strength into 2015Corporate 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 percent higher after beating estimates and reporting a solid improvement in U.S. market demand.
I continue to like this position for long-term, income-seeking investors. (See “Off-the-Radar Company Delivering Attractive Earnings.”)… Read More

Why This Company Is a Consistent Winner for Investors

By Monday, October 20, 2014

One Company That’s Proven It Can Adapt to the MarketplaceAmid 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 come so far over the last several years. If the catalysts were deflationary pressures among oil prices and global economic activity, a little haircut in share prices is well deserved…. Read More

Plunging Oil Prices Next Big Investment Opportunity?

By Friday, October 17, 2014

Declining Oil Prices the Market’s CatalystWhile corporate earnings continue to come in solid, stocks continue to be sold.
It’s not all the time that stocks follow oil prices, but they certainly have this time around and the selling momentum has gained on deflationary pressures from producer prices to declining expectations for global economic growth.
And the selling is happening to companies that beat consensus with their earnings, like J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (JBHT), which… Read More

Why Stock Prices Will Continue to Fall

By Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stock Prices Will Continue to FallNow that the Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen 1,035 points (six percent) from its mid-September peak, the question investors are asking is “how far will she go?” For small-cap investors, the drama is greater, as the Russell 2000 Index has fallen 12.5% from its July peak.
Since 2009, every market pullback presented investors with an opportunity to get back into stocks at discounted prices. Even some editors here at… Read More

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