corporate earnings

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 corporate earnings season.
Early Corporate Earnings Season Reporters
Netflix, Inc. (NFLX)… Read More added almost five million new customers in the first quarter ahead of its forecast.

First-Quarter Corporate Earnings to Decline 4.6%; Biggest Drop Since 2009

By Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Coporate earnings biggest dropWith the first quarter of 2015 behind us, it’s corporate earnings reporting season. Unfortunately, we are expecting the biggest decline in public corporate earnings since 2009.
Corporate Earnings Expected to Decline
Corporate profits are the most basic reasons why key stock indices rise or fall. If earnings are rising, stocks usually rise. If earnings are declining, stocks regress to the mean and decline in price.
With that said, for the first quarter of 2015, year-over-year earnings of the S&P 500 companies are expected to decline by 4.6%…. Read More

Transportation Stocks: Good Earnings Unlikely to Encourage Buying

By Friday, April 10, 2015

Transportation StocksOne sector of the domestic economy that should continue to produce solid corporate earnings is transportation stocks.
Higher freight volumes, higher freight prices not affecting demand, and lower fuel prices are a solid combination that should boost the bottom line for airlines, freight companies, and railroads.
Similar industry dynamics continue among lodging and restaurant companies. While it’s still very much a slow-growth environment, there are positive glimmers in the marketplace. The big question is: will the market bet on it further?… Read More

NIKE Stock to Outperform Market in 2015

By Monday, March 23, 2015

Nike Stock to outperformGoing back to the lackluster corporate earnings from early reporters that I talked about in my last article, today, I’m taking a closer look at NIKE, Inc. (NKE)… Read More, which appears to be outperforming the market so far in 2015.
Current Economic and Stock Market Action
In the fourth quarter of 2014, corporate earnings didn’t particularly sway market sentiment. For the most part, investors just yawned at the numbers, even if results beat Wall Street consensus.

Corporate Earnings to Fall This Quarter at Fastest Pace Since 2009

By Friday, March 20, 2015

Corporate earnings PlummetIs it finally happening? Are investors coming to the realization that the stock market is fully valued as corporate earnings are declining and general economic conditions in the U.S. are deteriorating faster than at any time in the last five years? I believe the smart money figured this out long ago, but the masses will go down with the crash.
According to Aon Hewitt, a human resources consulting firm, investors increased their 401(k) stock allocation to 66.5% in February…. Read More

Stock Market Trapped as Corporate Earnings Turn Sour

By Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Stock Market TrappedAs this issue goes to press, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down for the year. Yes, 70 days into the year, we’ve seen the stock market move up to new highs and we’ve seen stocks move back down. The bottom line is that stocks are lower today than when the year opened. This is consistent with my 2015 outlook that stocks are overpriced and this would be a down year for the stock market…. Read More

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 Deteriorate
I have said it over and over again in these pages: for key stock indices to go higher, corporate earnings have to improve…. 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 quarter of 2015 (ended December 27, 2014) produced nine percent in total sales growth, reaching $13.4 billion.

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 is a meager quarter percent…. 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 strong growth in parks and resorts revenues and studio entertainment…. Read More

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