corporate earnings

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

Is This Stock Sell-Off Just a Blip?

By Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Is This Stock Sell-Off Just a BlipIf 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 (JNJ) once again beat Wall Street consensus, generating another good quarter of both sales and earnings growth.

The company completed a major divestiture of its ortho-clinical diagnostics division during its … Read More

Why Stock Buybacks Will End Up Being a Terrible Investment for Companies

By Friday, October 10, 2014

Great Stock Buyback MirageIn these pages, I have been very critical about stock buybacks by companies on the key stock indices. I see them as nothing more than a form of financial engineering used to manipulate per-share corporate earnings…and a bad investment for the companies buying their stocks back.

According to data compiled by Bloomberg and the S&P Dow Jones Indices, companies on the key stock indices are expected to spend $914 billion … Read More

What Job Growth? Labor Participation Hits 30-Year Low

By Thursday, October 9, 2014

Job GrowthFinally, some good news for the U.S. economy?

Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 248,000 jobs were created in the U.S. economy in September, pushing the unemployment rate down to 5.9% from 6.1% the previous month. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 3, 2014.)

The September jobs market report showed good job creation in sectors like professional and business services, information, mining, construction, and financial. Combined, these … Read More