The outlook for corporate profits is getting worse, and it’s not just about the battered energy sector. Banks, looked to as a bright spot for the upcoming earnings season, might not live up to expectations, according to an analysis from Goldman Sachs. The firm’s analysts have cut profit outlooks for three of the top four …

Will earnings disappoint

How weak will corporate earnings be and what does it mean for investors?

FedEx’s profit jumps

FedEx delivered a disappointing outlook, but there’s more to the company’s earnings report than meets the eye.

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Will Oracle fall prey to the rising dollar? The software giant is set to report after Tuesday’s bell, and analysts say the surging U.S. dollar could have a strong negative impact on the stock. “We adjusted our estimates in mid-January based on new assumptions around FX, [software as a service, and platform as a service] …

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Shake Shack workers prepare orders on August 18, 2014 in Madison Square Park in New York City. Shake Shack is allegedly considering going public and holding an initial price offering (IPO).

Burger chain Shake Shack reported revenue and earnings that topped Wall Street’s estimates in its first quarterly report as a public company Wednesday, but warned a key industry metric would slow. When the company reported Wednesday after the bell, it was not immediately clear how the company’s loss compared to estimates. Shares traded roughly 4 …

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Feb. 20, 2015.

The markets were obsessed with a stronger dollar Tuesday. The source of the concern is fairly obvious: the Fed unwinding quantitative easing is a primary catalyst for the rally in the dollar and (to a certain extent) the collapse in commodities. The fear is that stocks could be next. In one sense, the obsession is …

Target’s transformation

Are consumers responding to the big changes being made by Target’s new CEO?

Lowe’s tops quarterly estimates

Lowe’s reported strong quarterly results as more homeowners remodel. But what’s fueling the renovating boom?

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A customer pushes a shopping cart laden with merchandise at a Target Corp. store opening ahead of Black Friday in Chicago, Illinois.

Target on Wednesday reported a stronger-than-expected jump in same-store sales and profits for the key fourth quarter, helped by its expanding online business, and it forecast modest earnings growth for this quarter. The retail giant posted earnings of $1.50 a share, excluding one-time items, on revenue of $21.75 billion. Wall Street expected Target to post …


Home Depot, the world’s No.1 home improvement chain, reported a 36 percent rise in fourth-quarter profit on Tuesday and said it would buy back $18 billion of shares. The company warned, however, that it expects currency headwinds will impact 2015 earnings by about 6 cents per share. Shares of Home Depot rose more than 3 …


Wal-Mart will give a half-million employees pay raises, the discount retail giant said Thursday as it announced a mixed quarterly earnings report. Hourly workers will earn at least $1.75 above the current federal minimum wage, or $9 per hour, in April. By next February, it will rise to at least $10 per hour. Some jurisdictions …


The West Coast port slowdown is putting retailers at risk.

Coke’s 2015 challenges

Sara Eisen explains why 2015 will be a challenging year for an American business icon: Coke.

Disney reports strong growth

Disney’s earnings were much better than expected, but after a 30 percent run up in the shares over the past year, is the stock still a buy?


News of a debt settlement proposal between Greece and the European Union eased U.S. investor worries on Monday, putting earnings back in focus. Analysts are particularly interested in consumer firms and small-cap stocks, which are only just beginning to report their fourth-quarter earnings and actually benefit from a stronger U.S. dollar. “Because of the strong …