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Employees work at Alibaba headquarters in Hangzhou, China.

Alibaba delivered quarterly earnings that topped analysts’ expectations on Wednesday, but revenue was light. The Chinese e-commerce giant posted fiscal first-quarter adjusted earnings of 59 cents a share. Revenue rose to $3.27 billion from $2.54 billion a year ago. The drop in revenue growth came as gross merchandise volume (GMV)—the total value of goods transacted …

Retail earnings previews

Here’s what to expect from retailers when they start reporting this week.

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  With Walt Disney stock plunging, CEO Bob Iger said Wednesday the company’s warning about its cable business was about being honest with investors. “Our business has performed extremely well, and we have a very, very strong outlook going forward, but we felt that given the importance of ESPN to the company and cable networks in general, …

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The Chevron logo is shown at Chevron Plaza in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Chevron delivered quarterly earnings that fell well short of analysts’ expectations on Friday. Chevron shares fell in premarket trading following the announcement. (Click here to track its shares.) The company posted net income of $571 million, or 30 cents per share, compared with $5.67 billion, or $2.98 per share, in the year-ago period. It was the …

Major themes impacting earnings

We’re halfway through earnings season and some big themes have emerged.

Procter & Gamble sales slide

Procter & Gamble reported a stunning 40 percent drop in profits. Sue Herera explains what’s hitting the company’s bottom line.

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IHOP celebrates the 10th anniversay of National Pancake Day at CNBC Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Call it the pancake effect. With the first half of S&P 500 companies having reported second-quarter earnings, profits are now slated to rise by just 0.8 percent compared with the second quarter of 2014, according to Thomson Reuters. That’s a blended number that combines the earnings that have already reported with analyst expectation for those …

UPS earnings beat

UPS turned in a strong quarter sending shares higher, which helped lift the entire transport sector.

Ford’s blowout quarter

Ford reported a blowout quarter, posting its best earnings in 15 years.

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Natural gas is flared off at Apache Corp.'s Deadwood natural gas plant in Garden City, Texas.

It’s now been more than a year since crude oil began its vertigo-inducing plunge. Yet S&P 500 Index earnings continue to remind one of the classic joke that references the assassination of America’s 16th president: “Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?” Based on a mix between the reported earnings and the expectations …

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Jeff Bezos

Amazon shares spiked in early trading Friday after the online retailer blew past quarterly earnings and revenue estimates, boosted by growth in the North American market and cloud computing segment. Shares rose 20 percent, giving the retailer a larger market capitalization than bricks-and-mortar behemoth Wal-Mart. The surge also generated a huge windfall for CEO Jeff …

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A worker repairs steam locomotive parts in Fuxin coal mine locomotive repair plant in Fuxin, China.

China: call it the good, bad and ugly for earnings. The world’s second-largest economy has become a big topic for investors as a deluge of U.S. companies report second-quarter results that have taken a hit from China’s slowdown. From software companies to drugmakers to fast food chains, economic weakness in China is denting multinational companies—and …

Multinational pain

While China is taking a toll on some big companies this earnings season, it’s not the only culprit.

Earnings buoyed by buybacks?

As investors and Wall Street focus on earnings and especially earnings per share, Bob Pisani explains why those critical numbers aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

Why Caterpillar matters

Dominic Chu explains why Caterpillar’s earnings provide a read on the global economy.