Earnings

Consumer earnings

Not all earnings reports delighted investors today. Some mixed results from some top commercial brand names are revealing a lot to investors about the changing tastes and resources of U.S. consumers.

Microsoft posts an earnings miss

Revenues rose in Microsoft’s fourth quarter, even as profits fell.

Apple tops targets

Apple’s earnings top estimates, but does it have a revolutionary product in its pipeline that will wow investors and consumers?

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Verizon Communications, one of six Dow components out with quarterly results before the bell Tuesday, reported better-than-expected earnings and revenue. The telecom giant said it earned 91 cents a share excluding items in the second quarter, a penny better than estimates. Operating income increased 24 percent over the same period last year. Revenue rose 5.6 percent …

Netflix earnings soar

50 million subscribers now use Netflix, helping double the company’s profits. Is it enough to keep the stock firing on all cylinders?

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When Netflix reports its second quarter results after the market’s close Monday the focus will be, as always, on its subscriber numbers. This will be the first quarter that investors can assess the impact of a price increase for new subscribers. Instead of depressing subscriber numbers, the fact that existing subscribers can lock in their lower prices …

Big changes at GE

One of the companies posting second quarter earnings before the bell was General Electric, oddly enough, the only decliner in the Dow today, even though income rose 13 percent last quarter. Shares fell as the company spins off more non-core divisions in order to become a more focused industrial conglomerate.

The state of regional banks

Some regional banks have been on a run this year, but disappointing earnings have some questioning the state of the sector.

Deals & earnings

On Wall Street news about deals, earnings and the economy pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a new all-time high today.

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The recent rally in tech stocks has lacked one notable Internet name: eBay. Battered by a cyberattack, a slump in search traffic and the loss of its payments chief, shares of the Web retailer have dropped almost 6 percent in the past three months, a stretch that’s seen Facebook, Amazon.com and Google each jump by at least 10 percent. Hack attack …

Tech earnings outlook

How will the whole tech sector fare this earnings season?

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Check out which companies are making headlines after the bell Tuesday: AAR - The provider of products and services to the aviation industry reported fourth-quarter earnings per share of 43 cents on $505.4 million in revenue. Estimates called for EPS of 41 cents on $510 million in sales. Shares slid in after-hours trading. Apple - The iPhone …

Citigroup posts better than expected earnings

Citigroup reached a massive settlement with regulators over shoddy mortgage-backed securities it sold ahead of the financial crisis. With the bank putting those soured investments behind it and with earnings coming in better than expected, investors dove in. Will Citi’s numbers set the tone for a big week ahead for banks?

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Earnings season often leads to fireworks in the stock market, and this current season probably will be no exception. As Wall Street gears up for more trading volatility around individual stocks, here are some of the names that traders may want to pay extra attention to, given how they’ve traded after earnings announcements. Some of …

Tech earnings preview

Results are coming in from some of the top tech companies this week. The sector has been a strong performer this year and the results could determine whether it can maintain its momentum.