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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 …


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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 …


ExxonMobil on Monday posted earnings that easily topped expectations, though revenue fell slightly short. Shares declined slightly in premarket trading. (Click here for the latest price.) ExxonMobil posted earnings of $1.56 a share on revenue of $87.28 billion. Wall Street had expected the oil giant to deliver quarterly earnings per share of $1.34 on $87.58 …

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Amazon investors’ fingers are crossed in hopes that the e-commerce giant will finally break its losing streak when it reports fourth-quarter earnings after Thursday’s closing bell. Amazon posted a negative earnings surprise for the past two quarters and in three of the last four quarters. After the company reported its third quarterly results in October, …

Oil majors earnings preview

With demand so low and oil prices sliding nearly 60 percent over the past seven months, what should investors expect from the energy sector’s earnings?