For corporate health, check sales -- not profit

Jul 25, 2012
Nearly halfway through earnings season, companies are making profits but falling short on sales. The sluggish economy is taking a toll.
Posted In: corporate profits, Earnings

Despite tepid earnings, revenues mostly down

Jul 25, 2012
Ford Motor saw profits fall by more than half in the second quarter and Apple profits came in lower than expected mostly due to slowing iPhone sales. What do today's earnings reports tell us about the state of the U.S. economy?
Posted In: apple, Earnings

Should workers share company profits?

Jul 24, 2012
At some prospering businesses like Caterpillar, which reports earnings tomorrow, record corporate profits do not necessarily raise workers pay.
Posted In: Caterpillar, strike, Earnings

Layoffs down despite tepid earnings growth

Jul 20, 2012
Several big American companies -- General Electric, Schlumberger, Microsoft -- reported weak earnings and quarterly losses today. The question is, are we due for another round of major layoffs?
Posted In: quarterly report, Earnings, layoffs

Bank of America reports $2.5 billion profit

Jul 18, 2012
Bank of America just reported its quarterly earnings and they're better than expected: $2.5 billion in profit. What does that mean for the U.S. economy on the whole?
Posted In: Bank of America, Earnings

JPMorgan discloses $4.4 billion in trading losses

Jul 13, 2012
JPMorgan Chase has just released its quarterly earnings report, and the big number to report is: $4.4 billion. That's the new estimate for the size of JPMorgan's loss from risky trading bets.
Posted In: JPMorgan, trading, losses, Earnings

Analysts expect dismal earnings season ahead

Jul 9, 2012
Today the aluminum company Alcoa kicks off America's quarterly corporate earnings season. Markets are bracing for disappointing numbers which may last through the Summer and Fall.
Posted In: Earnings, fiscal cliff

Wall Street awaits Alcoa earnings

Jul 9, 2012
After the markets close today, everybody on Wall Street will be waiting to hear from the big aluminum producer Alcoa. The company's earnings are likely to give us clues about a lot more than metal.
Posted In: Alcoa, Earnings, bellwether

Retailers report disappointing June sales data

Jul 5, 2012
Amidst glimpses of positive economic indicators, dismal consumer confidence continues as retail sales figures are down for chain stores in June.
Posted In: Retail, Earnings, Costco, consumer confidence

Consumers still spending despite economic worries

May 9, 2012
Kate Warne, investment strategist at Edward Jones, discusses why profits are up at Macy's given all the things weighing on consumers, and the latest earnings from Toyota and Disney.
Posted In: disney, Toyota, Macy's, Earnings