Why big banks are "canaries in the economic coal mine"

Jan 9, 2023
On Friday, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase will post earning reports. Parts of their business struggled in the fourth quarter.
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As earnings season rolls on, what's the mood of corporate America?

Oct 26, 2022
So far this earnings season, most S&P 500 companies that have reported, beat revenue expectations. 
Alphabet, Google's parent company, recently reported disappointing earnings. But overall, S&P 500 companies have beaten expectations this quarter.
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What’s the best way to measure corporate performance?

Feb 18, 2022
“There isn’t one,” said Patrick Badolato, a professor of accounting. But investors and analysts use “net income” and “EBITDA” in their attempts.
Obscure financial metrics "seem to tell a nice and neat and tidy story, and the reality is messy and nuanced,” said Patrick Badolato, an associate professor of accounting at the University of Texas.
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What's the deal with the U.S. dollar?

Jul 26, 2019
From presidential tweets to corporate earnings reports, the U.S. dollar has been getting a lot of mentions recently.
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Don't look at corporate earnings for clues on how the economy is doing

Apr 30, 2019
What's good (or bad) for corporations may not be good for the economy overall.
Board members watch a video demonstration for the Surface Hub 2 during the Microsoft annual shareholders meeting in Bellevue, Washington, in 2018.
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With regulations, India sets up roadblocks for Amazon

Feb 1, 2019
In its push for global dominance, Amazon bet big on India as a major growth market. But the company wasn’t counting on the country’s tough new e-commerce rules. With the retail market saturated at home, Amazon, Walmart and other corporations must find emerging markets to grow. So why is India limiting Amazon’s services? And how will […]

As corporate earnings season rolls on, winners and losers emerge

Tariffs are costing some companies plenty. Others are immune, at least for now, and benefiting from tax cuts.
“We have the highest prices in the world right now for aluminum and steel,” said Kristin Dziczek, a vice president at the Center for Automotive Research. Above, Ford Mustangs are assembled at a plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, in 2004.
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For public good, not for profit.

As corporate earnings season rolls on, winners and losers emerge

Tariffs are costing some companies plenty. Others are immune, at least for now, and benefiting from tax cuts.
“We have the highest prices in the world right now for aluminum and steel,” said Kristin Dziczek, a vice president at the Center for Automotive Research. Above, Ford Mustangs are assembled at a plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, in 2004.
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GE reckons with a large debt from an old business

Jan 16, 2018
General Electric CEO John Flannery said in an earnings call today that he was “deeply disappointed” in big liabilities found over on the company’s insurance side. GE actually sold off this business – insurance for long-term care – years ago. But turns out it’s still liable for billions of dollars’ worth of policies. Click the […]

Delta’s earnings show if demand for business travel is growing

Jan 11, 2018
Delta Air Lines released its latest earnings report this morning, sharing just how much money it made during the last few months of 2017. The company beat Wall Street expectations, earning 96 cents per share. The airline has laid out some lofty goals to push its profit margin higher and contain costs this year. The […]

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