Third-Quarter Profits Should Keep Rebounding

Earnings season unofficially kicks off after the markets close Thursday when Alcoa reports. And some big-name beat-and-raise earnings reports could be just the spark to ignite that market-moving dry powder.

The 25 Companies That Cut 700,000 Jobs

Since the recession began, more than 8 million Americans have lost their jobs. But perhaps even more surprising is the small number of companies that are responsible for laying off such a large percentage of today's unemployed workers.

Dow Adds 146 Points on Solid Earnings and Outlooks

Stocks vaulted higher Tuesday after a strong start to the second-quarter earnings season, as industrial bellwethers Alcoa and CSX reassured the market about the pace of the economic recovery. The Dow added 147 points, and all three major averages extended their winning streaks.

Alcoa Beats by a Penny and Raises Its Volume Outlook

Alcoa attributed the better-than-expected profits to higher volume, cost savings and currency exchange, among other factors, which more than made up for lower aluminum prices. Most promising is its forecast for rising aluminum consumption.

Earnings Season Reminder: 'It's All About Outlooks'

Alcoa reports its second-quarter earnings after the market closes Monday. But of much greater importance than what the Dow component -- and the slew of companies to follow -- earned in the period is what it says about future growth prospects.

Preview: A New Earnings Season Kicks Off

Second-quarter earnings reports start coming in this week when Alcoa releases its latest results on Monday. This week's other anticipated quarterly reports include those from industry bellwethers Intel, Google and JPMorgan Chase.

Why the Heat Will Stay on Stocks This Summer

"It's impossible to predict when the market will stop reacting -- and overreacting -- to the European debt crisis," says Jason Weisberg of Seaport Securities. Until investors gain more confidence, he sees the Dow stuck a tight-but-volatile 300-point range.

The Biggest Losers: Who Fell Most This Week?

Nearly every stock on the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost value this week, but American Express (AXP), Alcoa (AA), General Electric (GE) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) lost the most.

The following is a round-up of news likely to affect stock prices today: Alcoa (AA) reported a narrower net loss of $201 million, or 20 cents a...

Alcoa Earnings: A Narrower Loss, but Sales Disappoint

Aluminum giant Alcoa trimmed its first-quarter loss, helped by higher aluminum prices. The Dow component, which unofficially kicked off earnings season after Monday's closing bell, managed to match Street estimates on the bottom line even as sales came up short.

Earnings Could Give the Street the Direction It Needs

The Dow stands at an 18-month high, but volume remains scant. Earnings season, which Alcoa kicks off after Monday's close, appears to be just what's needed to firm up sentiment. But don't be surprised if, once again, investors sell on the news of strong results.

Bellwhether Alcoa Is Expected to Post a Small Profit

Alcoa earnings: Analysts predict first-quarter EPS of 10 cents for the aluminum giant, a marked improvement from the sharp loss posted in the same period last year. But weak aluminum prices ahead could pose problems.

Markets Hit 18-Month High on Positive Inflation Outlook

The markets continued to rack up gains with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ all closing Wednesday at 18-month highs, boosted by signs that the Federal Reserve intends to keep interest rates at rock-bottom levels for some time, indicating that the Fed isn't worried about inflation.

A Revived Macy's Is Priced Right

One giant retailer that's likely to attract a lot of shoppers over the President's Day weekend is Macy's, which has vastly improved the quality of many of its products and stores, and the efficiency of its services over the past couple of years.

Alcoa Profit Disappoints

Aluminum giant Alcoa on Monday posted a narrower fourth-quarter net loss, helped by costs cuts and higher aluminum prices, but its earnings fell short of Wall Street's forecast. The question now is: Will the earnings miss trigger a wider sell-off on Tuesday?

What to Watch for as Alcoa Kicks Off Earnings

Analysts, on average, expect the S&P 500 ($INX) to report fourth-quarter earnings growth of nearly 185%, according to Thomson Reuters. Want a simple explanation for equities' incredible nine-months-and-counting rally? Investors were looking forward to this very earnings season, the much-anticipated inflection point in which the S&P 500 posts year-over-year profit growth for the first time in more than two years.