corporate earnings

GE 1Q Earnings Fall, Outlook Strong

GE reports lower net income than a year ago because last year's results included the sale of NBC Universal, but its industrial divisions performed well.

Weak Outlooks Doom Dow to Worst Day in 4 Months

U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, driving the Dow industrials to the biggest drop since June 21, as weak results from index members DuPont and United Technologies showed profit growth is slowing.

Dow Down 205 as Weak Earnings Drag Market Lower

Poor corporate earnings reports are pounding the stock market in a sour end to an otherwise strong week. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 200 points for its worst day in four months.

Earning Growth Strong Across Corporate America

S&P 500 companies have nearly completed the second-quarters earnings season, and overall, investors don't have much to complain about: More than 70% of companies have beaten earnings estimates, the index's earnings have risen more than 19% from last year, and nine of 10 sectors have given us a positive earnings surprise.

Market Woes Aside, Earnings Are Looking Up

Given the market's extreme and distressing gyrations over the past week, you'd be forgiven for thinking corporate earnings had been, on the whole, disappointing. But that's not actually the case: A large majority of public companies have performed quite well.

Could the S&P 500 Fall Another 20% in 2011?

After the losses of the past week, it seems hard to imagine that the S&P 500 has much further to decline. But the index took a fall to near 1,000 as recently as last July, and the issues that punished the markets then are looming over the economy again -- or perhaps, still.

Bucking a Trend: Why the Dollar Could Rally in 2011

Despite all the headwinds blowing against it -- and they're fierce -- the U.S. dollar has been holding its own against the world's major currencies. And if the U.S. recovery remains on track, the greenback has good odds of actually strengthening in 2011.

America's Low Interest Rates Have a High Hidden Price

Interest rates are the price of money, and though that price is near zero right now, the cost of low interest rates to our nation may be too high. Low rates are squeezing savers, seniors, banks and pension funds, and the benefits we're supposed to see from them don't appear to have arrived.

What's Reviving Investors' Hunger for Stocks

Far-sighted investors are starting to see that the broader economic picture: a robust global rebound in manufacturing and impressive corporate earnings. These strong fundamentals are finally overcoming risk aversion -- and could set the stage for an equity rally.

Weak Economic Growth Will Hit Corporate Profits

If you've been wondering how corporations can be enjoying a sharp rebound in profits even as the U.S. economic recovery remains so weak David Rosenberg of Gluskin Sheff has your answer: They won't be enjoying it for much longer.

Earnings: Sara Lee Bakes a Profit

Food and beverage company Sara Lee reported a $187 million profit in its recent quarter, buoyed by improved operating income across all areas of business. Its adjusted earnings of 19 cents per share topped estimates by 3 cents.

Beige Book Report: Economy Has Slowed Down

The latest Beige Book report from the U.S. Federal Reserve confirms what other recent economic reports have suggested: The U.S. economic recovery slowed somewhat in the second quarter, with some regions reporting stalled conditions.