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Markets Rise as Alcoa Sees Stronger Demand

World stock markets rose Wednesday after the fourth-quarter earnings season got off to a positive start in the U.S. with aluminum giant Alcoa forecasting higher demand for 2013. Demand for aluminum has been hurt by the weak global economy, but Alcoa predicted a 7 percent increase in demand this year, slightly better than the 6 percent increase in 2012.

Wall Street Watch this Week: A Bummer Earnings Season Begins

Earnings season is here, and that's not necessarily a good thing. The profitability of all S&P 500 companies is expected to post its first year-over-year decline in nearly three years. Even information technology, a perceived bright spot, is struggling (excepting Apple).

The Big Picture This Week: Earnings Season, Inflation

As the market breathes a sigh of relief on hopes that Europe isn't going to fall apart and the unemployment picture isn't getting worse, the focus shifts to China and earnings season. But earnings may be overshadowed if inflation data out of China is worse than expected, now that the country has the world's second largest economy.

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.

Earnings Season: Harbinger to Next Round of Layoffs?

Wall Street will watch second quarter earnings for telltale signs that the economy has slowed or that corporate margins are even tighter than is feared. But the ones reporting negative outlooks are likely to go back to the same old solution they used so often in recent years: layoffs.

Earnings Season Opens: Early News and Previews

Earnings season unofficially kicks off today, but 26 companies have already reported for the second quarter of this year. According to institutional data provider Capital IQ, here are some of the highlights so far:

Three Things to Watch During Earnings Season

Earnings season is near, and investors, as always are worried. Don't fret too much, though: Odds are that your company will come out on top on the bottom line -- because most do. But what will separate the winners from the whiners for the coming quarter? Here are the three key factors.

Will GM Post Its First Annual Profit Since 2004?

Or will it disappoint? Investors -- and taxpayers -- will be watching on Thursday, when GM is posts its latest earnings. Despite analyst expectations of a full-year profit, the automaker has warned that fourth-quarter results will fall "significantly" from previous periods.

S&P 500 Quarterly Earnings Beat the Street by 4.5% So Far

The S&P 500 is a bellwether for the American economy, and with quarterly reports for more than half of the index's companies in this earnings season, S&P 500 firms are averaging a 4.5% positive earnings per share surprise, according to Capital IQ's Earnings This Week report.

Toyota Fights Recall Woes and Stronger Yen

The Japanese automaker's bottom line is likely to have been affected by its continuing safety recalls, weaker U.S. sales and the rising value of the yen, which has made exports more expensive. Analysts forecast Toyota will report a quarterly profit of about $1 billion on sales of $56.2 billion.

Ford Shares Tank on Its Earnings Disappointment

Ford shares headed down sharply after the company announced quarterly earnings 18 cents per-share lower than analyst expectations. The miss cast a shadow on the report from Ford, which posted its best annual profit in a more than decade -- $6.6 billion.

Ford May Post Its Best Yearly Profit in a Decade

Analysts forecast that Ford will announce a profit of 48 cents a share on revenue of about $30.6 billion when it releases earnings on Friday. That translates into an expected pretax profit of $8 billion in 2010, the best Ford has seen since 1999.

Another Week of Robust Corporate Earnings?

Apple, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, IBM, GE, Goldman Sachs and Google are just a sampling of names releasing results this week. And if last week's numbers are any guide, the market should have plenty of reasons to rally -- especially because expectations aren't all that great.

Another Earnings Season, Another Subdued Market?

The S&P 500 gained about 13% last year, but it didn't get much help while companies were releasing results. But it didn't get much help while companies were releasing results. The broader market was actually unchanged or lower for all four of 2010's earnings seasons.

Week in Preview: First Earnings Reports and Economic Readings

Alcoa, Intel and JPMorgan Chase will kick off a new earnings season this week when they report their results for the fourth quarter of 2010. Here's a quick look at what analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect to see, followed by a glance at what's coming up on the economic calendar.

GM's IPO: Recovery -- Not the End of the Road

Considering where the iconic carmaker has been in recent years, the pending IPO -- and robust investor demand for shares -- is a remarkably positive step. But GM still has plenty of problem spots that will need fixing if this historic event is to have lasting meaning.

Toyota Earnings Preview: Recalls May Hurt

When Toyota Motor reports quarterly earnings tomorrow it will give investors the latest snapshot of how big a toll massive recalls and tepid auto sales are taking on the company's bottom line.

Ford May See Record Third-Quarter Earnings

Riding high on improved demand for its vehicles, analysts expect Ford to post a record third-quarter profit of $1.37 billion compared to $997 million in the year-ago period. The automaker's current third-quarter earnings record is $1.13 billion, set in 1997.

Week in Preview: The Earnings Crunch Is Back

Third-quarter reports are due from tech, financial, airline and pharmaceutical companies, amont others. Here's a day-by-day rundown of the coming earnings highlights, with a closer look at Apple, Harley-Davidson, Netflix and Southwest Airlines.

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.

Costco Earnings Rise on Overseas Strength

Costco Wholesale Corp (COST) reported earnings of 97 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Aug. 29, compared with 85 cents per diluted share a year earlier. Net sales rose to $23.59 billion, from $21.89 billion a year earlier, the company said in a statement. Comparable sales rose 6% from a year earlier, driven by strong international growth.

Rite Aid Earnings Highlight Another Rough Quarter

Rite Aid Corporation (RAD) announced a quarterly loss of 23 cents per diluted share, compared to a loss of 14 cents per share a year earlier, thanks to refinancing costs and falling revenues. Revenue for the quarter ending Aug. 28 was $6.2 billion, compared with $6.3 billion a year earlier, the company said in a statement. Same store sales fell 1.5%.