fourth-quarter earnings

Wall Street Will Be Listening Closely to Obama

Traders will be reading between the president's lines to see what the administration's new approach means for business and the market. And given stocks's steady rise for the past eight weeks, profit-taking and choppy action should be no surprise.

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.

Stocks Open Fourth Quarter With More Gains

Stocks kicked off the final quarter of the year with moderate gains Friday as more encouraging data on consumer spending, consumer sentiment and auto sales were partly offset by a slowdown in manufacturing activity.

Why Is Wall Street So Cold to Such Hot Earnings?

You'd never know it from recent equity action, but fourth-quarter earnings season has so far been remarkably strong. Apart from when the news is bad, earnings reports have gotten the cold shoulder from investors so far this season.

Earnings Preview: United, AirTran Set to Improve

United Airlines parent UAL Corp. and AirTran Holdings will release their fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday, and both are expected to post improved results, helped by lower jet fuel costs and slower declines in demand.

Delta Narrows Loss, but Misses Estimates

Delta Air Lines reported a narrower fourth-quarter loss Tuesday, helped by lower fuel costs and declining restructuring charges, but results failed to meet Wall Street's expectations.

Continental and Southwest Back to Profitability

Continental Airlines and Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest discount carrier, posted fourth-quarter profits Thursday, helped by lower fuel costs and improved demand, but the carriers both cautioned that the sector faces more turbulence in 2010.

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?