second quarter earnings

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.

Retail Earnings: Summer Slowdown Will Roll Into Fall

After a stronger-than-expected spring, the doldrums have hit summer harder than usual. Merchants' second-quarter reports were shot through with disappointment over the slow economic recovery and a sense that retailers will have to work hard to boost sales the rest of 2010.

Dow, S&P 500 Post Best Monthly Gains in a Year

Some robust blue-chip earnings and an improvement in consumer sentiment helped stocks shrug off a disappointing reading on economic growth to end mixed Friday -- but the market still enjoyed its biggest monthly gain in a year.

AstraZeneca Earnings Rise 9% on Strong Sales

AstraZeneca's core earnings per share rose 9% in the second quarter, helped by a strong performance in emerging markets. While the British pharmaceutical warned the rest of the year will be "challenging," it also raised its 2010 earnings forecast for the third time this year.

Sanofi-Aventis Earnings Beat Expectations

Sanofi-Aventis reported its second-quarter net profit rose 7.6% to 2.48 billion euros, beating expectations. But the French drugmaker warned that earnings may fall for the full year, and it remained silent about its rumored plan to make a friendly bid for Genzyme.

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.

Ford Earnings Preview: Sales and Profits Hit the Gas

FordFord Motor is set to deliver strong earnings when it reports second-quarter results Friday. After disastrously low sales in 2009, the auto industry as a whole has been in recovery mode this year -- and Ford has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the revival.

Johnson & Johnson Earnings Up, but Recalls Cut Guidance

Johnson & Johnson's earnings for the second quarter of 2010 rose 5.4% to $3.4 billion, or $1.23 per share, from $3.2 billion or $1.15 per share, the company announced Tuesday morning. Adjusted earnings, which exclude litigation costs, were $1.21 per share.

Hilary Kramer: Three Stocks for the Summer

The old adage "sell in May and go away" may not hold true this summer. An economy struggling to emerge from a recession and second-quarter earnings could mean some hot months for stocks. GameChangerStocks's Hilary Kramer recommends three that she says have upside potential. (With video)

Adobe Posts Robust Second-Quarter Numbers

Adobe Systems posted a higher-than-expected 34% gain in second-quarter revenues to $943 million, fueled by strong growth from its Creative Suite 5. Net income climbed 17.8% to $148.6 million. Adobe also approved a share buyback of up to $1.6 billion in common stock.