second-quarter earnings

Investors Need to Look Beyond the Headlines

Instead of embracing what the daily voices of doom are proclaiming -- a double-dip recession and the demise of stocks -- notice how equity prices continue to edge higher in spite of all the seemingly bad news. Long-term vision is needed instead of instant gratification.

The Sign Wall Street Really Wants to See

The third peak week of earnings season is here. But if stocks have any hope of breaking out of their range-bound rut, the market will need proof of a consistent drop in weekly jobless claims, says Kenny Polcari, managing director at interdealer broker ICAP Corporates.

ExxonMobil and Chevron Set to Post Sharp Gains

Blue-chip energy giants ExxonMobil and Chevron report quarterly earnings Thursday and Friday, respectively. If analysts' average forecasts are on the mark, both Dow components should post sharply higher profits and revenue, helped by lower costs and higher oil prices.

Dow's Triple-Digit Gain Makes Blue Chips Even in 2010

News that most European banks appear adequately capitalized to weather further credit strains gave the market a late-day lift Friday, allowing it to finish the week with solid gains. The Dow and Nasdaq are now at breakeven for 2010, while the S&P 500 is off 1%.

Halliburton Earnings Beat Estimates, Shares Jump

Halliburton shares climbed 2.8% in recent premarket trading after the oilfield services company said Monday its second-quarter net income climbed 83% to $480 million, or 53 cents a share, from $262 million, or 29 cents a share a year ago.

What Will This Week's Earnings Signal?

After the Dow's 261-point belly flop to end last week on what were, after all, better-than-expected bank earnings, investors may be forgiven for feeling rather queasy after checking out this week's earnings calendar, which includes 120 of the S&P 500.

Dow Dives 261 Points on Bank Earnings, Sentiment

Stocks fell sharply Friday after earnings from the nation's biggest banks disappointed investors and the latest reading on consumer sentiment plunged on job fears. The financial sector sold off more than 4%.

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.

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.