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Why Earnings Season Is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year for Traders Like Us

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If you've traded for more than a few months, you've seen how earnings season can really move share prices - in both directions.

If you hold, say, a blue chip and it hits on earnings, you can book some nice single- or double-digit gains. Or, if there's a miss, you might take a loss.

In fact, earnings season trading is one of the most volatile strategies you can use. It's not for the faint-hearted.

So, let's "scout" my earnings chart to see exactly where our next winning trade is...

Stock Earnings Calendar This Week Features Big Banks

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Earnings season is kicking into high gear. Five of the country's biggest banks and a key multinational conglomerate top the stock earnings calendar this week.

The bunch will set the tone for the remaining Q1 2015 earnings period. And so far, expectations are muted at best.

But with earnings expectations so low, many companies could surprise to the upside.

Here's a look at six key earnings reports this week.

What Earnings Recession 2015 Means for Your Stocks

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Earnings season unofficially begins on Wednesday, April 8, when Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) reports Q1 earnings after the bell.

Now, most Wall Street prognosticators are bearish this earnings season. Countless headlines of “earnings recession 2015” have caused retail investors to wonder if they should exit the markets.

An “earnings recession” happens when earnings results decline for two consecutive quarters on a year-over-year basis.

It’s true, earnings are expected to disappoint across the board this quarter.

But this is not the time to flee the markets…

Three Earnings Season "Tells" You Need to See (and What They Say Now)

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We're in the middle of the first earnings season of 2015 and investors are anxious and confused. But Wall Street likes it that way.

The more confused you are, the more profitable they are. Investors who chase innuendo tend to trade more.

But it's not a waste of your time if you sort out the information that actually matters. Here's how...

Upcoming Earnings Reports to Watch This Week

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This week's upcoming earnings reports include some big names, making Q4 earnings season a hot one right out of the gate.

Among the group are four tech giants, a consumer goods corporation, and an automaker.

Here's a look at six companies on this week's earnings calendar and what to expect before the numbers come out...

Four Stocks to Watch as Tech Earnings Season Begins


This earnings season will be awash in fascinating storylines from corporate America, and the technology earnings season will no doubt weave the most interesting of narratives.

That's because tech has been on a roll for the third quarter.

Here are the four stocks to watch as tech unveils one of its most important quarters…

Alcoa (NYSE: AA) Earnings Beat Boosts Stock, but Don't Expect the Same from the Sector


Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) earnings solidly beat analyst expectations to kick off the season, but don't get too excited.

Often regarded as a bellwether and tone setter for earnings season, AA's positive financial results are not going to permeate throughout the basic materials sector, which is likely to see trouble this quarter at the hands of falling commodity prices.

But AA has a luxury that many of these producers don’t have, making it the exception, not the rule.

Dow Jones Today Readies for Start of Earnings Season

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Dow Jones today, October 9, 2014:The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 274 points Wednesday following the Federal Open Market Committee's release of its September meeting minutes. According to the minutes, many Fed officials took a dovish approach in conversation and are seeking a new way to convince others that they are not prepared to raise interest rates according to the previous timeline.

Yesterday marked the unofficial start to the September-quarter earnings season, when global aluminum giant Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) announced it beat quarterly result estimates.

Here’s what else you should know to make your Thursday profitable:

Dow Jones Today Will Wrestle with Slow Global Growth and FOMC Minutes


Dow Jones today, October 8, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped heavily Tuesday after renewed concerns about global growth reemerged and investors took money off the table ahead of earnings season. The sharp selloff was led by cyclical stocks, which are typically tied to the pace of economic growth.

Here’s what else you should know to make your Wednesday profitable…

Q3 Earnings Calendar – 2014


Q3 earnings season is just about underway. Keep up-to-date on the key reports with this convenient 2014 Q3 earnings calendar for October, November, and December.


C, AAPL, KOG Among Today's Hot Stocks to Watch


Monday brought a flurry of deals across several sectors, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to an all-time intraday high shortly after the open.

Those transactions are featured on today's hot stocks to watch list, along with earnings from a big bank, a bullish upgrade for a tech favorite, and more.

Get our full list of hot stocks to watch, including C, AAPL, KOG, and more...

Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) Starts Big Banks Earnings Season with a Profit Rise and Revenue Drop


Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) kicked off second-quarter bank earnings season Friday morning. While the bank didn't deliver any surprises, its numbers failed to impress.

Shares of the largest U.S. bank by market cap, up 28.5% since October, fell nearly 2% to $50.82 on brisk volume following the uninspiring report.

While analysts have trimmed estimates on a number of banks in the last several weeks, expectations for WFC held steady. Here’s the full story on Wells Fargo Q2 earnings, and what it means for WFC stock…

AAPL, GRPN, and ABBV Are Today's Pre-Market Movers

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Dow Jones today, July 8, 2014: This morning, Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Groupon Inc. (Nasdaq: GRPN), and Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) are among the day's more notable premarket movers.

Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 50 points as investors weren't willing to take risky positions ahead of earnings season. Cyclical and small-cap stocks lagged the hardest this afternoon. The CBOE Volatility index soared more than 11%, the largest hike in nearly three months. The bounce was significant, as the index hit its lowest level since February 2007 last Thursday.

Here's what you should know to make your Tuesday profitable:

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Earnings Beat Takes Everyone By Surprise

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Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) pleasantly surprised Wall Street by comfortably beating expectations when it reported earnings for its March quarter after the market close today (Wednesday).

The tech giant also threw existing holders of Apple stock several goodies, including an expansion of the stock buyback program and an 8% increase in the dividend.

But while the stellar earnings report will push Apple stock higher in the short term,

it will take more than that to sustain a push back to $600 and beyond...

Get Ready for Earnings Season – Wall Street's Quarterly Shell Game


It's earnings season. And for company players, the game is about trying to beat analysts' estimates, to get your company's stock to pop so you look better than your reflection.

But the game is rigged. And like high-frequency trading and so many other "institutionalized" games on the Street that are sucking the life out of other people's dreams, it's not illegal.

Here's how earnings are manipulated, and why it should be stopped...

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