Five big-name retailers will report earnings this week, and most need decisive wins to keep investors - the sector only rose a measly 2.6% last month.
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Stocks to watch the week of Nov. 3, 2014: Of the nearly 350 components in the S&P 500 Index that have reported Q3 earnings, better than three out of four (76%) have topped estimates.
This week brings numbers from some 150 S&P 500 Index members.
Third-quarter earnings overall have been better than expected.
With some 244 companies reporting, the S&P 500 Index is on pace to post earnings growth of 6%. That's up from growth projections of 5.6% at the start of the week.
Hot stocks to watch today based on earnings focus on energy and consumer products.
Stocks to watch, Thursday Oct. 30: This week, 158 companies in the S&P 500 will report Q3 earnings, according to FactSet.
Today we hear from a coffee titan, a credit card giant, a tobacco king, a precious metal miner, and more.
Third-quarter earnings overall have shown healthy growth for U.S. companies. So far 71.4% of companies in the S&P 500 Index have topped Q3 earnings forecasts, better than the long-term average of 63%.
Wednesday's hot stocks to watch include a credit card giant, a health insurer, a food and beverage manufacturer, and more.
Almost 70% of U.S. companies that have reported Q3 earnings have beaten expectations. Earnings gains have been generally less than 10% - not outstanding, but good enough to reassure investors about the health of U.S. companies.
Tuesday's list of hot stocks to watch includes a social media giant, a pharmaceutical titan, a big biotech, a struggling luxury retailer, and more.
Third-quarter earnings season has been full of surprises - not all of them welcome. For example, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway's "Big Four" equity investments all disappointed Wall Street.
Friday's hot stocks to watch include another Berkshire holding, plus a key auto manufacturer, drug giant, and leading package-delivery
Several airlines report earnings Thursday, including American Airlines, United Continental Holdings, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Air Group, and JetBlue Airways.
Today's hot stocks to watch also include a couple of tech heavyweights, a key automaker, a pair of drug giants, and more.
With some 20% of S&P 500 Index companies already reporting, Q3 earnings have so far been strong. Remaining reports will be important as a number of key industry players remain on tap to post results.
Reporting today are a telecommunications giant, an aerospace titan, two major pharmaceutical companies, a pair of social media players, and more.
Earnings are again in focus this week as a number of key industry players post Q3 results. Q3 estimates have come down slightly in recent weeks. Still, the U.S. economic backdrop remains solid, as reflected in robust Q3 manufacturing output data and recent job growth.
Monday's hot stocks to watch include a leading smartphone maker, a tech titan, and a boutique burrito chain.
The Q3 earnings parade on Wall Street continues Friday. This week brought a barrage of earnings. The financial industry was heavily represented, along with a number of key bellwethers in several sectors.
Today's hot stocks to watch include a couple of major global infrastructure companies, a key investment bank, a freight rail transporter, and more.
Wall Street's focus has shifted from global woes to earnings as Q3 earnings season kicks into high gear.
This week brings a number of reports from all sectors. Initial earnings reports have so far impressed, with 70% of companies trumping forecasts, according to FactSet.
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.
Bill Smith, a Delaware fuel trader, calls it "the most stupid law ever on the books" - yet for a number of shipping stocks, it means essentially built-in share-price gains.
It's called the Jones Act and it's nothing less than a sweetheart deal for the handful of U.S. energy companies whose profits are practically "guaranteed" by law.
Shares of Athlon Energy Inc. (NYSE: ATHL) soared 25% to a 52-week high of $58.30 Monday morning after agreeing to be bought by Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) for $5.93 billion in cash.
Encana, Canada's second-largest natural gas producer, is paying $58.50 a share for the Fort Worth, Texas-based independent oil exploration and production company.