European earnings quality

With the automobile industry expecting strong growth, especially in developing countries, demand for auto manufacturing systems, including paint technology, is likely to remain strong. That’s good news for Germany’s Dürr AG (DUEG.DE), which is one of the largest players in the space. The company has little or no competition and there are many barriers to entry.

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Canary in the Twitter blog mine

The microblogging site’s earnings blew through estimates, but shares plummeted as users tweeted less. Breakingviews columnists discuss what effect this could have on Twitter’s valuation.

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McDonald’s turbulent U.S. same restaurant sales – graphic of the day

McDonald’s, the world’s biggest restaurant chain by revenue, said worldwide sales at restaurants open at least 13 months rose 1.2% last month. But in the U.S., same-restaurant sales fell 3.3%, a deeper decline than the 1.6% drop that analysts expected. Sales rose 2% in Europe and were up 5.4% in the Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa (APMEA) region. Today’s graphic tracks same-restaurant sales for McDonald’s in three different regions.


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Apple results – graphic of the day

Apple’s profit and margins slid despite higher sales of iPhones in its fourth quarter. Today’s graphic shows key earnings, revenue and shipment statistics for Apple over the last three years.


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Airline profits get a lift – graphic of the day

Most U.S. airlines have returned to profitability after the 2008-09 downturn and are now looking to attract more interests from investors. Today’s graphic charts revenue, earnings and cumulative change in share price of five major U.S. Airlines since 2009. If you could imagine what this chart would look like in three years, what do you think will be the major difference(s)?


It’s earnings season and the upside surprise rate is impressively high

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With the fourth-quarter earnings season heading into the home stretch, even some sectors that analysts had expected would report underwhelming results are delivering positive surprises.

One week after the next, companies in the S&P 500 have reported stronger than expected earnings. Of the S&P 500 companies that reported last week, 75% reported better-than-expected results and that rate of positive surprises has helped drive the year-over-year blended earnings growth rate still higher, to 5.2%, up from 3.8% at the end of the previous week. Companies also reported better-than-expected revenue figures last week with 71% of reports beating estimates and the growth rate increasing from 2.4% to 3.6%. (more…)

Apple results spur fears of slowing growth – graphic of the day

Apple missed Wall Street’s revenue forecast for the 3rd straight quarter as iPhone sales came in below expectations, fueling investors’ worries about the company’s slowing growth. Today’s graphic shows the share price chart (the stock is down around an additional 10% this morning), Q1 shipments and revenue growth by quarter. Do you think the negative sentiment surrounding Apple is warranted?


Apple and Samsung earnings – graphic of the day

Yesterday, Apple reported a second straight quarter of disappointing results as iPad sales fell short of analysts’ targets. The company also forecast revenue and margins below Wall Street forecasts. Today’s graphic compares Apple & Samsung’s quarterly net income as well as share price. Although Samsung has posted consistently lower net income, the two companies seem to be trending in opposite directions. Do you think the introduction of the new iPhone and iPads will propel Apple to a better quarter?

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PC tech giants’ earnings disappoint – graphic of the day

Microsoft, Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) struggled to maintain revenue streams, as consumers shifted towards tablets in the tight economy. Today’s graphic looks at the net income and revenue for these three tech giants.

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Disney Earnings Beat Wall Street Expectations

Walt Disney Co posted strong Q2 2012 earnings, rising 31% for the quarter.  The company attributed its success to excellent box office sales of its movie “The Avengers” as well as improved revenue from its theme parks.  If Disney can continue to outperform, its shareholders will benefit.  Here are Disney’s top 10 active institutional investors.

Disney's Top Investors

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