Earnings season is off to the races, and so far, investors have something of a mixed bag of results. With lots to chew on, here are some of the biggest earnings from dividend-payers this week:
- IBM (IBM ): After today’s closing bell, IBM will report its Q1 financials; it is expected to report EPS of $2.84, up from $2.54 in the same quarter one year prior.
- Verizon Communications (VZ ): VZ will report prior to Tuesday’s open where analysts will expect to see EPS of $0.95 compared to EPS of $0.87 for the same quarter last year.
- United Technologies Corporation (UTX ): Prior to market open, UTX will release earnings where it is expected to show EPS of $1.44 compared to EPS of $1.27 for the same quarter last year.
- Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT ): Analysts are expecting EPS to be $2.48 (down slightly from $2.53 the year prior) from LMT’s pre-market earnings release.
- Coca-Cola Company (KO ): KO is expected to show EPS of $0.43 (down from last year’s $0.44) when it reports prior to Wednesday’s opening bell.
- AT&T (T ): T will report after the closing bell and is expected to haul in EPS of $0.63 compared to $0.70 for the same quarter last year.
- Boeing Company (BA ): Analysts are expecting EPS of $1.85 from BA’s pre-market report, up significantly from last year’s $1.56.
- McDonald’s Corporation (MCD ): MCD will report prior to Wednesday’s open and is expected to bring in EPS of $1.05 compared to $1.24 for the same period last year.
- Microsoft (MSFT ): After Thursday’s close, MSFT’s report will be expected to show EPS of $0.51, down from $0.63 for the same quarter last year.
- Procter & Gamble (PG ): PG is expected to show EPS of $0.93 (compared to $1.02 a year ago) when it reports prior to Thursday’s open.
- PepsiCo (PEP ): Reporting before the opening bell, analysts expect PEP to show EPS of $0.79, up slightly from $0.75 for the same period last year.
- 3M Company (MMM ): MMM reports before Thursday’s open; analysts are expecting EPS of $1.92, up from $1.80 last year.
The Bottom Line: MCD in Focus
There are a number of big reports this week, but few will be scrutinized as much as that of MCD; McDonald’s has been struggling to grow its sales and at times its stock has reflected this issue. The company has undergone some management shifts as well as some new strategic directions, but in the end, all investors care about is seeing positive signs from an earnings report.
Look for Wall Street to be especially critical of this report; negative numbers will likely lead to a tough trading day for the stock. On the flip side, a surprise to the upside will likely lead to a windfall of buying activity.
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