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Before the opening bell on Thursday, a number of big name, dividend paying companies announced their quarterly earnings. Below, we look at these earnings reports and break down the important points for investors.
Union Pacific Corporation (UNP ) reported earnings of $1.431 billion, or $1.61 per share, down from $1.174 billion, or $1.27 per share, last year. Revenue rose to $6.153 billion from $5.630 a year ago. On average, analysts expected to see earnings of $1.51 per share and $6.10 billion in revenue.
Johnson Controls Inc (JCI ) reported Q1 earnings of $546 million, or 76 cents per share, up from $484 million, or 66 cents per share, last year. Revenue rose to $10.67 billion from $10.57 billion a year ago. On average, analysts expected to see EPS of 77 cents and $10.67 billion in revenue.
Looking ahead, the company expects to see Q2 EPS between 74 cents and 76 cents. Analysts expect the company to report EPS of 76 cents. For FY2015, earnings are expected to be between $3.55 and $3.70 per share. Analysts expect to see FY2015 EPS of $3.60.
Shares of Southwest Airlines Co (LUV) surged on Thursday morning following the release of the company’s fourth quarter results. Earnings came in at $190 million, or 28 cents per share, down from $212 million, or 30 cents per share, last year. Revenue increased to $4.63 billion from $4.43 billion last year. On average, analysts expected to see EPS of 55 cents and $4.59 billion in revenue.
BB&T Corporation (BBT) reported fourth quarter earnings of $557 million, or 76 cents per share, up from $537 million, or 75 cents per share, last year. Revenue dipped to $2.371 billion from $2.382 billion a year ago. On average, analysts expected to see EPS of 73 cents and $2.33 billion in revenue.