Citigroup Q2 Results Top Estimates

Citigroup Inc. (C) on Monday reported a 7 percent increase in profit for the second-quarter, driven by the higher revenues, the reduction in expenses and the lower effective tax rate, partially offset by the higher cost of credit. Revenues increased 2 percent from the prior-year period, reflecting the higher revenues across Global Consumer Banking.
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FactSet Q3 Profit Beats Estimates; Raises 2019 Earnings Guidance

FactSet (FDS) reported that its third-quarter adjusted EPS rose 20.2% year-on-year driven primarily by stronger operating results. Revenues increased 7.2% primarily due to higher sales of analytics, content and technology solutions (CTS) and wealth management solutions. The company increased fiscal 2019 adjusted earnings per share guidance with the mid-point now 15% above prior year.
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Kroger Q1 Profit Matches Estimates; Affirms Guidance – Quick Facts

The Kroger Co. (KR) reported first-quarter earnings that matched analysts’ estimates. Total sales, excluding fuel and the effect of selling the convenience store business unit, increased 2.0% year-on-year. Looking forward, Kroger Co. confirmed identical sales, operating profit and EPS guidance for 2019.
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Best Buy Q1 Results Top Estimates, Reiterates FY20 Outlook

Electronics retailer Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY) reported Thursday a 27 percent increase in profit for the first quarter from last year, which was impacted by restructuring charges, and higher revenues. Both adjusted earnings per share and revenues for the quarter topped analysts’ estimates. The company also provides guidance for the second quarter and reiterated its outlook for the full-year 2020.
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Dollar General Shares Jump As Q1 Profit Tops Estimates; Affirms Outlook

Dollar General Corp. (DG) reported a strong top- and bottom-line growth, for the first-quarter ended May 3, 2019. Same-store sales were up 3.8% due to increases in both average transaction amount and customer traffic. Looking forward, the company reiterated fiscal 2019 financial guidance and store growth outlook.
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TJX Companies Boosts FY20 Outlook As Q1 Results Top Estimates – Quick Facts

Off-price retailer TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX) reported Tuesday a decline in profit for the first quarter from last year. However, both earnings per share and sales for the quarter topped analysts’ expectations. The company also raised its earnings outlook for the full year 2020.
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Why former fed chair Alan Greenspan is wrong about inflation estimates

Alan Greenspan, who used to be an important person, says the government’s inflation figures are wrong. Esther George, who is still important — as the head of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, — also says the inflation numbers are wrong. But George thinks they are wrong for the opposite reason as Greenspan who, as boss…
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Viacom beats earning estimates on strong box office sales

Viacom, the owner of MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, beat second-quarter earning estimates on strong box-office sales even as it saw revenue from shows decline on continued cord cutting. For the three months ended March 31, Viacom’s net income rose 41.4 percent to $ 376 million, or 93 cents a share. Excluding items, the company earned…
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New York Times Q1 Results Top Estimates

The New York Times Co. (NYT) on Wednesday reported a 37.6 percent increase in profit for the first quarter from last year. Quarterly revenues increased 6.1 percent as growth in subscription and other revenue offset a slight decline in advertising revenue. Both adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations and quarterly revenues topped analysts’ expectations.
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Starbucks Raises 2019 Earnings Guidance; Q2 Profit Beats Estimates

Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) announced, with solid first-half financial results, the company is on track to deliver on its full-year commitments. For fiscal 2019, non-GAAP EPS is projected in the range of $ 2.75 to $ 2.79, revised from a range of $ 2.68 to $ 2.73 previously. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect the company to report profit per share of $ 2.71 for the fiscal year. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items. The company continues to expect global comparable store sales growth between 3% and 4%.
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PepsiCo Q1 Results Top Estimates, Reaffirms FY19 Outlook

Snack and beverage giant PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) on Wednesday reported an increase in net income for the first quarter, reflecting higher revenues. Both adjusted earnings per share and net revenues for the quarter beat analysts’ estimates. The company also reaffirmed its earnings and organic revenue growth outlook for the full-year 2019.
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Badger Meter Q1 Profit Surges, But Results Miss Estimates – Quick Facts

Badger Meter Inc. (BMI), a provider of flow measurement, control, and communication solutions, on Wednesday reported a surge in profit for the first quarter from last year as a decline in sales was more than offset by lower costs and expenses. However, both revenue and earnings per share for the quarter missed analysts’ expectations.
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Morgan Stanley Shares Rise After Q1 Profit Beats Estimates

Morgan Stanley (MS) reported first-quarter earnings that surpassed the analysts’ estimates. Shares of the company were up more than 2 percent in premarket trade. The bank reported earnings of $ 1.39 per share compared with $ 1.45 per share a year ago. Total earnings declined 9 percent year-over-year to $ 2.34 billion. During the quarter, it recorded certain tax benefits of $ 101 million, or $ 0.06 per share. Excluding this, earnings were $ 1.33 per share. On average, 20 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report profit per share of $ 1.16 for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items. Wealth Management delivered pre-tax income of $ 1.2 billion reflecting strong expense management.
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Bank Of America Q1 Profit Tops Estimates; Revenue Relatively Stable

Bank of America Corp. (BAC) reported first-quarter earnings per share of $ 0.70, up 13 percent from $ 0.62, a year ago. On average, 23 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report profit per share of $ 0.65 for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items. Net profit applicable to common shareholders increased year-over-year to $ 6.87 billion from $ 6.49 billion.
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UnitedHealth beats first-quarter profit estimates and raises its 2019 forecast

UnitedHealth reported a 22.2% rise in first-quarter profit, driven by strength in its main insurance business and Optum unit.
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UPDATE 1-Sika quarterly sales beat estimates, to open more plants this year

Sika AG’s sales rose by a
better-than-expected 7.1 percent in local currencies during the
first quarter, the Swiss construction chemicals maker said on
Tuesday, boosted by an expansion of its factories and recent
acquisitions.


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Acuity Brands Q2 Profit Beats Estimates; Sales Up 2.7% – Quick Facts

Acuity Brands, Inc. (AYI) reported that its adjusted EPS for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 increased 5.3 percent, to $ 1.99 compared with adjusted diluted EPS of $ 1.89 for the year-ago period. On average, 9 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report profit per share of $ 1.81 for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items. Adjusted operating profit increased 6.7 percent, to $ 112.4 million from the year-ago period adjusted operating profit of $ 105.3 million.
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Mylan quarterly profit, 2019 forecast miss Wall Street estimates — stock tanks

Generic drugmaker Mylan on Tuesday reported lower-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and forecast 2019 earnings well below Wall Street estimates, as it grapples with significant problems at its Morgantown, West Virginia, plant.
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GM Turns To Profit In Q4; Results Beat Estimates

General Motors Co. on Wednesday reported a profit for the fourth quarter, compared to a loss in the year-ago period that included a non-cash charge related to the U.S. tax reform. Both revenue and adjusted earnings per share for the quarter beat analysts’ estimates. The automaker’s shares are rising almost 4 percent in pre-market activity.
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AT&T Q4 Profit Matches Estimates, Revenue Up 15.2%; Reaffirms FY19 Guidance

AT&T Inc. (T) reported fourth-quarter net income attributable to company of $ 4.9 billion, or $ 0.66 per share, compared to $ 19.0 billion, or $ 3.08 per share, in the year-ago quarter which reflected the impact of the December 2017 federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Adjusting for items, earnings per share was $ 0.86 compared to an adjusted $ 0.78 in the year-ago quarter, a 10% increase. On average, 24 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report profit per share of $ 0.86 for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items.
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Johnson & Johnson Q4 Results Top Estimates

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Tuesday reported a profit for the fourth quarter, compared to a loss last year. The year-ago quarter’s results included the impact of a hefty charge related to the U.S. tax reform. Quarterly sales increased 1.0% from the prior year. Both adjusted earnings per share and quarterly sales topped analysts’ expectations.
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JPMorgan Q4 Profit Rises, But Revenues Miss Estimates; Stock Down

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) reported Tuesday a profit for the fourth-quarter that grew 67 percent from last year. It took a one-time charge, as a result of the U.S. tax reform in the prior year. Net revenue for the quarter rose 7 percent from the previous year. Revenue for the quarter missed analysts’ expectations.
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Netflix shares dip as Q4 revenue misses estimates

Netflix cut its outlook for the current quarter as its revenue and subscriber growth disappointed some investors, sending the streaming giant’s stock tumbling nearly 4 percent in after-hours trades. The company, which has been spending billions as it cranks out original films and series like “Bird Box,” “Roma,” “Stranger Things” and “Tidying up with Marie…
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Ford Motor Q4 Prel. Earnings Below Estimates – Quick Facts

Ford Motor Company (F) reported, for the fourth-quarter, preliminary adjusted EPS of $ 0.30 compared to $ 0.39, last year. On average, 17 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report profit per share of $ 0.32 for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items.
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Mischievous responders taint LGBQ health estimates in national survey

Many research studies have reported on the elevated health risk and deviance of youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or questioning (LGBQ) but a new study using national data suggests that many of those estimates may be overstated and that LGBQ youth risk and deviance is not as different from heterosexual youth as many studies claim.
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Kohl’s Corp. Q3 Profit Tops Estimates, Comps. Up 2.5%; Raises Guidance

Kohl’s Corp. (KSS) reported third-quarter earnings per share, excluding loss on extinguishment of debt, of $ 0.98, an increase of 40% year-over-year. On average, 19 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report profit per share of $ 0.96 for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items. Reported net income was $ 161 million compared to $ 117 million, previous year. Gross margin was 37.0%, up 25 bps from prior year.
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U.S. Business Inventories Rise In Line With Estimates In September

Business inventories in the U.S. increased in line with economist estimates in the month of September, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday.
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Amazon Q3 Sales, Outlook Miss Street Estimates; Shares Down 6%

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) Thursday reported a surge in profit for the third quarter, driven largely by a 29 percent jump in revenues. Earnings for the quarter trounced Wall Street estimates. However, the tech giant’s stock slipped more than 6 percent in extended session after revenues for the quarter fell short of expectations and on weak outlook for the current holiday quarter.
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Verizon Q3 Results Top Estimates

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) reported a profit for the third-quarter 2018 that increased 36.0 percent from last year. Total operating revenues rose 2.8 percent from last year. Both adjusted earnings per share and quarterly revenues topped analysts’ expectations. It is on track to deliver against a goal to achieve $ 10 billion in cumulative cash savings by 2021.
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Goldman Sachs Q3 Profit Tops Estimates; Revenue Up 4%

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS) reported earnings per common share of $ 6.28 for the third quarter of 2018 compared to $ 5.02 for the third quarter of 2017. On average, 22 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report profit per share of $ 5.38 for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items. Net earnings applicable to common shareholders rose 21% year-over-year to $ 2.45 billion.
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Bank of America earnings’ jump, topping Wall Street estimates, as consumer credit improves

Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan, 59, has focused on cutting costs while looking for profit opportunities that fit his "responsible growth" mantra. 
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PepsiCo Q3 Profit Tops Estimates, Organic Revenue Up 4.9%; Updates 2018 Targets

PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP) reported third-quarter core EPS of $ 1.59, an increase of 7 percent from prior year. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange translation, core constant currency EPS increased 9 percent. On average, 20 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report profit per share of $ 1.57 for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items.
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