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Earnings season

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What to watch this earnings season

The earnings season starting in July 2021 comes more than a year after the Covid-19 pandemic started. Investors the world over are looking forward to strong earnings season results compared to the depressed quarter two (Q2) numbers of 2020. As mass vaccine rollouts continue in many countries, some of the more disrupted stocks may rally, while those that benefitted in the pandemic may see more subdued growth than in Q2 last year.

Please note these dates are estimates only and subject to change.

  • Stay-at-home stocks
  • Work-from-home stocks
  • Covid-19 vaccine stocks
  • Travel stocks
  • Bank stocks
  • 5G stocks

With economies reopened and vaccination taking place on a massive global scale, these stocks could become less popular. On the other hand, working from home and streaming stocks show little signs of slowing down in most countries, so these could stay strong.

US stocks to watch: Netflix, Walt Disney Co, Peloton Interactive and Amazon

UK stocks to watch: Sainsbury’s, Games Workshop and Ocado Group

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With working from home still the new normal in spite of various lockdown liftings, stocks for online platforms and companies enabling remote working may remain high.

Examples include: Zoom, Dropbox, Microsoft and Alphabet

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Global vaccination rollouts continue at a rapid pace, with many countries hoping to have the majority of the population vaccinated against Covid-19 in 2021. In fact, UK prime minister Boris Johnson is hoping for world vaccination by the end of next year. While some stock – such as Pfizer – continue to bask in vaccine fever, others – like Johnson & Johnson – have seen significantly more volatility.

US stocks to watch: Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Moderna, Pfizer and Novavax

UK stocks to watch: GlaxoSmithKline, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca and Synairgen

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As lockdown measures ease and vaccine rollouts continue in many nations, there could be potential for these stocks to see gains again. Already, some companies have seen improvements since the lifting of many 2020 travel bans. But until widespread travel between most countries is back to ‘normal’, demand will be limited.

US stocks to watch: Boeing, American Airlines Group, and Caesars Entertainment Inc

UK stocks to watch: IAG, easyJet and Ryanair

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Bank stocks saw significant rallying as bond yields increased earlier in 2021, although some of the dramatic improvement in numbers should be attributed to a very depressed low interest rate environment in 2020. Inflation looks set to rise in the current conditions, which could also significantly impact bank stocks. In terms of client-related headwinds, banks still face significant general loan losses and a possible continued decline in demand for services such as asset management and foreign exchange.

US stocks to watch: Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs

UK stocks to watch: Lloyds, Barclays, RBS and HSBC

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Throughout 2020 and 2021 so far, many telecommunications companies have continued with the rapid increase in areas with 5G coverage. Although the large-scale take up of this tech was initially slowed by the pandemic, this seems to have reversed in 2021.

Currently, all signs point toward this being a real growth market for the next few years. It’s worth keeping an eye on the whole 5G supply chain, from chip makers to providers.

US stocks to watch: Analog Devices, Verizon and T-Mobile

UK stocks to watch: BT Group and Vodafone

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What is an earnings season?

An earnings season is a quarterly period in which most public companies release their earnings reports. With these financial results releases instrumental in companies’ share prices, many traders and investors look forward to earnings season as a highlight on the calendar.

Quarterly reports are mandatory in the US but not in the UK. However, a large majority of UK companies choose to partake in earnings seasons due to the increasingly multinational nature of many sectors.

  • When is earnings season
  • Why are earnings seasons important
  • Ways to trade earnings season
  • What is an earnings report and call
  • How to trade earnings reports

Earnings seasons fall in the months of January, April to May, July to August and October. These are usually a couple of weeks after the final month of each financial quarter (end of December, March, June and September).

Although it is not uncommon for companies to report outside of earnings seasons, large companies’ releases tend to fall within earnings seasons.

For more specific details, you can look at our earnings calendar to find out the exact date of a company’s earnings announcement.

Earnings announcements are released outside of market hours so that the reports reach as many people as possible and don’t interrupt the trading day. While this usually means you can’t take a position immediately, with us you can trade over 70 US stocks out of hours.

Earnings season gives insights into the outlook of a company, and can help you to determine whether to take a position on the stock.

This is why earnings releases are usually accompanied by volatility in a company’s share price, because market sentiment is adjusting to the reports. Even more volatility is expected once chief executive officers (CEOs) have provided more information in earnings calls.

Market analysts will form estimates of whether a company’s earnings will rise or fall, which can change as it gets closer to the official announcement. If the actual numbers are above analysts’ expectations, the market could rise. But if the figures are below expectations, it is likely that the market will fall.

It’s worth noting that this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, the market can move in the complete opposite direction – rising when the expectations aren’t met, and falling when the earnings exceed expectations.

It is also important to look at a company’s historical figures for predicted and actual earnings and how the market responded to the reports. This could help you form an educated guess as to how volatility might play out.

When analysts’ expectations of a company’s earnings per share are in line with expectations, there tends to be little volatility. The opposite is also true. For example, S&P reported significantly higher EPS estimates globally than were expected for the April quarter this year – a factor which should be considered in your predictions for the July season.1

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An earnings report is a document given to shareholders and analysts that details items such as net income, earnings per share (EPS) and net sales.

An earnings call is a conference between the management of a company, analysts, investors and the media to discuss the outcome of an earnings report. It is a chance for questions to be asked about the main details of the reports.

Depending on when a company holds its earnings call, you can use the information to inform their decisions. However, not all companies hold earnings calls, and some will not fall within the earnings period.

  1. Choose which companies to focus on
    It’s impossible to cover every company, so just stick to a few of your favourites.
  2. Do your research and look at analysis
    Find out when each company is due to report its earnings, see what analysts expectations are and how the share price normally responds.
  3. Create a trading strategy and stick to it
    Choose your goals, methodology for entering and exiting trades, and how you will manage your risk.
  4. Open a trading account and take your first position
    You can monitor your trade easily on our platform, or set price alerts to let you know when your targets are met.
  5. Learn from each earnings season
    Once you decide to close your trade, it’s important to review your results and perform post-analysis to prepare you for the next earnings season.

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Earnings season report calendar: key events

Take a look at some of the most anticipated UK and US earnings announcements.

Earnings release date
JPMorgan Chase & Co 13 July 2021 Trade now
American International Group Inc (AIG) 4 August 2021 Trade now
Alibaba 19 August 2021* Trade now
Johnson & Johnson 21 July 2021 Trade now
Netflix 20 July 2021 Trade now
Tesla Inc 28 July 2021* Trade now
Alphabet Inc 27 July 2021* Trade now
Pfizer 28 July 2021 Trade now
Facebook Inc 29 July 2021* Trade now
Lloyds of London 29 July 2021 Trade now
The Boeing Co 4 August 2021 Trade now
Amazon.com Inc 29 July 2021* Trade now
Apple Inc 29 July 2021* Trade now
Barclays 28 July 2021 Trade now
Walt Disney Co 4 August 2021* Trade now

Please note these dates are estimates only and subject to change.

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