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Earnings season

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What to watch this earnings season

The earnings season that starts in April 2021 comes more than a year after the Covid-19 pandemic started and will give companies an opportunity to state how it has impacted them. It’ll be important to look at the companies that are expected to have been affected by various lockdowns, as well as those that have been linked to the ongoing global vaccine rollout.

Earnings season report calendar: key events

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

Company Earnings release date (US) Time
Apple Inc 28 April 2021 - Trade now
Boeing Co 28 April 2021 Pre market Trade now
eBay Inc 28 April 2021 - Trade now
Facebook Inc 28 April 2021 Post market Trade now
MGM Resorts International 28 April 2021 Post market Trade now
Caterpillar Inc 29 April 2021 Post market Trade now
Amazon.com Inc 29 April 2021 Post market Trade now
Twitter Inc 29 April 2021 Post market Trade now
Exxon Mobil Corp 30 April 2021 Trade now
Pfizer Inc 4 May 2021 Pre market Trade now
General Motors Co 5 May 2021 - Trade now
PayPal Holdings Inc 5 May 2021 Post market Trade now
Uber Technologies Inc 5 May 2021 Post market Trade now
GoPro Inc 6 May 2021 Post market Trade now
Beyond Meat Inc 6 May 2021 Post market Trade now
Peloton Interactive Inc 6 May 2021 Post market Trade now
Airbnb Inc 12 May 2021 - Trade now
JD.com Inc 14 May 2021 - Trade now
Baidu Inc - ADR 18 May 2021 Pre market Trade now
Walmart Inc 18 May 2021 - Trade now
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd 21 May 2021 - Trade now
HP Inc 27 May 2021 - Trade now

*Please note, date and EPS estimates may change up until the company announces.

Take a look at our earnings calendar for more.

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  • Stay-at-home stocks
  • Remote working stocks
  • Coronavirus vaccine stocks
  • Travel stocks
  • Bank stocks
  • 5G stocks

In 2020, investors rallied around entertainment companies, home delivery firms and exercise equipment makers, which saw an uptick in sales and share prices. With many economies set to reopen soon, these stocks could become less popular. Alternatively, with working from home showing little signs of slowing down in most countries, these stocks could stay strong.

US shares to watch: Netflix, Disney, Peloton and Amazon

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With 2020 having been the year that made working from home the new global normal, stocks surged for online platforms and many companies who could enable remote working for businesses’ employees.

Examples include: Zoom, Dropbox, Microsoft and Alphabet

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While 2020 saw a number of pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and life sciences companies producing Covid-19 vaccines, with Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna in the lead, 2021 shifted the focus onto rollout and innovation as the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine is approved by WHO and oral vaccines begin trials.

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

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Travel companies were among the first to be impacted by lockdown measures – causing falling demand for flights, hotels and entertainment venues such as casinos. The reduction in demand for holidays has resulted in enormous losses for many and difficulties in 2021.

As lockdown measures ease and vaccine rollouts continue in many nations, there could be potential for these stocks to see gains again. But until widespread travel between most countries is back up and running, demand will be limited.

US shares to watch: Boeing, American Airlines Group, Penn National Gaming and Eldorado Resorts

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Bank stocks seen significant rallying as bond yields increased in 2021, albeit after a depressed low interest rate environment in 2020. Both could significantly impact bank stocks this earnings season, as could general loan losses and the decline in demand for services such as asset management and foreign exchange.

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

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Many smartphone stocks took a beating in the coronavirus slowdown, but proponents of the 5G wireless market believe it could boost earnings again. The large-scale take up of this tech was slowed by the pandemic, but many major providers have now introduced coverage.

It’s worth keeping an eye on the whole 5G supply chain, from chip makers to providers.

US shares to watch: Analog Devices, Verizon and Sprint

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What is an earnings season?

An earnings season is a period in which most public companies release their earnings reports.

Quarterly reports are mandatory in the US but not in Australia, where companies report on a semi-annual basis instead. However, many larger Australian companies also provide updates in the quarters in which they don’t report official earnings, to satisfy investor demand for greater information and guidance.

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

US earnings season usually starts a couple of weeks after the final month of a financial quarter. Earnings seasons therefore fall in January, April, July and October. Australian companies on the other hand, report on a semi-annual basis – either around February and August, or May and October depending on the company.

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

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 shares pre- and post-market 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.

For example, when analysts’ expectations of Apple’s earnings per share are in line with expectations, there tends to be little volatility. However, in Q4 2019, when earnings significantly beat estimates, the APPL share price had increased by 1% in after-hours trading and within four days it had risen in price by 4%.

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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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