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Earnings season

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What to watch this earnings season

The Russo-Ukrainian war will dominate results seen this earnings season, with commodity stocks set to soar. Sanctions placed on Russia by dozens of countries have driven the price of energy resources like oil and gas to highs not seen in a decade.

The two warring nations are also major corn and wheat producers, further adding to market volatility, along with shipping disruptions in the Black Sea region.

We may also start to see rising value in food stocks, as oil, sugar, meat and dairy prices have risen markedly, according to UN data.

In the previous quarter, investors would’ve watched for a comedown in interest rates and expected this to continue into this earnings season, but now the Fed, the Bank of England and the European Central Bank are all expected to rapidly increase rates – up to around 200 basis points by the end of the year.

Most anticipated earnings releases – April 2022

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* Please note: (i) the list of companies above does not construe investment advice; (ii) the dates shown include both confirmed (for those companies who have published their earnings dates) and estimated (for those companies who have not).

Most anticipated earnings releases – May 2022

Make the most of earnings announcements with our extended hours ‘All Sessions’ offering, which enables you to access 70 of the most popular equities before and after the main market session.

* Please note: (i) the list of companies above does not construe investment advice; (ii) the dates shown include both confirmed (for those companies who have published their earnings dates) and estimated (for those companies who have not).

Earnings season report calendar: key events

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

Company Earnings release date
Bank of America Corp (All Sessions) 18 April 2022 Trade now
Johnson & Johnson (All Sessions) 19 April 2022 Trade now
Netflix Inc (All Sessions) 20 April 2022 Trade now
Procter & Gamble Co (All Sessions) 20 April 2022 Trade now
Tesla Inc 21 April 2022 Trade now
American Airlines Group Inc 21 April 2022 Trade now
Coca-Cola Co (All Sessions) 25 April 2022 Trade now
Visa Inc (All Sessions) 27 April 2022 Trade now
Alphabet Inc - C (All Sessions) 27 April 2022 Trade now
Microsoft Corp (All Sessions) 27 April 2022 Trade now
Boeing Co (All Sessions) 27 April 2022 Trade now
QUALCOMM Inc (All Sessions) 28 April 2022 Trade now
Meta Platforms Inc (All Sessions) 28 April 2022 Trade now
PayPal Holdings Inc (All Sessions) 28 April 2022 Trade now
Twitter Inc (All Sessions) 28 April 2022 Trade now
McDonald's Corp (All Sessions) 28 April 2022 Trade now

*Please note: The list of above companies should not be construed as financial advice. In some cases, where announcements have not been published by the respective companies before the time of publication, these earnings season dates are estimates only.

Take a look at our earnings calendar for more.

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  • Inflation-beating stocks
  • Tech stocks
  • Bank stocks
  • Healthcare and biotech
  • Travel stocks
  • 5G stocks

UK and US Inflation continues to rise at a record pace as the Russo-Ukrainian war and sanctions on Russia continue to affect markets. Brent crude is at its highest level since 2008, pushing up the cost of energy and in turn, consumer prices. The Fed is likely to implement aggressive interest rate hikes to curb excessive inflation.

In this increasingly hawkish environment, the spotlight is on inflation-beating stocks for earnings season. Also called ‘defensive stocks’, these are companies known to provide progressive dividends and to have consistently rising share prices.

With rapidly increasing gas prices, energy share values are soaring, as are gold prices and to a lesser degree, food stocks, so there’s a reasonable expectation that companies in these sectors could beat inflation.

ExxonMobil and Chevron Corp are two US energy stocks worth keeping an eye on, while food stocks like PepsiCo Inc and gold mining company Barrick Gold Corp may also beat inflation.

However, past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

Here are some more inflation-beating stocks to watch:

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Tech companies are among the more divisive stocks of this earnings season. After Meta’s disappointing earnings last quarter, some hold to the theory that the Covid-19 pandemic’s ‘tech bubble’ has officially burst, stalling the exponential gains made by many tech businesses in 2020 and 2021. However, other investors and experts believe that there’s still a lot of life left in innovative platform companies – particularly FAANG ones.

Following its first and dismal earnings report as Meta, the April announcement of the ‘Zuck Buck’ and failures to contain the spread of false information on Facebook during the Russo-Ukrainian war, investors are casting wary eyes on the tech giant. Investors will also be watching Tesla and Apple.

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Apart from other defensive stocks, bank shares are known to do well in most hawkish and bearish environments and are typically considered as a hedge against inflation.

The Federal Reserve and the Bank of England are looking to rapidly increase interest rates in an attempt to tame runaway inflation, caused in most part by the pandemic and the Russo-Ukrainian war. This’ll be an interesting earnings season for bigger banks and financial services companies such as Lloyds, Barclays, Wells Fargo and more.

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Despite lingering concerns regarding new Covid-19 variants, investors are largely looking beyond the ‘vaccine economy’ that defined 2020 and 2021. However, healthcare stocks – and biotech ones in particular – are predicted to be in rude health in the coming year.

With numerous new drugs and patents across the healthcare spectrum having been released recently, as well as increasing awareness of late-onset Covid-19 side effects, these stocks could be useful to watch this earnings season:

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Travel stocks have certainly been on a journey since the Covid-19 pandemic first arrived. A new optimism for the possibility of travel and leisure shares has emerged with 2022, albeit with a beady eye still on the new Covid variants emerging and various shifting lockdown statuses across the globe.

With cabin feverish populations the world over longing to get away once again, certain travel stocks could see great gains in 2022 – or great losses again, if new Covid variant-related lockdowns prove more severe and long-lasting than anticipated.

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Throughout 2020 and 2021, many telecommunications companies continued with the rapid increase in areas with 5G coverage. With Ericsson predicting 5G as the main form of mobile connectivity worldwide by 2027 and UK telecoms provider Smarty announcing that it plans on launching 5G this year, expansion looks set to continue.

However, with global shortages of key 5G components continuing into at least the second half of 2022, rollout could be delayed. It’s worth keeping an eye on the whole 5G supply chain, from chip makers to providers.

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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. However, a large majority of companies from other countries, like the UK, choose to participate 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 seasons
  • What is an earnings report and call
  • How to trade earnings reports

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

Although it’s not uncommon for companies to report outside of earnings seasons, large companies’ releases tend to fall within a few weeks of each other, leading to four discernible ‘seasons’ every year.

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 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’s 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’s 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 pre-released earnings guidance for that quarter, there tends to be little volatility. Just remember, the opposite is also true.

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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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