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Earnings season reports: all you need to know
Earnings season reports: all you need to know

Earnings season 2024: calendar and insights

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Tips for trading earnings season
Tips for trading earnings season

Tips for trading earnings season

Tips for trading earnings season

Research the markets and review analyst estimates on given stocks

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What to watch this earnings season

All eyes will be on this earnings season to see how bullish investors will be in the months to come.

With UK inflation coming down faster than expected, it’s anticipated that the Bank of England (BoE) may reduce interest rates within the first half of this year, to minimise the effect of higher borrowing costs on the economy.

That said, inflation remains high so it'll be interesting to see the impact these lower rates will have upon inflation if they do occur.

Although the environment currently seems to be bearish, the spotlight will be on the United States this earnings season. If earnings fail to meet analyst expectations, investor sentiment may remain cautions for the foreseeable future.

To view this week’s upcoming earnings, see our earnings watchlist.

Most anticipated earnings

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  • McDonald's
  • Disney
  • Uber

McDonald's

Disney

Uber

Earnings season report calendar: key events

Take a look at some of the most anticipated earnings announcements in the table below. You can also keep track of upcoming earnings by using the watchlist on our trading platform.

  • February
  • March
  • January

Most anticipated earnings releases – February 2024

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.

February 2024
1 February Meta (US)
Peloton (US)
2 February Alphabet (US)
Apple (US)
Amazon (US)
BT (UK)
Barclays (UK)
5 February McDonald’s (US)
6 February BP (UK)
8 February Disney (US)
Unilever (UK)
British American Tobacco (UK)
AstraZeneca (UK)
Uber (US)
9 February PayPal Holdings Inc (All Sessions) (US)
14 February Commonwealth Bank of Australia (AU)
Airbnb (US)
Coca-Cola (US)
15 February Telstra (AU)
Wesfarmers (AU)
16 February Natwest Group (UK)
19 February Westpack Banking (AU)
BHP Group (AU)
20 February Walmart (US)
NVIDIA (US)
Intercontinental (UK)
Antofagasta (UK)
21 February HSBC (UK)
Glencore (UK)
BAE Systems (UK)
Rio Tinto (UK)
Woolworths (AU)
22 February Anglo American (UK)
Lloyds Banking (UK)
23 February Alibaba (US)
Standard Chartered (UK)
Moderna (UK)
27 February Zoom (US)
Woodside (AU)
28 February HP (US)
Virgin Galactic (US)

Please note: the list of above companies shouldn’t be construed as financial advice. In some cases, where announcements haven’t been published by the respective companies, these earnings season dates are estimates only. These dates are also based on the local time-zone of each stock, so they may vary depending on where you're located.

See our earnings calendar for more.

You can also keep track of upcoming earnings by using the watchlist on our platform.

Most anticipated earnings releases – March 2024

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.

March 2024
1 March Reckitt Benckiser (UK)
6 March Legal & General (UK)
8 March Oracle (US)

Please note: the list of above companies shouldn’t be construed as financial advice. In some cases, where announcements haven’t been published by the respective companies, these earnings season dates are estimates only. These release dates are also based on the local timezone of each stock, so may vary depending on where you're located.

See our earnings calendar for more.

You can also keep track of upcoming earnings by using the watchlist on our platform.

Most anticipated earnings releases – January 2024

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.

January 2024
12 January Delta Airlines (US)
JP Morgan (US)
Wells Fargo&Co (US)
Citigroup (US)
Bank of America (US)
16 January Goldman Sachs (US)
Morgan Stanley (US)
NatWest (UK)
23 January Netflix (US)
Johnson & Johnson (US)
24 January IBM (US)
Tesla (US)
25 January Boeing (US)
26 January American Express (US)
Visa (US)
Chevron (US)
Intel (US)
30 January Pfizer (US)
Microsoft (US)
31 January AMD (US)
Exxon (US)
GSK (UK)

Please note: the list of above companies shouldn’t be construed as financial advice. In some cases, where announcements haven’t been published by the respective companies, these earnings season dates are estimates only. These dates are also based on the local timezone of each stock, so they may vary depending on where you're located.

See our earnings calendar for more.

You can also keep track of upcoming earnings by using the watchlist on our platform.

Breaking news and analysis

Get updates before and after company earnings from our in-house market experts.

Earnings season stocks to watch

  • Inflation-beating stocks
  • Tech stocks
  • Bank stocks
  • Healthcare stocks
  • Consumer staple stocks

Although in the UK inflation remains high, it is cooling. That said, its anticipated figure of 5% by the end of the year is significantly above the Bank of England's target of 2%, a percentage they’re not expected to reach until 2025.

Inflation is also coming down in the US and there's an expectation that the Federal Reserve (Fed) will pause interest rate rises later this month with the view of raising them further in the months to come if inflation fails to decrease.

In this high inflationary environment, the spotlight is on inflation-beating stocks for earnings season. Also called ‘defensive stocks’, these are companies known to provide progressive dividends and able to weather inflation.

Here are some defensive stocks to watch, which have inflation-beating reputations.

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Whilst tech stocks generally don’t perform well during periods of high inflation, the recent hype around AI has bucked this trend and they continue to succeed despite the inflationary environment.

Companies such as NVDIA and AMD who create the chips needed to implement AI have seen a significant increase in their share price since the beginning of the hype.

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Over the past year, bank stocks have been somewhat turbulent, but following the Federal Reserve's recent indication that interests are likely to drop in the first half of 2024, they've rallied, reaching their highest level since the banking crisis early last year.

That said, inflation and interest rates remain high, and some smaller, less established banks may struggle, as customers look to invest their money into the larger banks which they perceive to be more stable, lower risk options. But in this increasingly dovish environment, this remains to be seen.

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Due to an ageing population, it’s anticipated that healthcare stocks will grow in the next year or so.

New developments in possible treatments for illnesses such as Alzheimer's, diabetes and cancer are predicted to positively impact the market.

In fact, analysts from BlackRock expect a new treatment for diabetes which has since been found to also help with obesity, could increase the revenue of the prescription drug market by $100 billion.

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Due to the consistent demand consumer staple stocks are generally able to perform well during periods of high inflation. These include sectors such as retail, food and beverage, tobacco and personal products.

PepsiCo, Estee Lauder and Unilever are just a few of the consumer staple stocks performing particularly well at the moment.

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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 UK, choose to participate in earnings seasons due to the increasingly multinational nature of many sectors.

  • When is earnings season
  • Why is earnings season 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. But be aware that past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

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. This 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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