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

Earnings season

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What to watch this earnings season

All eyes will be on this earnings season to see how bullish the world’s most influential companies are on the months to come. As war rages on in the Ukraine, added pressure to earnings comes from an environment of high inflation and low growth.

Read our expert analyst’s predictions ahead of earnings season

Inflation and interest rates have risen sharply in recent months, with uncertainty over whether more hikes will come. While this could mean depressed earnings reports for many, investors will also be watching companies in the energy, mining and agriculture spaces. Here, the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, plus Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) developments, continue to drive the prices of oil, gas and other commodities even higher.

Although the environment is already decidedly bearish, the spotlight will be on the United States for earnings season as the spectre of global recession looms, with investors looking for good news in a largely pessimistic time.

Most anticipated earnings releases – October 2022

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Most anticipated earnings release Source: IG
Most anticipated earnings release Source: IG

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.

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Most anticipated earnings releases – November 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.

Most anticipated earnings release Source: IG
Most anticipated earnings release Source: IG

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.

Learn more about our extended hours 'All Sessions' offering

Earnings season report calendar: key events

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

Company Earnings release date
Tesla Inc 19 October 2022 Trade now
Alphabet Inc Estimated 25 October 2022 Trade now
Meta Platforms Inc 26 October 2022 Trade now
Shell plc 27 October 2022 Trade now
Amazon Inc 27 October 2022 Trade now
Apple Inc 27 October 2022 Trade now
ExxonMobil Corp 28 October 2022 Trade now
Chevron Corp 28 October 2022 Trade now
Alibaba Group Estimated 3 November 2022 Trade now
PayPal Holdings 3 November 2022 Trade now
Lucid Group Inc 8 November 2022 Trade now
Barrick Gold Corporation 3 November 2022 Trade now
Coinbase Global 3 November 2022 Trade now
Palantir Technologies 7 November 2022 Trade now

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.

Take a look at our earnings calendar for more.

When you trade on earnings season with us, you’ll do so via spread bets or CFDs. This’ll allow you to speculate on what the markets will do and make a profit if you predict correctly – whether the share price rises or drops.

Both spread bets and CFD are leveraged, meaning you’ll put down a fraction of the full value of your trade size – known as margin – to open a larger position. Just note that leveraged trades are risky, as your total profit or loss will be calculated on the full position size, not your margin amount, so both can substantially outweigh your initial outlay.

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Earnings season stocks to watch

  • Inflation-beating stocks
  • Tech stocks
  • Bank stocks
  • Travel stocks
  • Telecoms stocks

Inflation continues to rise, with the possibility that the Federal Reserve (Fed) will hike rates once again in the US, as sanctions on Russia continue to affect markets. Brent crude and oil prices in general remain volatile, in turn affecting consumer prices. Also, central banks the world over are still likely to implement further 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.


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

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Technology stocks are known to be vulnerable to inflation as a rule, so investors will be following the FAANG stocks closely this season for what to expect.

On the whole, tech stocks are unlikely to prove themselves immune to the prevailing headwinds coming with recession and slow growth rates in most industries. However, it’ll be interesting to see how this may or may not be offset by the continued heating up of innovation and spend in the Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs) space for titans like Microsoft and Meta.

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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 Fed and the Bank of England (BoE) have both increased interest rates in an attempt to tame runaway inflation, caused in most part by the Russo-Ukrainian war. Revenues were largely down last earnings season, so this’ll be an interesting one to watch for banks and financial services companies such as Lloyds, Barclays, Wells Fargo and more.

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Travel stocks have certainly been on a journey in the last few years. It seems just months ago, when vacation and leisure stocks recovered after the Covid-19 pandemic. But almost since the onset of 2022, they’ve faced even more disruptions, due to the prohibitively expensive price of fuel due to the Russo-Ukrainian war.

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Internationally, telecommunications companies face the same pressures as most industries this earnings season, with Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine causing disruption here too.

Locally, the UK speeds ahead with 5G coverage, with Vodafone having announced their merger with Three UK specifically for this purpose. However, with global shortages of key 5G components set to continue as 2022 draws to a close, 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 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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