Earnings Season Is Here; Will the Numbers Be Kind?

From Profit Confidential
January 9, 2013 - 1:41am

There is positive momentum going into fourth-quarter earnings season. The earnings results we’ve had so far from brand-name large-caps are encouraging. We can’t forget, however, that expectations and consensus estimates have come down a lot, especially because of third-quarter earnings results. I think the stock market will be pleasantly surprised when it gets results from the key financial and technology stocks. Outperformance should be plentiful, but only because of the reduced outlooks. Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ/ORCL) reported great numbers in its latest earnings report. The stock is trading right at its 52-week high, and if you eliminate the huge upward spike in the company’s share price in 2000, its long-term stock market chart is excellent. Chart courtesy of www.StockCharts.com Oracle is a good barometer for enterprise technology spending. After its recent earnings report...

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