Earnings surprises

FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, a man pushes a cart while shopping at a Walmart store in North Bergen, N.J. Walmart Inc. reports earnings on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
August 16, 2018 - 8:18 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart raised its financial outlook for the year after beating Wall Street's expectations for its fiscal second quarter and seeing the strongest growth in more than a decade in sales at established stores. Its shares surged 10 percent before the opening bell Thursday. The report is...
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August 16, 2018 - 4:31 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish brewer Carlsberg says its second-quarter sales were above expectations thanks to the World Cup and warm weather, allowing the Copenhagen-based company to raise its full-year outlook. Carlsberg said Thursday that its reported net profit for the second half of 2018...
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FILE - This file image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Jason Statham in a scene from the film, "The Meg." The shark thriller “The Meg” became the latest success in Hollywood’s sizzling summer, opening well above expectations with $44.5 million in ticket sales, according to box office estimates Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. (Daniel Smith/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP, File)
August 12, 2018 - 2:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Adding to Hollywood's sizzling summer, the shark thriller "The Meg" opened well above expectations with an estimated $44.5 million in ticket sales, while Spike Lee had his best debut in a decade. "The Meg" had been forecast by some analysts for closer to half that total. An American...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2017, file photo, a sign stands on the campus of the Aetna headquarters, in Hartford, Conn. Aetna Inc. (AET) on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, reported second-quarter earnings of $1.21 billion. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)
August 02, 2018 - 9:41 am
Aetna easily topped second-quarter earnings expectations as another drop in benefit expenses and lower taxes helped the nation's third-largest health insurer. Net income inched up less than 1 percent to $1.21 billion, while earnings adjusted for non-recurring gains totaled $3.43 per share, the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2015, file photo, the Pfizer logo is displayed at world headquarters in New York. Pfizer Inc. (PFE) on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, reported second-quarter earnings of $3.87 billion. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
July 31, 2018 - 7:57 am
Pfizer's second-quarter profit surged 26 percent, thanks to a 4 percent increase in medicine sales, higher income from partnerships and lower tax expenses. The biggest U.S.-based drugmaker on Tuesday beat Wall Street expectations and boosted its 2018 profit forecast. However, Pfizer trimmed its...
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FILE- In this April 23, 2018, file photo the logo for Caterpillar appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Caterpillar’s second-quarter results topped Wall Street’s view, thanks in part to increased demand in its construction industries segment. The maker of heavy equipment and machinery also boosted its full-year adjusted earnings forecast again, citing its performance in the first half of the year and ongoing strength in end markets. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
July 30, 2018 - 8:28 am
Caterpillar's second-quarter easily beat Wall Street expectations thanks in part to the blistering pace of construction and demand for big machines, a the company boosted its full-year earnings forecast again. Shares rose more than 3 percent Monday in premarket trading. Caterpillar now anticipates...
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FILE - This May 1, 2018 file photo shows Merck corporate headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J. Merck & Co. on Friday, July 27 reported second-quarter profit of $1.71 billion. The Kenilworth, New Jersey-based company said it had profit of 63 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions and restructuring costs, were $1.06 per share. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
July 27, 2018 - 10:34 am
Soaring sales of cancer drugs, vaccines and veterinary medicines drove Merck & Co.'s 5 percent jump in second-quarter revenue and the company lifted its outlook for the year. Long known for primary care with its allergy, cholesterol, diabetes, heart and osteoporosis medications and shots to...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2018, file photo, a United Airlines commercial jet takes off as travelers sit at a gate in Terminal C of Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. Airlines are bowing to the staying power of higher fuel prices by culling unprofitable flights while trying to boost revenue by being nicer to customers. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
July 26, 2018 - 4:44 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are bowing to the pressure of higher fuel prices by culling unprofitable flights while trying to boost revenue by being nicer to customers. American Airlines said Thursday it will join rivals by growing more slowly during the rest of 2018 than it had originally planned...
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FILE - This July 18, 2018, file photo, shows a sign outside a McDonald's restaurant in Pittsburgh. McDonald's Corp. (MCD) on Thursday, July 26, reported second-quarter net income of $1.5 billion. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
July 26, 2018 - 8:52 am
OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — McDonald's says a key sales figure rose in its flagship U.S. market during the second quarter, driven by higher prices and more expensive menu items. The world's biggest burger chain says sales rose 2.6 percent at domestic stores open at least 13 months. Globally, the company...
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FILE - This April 24, 2017, photo shows a Coca-Cola delivery van in downtown Pittsburgh. Coca-Cola is reporting strong profit and revenue numbers, thanks in part to rising demand for Diet Coke and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar in North America. The Atlanta company on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, posted second-quarter profit of $2.32 billion, or 54 cents per share. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
July 25, 2018 - 9:40 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola says its diet sodas are selling better after undergoing some image changes. The Atlanta company said Wednesday it sold more Coca-Cola Zero Sugar in North America during the second quarter, following a name change to make clearer the drink doesn't contain any sugar. Before,...
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