Earnings surprises

FILE- In this Feb. 22, 2018, file photo, a shopper loads her car after shopping at a Walmart in Pittsburgh. Walmart Inc. reports earnings on Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 17, 2018 - 6:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart's improving store experience and rebounding online sales helped to power first-quarter results. The world's largest retailer reported Thursday that both revenue and profits beat Wall Street estimates. Sales at stores opened at least a year rose a solid 2.1 percent. It's an...
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FILE- In this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo, customers line up at a Taco Bell restaurant inside Miami International Airport in Miami. Yum Brands, Inc., which operates Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut, reports earnings Wednesday, May 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
May 02, 2018 - 8:08 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The company that runs the KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut chains easily beat first-quarter expectations, but that was overshadowed Wednesday by tepid sales at established restaurants. Shares of Yum Brand Inc. slid almost 4 percent before the opening bell. Worldwide sales at restaurants...
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FILE- This Dec. 4, 2017, file photo shows a tablet of Pfizer's Viagra, left, and the company's generic version, sildenafil citrate, at Pfizer Inc., headquarters in New York. Pfizer Inc. reports earnings Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
May 01, 2018 - 2:17 pm
Pfizer posted slightly higher sales and a 14 percent jump in profit in the first quarter, thanks to lower restructuring costs and a much-lower tax rate, but its revenue still missed Wall Street expectations. The maker of pain medicine Lyrica and the blockbuster Prevnar 13 vaccine against...
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FILE - This Oct. 16, 2012, file photo, shows a portion of the UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s campus in Minnetonka, Minn. UnitedHealth Group reports earnings Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
April 17, 2018 - 6:21 am
MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — UnitedHealth Group is reporting first-quarter earnings of $2.84 billion, a jump of more than 30 percent from last year, with broad growth for the nation's largest health insurer. Per-share net income reported Tuesday was $2.87, or $3.04 when adjusted for amortization costs...
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FILE- In this Nov. 24, 2017, file photo, a shopper heads into a J.C. Penney store in Seattle J.C. Penney Co. reports financial results on Friday, March 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
March 02, 2018 - 1:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Department store chain J.C. Penney says it has cut more than 300 jobs and reported disappointing sales at established stores for the quarter that includes the holiday season. It also delivered a muted outlook, and its shares fell 6 percent. The news Friday overshadowed strong...
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In this May 23, 2017, photo, cars are parked in front of a Best Buy in Las Vegas. Best Buy reports financial earns on Thursday, March 1, 2018. (AP Photo/John Locher)
March 01, 2018 - 6:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy, Kohl's, Gap and Nordstrom all reported strong sales during the quarter that includes the holiday season, a sign of success as retailers learn to steady themselves — and work with — online companies. At Best Buy, sales at established stores rose 9 percent. That's a big...
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FILE- In this Oct. 25, 2017, file photo, people walk into an entrance to Macy's department store at Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J. Macy's Inc. reports financial results on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
February 27, 2018 - 12:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's broke out of its three-year sales funk, reporting a healthy sales gain at existing stores for the holiday period as it benefited from an improving economy and its own initiatives like an overhauled customer loyalty program. The department store chain also posted sharply...
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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2015, file photo, Square CEO Jack Dorsey is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter CEO Dorsey serves as the head of payments company Square, taking advantage of the companies’ close geographical locations to split his time between the two. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 08, 2018 - 9:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter beat Wall Street's cautious expectations with its first quarterly profit in history, but that isn't going to solve the company's broader problems any time soon. The company isn't alone in dealing with abuse, fake accounts and attempts by Russian agents to spread...
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This Monday, April 24, 2017, photo shows the outside of a McDonald's restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh. McDonald's Corp. reports earnings Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
January 30, 2018 - 5:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Cheap eats, $1 sodas and a new chicken snack helped bring more people to McDonald's, the company said Tuesday. The world's largest hamburger chain said U.S. sales rose 4.5 percent at established locations during the fourth quarter, thanks to its two-for-$5 deal called McPick 2, soda...
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This Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, photo shows the Pfizer company logo at the company's headquarters in New York. Pfizer Inc. reports earnings Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
January 30, 2018 - 12:53 pm
Pfizer's fourth-quarter profit soared to $12.27 billion thanks to a huge tax benefit related to the U.S. tax system overhaul. The biggest U.S. drugmaker on Tuesday reported an $11.34 billion benefit, mainly from recalculating deferred tax liabilities. Pfizer also said it will take a charge of...
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