The Dow 30 Beats, Meets, Misses & Scheduled Reports For Current Q2 2018 Earnings Season Updated 8-2-18

The current rundown of the Dow 30 beats, meets and misses are listed below:

  • Walgreens (WBA) reported earnings on 6/28/2018 of $1.53 per share, beating estimates of  $1.503 per share.
  • Nike (NKE) reported earnings on 6/28/2018 of $0.69, beating estimates of $0.673 per share.
  • JPMorgan (JPM) reported earnings on 7/13/2018  of $2.27, beating estimates calling for $2.27 per share.
  • Goldman Sachs (GS) reported earnings on 7/17/2018 of $5.98, beating estimates calling for $4.66 per share.
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported earnings on 7/17/2018 of $2.10, beating estimates of $2.083 per share.
  • UnitedHealth (UNH) reported earnings on 7/17/2018 of $3.14, beating estimates of 3.088 per share.
  • American Express (AXP) reported earnings on 7/18/2018 of $1.84, missing estimates calling for $1.868 per share.
  • IBM (IBM) reported earnings on 7/18/2018 of $3.08, beating estimates calling for $3.058 per share.
  • Travelers (TRV) reported earnings on 7/19/2018 of $1.92, missing estimates of $2.446 per share.
  • Microsoft (MSFT) reported earnings on 7/19/2018 of $1.13, beating estimates calling for $1.11 per share.
  • 3M (MMM) reported earnings on 7/24/2018 of $3.07, beating estimates of $2.603 per share.
  • United Technologies (UTX) reported earnings on 7/24/2018 of $1.97, beating estimates calling for $1.88 per share.
  • Verizon (VZ) reported earnings on 7/24/2018 of $1.20, beating estimates of $1.159 per share.
  • Boeing (BA) reported earnings on 7/25/2018 of $3.33, missing estimates of $3.448 per share.
  • Coca-Cola (KO) reported earnings on 7/25/2018 of $0.61, meeting expectations of $0.609 per share.
  • McDonald’s (MCD) reported earnings on 7/26/2018 of $1.90, missing estimates of $1.965 per share.
  • Intel (INTC) reported earnings on 7/26/2018 of $1.04, beating estimates of $1.00 per share.
  • Chevron (CVX) reported earnings on 7/27/2018 of $1.78, missing estimates calling for $2.095 per share.
  • Exxon Mobil (XOM) reported earnings on 7/27/2018 of $0.92, missing estimates calling for $1.249 per share.
  • Merck (MRK) reported earnings on 7/27/2018 of $1.06, meeting expectations of $1.059 per share.
  • Caterpillar (CAT) reported earnings on 7/30/2018 of $2.97, beating estimates calling for $2.747 per share.
  • Pfizer (PFE) reported earnings on 7/31/2018 of $0.81, beating estimates calling for $0.754 per share.
  • Procter & Gamble (PG) reported earnings on 7/31/2018 of $0.94, beating estimates of $0.913 per share.
  • Apple (AAPL) reported earnings on 7/31/2018 of $2.38, beating estimates calling for $2.228 per share.
  • DowDuPont (DWDP) reported earnings on 8/2/2018 of $1.37 per share.

Dow 30 Still Due to Report

  • Disney (DIS)) reports earnings on 8/7/2018 after the market close.
  • Home Depot (HD) reports earnings on 8/14/2018 before the market open.

 

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Apple Reports Earnings Beat – Hits $1 Trillion Mark!!!

Dow 30 component Apple (AAPL) revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to “leaving the world better than they found it.”

Apple saw strong results for its fiscal third quarter beating the estimated earnings per share of $2.18 with $2.34. Its quarterly report comes after a market rout for major tech stocks. Revenue was reported at $53.3 billion, up 17 percent year over year. Shares of Apple also rose 4 percent in extended trading, which lines up with the projections of the company having a strong upside for its third quarter.

41.3 million iPhones were shipped this quarter which is flat from the year-ago period, but the $724 ASP is a significant jump from the year-ago period, likely caused by the more expensive iPhone X which starts at $999.

The company also saw growth in other products with over 60% increase in its wearable products that include the Apple Watch, AirPods, and Beats headphones. Its “Other Products” category beat revenue estimates of $3.67 billion with a total of $3.74 billion.

Apple reported a 28% leap in services revenue from the year-ago quarter with $9.55 billion, which is the segment’s highest quarterly revenue to date. The record-breaking service revenue comes as a result of a one-time line item that totaled $236 million related to lawsuits. The App Store reported a boost in paid subscribers with a 50 percent year-over-year increase in cloud revenue.

Tim Cook, Apple CEO “We feel great about the momentum of our services business, and we’re on target to reach our goal of doubling our fiscal 2016 services revenue by 2020.”

Shares of Apple hit an all-time high today reaching $207.05 a share which moved its market cap value above the $1 trillion mark making it the first company in history to reach such heights in value.

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The Dow 30 Beats, Meets, Misses & Scheduled Reports For Current Q2 2018 Earnings Season Updated 8-1-18

The current rundown of the Dow 30 beats, meets and misses are listed below:

  • Walgreens (WBA) reported earnings on 6/28/2018 of $1.53 per share, beating estimates of  $1.503 per share.
  • Nike (NKE) reported earnings on 6/28/2018 of $0.69, beating estimates of $0.673 per share.
  • JPMorgan (JPM) reported earnings on 7/13/2018  of $2.27, beating estimates calling for $2.27 per share.
  • Goldman Sachs (GS) reported earnings on 7/17/2018 of $5.98, beating estimates calling for $4.66 per share.
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported earnings on 7/17/2018 of $2.10, beating estimates of $2.083 per share.
  • UnitedHealth (UNH) reported earnings on 7/17/2018 of $3.14, beating estimates of 3.088 per share.
  • American Express (AXP) reported earnings on 7/18/2018 of $1.84, missing estimates calling for $1.868 per share.
  • IBM (IBM) reported earnings on 7/18/2018 of $3.08, beating estimates calling for $3.058 per share.
  • Travelers (TRV) reported earnings on 7/19/2018 of $1.92, missing estimates of $2.446 per share.
  • Microsoft (MSFT) reported earnings on 7/19/2018 of $1.13, beating estimates calling for $1.11 per share.
  • 3M (MMM) reported earnings on 7/24/2018 of $3.07, beating estimates of $2.603 per share.
  • United Technologies (UTX) reported earnings on 7/24/2018 of $1.97, beating estimates calling for $1.88 per share.
  • Verizon (VZ) reported earnings on 7/24/2018 of $1.20, beating estimates of $1.159 per share.
  • Boeing (BA) reported earnings on 7/25/2018 of $3.33, missing estimates of $3.448 per share.
  • Coca-Cola (KO) reported earnings on 7/25/2018 of $0.61, meeting expectations of $0.609 per share.
  • McDonald’s (MCD) reported earnings on 7/26/2018 of $1.90, missing estimates of $1.965 per share.
  • Intel (INTC) reported earnings on 7/26/2018 of $1.04, beating estimates of $1.00 per share.
  • Chevron (CVX) reported earnings on 7/27/2018 of $1.78, missing estimates calling for $2.095 per share.
  • Exxon Mobil (XOM) reported earnings on 7/27/2018 of $0.92, missing estimates calling for $1.249 per share.
  • Merck (MRK) reported earnings on 7/27/2018 of $1.06, meeting expectations of $1.059 per share.
  • Caterpillar (CAT) reported earnings on 7/30/2018 of $2.97, beating estimates calling for $2.747 per share.
  • Pfizer (PFE) reported earnings on 7/31/2018 of $0.81, beating estimates calling for $0.754 per share.
  • Procter & Gamble (PG) reported earnings on 7/31/2018 of $0.94, beating estimates of $0.913 per share.
  • Apple (AAPL) reported earnings on 7/31/2018 of $2.38, beating estimates calling for $2.228 per share.

Dow 30 Still Due to Report

  • DowDuPont (DWDP) reports earnings on 8/2/2018 before the market open
  • Disney (DIS)) reports earnings on 8/7/2018 after the market close.

 

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The Coca-Cola Company Meets Q2 Earnings Estimates- Learn More

Dow 30 Component, The Coca-Cola Company (KO), is the largest total beverage company in the world. It offers 500 plus brands in over 200 countries and is committed to reducing sugar in its drinks and providing new and diverse drinks to people everywhere.

Coca-Cola reported Q2 earnings on 7/25/2018 of $06.1 per share, meeting the earnings estimates of $0.609. The beverage company saw net revenues decline 8% to $8.9 billion due impart to bottler refranchising, but saw organic revenues increase 5% thanks to balanced volume and price/mix.

The company’s operating margin increased more than 950 basis points, and it continued to see more growth in market share of total nonalcoholic ready-to-drink beverages.

Year-to-date cash from operations was down 22% at $2.6 billion. Year-to-date purchases of stock for treasury was reported at $1.3 billion, and the year-to-date net share repurchases totaled $730 million.

James Quincey, President and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company stated, “We’re encouraged with our performance year-to-date as we continue our evolution as a consumer-centric, total beverage company. We have the right strategies in place and remain focused on achieving our full year guidance.”

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McDonald’s Q2 2018 Financial Results and Earnings

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) is the leading global foodservice retailer with nearly 37,000 locations in over 100 countries. The Corporation operates and franchises McDonald’s restaurants in the US and across the globe with over 90% of its restaurants owned and operated by local, independent businessmen and women.

McDonald’s Corporation announced their financial results July 26, 20418 for Q2 2018 which ended June 30, 2018. Earnings were reported at $1.90 per share, missing the earnings estimates of $1.965 per share.

McDonald’s President and CEO, Steve Easterbrook stated, “We’re seeing good performance across our business as our customers tell us that they value and appreciate the moves we’re making to elevate the McDonald’s experience. We’re pleased with the results of our international business and the progress we’re making in the U.S. on executing on our Velocity Growth Plan priorities. We’ve now marked 12 consecutive quarters of positive comparable sales, and we are confident that we’re executing the right strategy to achieve long-term, profitable growth.”

Despite missing estimates, the food service retailer saw Q2 comparable sales in the U.S. increased 2.6% caused by growth in the average check as a result of product mix shifts and menu price increases. Operating income saw a 7% decrease due in part to the strategic restructuring charge.

Some second quarter highlights include:

  • 4% increase in global comparable sales
  • 5% systemwide sales increase in constant currencies
  • 1% consolidated operating income decreased, due primarily to $92 million in strategic restructuring charges. Without the charges, consolidating operating income increased 2%
  • $2.5 billion was returned to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends

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The Dow 30 Beats, Meets, Misses & Scheduled Reports For Current Q2 2018 Earnings Season Updated 7-27-18

The current rundown of the Dow 30 beats, meets and misses are listed below:

  • Walgreens (WBA) reported earnings on 6/28/2018 of $1.53 per share, beating estimates of  $1.503 per share.
  • Nike (NKE) reported earnings on 6/28/2018 of $0.69, beating estimates of $0.673 per share.
  • JPMorgan (JPM) reported earnings on 7/13/2018  of $2.27, beating estimates calling for $2.27 per share.
  • Goldman Sachs (GS) reported earnings on 7/17/2018 of $5.98, beating estimates calling for $4.66 per share.
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported earnings on 7/17/2018 of $2.10, beating estimates of $2.083 per share.
  • UnitedHealth (UNH) reported earnings on 7/17/2018 of $3.14, beating estimates of 3.088 per share.
  • American Express (AXP) reported earnings on 7/18/2018 of $1.84, missing estimates calling for $1.868 per share.
  • IBM (IBM) reported earnings on 7/18/2018 of $3.08, beating estimates calling for $3.058 per share.
  • Travelers (TRV) reported earnings on 7/19/2018 of $1.92, missing estimates of $2.446 per share.
  • Microsoft (MSFT) reported earnings on 7/19/2018 of $1.13, beating estimates calling for $1.11 per share.
  • 3M (MMM) reported earnings on 7/24/2018 of $3.07, beating estimates of $2.603 per share.
  • United Technologies (UTX) reported earnings on 7/24/2018 of $1.97, beating estimates calling for $1.88 per share.
  • Verizon (VZ) reported earnings on 7/24/2018 of $1.20, beating estimates of $1.159 per share.
  • Boeing (BA) reported earnings on 7/25/2018 of $3.33, missing estimates of $3.448 per share.
  • Coca-Cola (KO) reported earnings on 7/25/2018 of $0.61, meeting expectations of $0.609 per share.
  • McDonald’s (MCD) reported earnings on 7/26/2018 of $1.90, missing estimates of $1.965 per share.
  • Intel (INTC) reported earnings on 7/26/2018 of $1.04, beating estimates of $1.00 per share.
  • Chevron (CVX) reported earnings on 7/27/2018 of $1.78, missing estimates calling for $2.095 per share.
  • Exxon Mobil (XOM) reported earnings on 7/27/2018 of $0.92, missing estimates calling for $1.249 per share.
  • Merck (MRK) reported earnings on 7/27/2018 of $1.06, meeting expectations of $1.059 per share.

Still Due to Report

  • Caterpillar (CAT) reports earnings on 7/30/2018 before the market open.
  • Pfizer (PFE) reports earnings on 7/31/2018 before the market open.
  • Procter & Gamble (PG) reports earnings on 7/31/2018 before the market open.
  • Apple (AAPL) reports earnings on 7/31/2018 after the market close.
  • DowDuPont (DWDP) reports earnings on 8/2/2018 before the market open
  • Disney (DIS)) reports earnings on 8/7/2018 after the market close.

 

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Dow 30 Component UnitedHealth Sees Profit Increase, But Executives Still Unsatisfied

Despite UnitedHealth Group’s topped profit expectations for Q2, executives of the company believe it did not reach the company’s full potential. The health insurer’s enrollment increased due in part to a surge in government-funded businesses. Operating earnings rose to nearly 21% for the company’s quickly growing Optum segment. Regardless of the growth, a revised outlook on Tuesday of this week left a few on Wall Street underwhelmed because of the insurer’s lost customers from a core business: administering health coverage for large employers.

Adjusted earnings for 2018 are now expected to range from $12.50 and $12.75 per share, increased from the April forecast of $12.40 to $12.65 per share. The average expected by analysts are earnings of $12.63.

During Q2, the company added 450,000 customers to the Medicare Advantage business and 300,000 to its UnitedHealthcare Community and State business- a segment that runs both state and federally funded Medicaid coverage for the poor and disabled. UnitedHealth’s enrollment increased almost 5% to 48.8 million but did have a higher-than-expected medical loss of 81.9%.

UnitedHealth’s largest revenue generator is health insurance, but the company has been putting significant resources into Optum which has been generating a larger operating margin. Along with providing pharmacy benefits management and technology services, the Optum segment also runs an increasing number of clinics, urgent care, and surgery centers. $1.8 billion in operating earnings were recorded from Optum for Q2.

The company’s overall net income rose 28% to $2.92 billion and the adjusted earnings totaled $3.14 per share. The total revenue jumped 12% to $56.09 billion.

UnitedHealth shares grew 17% this year, setting a new, all-time high mark.

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UnitedHealth posts big profit jump but sees room to improve

UnitedHealth Group easily topped profit expectations during the second-quarter and hiked its outlook for the third time this year, but company shares were punished Tuesday for a performance that even company executives believe falls short of the health insurer’s full potential. Enrollment jumped..

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The Dow 30 Beats, Meets, Misses & Scheduled Reports For Current Q2 2018 Earnings Season (Updated 7-23-18)

The current rundown of the Dow 30 beats, meets and misses are listed below:

  • Walgreens (WBA) reported earnings on 6/28/2018 of $1.53 per share, beating estimates of  $1.503 per share.
  • Nike (NKE) reported earnings on 6/28/2018 of $0.69, beating estimates of $0.673 per share.
  • JPMorgan (JPM) reported earnings on 7/13/2018  of $2.27, beating estimates calling for $2.27 per share.
  • Goldman Sachs (GS) reported earnings on 7/17/2018 before the market open of $5.98, beating estimates calling for $4.66 per share.
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported earnings on 7/17/2018 of $2.10, beating estimates of $2.083 per share.
  • UnitedHealth (UNH) reported earnings on 7/17/2018 of $3.14, beating estimates of 3.088 per share.
  • American Express (AXP) reported earnings on 7/18/2018 of $1.84, missing estimates calling for $1.868 per share.
  • IBM (IBM) reported earnings on 7/18/2018 of $3.08, beating estimates calling for $3.058 per share.
  • Travelers (TRV) reported earnings on 7/19/2018 of $1.92, missing estimates of $2.446 per share.
  • Microsoft (MSFT) reported earnings on 7/19/2018 of $1.13, beating estimates calling for $1.11 per share.
  • 3M (MMM) reports earnings on 7/24/2018 before the market open.
  • United Technologies (UTX) reports earnings on 7/24/2018 before the market open.
  • Verizon (VZ) reports earnings on 7/24/2018 before the market open.
  • Boeing (BA) reports earnings on 7/25/2018 before the market open.
  • Coca-Cola (KO) reports earnings on 7/25/2018 before the market open.
  • McDonald’s (MCD) reports earnings on 7/26/2018 before the market open.
  • Intel (INTC) reports earnings on 7/26/2018 after the market close.
  • Chevron (CVX) reports earnings on 7/27/2018 before the market open.
  • Exxon Mobil (XOM) reports earnings on 7/27/2018 before the market open.
  • Merck (MRK) reports earnings on 7/27/2018 before the market open.
  • Caterpillar (CAT) reports earnings on 7/30/2018 before the market open.
  • Pfizer (PFE) reports earnings on 7/31/2018 before the market open.
  • Procter & Gamble (PG) reports earnings on 7/31/2018 before the market open.
  • Apple (AAPL) reports earnings on 7/31/2018 after the market close.
  • DowDuPont (DWDP) reports earnings on 8/2/2018 before the market op

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American Express Looks to Increase Quarterly Dividend & Repurchase Shares

Dow 30 component American Express Company (AXP), and its subsidiaries provide customers and businesses globally with charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services. They look to enrich the lives of their customers and build business success.

With approval from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, American Express Company will increase its quarterly dividend to $0.39/share starting with the Q3 2018 dividend declaration upon approval of the company’s board of directors. American Express will also be repurchasing up to $3.4 billion of common shares between the period quarter three 2018 until quarter two 2019. This will allow the company to repurchase up to $1.6 billion of common shares in 2018 and $1.9 billion shares during the first part of 2019.

These changes are an adjustment to American Express Company’s 2018 Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review which supports the company’s objectives to restore capital to target levels while also aiding in asset growth and distributing capital to shareholders.

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Amazon’s Interesting Plan to Purchase Online Pharmacy “PillPack”

Amazon.com Inc., the world’s largest online retailer, recently announced its plans to buy PillPack, a small online pharmacy. With this move, Amazon seems to be in a catbird’s position to directly compete with drugstore chains, drug distributors, and pharmacy benefit managers. With Amazon’s presumed ability to disrupt the major players in the drug supply chain across the nation, Amazon shares have moved higher while the drug supply chains (i.e. CVS, Walgreen’s, Drug wholesalers McKesson Corp, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen) have started to drop.

The move has Amazon vying for over $450 billion of the total U.S. prescription drug market. While PillPack sales are only expected to exceed $100 million in 2018, with Amazon’s extensive customer base and shipping infrastructure, the company would potentially be able to grow quickly. Amazon could even negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies for the ability to offer cheaper generic drugs even to those customers who lack health insurance.

No value on the deal has been disclosed, but Bloomberg reports it at $1 billion.

All this comes a week after Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway Inc, and JPMorgan Chase & Co’s joint venture of naming a CEO to be given the task of significantly cutting healthcare costs for its 1 million employees and dependents.

Although stores like CVS and Walgreens may be affected by the future competition of Amazon, mail-order pharmacies will take the biggest hit. Mail-order pharmacies tend to serve patients who have chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease that require drugs that control cholesterol, blood pressure, and other problems.

Walgreen CEO Stefano Pessina, on a conference call after reporting quarterly results, said he was “not particularly worried” about the PillPack deal. “The pharmacy world is much more complex than just delivering certain pills or certain packages.”

The PillPack and Amazon deal is expected to close in 2018.

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Amazon to buy PillPack in potentially disruptive drug retail push

Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday it would buy small online pharmacy PillPack, a move that will put the world’s biggest online retailer in direct competition with drugstore chains, drug distributors and pharmacy benefit managers…

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