Companies are relying on financial engineering to achieve profit growth in the face of middling U.S. economic gains, S&P's Mike Thompson says.
Darden Restaurants on Tuesday posted quarterly earnings and revenue that topped expectations.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company may focus on software only, if the profitability of its hardware doesn't improve.
While the start of earnings season is still a few weeks away, Darden and Monsanto are expected to kick things off on a different tone.
General Mills reported lower-than-expected quarterly sales, hurt by a strong dollar and weaker sales in the United States.
The sportswear giant beat expectations with earnings of 55 cents per share, but its $8.03 billion in revenue disappointed Wall Street.
Tiffany's sales fell 5.6 percent as a strong dollar hurt tourist spending at its stores in the United States and ate into revenue from other markets.
Adobe Systems reported a 24.7 percent rise in revenue, helped by strong demand for its cloud-based design and digital marketing tools.
Caterpillar on Thursday cut its first-quarter earnings and revenue guidance, but said it remains comfortable with its prior full-year forecast.
The shipping giant reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $2.51 per share, adjusted, on $12.7 billion in revenue.
Wall Street investor Bill Ackman says he is still confident in Valeant and he plans to be more proactive in his dealings with it.
Dollar General's quarterly sales rose 7 percent as demand increased for items such as candy and snacks, perishables, tobacco, and food.
Square shares popped after the company posted a quarterly loss but said revenue rose 49 percent from the previous year.
Shares of Box were up more than 12 percent in extended trading after the cloud storage provider beat earnings estimates.
Dick's Sporting Goods reported quarterly earnings that missed analysts' expectations on Tuesday.
Shake Shack reported quarterly earnings and revenue that beat analysts' expectations on Monday.
Sales at stores open more than 12 months fell 17.2 percent, much steeper than the 12 percent drop expected by analysts.
Berkshire Hathaway saw a jump in net worth during 2015 by $15.4 billion, the conglomerate said on Saturday in its annual letter to shareholders.
J.C. Penney reported a better-than-expected quarterly revenue, helped by strong sales at it its Home, Sephora, Footwear and Handbags divisions.
The retailer met fiscal fourth-quarter earnings expectations of 57 cents per share, but its fiscal 2016 earnings estimates came in light.
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