Family Dollar's earnings fell by a third as the company resorted to discounts to clear inventory and competition intensified.
11 S&P 500 companies have beaten earnings expectations by 10% or more in the past four calendar quarters. USA Today reports.
Alcoa reported earnings of 18 cents a share, excluding certain items, on revenue of $5.84 billion.
Following a strong employment report and the Dow topping 17,000, earnings may see double-digit growth.
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