Earnings season gets its unofficial start this evening with the release of Alcoa's fourth quarter earnings. Analysts are expecting 6 cents per share compared to last year's loss of 28 cents and the stock is trading up today. Here are some facts and figures to help you going into earnings season.
Beat Revenue estimates for 8 straight qtrs
Beat EPS estimates last two qtrs
Since Q1 '08, has beaten EPS estimates only 3 of 7 qtrs
Has not beaten annual EPS estimates since 2006
After the last 10 earnings announcements, Alcoa's share price has fallen 6 of 10 times and on average, trends downward for about 18 days before recovering (per MarketHistory.com)
The Dow has gone up the day after AA earnings, 3 of the past 4 times
Dollar impact? in 2008, 47% of revenue was outside of the US. China news today is helping lift AA.
Commodity impact? Aluminum was up 19% in Q4 on the London Metals Exchange and is up over 4% YTD.
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