Earnings surprises

FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, file photo, shows a portion of the UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s campus in Minnetonka, Minn. UnitedHealth Group reports financial results Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
January 15, 2019 - 4:49 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — UnitedHealth's fourth-quarter earnings slid 16 percent from last year, when federal tax cuts helped the nation's largest health insurer, but the performance still came in well above analyst expectations. The company's fast-growing Optum segment helped stoke results, with...
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In a photo taken Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, Target employee Lindsay Walker scans an item as she collects merchandise from shelves to prep them for an online order at a Target store in Edison, N.J. Target Corp. reports earnings Tuesday, Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
November 20, 2018 - 4:52 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target's ramped up investments online and in stores are bringing in shoppers, but they're also bruising the bottom line. Company shares fell sharply before the opening bell Tuesday after Target missed profit expectations for the third quarter, the last look at the retailer's...
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FILE- In this May 16, 2018, file photo, traffic makes it's way past the Macy's flagship store in New York. Macy's Inc. reports earnings Wednesday, Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
November 14, 2018 - 9:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's is heading into the crucial holiday season firing on all cylinders, logging its fourth consecutive quarter of sales growth at existing locations and getting strong reactions from customers both online and in its stores. The company also lifted its expectations for annual...
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FILE- In this May 29, 2018, file photo a patron departs a Starbucks inside Chicago's famed Loop in Chicago. Starbucks Corp. reports earnings Thursday, Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
November 01, 2018 - 3:31 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A jump in U.S. sales helped Starbucks end its fiscal year on a high note. Starbucks Corp. said its same-store sales — a critical measure for retailers — rose 4 percent in the U.S. in its fiscal fourth quarter. That helped its global same-store sales rise 3 percent, ahead of analysts...
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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2009, file photo, Dasani bottled water owned by Coca-Cola sits on the shelf in Montpelier, Vt. Strong sales of water and sugar-free drinks powered third-quarter earnings for Coca-Cola Co reported Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
October 30, 2018 - 8:26 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Strong sales of "premium" water and sugar-free sodas powered third-quarter earnings for Coca-Cola Co. Coke President and CEO James Quincey said enhanced waters like the smartwater, vitaminwater and Topo Chico brands helping turn around a slump in water sales at the company. Sales of...
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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, Oct. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
October 30, 2018 - 6:32 am
Pfizer posted a 45 percent jump in third-quarter profit, as it benefited from sharply lower taxes due to this year's federal tax cut and slightly higher revenue. The maker of Viagra and nerve pain treatment Lyrica on Tuesday reported net income of $4.11 billion, or 69 cents per share. Adjusted for...
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FILE- In this July 17, 2018, file photo ramp workers prepare a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 for departure to Denver from Minneapolis International Airport in Minneapolis. Southwest Airlines Co. reports earnings Thursday, Oct. 25. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
October 25, 2018 - 2:22 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Airlines have figured out how to extract more money from passengers, and they will need it to cover rising costs for their own fuel, labor and other expenses. Not long ago, investors demanded that the airlines boost prices, even if it meant reducing flights to create a shortage of...
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FILE- In this July 17, 2018, file photo ramp workers prepare a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 for departure to Denver from Minneapolis International Airport in Minneapolis. Southwest Airlines Co. reports earnings Thursday, Oct. 25. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
October 25, 2018 - 4:25 am
DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines is reporting profits rose more than 16 percent, to $615 million during the third quarter. On a per-share basis, the Dallas company had a profit of $1.08, beating estimates by 2 cents, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research. Revenue was $5.58 billion,...
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FILE - This Sept. 13, 2016, file photo, shows a selection of Johnson & Johnson brand first aid products arranged for a photo in Surfside, Fla. Johnson & Johnson reports earnings Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
October 16, 2018 - 5:07 am
A jump in prescription drug sales and a sharply reduced tax bill boosted Johnson & Johnson's third-quarter sales and profit, which beat Wall Street expectations. The world's biggest maker of health care products on Tuesday also slightly raised its profit forecast for the year. The New Brunswick...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2017, file photo, a customer enters a Citibank branch, in New York. Citigroup reports earnings Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
October 12, 2018 - 6:29 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Citigroup said Friday that its third-quarter profits rose 12 percent from a year earlier, as the banking conglomerate was able to cut expenses and benefited from lower taxes. The New York-based bank earned $4.62 billion in the third quarter, up from $4.13 billion a year ago. Citi...
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