The Week Ahead: Get Ready to Rumble

Last week we waded deeper into the June-quarter reports and, much like the last few earnings seasons, this one is shaping up to look like a mixed bag. For the 104 second-quarter reports already issued, 72% of earnings numbers and 50% of sales figures were above the mean analyst estimate, according to FactSet.

The earnings strength has thus far stemmed from the financial sector, with fitting examples in JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Citigroup (C). Technology, meanwhile, has been a disappointment, as seen in weaker-than-expected results from Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT) and others. Elsewhere, General Electric (GE) issued mixed quarterly results Friday, though its backlog and margin-improvement forecast kindled hopes for better performance in the second half of 2013....836 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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