As we enter the latter part of earnings season, investors and
analysts have had plenty of major reports to digest. Thus far, it
seems to have been a mixed bag of results with a number of
high-profile beats and misses. Reports from commodity firms have
been especially under scrutiny as many worry that China's
plateauing growth will send commodity prices into the gutter.
Below, we outline some of the biggest commodity firms reporting
earnings this week.
): The Illinois-based agricultural chemical company has long been
an investor favorite as it offers a sky-high dividend yield of
approximately 8.5%. TNH will release its earnings on Monday,
where analysts are expecting to see revenues of just over $780
Archer Daniels Midland
): Prior to the opening bell Tuesday, the famed farm product
producer will release its most recent earnings figures. The
Street is expecting to see EPS of $0.44 with revenues just under
$23 billion. ADM has hit only two of its last four earnings
marks, creating a bit of anxiety for shareholders.
): The famed photovoltaic module maker will be releasing its
earnings after the market closes on Tuesday. Investors and
analysts will be especially on their toes for this report, as the
stock is known to be relatively volatile. First Solar is expected
to show EPS of $0.53 with revenues just over $720 million.
Marathon Oil Corporation
): With a market cap of over $25 billion and trading more than
4.6 million shares on a daily basis, Marathon will be one of the
most anticipated releases of the week. The firm will report after
the closing bell Tuesday when analysts will be looking for EPS of
$0.71 and revenues of $3.84 billion. Note that the firm has
missed its last two earnings reports, making Tuesday's release
all the more important.
The Bottom Line
): The natural gas giant will report its most recent fiscal
quarter results before markets open on Wednesday. Analysts are
expecting to see EPS of $0.94 and revenues just shy of $2.6
billion. The firm has beaten the Street for three consecutive
quarters now and looks to continue that streak Wednesday.
As always, we remind investors that earnings reports have two key
elements to watch out for: the actual numbers and the guidance. A
company can surpass analysts' expectations, but a cloudy forecast
for the future could send the stock tumbling. Likewise, a miss on
the numbers can often be overshadowed by a strong outlook. Be sure
to pay attention to both aspects of each report in order to
properly trade the stock.
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Editor's note: This article by Jared Cummans was originally