Google, IBM, Intel, Coke and Johnson & Johnson are part of Zacks Earnings Preview:

  Google, IBM, Intel, Coke and Johnson & Johnson are part of Zacks Earnings

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, July 15, 2013

CHICAGO, July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ releases the list of
companies likely to issue earnings surprises. This week's list includes Google
(Nasdaq:GOOG-Free Report), IBM (NYSE:IBM-Free Report), Intel (Nasdaq:INTC-Free
Report), Coke (NYSE:KO-Free Report) and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ-Free


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Q2 Earnings Season Into High Gear

The 2013 Q2 earnings season gets into high gear this week as earnings reports
from 178 companies come out, including 76 from the S&P 500. By the end of this
week, we have earnings reports from more than a fifth of the index's total
membership; giving us a good enough sample size to judge the Q2 earnings

This week's reporting docket is heavy with Finance sector results, but we have
plenty of bellwethers from other key sectors on deck as well, which makes this
week's reports a fairly representative sample. From Google (Nasdaq:GOOG-Free
Report), IBM (NYSE:IBM-Free Report), and Intel (Nasdaq:INTC-Free Report) to
Coke (NYSE:KO-Free Report) and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ-Free Report) and
much more in between, this week's reports span the full spectrum of the
economy. While earnings reports from almost 80% of the S&P 500 companies will
still be awaited by the end of the week, the trends established this week will
likely carry through the rest of this reporting cycle with only minor changes.

With respect to the results thus far, we have seen Q2 results from 29 S&P 500
members (as of Friday, July 12th). These results provide a bit of a mixed
picture, though not materially different from what we saw in Q1. Earnings and
revenue growth for these 29 companies are comparable to what these same
companies achieved in 2013 Q1. But the beat ratios (% of companies coming out
with positive surprises) are modestly weaker on the earnings side and about
the same on the revenue side. Given the very small sample size, it is not
advisable to draw any conclusions at this stage. As such, the more important
story on the earnings front pertains to expectations form the coming reports.

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