Most of the members of the Dow Jones Industrials (INDEX: ^DJI ) have already told us about how their fourth quarters went. But earnings season isn't quite over yet.
With Europe casting a shadow over the markets today, the reports that major companies make can definitely move the market. So let's take a closer look at the two Dow components that report their earnings tomorrow.
Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO )
Beverage giant Coca-Cola is hoping that the fourth quarter will mark its ninth straight quarter of growing earnings per share. Analysts expect to see EPS of $0.77, up from last year's $0.72, when the company reports before the bell tomorrow morning. That's also a better growth record than rival PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP ) , which saw an earnings decline in last year's first quarter and is set to post its own earnings on Thursday.
What many don't realize about Coke, however, is that beyond its money-making power, it also remains dedicated to sustainability. With efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, use recyclable packaging, protect water resources, and encourage community development, Coke seeks to keep its customer base aware of its efforts toward social responsibility. Combine this with its continued growth, and Coca-Cola is positioned for the long run regardless of what it announces tomorrow.
Disney (NYSE: DIS )
Disney is looking to expand on a string of four consecutive quarters of higher earnings per share. Analysts think the company will make it five tomorrow afternoon, expecting $0.71 per share in net income compared to $0.68 a year ago.
Even though Comcast and General Electric (NYSE: GE ) are the companies that directly benefited from NBC's broadcast of the Super Bowl last night, the big game refocused attention on sports media companies like Disney, whose ESPN cable franchise is immensely valuable. But the real story for Disney for longer-term investors is whether the economic recovery that we've started to see signs of will accelerate or collapse. People will only visit Disney's theme parks or see 3-D versions of its movie library if they have the money to do so -- but last week's encouraging job numbers improve the odds that those potential customers will feel more flush in the months to come.
Coming into the home stretch
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