The Dow Jones Industrial Average
Both Bank of America
Travelers has missed most of the rally this year, partly because the insurance company had the worst weather-related losses in its history during 2011. However, as fellow Fool Jason Moser notes when recommending it for your IRA, "management is 'fully committed' to returning capital to shareholders via share repurchases and dividends." Barring any catastrophes, analysts expect Travelers to earn $1.51 per share.
Consistently beating expectations
Chemical maker DuPont
The earnings call
Another potential disappointing tech stock?
IBM and Intel's earnings miss might extend to Microsoft
Prepare for the rest of earnings season
Stocks can jump or fall on any tidbit of news, but over the long term it's the underlying business in which you invest and that drives solid long-term returns. Earnings reports are a great peek into how a business is performing, as well as how it might deliver over several years. Make sure to check out our free report, "5 Stocks Investors Need to Watch This Earnings Season."