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
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