Earnings Season

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Earnings Season'

The months of the year in which a majority of quarterly corporate earnings are released to the public. Earnings season is generally accepted as the months immediately following the quarter-ends of the year, which means that earnings seasons would fall in January, April, July and October. This is due to the lag between quarter-end periods and the time in which firms are able to release their earnings following their accounting periods.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Earnings Season'

Earnings season is easily one of the busiest times of the year for those who work in and watch the markets, as virtually every large publicly-traded company will report the results of their last quarter. Analysts and managers typically set their guidelines and estimates to correspond to specific quarters or fiscal year ends, so the results reported by firms during earnings season often have a big role in the performance of their stocks.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Earnings Per Share - EPS

    The portion of a company's profit allocated to each outstanding ...
  2. Street Expectation

    The average estimate of a public company’s quarterly earnings ...
  3. Earnings Announcement

    An official public statement of a company's profitability for ...
  4. Analyst Expectation

    A report issued by an individual analyst, investment bank or ...
  5. Whisper Number

    1. Traditionally, the unofficial and unpublished earnings per ...
  6. Earnings

    The amount of profit that a company produces during a specific ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. One of my stocks missed the deadline to file its quarterly financial statements. ...

    The date and time that a company releases its earnings is very important because investors looking to buy or sell the particular ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. When is earnings season?

    Earnings season is the period of time during which a large number of publicly traded companies release their quarterly earning ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. How does the effective interest method treat the interest on a bond?

    The effective interest method is used when evaluating the interest generated by a bond because it considers the impact of ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What types of corporations would be expected to have higher growth rates than more ...

    Investors looking for corporations with higher-than-average growth rates have several factors to consider. Although younger ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What tax implications are there for parties involved with a reverse repurchase agreement?

    A reverse repurchase agreement – sometimes referred to as a reverse repo – is the purchase of an asset with a simultaneous ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What happens if a software glitch fails to execute the strike price I set?

    If you've ever suffered the frustrating experience of having an order not filled or had a strike price fail to execute because ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Economics

    Earnings Guidance: Can It Accurately Predict The Future?

    Explore the controversies surrounding companies commenting on their forward-looking expectations.
  2. Investing Basics

    The Flow Of Company Information

    Learn how to gather all the pieces before you start to put together your puzzle.
  3. Fundamental Analysis

    4 Things To Know About Earnings Season

    Investors should know that earnings reports are not just about the earnings.
  4. Markets

    5 Tricks Companies Use During Earnings Season

    Don't be fooled: Companies use all kinds of tactics to make bad earnings look good. Find out how to see through them.
  5. Investing

    Strategies For Quarterly Earnings Season

    Breeze through consensus estimates like the biggest Wall Street forecasters.
  6. Options & Futures

    5 Earnings Season Investing Tips

    These essential tips will get you through the earnings season.
  7. Investing Basics

    What Does Spot Price Mean?

    Spot price is the current price at which a security may be bought or sold.
  8. Investing Basics

    How Does a Dividend Reinvestment Plan Work?

    A dividend reinvestment plan allows investors to use their dividends to purchase more shares of the corporation’s stock, rather than receiving payment.
  9. Investing

    What’s Driving Markets Today

    While U.S. stocks managed to eke out modest gains last week, it wasn’t without some violent swings along the way.
  10. Investing

    Why Higher Rates Could Be Good News For Consumers

    While rates remain extraordinarily low by historical standards, in the last few months we have witnessed a modest change in the environment.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Bund

    A bond issued by Germany's federal government, or the German word for "bond." Bunds are the German equivalent of U.S. Treasury ...
  2. European Central Bank - ECB

    The central bank responsible for the monetary system of the European Union (EU) and the euro currency. The bank was formed ...
  3. Quantitative Easing

    An unconventional monetary policy in which a central bank purchases private sector financial assets in order to lower interest ...
  4. Current Account Deficit

    A measurement of a country’s trade in which the value of goods and services it imports exceeds the value of goods and services ...
  5. International Monetary Fund - IMF

    An international organization created for the purpose of: 1. Promoting global monetary and exchange stability. 2. Facilitating ...
  6. Risk-Return Tradeoff

    The principle that potential return rises with an increase in risk. Low levels of uncertainty (low-risk) are associated with ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!