Earnings reports, and what to look for as an investor

M1 Team
M1 Team April 25, 2022
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It’s earnings season, and analysts are abuzz. Much like a school report card, earnings reports reveal how publicly traded companies have performed over the last quarter. Today, we have a short lesson on what’s inside these reports and how to grade your investments. 

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Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Meta (FB), and Alphabet (GOOGL) all report earnings this week. While market sentiment, the media, and rumors can all impact a company’s stock, the most tangible factor is its earnings.

But what are earnings reports, and how do they affect your portfolio?

An earnings report is a filing made by public companies each quarter to report their performance. Each includes three key financial statements:  

  1. Balance sheet: The company’s assets, liabilities, and shareholder equity. 
  1. Income statement: The company’s financial performance, including revenue, net income, earnings per share, and expenses. 
  1. Cash flow statement: The flow of cash coming in and leaving a company through its operations, investments, and financing. 

The reports also give insight into sales, financial risks, and earnings before interest and tax.  

By analyzing a quarterly earnings report, investors can gauge the financial health of a company beyond its stock price. This helps shareholders decide if the business is projected to grow or stagnate, and whether to buy, hold, or sell. 

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