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What is earnings season and why is it important for traders?

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Every earnings season is a new opportunity to grow as an investor

An Earning Season is an important financial event and a new opportunity to grow as an investor. During the Earnings weeks, investors follow the markets more closely to spot new trading opportunities. The year’s four Earnings Seasons can also be used as a benchmark to hone your goals and methodology as a trader as well as learn how to manage risk more efficiently.


Stocks to watch this earnings season

Tue, July 18 Bank of America (BAC), Morgan Stanley (MS)
Wed, July 19 Tesla (TSLA), Goldman Sachs (GS) Netflix (NFLX), IBM(IBM)
Tue, July 25 Alphabet (GOOGL), Microsoft Corp (MSFT)
Wed, July 26 Meta Platform (META) Coca-Cola (KO)
Thu, 27 July Mastercard (MA), Roku Inc (ROKU)
Tue, 1 Aug Uber (UBER)
Thu, 3 Aug Alibaba Group (BABA), Apple Inc (AAPL), Airnbn (ABNB), Amazon (AMZN)

For a complete overview of all share CFDs and their active time zones, view our product schedule.


What to expect from Q2 earnings

The Q2 Earnings Season properly starts mid-July with many banking heavyweights reporting their quarterly financial results. Those include JP Morgan Chase (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC), Citigroup (C), BlackRock (BLK), Bank of America (BAC), and Goldman Sachs (GS). The US banking sector is currently facing the most significant shift since the 2008 financial crisis. Half of the country’s banks could potentially be bought by competitors in the course of the next decade.

Later in the month, earnings continue with Big Tech's "usual suspects" including IBM (IBM), Netflix (NFLX), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Coca-Cola (COKE) Mastercard (MA), and more.

Will their results reverse the bearish sentiment, and, if they fail to meet analyst expectations, what sort of short-selling opportunities could be found in FAANG and Banking stocks?


What is earnings season and when does it take place?

There are certain financial events during the year that could cause price swings, and the earnings season is one of them. Earnings season takes place four times a calendar year and two weeks after the last month of the quarter. During that time, the majority of publicly listed companies disclose their quarterly earnings.


Why is earnings season important for the markets?

Earning reports reveal a lot about the fundamentals of a company and could contain a lot of tradeable information that affects the stock market. Analysts, investors, and the media alike await the earnings reports with bated breath to see the progress of major companies.


Why is earnings season important for traders?

Every earnings season is a unique opportunity to gain valuable market insight. Understanding how earnings season works could help you improve your trading skills and widen your understanding of the stock market. It gives insight into a company’s management and it highlights the importance of trading with a plan instead of playing a guessing game.

As a trader, you can use earnings season as a benchmark to build a solid trading strategy or to make sure that your existing investment strategy is still valid. You can also use it as a reference to identify Bellwether stocks, meaning stocks whose performance can reflect the overall state of the market. Ultimately the earnings season can help you learn how to measure the pulse of the stock market and the pulse of the economy at large.


Trading tips during earnings season

  • Earnings season can be highly volatile, so, during that time it’s important to monitor the markets closely and be ready to react fast to breaking news.
  • Use Axi’s Autochartist plugin to get daily market reports about earnings.
  • Find opportunities in both rising and falling markets by going long or short. If you expect that a certain stock will beat expectations, for example, you may choose to place a long trade ahead of the release.
  • Trade with Axi’s reduced fees and tight spreads.

How to trade the earnings season with Axi

  1. Go to Earnings Calendar
  2. Monitor closely the price of a stock around an earnings announcement. This could be before, during, or right after the earnings day.
  3. Assess the direction
    What do you think the announcement will be and how does it compare to market consensus?
  4. Go long or short
    Find opportunities in both rising and falling markets with CFD trading. Trade with Axi’s reduced fees and tight spreads.


Why trade the earnings season with Axi?

Axi offers 64+ popular global shares to trade with 1:33 leverage and 0% commission on deposits and withdrawals. When you buy share CFDs, you don't own the product but may still receive stock dividends, finding new opportunities in both rising and falling markets. With Axi you can trade the top stocks of the Earning Season including Goldman Sachs (GS), JP Morgan Chase (JPM), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Coinbase (COIN), Meta Platforms (MVRS), Uber (UBER), Microsoft (MSFT), Walt Disney (DIS) and more.


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