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10 Must-Watch Third-Quarter Earnings Reports

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The third-quarter earnings season is officially here. While Alcoa's (AA) Oct. 18 announcement will be touted as the starting line for the wave of quarterly reports, it's not actually the first major name to unveil its numbers … and it's certainly not the last.

It's also one of the least important earnings reports to worry about.

While aluminum was once a critical piece of the economic engine, it's not only a minor matter now, but volatile commodity prices have made Alcoa's bottom line anything but a barometer for the broad economy's strength.

Instead, we've scoured the earnings calendar for 10 companies with quarterly reports that every investor should watch. In some cases, the company in question must do well just to keep that organization's fragile stock propped up. In other cases, a corporation's bottom line is an indication of how well its industry – or the economy as a whole – is faring.

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Data is as of Oct. 10, 2017. Stocks are ordered by earnings announcement date. Click on symbol links in each slide for current share prices and more.

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