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Earnings Calendar, Week of Jan. 15-19, 2018 (UNH, BAC, IBM)

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Below is a weekly earnings calendar of the most important upcoming quarterly reports schedule to be released by publicly traded companies. There are also earnings previews for select companies. Please check back often. This earnings calendar is updated weekly.



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Earnings Spotlight: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) – The health insurer has been the class of its industry over the past year, ripping off 40% gains to nearly double the broader Standard & Poor's 500-stock index. Next up for the company is a fourth-quarter earnings report before the Jan. 16 opening bell, in which it'll try to go a perfect 4-for-4 on profit beats for the year. Wall Street's pros expect 8.4% top-line growth on average, to $51.5 billion, translating into a big 19% pop in earnings to $2.51 per share. Each of the 22 analysts covering the stock rates it a "Strong Buy" or "Buy," including Goldman Sachs' Stephen Tanal, who initiated coverage on UNH on Jan. 3, saying it's a "clear #1."

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Other Noteworthy Reports: Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK), Citigroup (C), CSX Corp. (CSX)



Earnings Spotlight: Bank of America (BAC) – Bank of America will be the last of the American Big Four banks to report earnings, with its announcement due out before Wednesday's opening bell, and it likely will face the same situation many other financials face at the moment. That is, fourth-quarter results could get dinged by charges related to the tax overhaul, but 2018 looks like smoother sailing. To wit, Jefferies Group lowered its full-year 2017 earnings estimates for BAC from $1.84 per share to $1.82, but cranked up its FY2018 profit expectations from $2.10 per share to $2.45. On average, analysts still are looking for a modest but decent Q4, projecting 6.5% revenue growth to $21.5 billion, and 10% profit growth to 44 cents per share.

Other Noteworthy Reports: Alcoa (AA), Charles Schwab (SCHW), Fastenal (FAST), Goldman Sachs (GS), U.S. Bancorp (USB)



Earnings Spotlight: International Business Machines (IBM) – Big Blue might finally get over the hump. After 22 consecutive quarters of year-over-year revenue declines, analysts finally expect a whiff of growth on the top line. IBM reports earnings for the fiscal third quarter ended Dec. 31 after Thursday's closing bell, and the consensus expectation is for 1.4% revenue expansion to $22.1 billion, which should feed a 3% uptick in profits to $5.16 per share. While the majority of the 25 analysts covering IBM shares are in the "Hold" camp (15), RBC Capital gave the company a jolt Jan. 3 by upgrading IBM to "Outperform" (equivalent of a buy), citing its cheap valuation and attractive dividend yield (currently 3.7%).

Other Noteworthy Reports: American Express (AXP), Bank of New York Mellon (BK), BB&T (BBT), KeyCorp (KEY), M&T Bank (MTB), Morgan Stanley (MS), PPG Industries (PPG)

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Noteworthy Earnings Reports: Kansas City Southern(KSU), Regions Financial(RF), Schlumberger(SLB), SunTrust Banks(STI), Synchrony Financial (SYF)

Reporting schedules provided by MarketWatch and company websites. Earnings estimate data provided by Thomson Reuters via Yahoo! Finance, and FactSet via MarketWatch.

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