4 Top Stocks Driving in a New Direction Post Earnings

Alcoa, Inc. (NYSE:AA) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, AND beat the revenue expectation. Net income increased to $242 million (21 cents per diluted share) in the quarter versus a net loss of $191 million in the year-earlier quarter. Revenue decreased 1.49% to $5.9 billion from the year-earlier quarter.

Alcoa, Inc. reported adjusted net income of 21 cents per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.06. It beat the average revenue estimate of $5.6 billion.

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Here’s how Alcoa shares traded following its latest earnings report this week:

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Monsanto Co. (NYSE:MON) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, AND beat the revenue expectation. Net income increased to $339 million (63 cents per diluted share) in the quarter versus a net gain of $126 million in the year-earlier quarter. Revenue increased to $2.939 billion from $2.439 billion in the year-earlier quarter.

Monsanto Co. reported adjusted net income of 63 cents per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.37. It beat the average revenue estimate of $2.64 billion.

Here’s how Monsanto shares traded following its latest earnings report this week:

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CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CME) posted a decrease in profit as revenue declined. Net income for the securities exchanges fell to $218 million (66 cents per share) vs. $316.1 million (95 cents per share) a year earlier. This is a decline of 31% from the year-earlier quarter. Revenue fell 21.8% to $683.2 million from the year-earlier quarter.

CME Group Inc. reported adjusted net income of 70 cents per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean estimate of 69 cents per share. It fell short of the average revenue estimate of $796.2 million.

Here’s how CME shares traded following its latest earnings report this week:

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Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE) reported its results for the second quarter. Net income for Helen of Troy Limited fell to $23 million (72 cents per share) vs. $23.6 million (74 cents per share) a year earlier. This is a decline of 2.6% from the year-earlier quarter. Revenue rose 3.6% to $287.4 million from the year-earlier quarter.

Helen of Troy Limited fell short of the mean analyst estimate of 88 cents per share. It fell short of the average revenue estimate of $299.1 million.

Here’s how Helen of Troy shares traded following its latest earnings report this week:

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