Q1 Company Reports Are Rolling In

Q1 Company Reports Are Rolling In

May 15, 2024

The vast majority of publicly traded companies will or have updated shareholders on business conditions in Q1. It's called "earnings season," and it happens four times a year.

It's relatively likely that you've (or will) read about one company's success, followed by news of another's missteps, more than once in the coming weeks.

In the table below, you can see the number of company reports that have been or will be reported. On a busy day, more than 400 companies will check in with their numbers. On slow days, typically Mondays and Fridays, you can expect to hear from fewer.1

What A Popular Topic to Hear About?

Updates on inflation and artificial intelligence have been the most popular topics. In Q3 2023, “AI” was said nearly 150 times. In Q4 of that same year, the term “inflation” was mentioned at least once during the quarterly calls of over 250 S&P 500 companies. Either could be popular again this quarter.2,3

So far this earnings season, several large banks in the S&P 500 have posted results and their focus has been on the Fed and interest rates. Of course, you would expect banks to talk about interest rates, whereas it may not be as important to a tech company, for example.4

It’s best to prepare for some market volatility as Wall Street collects info about the 2024 business climate.

1. MarketWatch.com, April 19, 2024. Earnings Calendar
2. ResearchFactSet.com, February 29, 2023. From December 15, 2023, to February 23, 2024.
3. Insight.FactSet.com, December 5, 2023, “Fewer S&P 500 Companies Discussing AI on Earnings Calls for Q3 Compared to Q2.”
4. CNBC.com, APirl 11, 2024. “What to expect from bank earnings as high interest rates pressure smaller players.”