Brace Yourselves. Earnings Are Coming.

By: Spencer Israel

The market has been calming down in recent weeks, albeit gradually. 

Over the last four weeks, the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) has steadily declined to late-February levels, and trading volume in the major index funds is at its lowest since before the coronavirus pandemic reached the U.S. 

But that’s about to change this week, with the first deluge of Q2 earnings reports. While some companies—like Carnival, Walgreens, and Bed Bath & Beyond—have already given us a small taste of what to expect, over the next month or so the vast majority of S&P 500 companies will reveal how they made it through the April-June period, a quarter that was hampered by the spread of COVID-19 form start to finish. 

And though expectations are low, volatility certainly will not be. What companies say about the past three months (and more importantly the months ahead) will determine how confident investors feel about an eventual economic recovery. 

Not every company has publicly announced its upcoming earnings date. Below is a list of some of the biggest confirmed reports traders and investors should have circled in the coming weeks.

July 14
Before Market Open

    • Citigroup 
    • Delta Air Lines
    • JP Morgan Chase
    • Wells Fargo

July 15
Before Market Open

    • Goldman Sachs
    • UnitedHealth Group

July 16
Before Market Open

    • Bank of America
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Morgan Stanley

After Market Close

    • Netflix

July 21
After Market Close

    • United Airlines

July 22
After Market Close

    • Chipotle Mexican Grill
    • Microsoft
    • Tesla

July 23
Before Market Open

    • AT&T
    • American Airlines
    • Southwest Airlines
    • Twitter

After Market Close

    • Amazon
    • Intel

July 28
Before Market Open

    • 3M

After Market Close

    • Visa

July 29
Before Market Open

    • Boeing

After Market Close

    • Facebook

July 30
After Market Close

    • Alphabet
    • Apple

July 31
Before Market Open

    • Chevron
    • Exxon Mobil
    • Merck

The author is long the S&P 500 in his retirement accounts.

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