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American Assets Trust, Inc. (NYSE:AAT) Q2 2018 Earnings Conference Call August 1, 2018 11:00 AM ET
Synchrony Financial’s (SYF - Free Report) second-quarter 2018 earnings per share of 92 cents surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 82 cents by 12.2%, mainly driven by interchange revenues and loan receivables growth. The bottom line also improved 51% year over year. (4-0)
Euronet Worldwide, Inc.’s (EEFT - Free Report) second-quarter 2018 earnings of $1.32 per share were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. While the bottom line improved 21% year over year.
The second-quarter reporting cycle is underway, and instead of focusing on big profits and huge surprises of companies that have already released their quarterly numbers, investing in the ones which are yet to report and poised to beat can fetch you more gains. This is because earnings beat serves as a catalyst, raises investors’ confidence in a stock and results in further price appreciation. Moreover, rather than fretting too much on rate hike concerns, focusing on REITs will be a smart move since prospects of a number of this special hybrid asset class are getting a boost with growth in economy and job market gains translating into greater demand for real estate and resulting in higher occupancy levels. (17-0)
On Wednesday, the Giving Pledge announced that 14 more philanthropists joined its ranks in the last year, committing to donate more than half of their wealth to charitable causes. The newest signatories hail from Canada, India, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. To date, 183 individuals from 22 countries have signed the pledge. (5-0)