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Talk of smart homes has floated around for years, but what will it take for smart home to become the norm?

The smart home is nothing new—just watch an episode of The Jetsons for a glimpse of home automation, or check out Ford's (F) 1967 short film 1999 AD for another take on the domicile of the future. People have long dreamed of controlling their home's operations with a simple flip of a switch, press of a button, vocal command or tap/swipe on a screen.

And we're getting closer to that, albeit slowly. Market research firm Gartner predicts that the typical family home may have 500 smart devices in 2022. One company that may pop up in more homes by that time is Nest Labs, one of the best-known companies in the Internet-connected home devices space. Nest makes smart thermostats, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and security systems, and it was acquired by Google—now Alphabet (GOOG)—for a staggering $3.2 billion in January 2014.

Unfortunately for Nest, it has struggled to meet its parent company's $300 million annual sales target; Re/code reports that the company generated $340 million in revenue last year only after incorporating sales from Dropcam (which it acquired in 2014).

Nest's sales may not be growing fast enough to satisfy Alphabet management, but interest in smart homes is strong. In its 2015 State of the Smart Home report, which surveyed 1,600 adults in the U.S. and Canada, smart home solutions provider Icontrol found that 54% of U.S. respondents intended to purchase at least one smart home device in the coming year. 

Millennials, in particular, are interested in smart home technology—and it's not because of laziness, stupidity, or general being-the-worst-ness. According to Better Homes and Gardens's 2015 Home Factor survey, 74% of Gen Y respondents believed smart home technology was "customizable to their needs," 70% thought it would increase energy efficiency and 67% expected it to save time. Part of that customization means plug-and-play solutions, such as Koninklijke Philips NV's (PHG) Hue wireless lighting, that renters can easily install, uninstall and move. 

Additionally, 68% of millennials said smart home technology was a "good investment," up from 57% in 2014.

Smart home technology may be considered a good investment by most, but it's also considered an expensive investment by most, too. Per the Home Factor survey, just 51% of millennial respondents thought their budget could accommodate smart technology purchases. That's better than the feeling in the general survey pool: 7 in 10 respondents said the technology was too costly. 

So, how much is too much when it comes to making a home smart? In the State of the Smart Home report, respondents 45-years-old and younger expected to spend $2,000 to $3,000 on smart home upgrades while respondents over age 45 capped spending at $500.

With that in mind, below is a list of three stocks that offer smart home products, as well as the retail price for these devices. If you, like four in 10 millennials, find smart homes appealing, do you plan to buy these products? Or would you rather invest in the companies behind these technologies? Or...

 

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1. Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a global online retailer and offers cloud computing services through its Amazon Web Services platform Market cap at $291.49B, most recent closing price at $620.50.

Amazon Echo, a wireless speaker and voice command device, retails for $179.99. There's also a payment plan of five monthly payments of $36.00.

 

2. Alphabet Inc. (GOOG, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides online advertising services, assorted Internet products and hardware through its Google segment and runs speculative businesses through its Other Bets segment. Market cap at $495.14B, most recent closing price at $718.77.

Subsidiary Nest Labs develops and markets the Nest Learning Thermostat, which retails for $249, Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide dector, which retails for $99, and Nest Cam security camera, which retails for $199.

 

3. Koninklijke Philips N.V. (PHG, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the healthcare, consumer lifestyle, and lighting product businesses worldwide. Market cap at $24.79B, most recent closing price at $28.28.

The Hue wireless lighting starter kit retails for $79.95.

 

4. Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. (SPB, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a consumer products company worldwide and, through its Hardware and Home Improvement group, owns lock manufacturer Kwikset. Market cap at $6.61B, most recent closing price at $111.89.

Subsidiary Kwikset manufactures and sells the Kevo lock, which opens with a key or smartphone and retails for $199, and offers other connected lock solutions.

 

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Apple's first-quarter earnings fell short of expectations because people just aren't buying iPhones like they used to.

Unlucky number 13 reared its ugly head when Apple (AAPL) released its first-quarter earnings after market close on Monday. The consumer tech giant reported its first year-over-year decline in revenue since 2003 due to a slowdown in iPhone sales. Following the earnings release, the stock fell roughly 6% and lost over $40 billion in value in after hours trading, making it the worst performer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average since being added on March 18, 2015—a little over 13 months ago. 

Apple shares recovered some of their losses in Wednesday morning trading. The stock is down 6.20% as of 1:35PM EST. 

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As an impeachment motion gains steam, Brazilian stocks and the Brazilian real rally. What gives? 

It's a Manic Monday in Brazil. On Sunday night, the lower house of Brazil's congress voted overwhelmingly to impeach two-term leftist President Dilma Rousseff. House Speaker Eduardo Cunha, who is facing charges of corruption and perjury, led the charge against Rousseff, which resulted in 367 of the lower house's 513 deputies voting for her impeachment. The motion only needed two-thirds majority support to advance to the Senate. 

Now, Rousseff, who is Brazil's first female president, sees her political life hanging by a thread. After gaining an impressively high approval rating of 92% in the early days of her presidency, her approval rating has since plummeted. In June 2015, her approval rating fell to the lowest level for a Brazilian president since Fernando Collor de Meleo (who was impeached in 1992).

Rousseff's tenure has been marred by a corruption scandal involving Petrobras (PBR), the government-run oil company, a recession, rising inflation and disillusionment from her former supporters. But the formal reason given for her impeachment has nothing to do with the aforementioned issues; Rousseff's opponents, including her nemesis Cunha, have accused her of deliberately misrepresenting the size of the budget deficit while campaigning for her second term.  Rousseff hasn't been charged with corruption, although the Guardian reports that more than 150 deputies (who voted yes on Sunday) have actually been implicated in crimes. 

Sunday's vote means that the Senate has to decide whether or not it accepts the impeachment motion. If at least 41 of the 81 Senators approve the motion—the expected outcome at this point—Rousseff has to temporarily step down for 180 days as the charges are investigated. Vice Preisdent Michel Temer would then become the interim president. To the markets' delight, Temer is a pro-business politician; his party, the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), released a liberal economic platform this past October, which called for public spending cuts, pension reform and greater private investment.

Following Sunday night's vote, investors sent the Brazilian real up Monday morning, forcing the central bank to intervene to stop the currency from appreciating too much. If the real were to become too strong, the price of Brazilian exports would increase and make Brazilian goods less competitive in the global market, further exacerbating the country's poor economic situation. 

Per the Financial Times, the real rose 1.5% to 3.478 reais to the dollar on Monday before the central bank erased all of the gains by selling nearly 70,000 reverse currency swaps out of 320,000. Reverse currency swaps are a financial instrument the central bank can use to weaken the real through the purchase of U.S. dollars in the futures market. Investors are paid the overnight interbank rate in reais and receive a fixed interest rate in dollars. 

Still, the optimism surrounding the possibilities that accompany a new administration has its limits. As Bloomberg reports, analysts surveyed by the Brazilian central bank believe the economy will contract yet again in 2016, this time by 3.8%.

Below is a list of eight Brazilian stocks that have underperformed the market over the past year and have negative EPS growth this year. The infamous Petrobras is included in the list. All of the stocks have outperformed the market so far this year.

These stocks are also rallying about their 20-day, 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages (SMA) as of 1:25PM EST. That rally echoes Brazil's benchmark Bovespa index's 23% rally since the beginning of the year, which Bloomberg attributes to the bullish belief that a Temer adminstration would be more business friendly than Rousseff's.

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1. Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao (CBD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a retailer of food products, clothing, home appliances, and other products through its chain of hypermarkets, supermarkets, specialized and department stores, convenience stores, and the internet in Brazil. Market cap at $3.82B, most recent closing price at $14.70.

EPS growth this year at -80.30%.

Performance over the past year at -54.16%.

Performance year to date at 39.73%.

The stock is rallying 3.78% above its 20-day SMA, 16.77% above its 50-day SMA and 1.43% above its 200-day SMA. 

 

2. CPFL Energia S.A. (CPL, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the generation, distribution, and sale of electricity in Brazil. Market cap at $5.38B, most recent closing price at $11.03.

EPS growth this year at -8.90%.

Performance over the past year at -17.21%.

Performance year to date at 48.65%.

The stock is rallying 0.23% above its 20-day SMA, 11.62% above its 50-day SMA and 20.20% above its 200-day SMA. 

 

3. Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ELP, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity for industrial, residential, commercial, and rural customers primarily in the State of Parana, Brazil. Market cap at $2.19B, most recent closing price at $8.12.

EPS growth this year at -1.10%.

Performance over the past year at -28.47%.

Performance year to date at 38.33%.

The stock is rallying 1.06% above its 20-day SMA, 14.29% above its 50-day SMA and 3.09% above its 200-day SMA. 

 

4. Gerdau S.A. (GGB, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the production and sale of steel products in Brazil and internationally. Market cap at $3.61B, most recent closing price at $2.21.

EPS growth this year at -427.90%.

Performance over the past year at -29.05%.

Performance year to date at 84.17%.

The stock is rallying 14.67% above its 20-day SMA, 49.92% above its 50-day SMA and 43.66% above its 200-day SMA. 

 

5. Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. (ITUB, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides commercial, corporate, and investment banking services to individuals, small and middle-market companies, and large corporations in Brazil and internationally. Market cap at $54.12B, most recent closing price at $9.29.

EPS growth this year at -5.50%.

Performance over the past year at -20.09%.

Performance year to date at 47.05%.

The stock is rallying 3.83% above its 20-day SMA, 18.38% above its 50-day SMA and 25.27% above its 200-day SMA. 

 

6. Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (PBR, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in oil and natural gas exploration and production, refining, trade, and transportation businesses. Market cap at $43.57B, most recent closing price at $6.72.

EPS growth this year at -372.90%.

Performance over the past year at -22.58%.

Performance year to date at 56.28%.

 The stock is rallying 14.44% above its 20-day SMA, 40.31% above its 50-day SMA and 31.33% above its 200-day SMA. 

 

7. Telefonia Brasila S.A. (VIV, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides fixed-line and mobile telecommunications services to residential and corporate customers in Brazil. Market cap at $21.34B, most recent closing price at $13.32.

EPS growth this year at -47.80%.

Performance over the past year at -15.13%.

Performance year to date at 40.47%.

The stock is rallying 0.95% above its 20-day SMA, 14.13% above its 50-day SMA and 18.32% above its 200-day SMA. 

 

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Millennials are renters. In an attempt to meet Gen Y's needs, coliving—a different type of renting— is spreading.

Imagine a space where you sleep on a Murphy bed that comes out of the wall in a shared living room. The Murphy bed comes with clean linens, and the larger, fully-furnished space gets a full cleaning once a month. The building, which houses your residential unit, has some perks, too: fitness classes, community events, potluck dinners, as well as all the beer, coffee and tea you could ever want. And this experience can be yours for just $1,375 a month in New York City ($875 if you live in Washington, D.C.).

Would you live there? 

If you said yes, then you're in luck. This is what life is like at WeLive, coworking startup WeWork's new experiment in coliving. Forget privacy; though an individual room is available for $2,550 (NYC) or $1,775 (DC)—almost double the price of a bed. WeLive's coliving model, along with others on the market, promises residents amenities, community and convenience instead. Part of that convenience includes lease-free living: WeLive residents live month-to-month and don't have to prove that they make 40 times their monthly rent in order to be approved. 

WeWork has a lot riding on WeLive. The company, which has a $16 billion valuation, opened its first New York WeLive location above an existing WeWork coworking space in downtown Manhattan in early April. The Crystal City DC WeLive building will open in May. In the fall, a leaked presentation stated that WeWork expected 21% of its revenue to come from WeLive by 2018, with $605.9 million in annual sales.

Coliving is geared toward entrepreneurs, city transplants and millennials, who are increasingly prioritizing experiences, which appreciate in value, over things, which depreciate. Considering that 50% of Gen Y-ers rent, according to a 2015 study commissioned by the Urban Land Institute, selling communal living is an opportunity for businesses to combine millennial values and the millennial lifestyle—at a premium, of course.

For the time being, WeWork is a private company although the Wall Street Journal reported in 2014 that the company then planned to go public within two to three years. Competitors Common and Stage 3 Properties are privately held as well. But if you want to invest in real estate without being a landlord, residential real estate investment trusts (REITs) are one option. In some cases, you can become a real estate shareholder for less than $10. 

The following list features five REITs that specialize in apartments. Each REIT has high dividend yields and positive EPS growth over the past five years. During that same period, the National Association of Realtors reported that renters' income grew by an average 11% while rent rose 15%. The REITs below also have properties in major metropolitan areas, which could give them access to millennial renters as a 2015 Pew Charitable Trusts report on millennial living found that they overwhelmingly live in cities and suburbs.

How do you feel about coliving? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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1. Avalonbay Communities (AVB, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. Market cap at $24.88B, most recent closing price at $178.28.

EPS growth over the past five years at 2.91%.

Dividend yield at 38.10%.

Avalonbay Communities’s portfolio includes properties in metropolitan areas in California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Washington, D.C.

 

2. Camden Property Trust (CPT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the ownership, development, acquisition, management, and disposition of multifamily residential properties in the United States. Market cap at $7.37B, most recent closing price at $80.08.

EPS growth over the past five years at 3.64%.

Dividend yield at 264.60%.

Camden Property’s portfolio includes properties in metropolitan areas in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.

 

3. Equity Residential (EQR, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Market cap at $25.86B, most recent closing price at $69.35.

EPS growth over the past five years at 2.79%.

Dividend yield at 52.40%.

Equity Residential’s portfolio includes properties in the Boston, Los Angeles, Manhattan, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas.

 

4. Essex Property Trust Inc. (ESS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development, and redevelopment of apartment communities primarily in the West Coast of the United States. Market cap at $14.67B, most recent closing price at $218.89.

EPS growth over the past five years at 2.80%.

Dividend yield at 26.40%.

Essex Property’s portfolio includes properties in metropolitan areas in California and Washington.

 

5. Independence Realty Trust Inc. (IRT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the ownership and acquisition of well-located garden-style and mid-rise apartment communities throughout the United States. Market cap at $332.32M, most recent closing price at $6.97.

EPS growth over the past five years at 10.30%.

Dividend yield at 33.20%.

Independence Realty’s portfolio includes properties in metropolitan areas in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

 

6. Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. (MAA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in acquiring, owning, and operating apartment communities primarily in the Sunbelt region of the United States. Market cap at $7.32B, most recent closing price at $96.13.

EPS growth over the past five years at 3.22%.

Dividend yield at 72.00%.

Mid-America Apartment’s portfolio includes properties in metropolitan areas in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

 

7. Monogram Residential Trust Inc. (MORE, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the acquisition of multifamily properties in core urban markets in the United States. Market cap at $1.69B, most recent closing price at $10.16.

EPS growth over the past five years at 3.02%.

Dividend yield at 25.10%.

Monogram’s portfolio includes properties in the following metro areas: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Northern California, Southern California, Cherry Hill (NJ), Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Central Florida, Southern Florida, Houston, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C.

 

8. Post Properties Inc. (PPS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the development, ownership, and management of multifamily apartment communities in the United States. Market cap at $3.08B, most recent closing price at $56.18.

EPS growth over the past five years at 3.24%.

Dividend yield at 46.50%.

Post Properties’s portfolio includes properties in the following metro areas: Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Orlando, Raleigh, Tampa and Washington, D.C.

 

(One-year return data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. All other data sourced from FINVIZ.)

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Credit scores can help or hinder finances. Learning what's hurting your score is the first step to improving it.

Oh, the credit score—aka the one three-digit number to rule them all. A credit score is meant to be an accurate measure of an individual's creditworthiness. As a result, your credit score plays an important role in determining your eligbility for a number of things, including credit cards, mortgages, apartments and, in some states, jobs. 

But as John Oliver commented on in Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, that all-important number, which can be the difference between getting that apartment and a job, can be a mess. And not because of anything you necessarily did.

When we talk about credit score, we're typically talking about the FICO (FICO) credit scores each credit reporting agency has calculated for an individual based on his/her credit report. FICO scores were developed by the Fair Isaac Corporation, and according to myfico.com, 90% of top lenders use FICO scores when making credit-related decisions.

Each of the three credit agencies (or bureaus) that provides FICO scores—Equifax (EQFX), Experian (OTCMKTS: EXPN) and TransUnion (TRU)—has a unique scoring model, which means it's possible to have different credit scores at each agency. However, myfico.com states that any variations in credit scores should be minimal.

Although the agencies' scoring methodologies are secret, there's no question that the information contained in your credit report is used to calculate your score. Unfortunately, as the Federal Trade Commission discovered in 2013, 5% of consumers—approximately 10 million people—have spotted errors in their credit reports. These inaccuracies have far-reaching implications, such as potentially lower credit scores, which can lead to higher interest rates on loans and credit cards. 

If your credit report contains errors (and you can check each bureau's report once annually through annualcreditreport.com), report the errors to the agency. But if your credit report is accurate and your credit score is low, here are three steps that can help you begin to improve your score.

Understand What's Hurting You 

Thanks to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the three credit reporting agencies are required to give you one free copy of your credit report each year. A credit report includes the length of your credit history, starting with your first debt-related agreement (student loan, credit card, etc.), your credit utilization, payment history and the status of each account. Negative marks, such as bankruptcies, collections, foreclosures and late payments, stay on your report for seven years.

The credit reporting agency will highlight what's good, not-so good and downright bad in your credit report. Maybe you're closing cards and hurting your average credit account age. Maybe you're too close to the limit on your credit cards. Whatever the issues are, taking a long, hard look at your credit history—while scary—is the only way for you to be pragmatic when it comes to rebuilding your credit.

Pay Your Bills On Time

A late payment here or there may not seem like a big idea to you, but the credit report agencies don't see things the same way. And the better your credit score, the worse a late payment is. Credit Karma, quoting Credit.com Community Director Barry Paperno, writes that a recent late payment could drag a FICO score of 780 or higher down by as much as 90 to 110 points. 

To avoid late payments, set up automatic bill pay or put reminders in your calendar. If you're missing payments because you don't have the money for the total balance, try to set up a payment plan. Also, many student loan providers offer economic hardship deferments, so figure out if you're eligible for that kind of payment relief. Paying bills on time regularly will gradually improve your credit score, and it can also give you leverage down the road to negotiate better rates on some of your debt, such as your credit card.

Stop Closing Accounts (And Opening New Ones) 

Paying off debt is commendable, and it's also something you should keep on your credit report. Your first impulse after paying off a car or house may be to try to remove the account from your credit report. But doing that would actually hurt your credit score because it will shorten your history of good debt and repayment. The same goes for credit cards. Instead of trying to scrub your credit report clean of any debt, pay yourself on the back and leave it alone. 

Now, just because you shouldn't close accounts doesn't mean you should carelessly open new ones either. Your credit mix—the type of credit you have, such as credit cards, installment loans and mortgages—makes up 10% of your FICO score, and the amount owed accounts for 30%. Opening new credit cards as a quick way to change up your credit mix or increase your available credit can actually hurt you because the agencies may see you as over-extended and increasingly likely to miss payments in the future.

 

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Companies are sharing their first-quarter earnings. There's a good chance it isn't going to be pretty.

If analysts and corporate leadership are right, this earnings season will be nothing to write home about—unless you're writing about how corporate profits have fallen for the fourth consecutive quarter.

Optimism and, apparently, profits are in short supply on Wall Street. Goldman Sachs (GS) shared its negative outlook for the current earnings season in its weekly note, writing, "Following the depths of the global financial crisis, guidance has grown increasingly negative, and has been worse-than-average since 2012." Data from S&P Global Market Intelligence supports Goldman's findings: it suggests there will be an 8.1% decline in S&P 500 companies' earnings during the first quarter of 2016. 

Last year, energy companies were mainly responsible for dragging corporate profits down. While the sector will once again lead the slide—the International Business Times reports a projected 105% plunge in earnings—banks are also expected to be big losers this earnings season. Per Money, analysts forecast a 9.2% drop in financial sector earnings and a mere 0.2% increase in sales. 

Over at Barron's, Asia markets columnist Shuli Ren points out that corporate earnings recessions have historically gone hand-in-hand with economic recessions. The most recent exception was the 1998 Asian financial crisis, which led to shrinking profits but didn't impact the U.S. economy. 

That's not to say a recession isn't possible. Morgan Stanley (MS) believes there's a 30% chance of a global economic recession occuring this year. Back in February, JPMorgan Chase (JPM) said the probability of the U.S. economy entering a recession was at 32%, considerably higher than the typical probability of 20%.

Later that month, Citigroup (C) also expressed concern over the state of the global economy in a note, writing "We are currently in a highly precarious environment for global growth and asset markets after two to three years of relative calm." The bank didn't believe that the U.S. would enter a recession, instead stating that any hiccups in domestic economic growth would have serious, negative impacts on the world economy.   

At the moment, the U.S. economy isn't in a recession, but growth has slowed: according to the Commerce Department, GDP grew at an annualized rate of 1.4% in the fourth quarter of 2015, down from 2% in the previous quarter. And if the Wall Street Journal's Economic Forecasting Survey is right, the downward trend will continue in the first quarter of 2016. Economists surveyed by the Journal esimate that GDP grew by 1.3% during the first three months of the year.

The first earnings report for Q1 2016 arrives on Monday after market close via aluminum producer Alcoa (AA), the unofficial harbinger of earnings season. Several big banks are also reporting earnings this week, and the list below includes the earnings date, analyst estimates for earnings per share and revenue, as well as the year-over-year change in both metrics for each bank. 

Click on the interactive chart to view data over time. 

1. Bank of America Corporation (BAC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides banking and financial services to individuals, small- and middle-market businesses, corporations, and governments primarily in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $134.65B, most recent closing price at $12.88.

Bank of America reports its first-quarter earnings on Thursday, April 14, before market open.

Analysts expect EPS of $0.21, down 22.22% from EPS of $0.27 reported a year earlier, and $20.33B in revenue, down 5.10% from $21.42B reported a year earlier.

 

2. Citigroup Inc. (C, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions with a range of financial products and services. Market cap at $178.77B, most recent closing price at $58.92.

Citigroup reports its first-quarter earnings on Friday, April 15, before market open.

Analysts expect EPS of $1.07, down 29.14% from EPS of $1.51 reported a year earlier, and $17.61B in revenue, down 11.10% from $19.81B reported a year earlier.

 

3. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides various financial services worldwide. Market cap at $214.91B, most recent closing price at $57.74.

JPMorgan reports its first-quarter earnings on Wednesday, April 13, before market open.

Analysts expect EPS of $1.26, down 13.10% from EPS of $1.45 reported a year earlier, and $23.40B in revenue, down 5.70% from $24.82B reported a year earlier.

 

4. Wells Fargo & Company (WFC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services primarily in the United States. Market cap at $239.16B, most recent closing price at $47.07.

Wells Fargo reports its first-quarter earnings on Thursday, April 14, before market open.

Analysts expect EPS of $0.98, down 5.77% from EPS of $1.04 reported a year earlier, and $21.62B in revenue, up 1.60% from $21.62B reported a year earlier.

 

(One-year return data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. Analyst estimate data sourced from Yahoo Finance. All other data sourced from FINVIZ.)

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