Earnings reports: Adding context to a quarterly phenomenon

So one of the things we try to do at the Washington Business Journal is avoid wasting time and energy on something that someone else already does. And one of those areas is earnings reports. Most earnings reports stories by the major players are generated automatically by a computer, or written from a form. First the earnings per share. Did it meet or beat or miss analyst expectations? Net income? stock prices. Its all so automatic.

We listen to earnings calls. We interview experts. We try to add a layer of context to what would otherwise be numbers.

So here are few of the stories that I have written so far.

Capital One Bank CEO Richard Fairbank on the possibility of a recession.

The Carlyle Group and how the federal reserve has put the company in a better position.

Business intelligence company MicroStrategy and its CEO’s three-part restructuring plan.