5 US shares investors will be watching on earnings this week

These US shares will have all eyes on them this week.

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On Monday the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is showing some weakness. The question is, will it be red or green for these five US shares as they release their earnings to the market this week?

Will these US-listed shares be able to deliver the goods? Here’s a quick look.

US shares reporting earnings this week

International Business Machines Corp (NYSE: IBM)

International Business Machines Corp (IBM) is set to report its second quarter earnings after market close on Monday (American time).

The company is a global technology company that provides hardware, software, cloud-based services, and quantum computing. IBM has been on an acquisition spree, buying companies like BoxBoat Technologies and Red Hat Inc to expand its business.

Analysts are forecasting the company to report revenue of $18.3 billion. This would represent an increase of 3% on the prior corresponding period. Shares in the US company have gained 12.1% year-to-date (YTD) – currently at US$138.90.

Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX)

Video streaming giant Netflix will report its earnings after the US share market closes on Tuesday.

Investors are especially interested to see if Netflix can continue to grow as it faces competition from streaming services like Disney Plus, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now, and others. With so many options for entertainment at our fingertips these days, investors want to know if Netflix has what it takes to remain a leader in the industry.

Last quarter, the company remained adamant that weakness in user growth was the fault of temporary challenges and not competition. Shares in this US stock are trading 1.4% higher YTD.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)

Next on the list is American health care and pharmaceutical manufacturer Johnson & Johnson. The 135-year-old company is slated to report its quarterly results before the US share market opens on Wednesday.

Analysts at Wells Fargo are forecasting $22.7 billion in total sales for the quarter. On the other hand, the consensus estimate is at $22.5 billion. It will be interesting to see if the company’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has had any impact – with Johnson & Johnson intending to sell its vaccines at cost.

At the time of writing, shares in the US multinational giant are 7.4% higher YTD – fetching US$168.1.

Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP)

The parent company of social media app Snapchat is set to release earnings after market close on Thursday. Shareholders will be waiting with bated breath for the company’s performance.

The messenger app has continued to enjoy a rise in popularity over the past year. Furthermore, the last quarter saw daily active users increase 22% from the prior year to 280 million. According to Yahoo Finance, the average estimate for revenue for this quarter is US$845 million. This would represent an increase of 92.5% on the prior corresponding period.

Shares in the US messenger company have surged 19.6% YTD. As a result, Snap has outperformed the S&P 500 index by ~2.7%.

Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR)

Finally, Twitter is expected to release its quarterly earnings after the US share market close on Thursday. Shareholders will be looking to see how engagement has tracked on the social platform as the world adapts to the ‘new normal’.

After revealing plans to nearly double revenue to US$7.5 billion by 2023, this quarter’s result could make or break investors’ belief in such a target. Additionally, the company has been struggling to effectively monetise its platform, resulting in substantial losses on the bottom line over the last 2 years.

Despite the uncertainty, shares in this US social networking company are up 21.8% YTD. At the time of writing, Twitter shares are going for US$66.41 apiece.

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Motley Fool contributor Mitchell Lawler has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of and has recommended Netflix and Twitter. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has recommended Johnson & Johnson. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Netflix. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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