As such, one could argue that none of the last two earnings seasons represented truly normal conditions, which we will most likely see for the first time this year only in Q3.
The 2014 Q3 earnings season takes center stage this week with Alcoa's (NYSE: AA-Free Report) release after the close on Wednesday.
IG's chief market strategist Brenda Kelly commented: 'The US earnings season is arguably the most watched of all earnings seasons around the world.
IG, a global leader in online trading, has extended its trading hours on dozens of key US stocks to help traders maximise opportunities during the US earnings season.
What should investors expect as earnings seasons continues?
The pmcw Report's investment outlook examines the current state of the semiconductor cycle as second quarter earnings season has arrived, including past coverage of Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) and Advanced Micro Device (NYSE:AMD).
During each of the peak weeks of the last several earnings seasons
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By most measures, this has been one of the best earnings seasons in a long time.
That has been the case for many stocks this earnings season.
Looking at the aggregate growth rates, beat ratios, and median surprises, the Q2 earnings season isn't materially different from what we saw in Q1 and over the last few earnings seasons.
The Q2 earnings season is effectively over, with results from 451 S&P 500 companies, accounting for almost 91.
The 2014 Q3 earnings season
has gotten underway, with results from 17 members of S&P 500 members already out.