BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- Earnings season is finally upon us once again, the only potential antidote to the market turbulence we've been seeing in recent weeks. But will companies be able to live up to analysts' expectations, or will second-quarter numbers send the market on another leg lower?
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Fast food giant Yum! Brands ( YUM) has been having a good year, up more than 15% already in 2010 despite the fact that the market's in the red over that same period. The company, which owns perennial quick service brands Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC (as well as several others), is a major player in its category, with more than 37,000 units in more than 110 countries.
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It's been anything but good times for construction materials firm Texas Industries ( TXI), the Dallas-based cement and stone manufacturer. In the wake of the construction spending slowdown, this company has seen its once-encouraging income growth reverse -- and the losses continue to mount. But with earnings scheduled for this week, we could see this firm impress otherwise anxious analysts.
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It's been good times lately for JPMorgan Chase ( JPM). The U.S. banking giant is seeing solid performance from its investment banking division, even as its retail banking and credit card divisions languish along with those of its competitors. But with significant distressed assets purchased at rock bottom prices starting to mature, this bank could start reaping the rewards in the near term.
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