BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Six of 30 Dow Jones Industrial Average companies have reported fourth-quarter results.

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General Electric ( GE) - Earnings Analysis
Bank of America ( BAC) - Earnings Analysis
IBM ( IBM) - Earnings Analysis
JPMorgan ( JPM) - Earnings Analysis
Intel ( INTC) - Earnings Analysis
Alcoa ( AA) - Earnings Analysis

Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ), January 25, 8:00 AM
3M ( MMM), January 25, 9:00 AM
DuPont ( DD), January 25, 9:30 AM
Travelers ( TRV), January 25, 9:30 AM
Verizon ( VZ), January 25, 9:30 AM
Boeing ( BA), January 26, 7:30 AM
United Tech. ( UTX), January 26, 9:30 AM
Caterpillar ( CAT), January 27, 6:30 AM
Procter & Gamble ( PG), January 27, 8:00 AM
AT&T ( T), January 27, 10:00 AM
Microsoft ( MSFT), January 27, 4:00 PM
Chevron ( CVX), January 28, 8:00 AM
Exxon Mobil ( XOM), January 31, 11:00 AM
Pfizer ( PFE), February 1, 8:00 AM
Merck ( MRK), February 3, 8:00 AM
Disney ( DIS), February 8, 4:01 PM
Coca-Cola ( KO), February 9, 9:30 AM
Kraft Foods ( KFT), February 10, 5:00 PM
Cisco Systems ( CSCO), February 11, 4:00 PM
Hewlett Packard ( HPQ), February 22, 4:00 PM
Home Depot ( HD), February 22, 9:30 AM
Wal-Mart ( WMT), February 22, 7:00 AM

These blue-chip companies are considered bellwethers for the U.S. economy. Above are all 30 Dow components, ordered by their earnings release date. If the company has already published its financial report, a link will lead to an analysis of its individual earnings report, with a focus on business fundamentals, earnings performance vs. expectations, dividend history and analyst opinions. If it has not yet reported, a link will bring you to an earnings preview.

Alcoa ( AA) sells primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina worldwide.

Quarterly Synopsis: Alcoa swung to a fourth-quarter GAAP profit of $258 million, or 24 cents a share, from a loss of $277 million, or 27 cents, a year earlier. Revenue ascended 4% to $5.6 billion. The gross margin widened from 14% to 20% and the operating margin extended from 1.2% to 7.3%. Alcoa held $1.5 billion of cash and $9.2 billion of debt at quarter's end, converting to a lower-than-ideal quick ratio of 0.7 and a reasonable debt-to-equity ratio of 0.7. Quarterly return on equity and return on assets rose from negative territory to 1.9% and 0.7%, respectively.

Earnings Performance: Alcoa posted fourth-quarter adjusted earnings of 21 cents, beating analysts' consensus forecast by 12%. By comparison, Alcoa has an historical earnings miss rate of 14%. But, its stock fell 1% on the announcement. The company missed analysts' top-line consensus by 1.6%. By comparison, it has an average beat rate of 1.8%. Management is forecasting that global aluminum demand will double by 2020. It expects demand to grow in all of its end markets during 2011. Quarterly alumina and aluminum prices rose 9% and 11%, respectively. Alcoa forecasts 11% demand growth in 2011, but warned that higher raw material costs may hamper performance.

Dividend Information: Alcoa's stock currently pays a quarterly dividend of three cents, equal to a yield of 0.8% and a payout ratio of 50%. The dividend has fallen from a high of 17 cents, paid in 2009. The dividend has decreased 28% a year, on average, over a five-year span. Analysts predict that the dividend will stagnate in 2011, but business will continue to improve.

Analyst Opinions: Currently, eight analysts rate Alcoa's stock "buy," seven rate it "hold" and two rank it "sell." On an aggregate basis, it ranks as the third worst-rated Dow stock. It has a median 12-month price target of $19.34. Here is a closer look at 12-month price targets:

Deutsche Bank, Buy, $22 Target
JPMorgan, Overweight, $22 Target
Credit Suisse, Outperform, $21 Target
UBS, Neutral, $18 Target
Barclays, Equal Weight, $17 Target
Citigroup, Hold, $17 Target
Goldman Sachs, Neutral, $16 Target

Intel ( INTC) is the world's largest semiconductor company.

Quarterly Synopsis: Intel's fourth-quarter profit increased 48% year-over-year to $3.4 billion, or 59 cents. Profit increased 15% sequentially, indicating solid momentum for 2011. Revenue stretched 8% year-over-year to $12 billion and 3% sequentially. The gross margin widened to 68%, exceeding internal expectations and hitting a record high. Intel held $23 billion of cash, short-term investments, equity securities and trading assets at the quarter's end, compared to $2.1 billion of long-term debt, converting to a low debt-to-equity ratio and a 3.5 current ratio.

Earnings Performance: Intel's adjusted profit of 59 cents beat analysts' consensus estimate by 11%. Yet, Intel has an average historical earnings beat of 22%. Its sales outgrew the consensus by 0.8%, compared to an average sales beat of 1.4%. The stock was up nearly 3% in afterhours trading. Data Center sales increased 15%, sequentially. PC Client, Intel Architecture and Atom revenue remained flat. The CFO noted that the record performance is evident in a 10-year high operating profit margin of 38%.

Intel is forecasting nearly $12 billion of first-quarter revenue, matching the record just achieved, and a gross margin around 66%, a marginal decline. It expects softness in the consumer segment, but ongoing strength in enterprise spending.

Dividend Information: Intel pays a quarterly dividend of 16 cents, converting to an annual yield of roughlu 3%. The dividend has grown 12% a year, on average, over a three-year span and 15% a year, on average, over a five-year span. Analysts don't forecast a near-term boost.

Analyst Opinions: Currently, 31 analysts, or 60%, advise purchasing Intel's stock, 18 recommend holding and three say to sell. Intel is the sixth worst-rated Dow stock. A median target of $23.92 suggests a 12-month gain of 12%. Here is a look at sell-side price targets:

Credit Suisse, Outperform, $28 Target
Deutsche Bank, Buy, $26 Target
UBS, Buy, $25 Target
Citigroup, Buy, $25 Target
Barclays, Equal Weight, $23 Target
Goldman Sachs, Neutral, $20 Target
JPMorgan, Neutral, $17 Target

JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) is a diversified financial-services company.

Quarterly Synopsis: JPMorgan's fourth-quarter net income increased 47% to $4.8 billion. Earnings per share stretched 51% to $1.12. The investment bank finished 2010 ranked No. 1 for global fees, generating $1.5 billion of profit in the fourth quarter, a 21% year-over-year decline. The retail unit swung to a profit of $708 million from a year-earlier loss of $399 million. Mortgage-banking profit more than doubled, signaling that beleaguered businesses continue to improve. Real estate portfolios suffered a net loss of $877 million, a notable improvement to the $1.7 billion deficit reported a year earlier. Card services swung to a profit of $1.3 billion from a year-earlier loss of $306 million. All core businesses demonstrated strength.

Earnings Performance: JPMorgan's adjusted earnings tally of $1.12, an 83% year-over-year increase, exceeded analysts' consensus target by 12%. But JPMorgan has a historical earnings beat average of 38%. The bank's nearly $24 billion of sales missed the consensus estimate by 1.9%. By comparison, JPMorgan has an average sales beat rate of 1.8%. In addition to strong income statement and cash flow figures, JPMorgan continued to strengthen its balance sheet during the fourth quarter. Its Tier I Common Ratio clocked in at 9.8% and its Tier III ratio was 7%. The bank held $33 billion of credit reserves, with a loan loss coverage ratio of 4.5% of total loans.

Dividend Information: JPMorgan's quarterly dividend has fallen from a high of 38 cents, last paid in 2009. Currently, it pays five cents a quarter, translating to an annual yield of 0.5%. The dividend has fallen 49% a year, on average, over a three-year span and 32% a year, on average, over a five-year span. Analysts forecast that the dividend will more than double during 2011, offering second-best growth among Dow stocks.

Analyst Opinions: Currently, 27 researchers, or 82% of those in coverage, advocate purchasing JPMorgan's stock and six recommend holding it. None advise selling the shares. Given that hefty proportion of positive reviews, JPMorgan ranks as the second highest-rated Dow stock on an aggregate basis, behind Coke ( KO). The stock has a median 12-month price target of $53.27, implying a looming return of 20%. Here are sell-side targets:

Barclays, Overweight, $60 Target
Credit Suisse, Outperform, $58 Target
KBW, Outperform, $57 Target
Deutsche Bank, Buy, $52 Target
Goldman Sachs, Buy, $51 Target
Citigroup, Buy, $48 Target

IBM ( IBM) is a technology and consulting company.

Quarterly Synopsis: IBM's fourth-quarter sales increased 7% to $29 billion, a record quarterly tally. Net income also hit an all-time high of $5.3 billion and diluted earnings per share advanced 16% to $3.59. The company's gross profit margin widened from 48% to 49%, demonstrating continued strong pricing. Specific operating units grew at vastly different rates. Software revenue increased 11%, excluding divested operations. Systems and technology revenue advanced 21%. System mainframe revenue soared 69%. Services revenue, IBM's bread-and-butter, climbed a more modest 2%, adjusted for currency effects. The services backlog jumped $8 billion, sequentially, indicating strong demand.

Earnings Performance: IBM delivered adjusted quarterly earnings of $4.18, up 16% year-over-year, exceeding analysts' consensus expectation by 2.5%. By comparison, IBM has an historical average earnings beat of 4.3% and it has beaten expectations by a single-digit percentage in 11 consecutive quarters. The adjusted sales figure, up 6.6% from the year-earlier quarter, beat expectations by 2.6%. By comparison, IBM has an historical average sales beat of negative 0.4%. Furthermore, it has missed analysts' consensus forecasts in five of the past 11 quarters.

Dividend Information: IBM pays a quarterly dividend of 65 cents, converting to an annual yield of 1.7%. Although its stock isn't among the highest-yielding in the Dow, it has the best dividend growth over a five-year span, having boosted the payout 26% a year, on average. It has increased the dividend 19% a year, on average, over a three-year span, also topping the Dow. Furthermore, its payout ratio is traditionally conservative, alleviating income worry.

Analyst Opinions: Currently, 18, or 67%, of the researchers covering IBM advise purchasing its stock and nine recommend holding it. No analysts advocate selling shares. Still, IBM ranks in the middle of the Dow, at 12th, for its aggregate rating. The stock has a median 12-month target of $155.83, implying a looming gain of less than 3%. IBM's stock jumped more than 2% in after hours trading, so it's possible that it could soon pass the median target.

Citigroup, Buy, $160 Target
Sanford Bernstein, Outperform, $160 Target
Deutsche Bank, Buy, $155 Target
Goldman Sachs, Neutral, $150 Target
JPMorgan, Overweight, $150 Target
UBS, Neutral, $144 Target

Bank of America ( BAC) is a diversified financial services company.

Quarterly Synopsis: Excluding a goodwill impairment charge, Bank of America swung to a fourth-quarter net profit of $756 million, or four cents a share, from a year-earlier loss of $194 million, or 60 cents. However, on a GAAP basis, it remained unprofitable, suffering a loss of $1.2 billion, or 16 cents. Numerous good will impairment charges weighed on the bank in 2010. Its full-year net loss was $2.2 billion, or 37 cents, due to more than $12 billion of accumulated goodwill impairments. On a positive note: the investment bank ranked number two globally and number one in the U.S. for revenue in 2010. Its net charge offs have decreased in three consecutive periods.

Earnings Performance: Bank of America's adjusted earnings tally of 30 cents exceeded analysts' consensus estimate of 21 cents by 41%, an ample outperformance. By comparison, Bank of America has an average earnings beat rate of 15%. Its top-line tally of $22 billion missed the expectation by 9.6%. By comparison, Bank of America has an average sales beat rate of 1.1%. Its stock rose less than 1% upon the earnings announcement, which was generally considered a solid report. Capital ratios continue to improve. The Tier I common ratio hit 8.6% during the fourth quarter, up from 7.8% in the year-ago period. Deposit balances reached $1 trillion, a record.

Dividend Information: Bank of America is the lowest yielding Dow stock, paying a one cent quarterly dividend, equal to a 0.3% yield. It's expected to more than triple its dividend in the next year as the economic environment improves and earnings normalize.

Analyst Opinions: Currently, 21, or 62%, of analysts covering Bank of America rate its stock "buy" and 13 rate it "hold." None rank it "sell." A median target of $18.29 suggests a 26% rise.

Raymond James, Strong Buy, $24 Target
Credit Suisse, Outperform, $20 Target
JPMorgan, Overweight, $20 Target
Barclays, Equal Weight, $19 Target
Citigroup, Buy, $18 Target
Goldman Sachs, Buy, $16 Target
Deutsche Bank, Hold, $13 Target

General Electric ( GE) is an industrial conglomerate.

Quarterly Synopsis: GE posted fourth-quarter earnings from continuing operations of $3.9 billion, or 36 cents a share, a 33% increase from the year-earlier tally. Revenue increased to $41 billion, marking the first quarter of growth in the past nine. Energy infrastructure orders climbed 4% and total quarterly orders jumped 12%. The backlog widened to a record $175 billion, signaling pent-up demand. GE Capital also posted solid numbers, achieving $1.1 billion of profit, a 10% increase, with volume up 30%. Losses and impairments fell by $300 million.

Earnings Performance: GE posted 36 cents of adjusted earnings, exceeding analysts' consensus forecast by 13%. By comparison, GE has an average historical earnings beat rate of 4.2%. Its top-line of $41 billion beat expectations by 3.4%. By comparison, GE has an average sales beat rate of 0.3%. GE's stock jumped more than 5% in reaction to the report. In addition to the unexpected sales growth, 6% organic growth in GE's industrial segment is being lauded as a report highlight. New infrastructure projects in emerging markets could provide a near-term tailwind.

Dividend Information: GE pays a quarterly dividend of 14 cents, equivalent to an annual yield of 3.1%. The payout has fallen from a high of 31 cents, last paid in 2009. But, GE has boosted its dividend in each of the past two quarters and a payout ratio of 43% indicates room for further expansion in upcoming quarters.

Analyst Opinions: Currently, 10 analysts advocate purchasing GE's stock and nine recommend holding it. No analysts advise selling. A median price target of $21.45 suggests an impending rise of 10%. Given outperformance, upward target revisions are possible.

UBS, Buy, $23 Target
Goldman Sachs, Buy, $22 Target
Credit Suisse, Outperform, $22 Target
JPMorgan, Overweight, $21 Target
Citigroup, Buy, $20 Target
Barclays, Overweight, $20 Target

McDonald's ( MCD) - Jan. 24, 9:30 AM

McDonald's is the world's largest restaurant owner.

Adjusted Earnings Forecast: $1.16, +12%
Average Earnings Surprise: 3.5%
Previous Performance: 11 consecutive beats
Sales Forecast: $6.2 billion, +3.7%
Average Sales Surprise: 0.9%
Previous Performance: Four consecutive beats

American Express ( AXP) - Jan. 24, 4:00 PM

American Express is a credit-card company.

Adjusted Earnings Forecast: $0.97, +64%
Average Earnings Surprise: 10%
Previous Performance: Seven consecutive beats
Sales Forecast: $7.3 billion, +12%
Average Sales Surprise: -1.3%
Previous Performance: Five consecutive beats

Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ) - Jan. 25, 8:00 AM

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3M ( MMM) - Jan. 25, 9:00 AM

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Du Pont ( DD) - Jan. 25, 9:30 AM

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Travelers ( TRV) - Jan. 25, 9:30 AM

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Caterpillar ( CAT) - Jan. 27, 6:30 AM

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Procter & Gamble ( PG) - Jan. 27, 8:00 AM

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AT&T ( T) - Jan. 27, 10:00 AM

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Microsoft ( MSFT) - Jan. 27, 4:00 PM

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Coca-Cola ( KO) - Feb. 9, 9:30 AM

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