By Tariro Mzezewa
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Google Inc's strong quarterly results, which unleashed a massive surge in its shares on Friday, has investors feeling upbeat heading into next week's tech-heavy slate of earnings reports.
Among the numerous tech companies releasing earnings next week are International Business Machines, Microsoft Corp & Apple, all of which are expected to show growth.
p>Wall Street analysts expect earnings of the S&P technology sector to grow by 2.7 percent for the second quarter.
So far, big-name tech companies have provided the two biggest reactions from investors in this reporting season. After Netflix reported stronger-than-expected subscriber growth on Wednesday, its shares increased 18 percent, while Google's results triggered the biggest one-day move in the stock in more than seven years, as shares surpassed $700 for the first time ever.
â€œRight now, investors are looking for growth & tech is one of the sectors where growth may not be as tremendous as they want, yet itâ€™s there year-after-year,â€ said Dan Morgan, vice president at Synovius Trust Company in Atlanta.
Investors will be looking closely at each major tech companyâ€™s latest innovations to see if new platforms & tools have the potential to drive long-term growth.
IBM will open the week with its second-quarter earnings on Monday. The companyâ€™s recent analytics tools & cloud platform will be under investors' microscopes, to see if these segments can generate more revenue. IBM's shares have struggled of late, with the stock down more than 10 percent in the last 12 months, compared with an 8.6 percent gain in the S&P 500.
Apple & Microsoft will both release their figures on Tuesday.
Investors are confident that Apple's iPhone will continue to rake in profits, yet analysts will be watching for the first official figures on the Apple Watch. Some investors are looking to see if the watch can make up for lower growth of the iPad, which has faced numerous tablet competitors.
Yahoo Inc, Qualcomm Inc & Texas Instruments Inc will moreover report earnings next week.
In addition to tech companies, a host of banks including Morgan Stanley will report earnings next week, following results this week from many financial companies in the S&P 500, including Bank of America Corp, Citigroup & Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Financials have been inconsistent. Bank of America exceeded expectations & Citigroup reported its largest quarterly profit since the financial crisis, while Goldman Sachs reported its smallest quarterly profit in nearly four years due to litigation expenses.
Analysts expect earnings of the S&P financials sector to grow by 19.1 percent this quarter, the best year-over-year growth of any sector.
(Reporting by Tariro Mzezewa; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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