More specifically, this is the busiest earnings week of the entire season.

13 Dow components reporting this week Reporting date
Caterpillar Monday
Apple Inc. Tuesday
Boeing Co. BA, -0.65% Tuesday
Chevron CorpCVX, -0.87% Thursday
DowDuPont Inc. DWDP, +0.40% Thursday
McDonald’s Corp. MCD, -0.51% Wednesday
3M CoMMM, -1.52% Wednesday
Merck Co. MRK, -0.23% Friday
Microsoft Wednesday
Pfizer IncPFE, -2.23% Tuesday
Visa V, -2.64% Wednesday
Verizon Communications VZ, -2.31% Tuesday
Exxon Mobil XOM, -0.98% Friday

More:  Among those notably reporting this week are Inc. AMZN, -2.66%,  Facebook FB, -1.22% Qualcomm QCOM, -1.36% Nvidia NVDA, -15.40%   and Tesla Inc. TSLA

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Thus far, about one-fifth, or 112, of the S&P 500 companies have reported already, with the majority topping analysts’ earnings estimates: 72.3% of companies have reported above analyst average estimates, compared with an average outperformance of 64%, but below the average over the past four quarters of 78%., according to data from Refinitiv.

However, 58.0% of companies have reported fourth-quarter revenue above analyst expectations, which is below the long-term average of 60% and below the average over the past four quarters of 72%, the data provider said. Moreover, earnings expectations themselves had been dialed back by analysts just before the fourth-quarter kicked off amid a panoply of headwinds.

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