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By Jason Stipp | 04-08-2010 04:53 PM

Five Earnings Reports to Watch

These reports may illuminate more than the company's performance.

Coming Soon on Morningstar: Watch for conference call transcripts on this earnings season, starting with Alcoa (AA). You'll get transcripts from the most widely held companies as soon as three hours after the call. In our Earnings Call Transcripts Center (under the Stocks tab), you can see the most recent, most popular, and bellwether transcripts, and easily search transcripts by Company, Keyword, Sector, Analyst, and Date.

Jason Stipp: I'm Jason Stipp for Morningstar and welcome to the Friday Five. That dull roar you hear is the sound of earnings season; it's almost upon us. It's going to kick off next week with Alcoa.

Here to talk with me about five earnings reports that we're looking forward to here at the Friday Five is Markets Editor Jeremy Glaser. Thanks for joining me, Jeremy.

Jeremy Glaser: You're welcome, Jason.

Stipp: Let's start out for number one the first company that you're looking forward to and what are you looking for in that report?

Glaser: The first one is Manpower, which is a huge, temporary staffing organization. In this report, I'm less interested in actually Manpower's earnings, and more interested in what they have to say about the state of the labor market. One of the big unanswered questions in this economic recovery is when will jobs return?

Because without jobs, we're still going to have problems with consumer spending; we're still going to have problems with people not being able to pay their mortgages. I think that Manpower usually has some pretty good insights as to what's happening in the labor market and what they think is going to happen in the future.

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