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Cash is king as U.S. quarterly reporting season gains steam

FILE PHOTO: The Wall Street sign is pictured at the New York Stock exchange (NYSE) in the Manhattan borough of New York City

(Reuters) – As the U.S. quarterly earnings season picks up steam this week, investors are getting a glimpse of how companies are weathering the coronavirus outbreak, including the strength of their balance sheets.

With little clarity on when the U.S. economy will reopen, companies of all sizes have been bracing for months of limited revenues. Several corporations have reduced or suspended their dividends, slowed capital spending and cut jobs and wages to save money.

Companies have also raced to raise as much credit as possible and preserve liquidity. Delta Air Lines <DAL.N> said in its report on Wednesday that it had raised $5.4 billion of capital since early March.

The following graphic shows companies reporting in the week of April 20, along with their cash and short-term investments in recent quarters.

Graphic: Who’s got cash? https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/mkt/xlbpgkxbpqd/whos%20got%20cash.png

(Reporting by Noel Randewich; Editing by Richard Chang)

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