Investor Roundtable Themes of this earnings season Add to ... The Globe and Mail Published Wednesday, Aug. 01 2012, 4:57 PM EDT Last updated Thursday, Aug. 02 2012, 8:08 AM EDT Many North American companies issued their latest earnings reports over the past few weeks. The Globe and Mail's Tim Kiladze, Pat Brethour and Scott Barlow take a look at some common themes that emerged from this earnings season. Watch More Video: Oil traders eye Saudi succession The latest (and most ridiculous) trend in Super Bowl advertising: Ads for ads Urban Outfitters' edgy style brings harsh scrutiny Everything investors need to know about phantom distributions The latest (and most ridiculous) trend in Super Bowl advertising: Ads for ads Big banks not budging on mortgage rates – so far Market Call Tonight: Top picks from ScotiaMcLeod’s Stan Wong S&P, Nasdaq turn positive for the year Why the latest idea from BlackBerry’s CEO isn't just 'insane' Promotions hurt Verizon's margins Joe Oliver on the impact of falling oil prices Bankruptcy threatens crisis-torn Ukraine Why cheaper gas doesn't necessarily mean stronger consumer spending RBC strikes $5.4-billion deal for U.S. lender Market Call Tonight: Top picks from Shaunessy Investment’s Terry Shaunessy The good and the bad for consumers after Bank of Canada’s rate cut Stephen Poloz explains Bank of Canada's surprise rate cut How bad is the Swiss franc mortgage mess? TD chief economist reacts to Bank of Canada's surprise move Loonie drops a penny after Bank of Canada's surprise cut Comments AA More Related to this Story Economy Video: No new stimulus despite slowing economy, says Fed Economy Video: Markets react to Fed announcement Agriculture Video: How can agriculture investors deal with climate concerns?