Earnings for Insomniacs

Want to get the first skinny on Royal Dutch Shell’s second-quarter results? Set that alarm clock.
The European oil major’s headquarters in The Netherlands is seven hours ahead of its U.S. arm, Shell Oil Co., in Houston. But the dedicated, the curious and the sleepless can get the first word on the company’s results by dialing into a conference call at 3:30 a.m. Thursday in Houston, 9:30 a.m. in London and 10:30 a.m. in The Hague. Just dial 1-480-629-1990 five minutes before the call starts.
The time difference poses a challenge for U.S. investors interested in getting that first word on results. BP routinely schedules its conference calls for 8 a.m. Central, which is 2 p.m. at its London headquarters.
Of course, interested investors can get their shuteye and listen to a replay available on Shell’s Web site hours later. By then they may not even need two shots of espresso.