PAGINATION EDITORS:

BUSINESS EDITORS:

The Associated Press will begin efforts in July to significantly increase the number of stories it publishes about the quarterly earnings of U.S. companies.

Using algorithms and computer programs, the AP plans to publish as many as 4,400 earnings reports a quarter, up from 300. Each story will be 150 to 300 words long and will be based on data and other information released by the companies.

AP journalists will continue to produce in-depth stories each quarter on important earnings news and trends. By automating the vast majority of earnings stories, AP reporters and editors will have more time to spend developing exclusive journalism, scoops and enterprise.

AP's automated earnings stories will be produced in partnership with Zacks Investment Research and Automated Insights. All stories will be published in an easy-to-read format and conform to AP style.

Questions can be directed to Brad Foss, deputy business editor, at bfoss@ap.org, and Philana Patterson, breaking news editor, at ppatterson@ap.org.

The AP.