S&P 500 Earnings Decline: 90%

With earnings season coming to an end, I wanted to find a way to depict the severity of the financial meltdown into the context of profits.

This Stock of the Day chart does so, showing  just how unprecedented the profit destruction has been:

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Chart of the Day:

“While the stock market is up sharply since early March, the economy as well as corporate earnings continue to suffer. Today’s chart helps provide some perspective as to the magnitude of the current economic decline. Today’s chart illustrates that 12-month, as-reported S&P 500 earnings have declined over 90% over the past 20 months (with over 90% of S&P 500 companies having reported for Q1 2009), making this by far the largest decline on record (the data goes back to 1936). In fact, real earnings have dropped to a record low and if current estimates hold, Q3 2009 will see the first 12-month period during which S&P 500 earnings are negative.”

Via Chart of the Day

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