Worst Quarter for Corporate Profits in 3 Years

Source: Bianco Research


With most of Q3 earnings now reported, we can take a quick look at the numbers, and they are none too pretty. Before you roll your focus to Q4 earnings, lets pull a few numbers from Nasdaq:

-460 of S&P500 companies reporting, total earnings are down 2.2% (vs same Q3 2011);

-Total revenues are down 3.6%

-Only 38% of the companies have come out with positive revenue surprises; only 62.6% of the companies beating earnings expectations..

-Technology disappointed with total Tech earnings down 4.3%. Only 61.7% of Tech beat earnings expectations; significantly less than prior quarters.

-Basic Materials is the weakest sectors in terms of growth and negative surprises. Energy is a close second in terms of earnings growth, with total quarterly earnings down 19.8%.

-Growth was for the S&P 500 as a whole and a decline of 4% excluding Finance.

Here is the kicker: Earnings expectations for Q4 and for 2013 have yet to be ratched down in a meaningful way. Earnings expectations for 2013 are expected to be up 11%. Revenues are expected up 3.6% in 2013.



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