Inflation Adjusted SPX Earnings

Chart of the Day provides this job dropping perspective on the current earnings environment: 12-month S&P 500 earnings, relative to the peak in Q3 2007.

With 38% of S&P 500 companies reporting Q2 2009 numbers, on a real basis, earnings have declined over 98%.

This is the largest decline on record going back to 1936.

The folks at Chart of the Day note that if current estimates hold — and that’s a big “if,” asĀ  they are most likely too low — then Q3 2009 will see the first 12-month period during which S&P 500 earnings are negative.

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Inflation Adjusted S&P500 Earnings

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