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The latest round of quarterly performance reports is winding down to the finale as nearly all of the S&P 500 components have reported earnings results for the quarter.
In light of this earnings season coming to an end, we’re taking the time to highlight the biggest themes and most important takeaways following the latest batch of corporate performance results. To aid in this recap, we’re leaning on the most recent weekly earnings insight report published by FactSet (FDS ), the industry leader in providing financial information and analytics.
Thus far, the latest blended earnings growth rate for U.S. firms stands at a paltry 0.7%, which marks the lowest quarterly earnings growth rate since Q3 2012 when the figure stood at negative 1.0%. These lackluster results are further showcased by the fact that while 71% of firms have reported earnings above the mean estimate, only 45% have reported sales above the mean estimate.
At the sector level, energy companies have seen the largest year-over-year decrease in revenues (-40%) in light of collapsing crude oil prices. On the other hand, the health care sector has reported the highest growth (7%) in sales for the quarter. With these revenue growth figure in mind, if energy names were excluded, then the S&P 500’s blended revenue growth rate would jump from a negative 2.9% to a positive 2.4%, illustrating the sheer magnitude of that sector’s under-performance.
Below, we highlight a few of the key themes that have permeated this quarter’s earnings reports:
Looking ahead to some key points:
The lesson here is recognizing the importance of learning to read and interpret earnings reports without injecting your own biases; be sure to stay up to date with the latest dividend and earnings news.
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