Second quarter earnings season has arrived. This is one of the most important events of the quarter. The earnings results – and even more important earnings outlook – should guide the stock market for the next few weeks and months.
Although earnings season is just getting started, so far results have been mostly in line with expectations.
Here’s a look at the early earnings results with data from Zacks Investment Research.
- Total earnings for the 44 S&P 500 members that have reported Q2 results already are up +1.1% on +2.6% higher revenues, with 81.8% beating EPS estimates and 61.4% beating revenue estimates.
That revenue and earnings growth doesn’t jump off the page – but here’s the good news.
The results are in line with expectations so Wall Street is not disappointed.
Here’s more good news on the earnings front.
In the long run – earnings growth is expected to bottom out this quarter and begin trending higher for at least the next five quarters.
Take a look at this great chart from Factset Data Systems. You can see how earnings growth is expected to accelerate in the next year.
With this earnings backdrop, the S&P 500 is having a very solid year.
The index rallied hard in the first quarter of 2019. After a small decline in May, investors were quick to step in and buy the dip, sending the S&P 500 back to an all-time high.
And that’s where US stocks are right now – at the all-time high with the S&P 500 up 21% on the year.
Take a look at the action below.
Looking forward I am optimistic about second quarter earnings season. I am expecting results in line with expectations and a fairly optimistic outlook and I expect that to drive the S&P 500 into a new all-time high.
Further out, the projected steady earnings growth in the next 12 months tells me that the global and US economies are relatively healthy. I expect that to be supportive of stocks as well.
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