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Earnings Season to Date


As of the close of business Friday, February 10, 2012…
S&P 500® INDEX (SPX) – 1342.64; year to date +6.7% (Figure 1.1)
•         331 companies have reported to date (66% of the Index)
•         The majority of firms yet to report come from consumer discretionary and utilities 
•         Current quarter EPS growth stands at 3.9%

o   Prior 4-quarter average was 14.66%

    • Technology experienced EPS growth of 19.91%
    • Industrials experienced EPS growth of 14.40%
    • Financials experienced EPS growth of -17.10%
  • Current quarter 70% of SPX reported have an absolute positive EPS surprise
    o   Prior 4-quarter average was 73%
  •  Current quarter 28.7% of SPX reported have an absolute negative EPS surprise
    o   Prior 4-quarter average was 25.5% 
    • Current quarter sales growth stands at 6.97%

      o   Prior 4-quarter average was 10.64%

        • Technology experienced sales growth of 14.93%
        • Energy experienced sales growth of 12.75%
        • Financials experienced sales growth of -2.90%
    • Current quarter 56.2% of SPX reported have a positive sales surprise
      o   Prior 4-quarter average was 60.3%
    • Current Quarter 43.5% of SPX reported have a Negative Sales surprise
      o   Prior 4-quarter average was 38.3%

Earnings Calendar for the Week Ahead – Monday, February 13 to Friday, February 17
SPX companies whose earnings I view as significant:
            Monday       Masco (MAS)
            Tuesday       BorgWarner (BWA); Avon (AVP); Goodyear Tire (GT); Watson Pharmaceuticals (WPI); Host Hotels (HST) 
            Wednesday Vulcan Materials (VMC); Dean Foods (DF); Devon Energy (DVN); Deere (DE); Marriot (MAR); CBS Corp (CBS);
                                 Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF); Nvidia (NVDA); Netapp (NTAP); CF Industries (CF); Cliffs Nat Resources (CLF)
            Thursday     Directv (DTV); Waste Management (WM); PG&E Corp. (PCG); Duke Energy (DUK); Apache (APA);
                                 Nordstrom (JWN); JM Smuckers (SJM); VF Corp. (VFC); Molson Coors (TAP); EOG Resources (EOG)
                                 Applied Materials (AMAT)
            Friday           HJ Heinz (HNZ); Campbell Soup (CPB)
S&P 500 Index (SPX) – February 14, 2011 to February 10, 2012

Source: Bloomberg

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

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