S&P 500 Earnings Season Update by FactSet

With 95% of the companies in the S&P 500 reporting earnings to date for Q2 2016, 71% have reported earnings above the mean estimate and 54% have reported sales above the mean estimate. In addition to mean earnings and sales estimates, what other notable movements have occurred in the S&P this earnings season?

Earnings Growth

For Q2 2016, the blended earnings decline for the S&P 500 is -3.2%. The second quarter marks the first time the index has recorded five consecutive quarters of year-over-year declines in earnings since Q3 2008 through Q3 2009.

Related: S&P 500 May See Declines for 2016

Earnings Revisions

On June 30, the estimated earnings decline for Q2 2016 was -5.5%. Seven sectors have higher growth rates today (compared to June 30) due to upside earnings surprises, led by the Information Technology and Consumer Discretionary sectors.

Earnings Guidance

For Q3 2016, 72 S&P 500 companies have issued negative EPS guidance and 30 S&P 500 companies have issued positive EPS guidance.

Valuation

The forward 12-month P/E ratio for the S&P 500 is 17.1. This P/E ratio is based on Thursday’s closing price (2187.02) and forward 12-month EPS estimate ($128.46).

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