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S&P 500 Earnings Leaderboard: Biggest Surprises Season to Date

Monday, 11 Feb 2008 | 11:49 AM ET

So far 364 of the S&P 500 companies (just under 75%) have reported earnings.

Here's how things stand:

  • Companies Exceeding Estimates: 219 or 60%
  • Companies Matching Estimates: 49 or 13%
  • Companies Falling Below Estimates: 96 or 26%

So far, it is the tech sector that has the biggest surprises to the upside, with Lexmark reporting EPS that was 122% above expectations. In absolute dollars, Exxon still leads with its $982 million surprise. Disney surprised last week by $219 million.

Earnings Leaderboard - Best Performers (as of 2/8)

Company Symbol Sector Date EPS Est. Actual %Chg
Lexmark Holdings LXK Tech 1/29 0.58 1.29 122%
Tellabs Inc TLAB Tech 1/22 0.01 0.02 100%
LSI Corp LSI Tech 1/23 0.07 0.13 86%
JDS Uniphase JDSU Tech 2/5 0.12 0.22 83%
Tyson Foods Inc TSN CnStp 1/28 0.04 0.07 75%
Valero Energy VLO Energy 1/29 0.64 1.02 59%
Raytheon Co. RTN Indus 1/31 0.92 1.45 58%
Cincinnati Financial CINF Fin Svcs 2/6 0.74 1.07 45%
CA Inc. CA Tech 1/31 0.25 0.36 44%
Polo Ralph Lauren RL CnDisc 2/6 0.77 1.08 40%
Thomson Financial

On the downside, the banks lead the losers with Sallie Mae reporting the biggest miss in that sector, off by 165%. The biggest surprise overall has been Tesoro which missed by 1,550%. In absolute dollars, Merrill Lynch is still the biggest loser with its $6.3 billion downside surprise.

Source:Thomson Financial

  Price   Change %Change
XL
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FITB
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CNX
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STI
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SLIM CPI NT
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TSO
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RL
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CINF
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RTN
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TSN
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JDSU
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LYTS
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TLAB
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LXK
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VLO
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XOM
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