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

As of this morning, 389 of the S&P 500 companies (just under 80%) have reported earnings.

Here's how things stand:

  • Companies Exceeding Estimates: 247 or 63%
  • Companies Matching Estimates: 42 or 11%
  • Companies Falling Below Estimates: 100 or 26%

Joining Southwest at the top of the list of biggest surprises to date is Tyson Foods reporting EPS that was 500% above expectations. In absolute dollars, Ford leads with its $1.0 billion surprise followed by Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs with their $444 and $295 million respective surprises.

Earnings Leaderboard - Best Performers (as of 5/5)

Company
Symbol
Sector
Date
EPS Est.
Actual
%Chg
Southwest Airlines LUV Airlines 4/17/2008 0.01 0.06 500%
Tyson Foods TSN Cons. Staples 4/28/2008 0.01 0.06 500%
EDS EDS Tech 4/24/2008 0.05 0.12 140%
Brunswick BC Cons Disc 4/24/2008 0.1 0.21 110%
Hasbro HAS Cons Disc 4/21/2008 0.14 0.25 79%
Starwood Hotels HOT Cons Disc 4/24/2008 0.25 0.44 76%
Thomson Reuters

On the downside, toy maker Mattel continues to lead the losers off by 1400%. In absolute dollars, Wachovia is still the biggest loser with its $1.0 billion downside surprise. Bank of America follows with its downside surprise of $800 million. New to the list is utility Pinnacle West, .

Earnings Leaderboard - Biggest Losers (as of 5/5)

Company
Symbol
Sector
Rpt Date
EPS Est.
Actual
%Chg
Mattel MAT Cons Disc. 4/21/2008 0.01 -0.13 -1400%
Unisys Corp UIS Tech 4/30/2008 0.02 -0.07 -450%
CIT CIT Financials 4/17/2008 0.58 -1.35 -333%
National City NCC Financials 4/21/2008 0.31 -0.27 -187%
Pinnacle West PNW Utilities 4/29/2008 0.10 -0.04 -140%Wachovia
Thomson Reuters

Source:Thomson Reuters