Life with Kudlow is always interesting. Last night's lively discussion/debate centered in part on John Mauldin's (newsletter writer par excellence) bearish view of the earnings outlook. He feels that the price level of the S&P is too high relative to what will be disappointing earnings.
I'm not sure what earnings are going to be so let's plagiarize some of Jason Trennert's work from Strategas. Jason looked at all the recessions since WW II and calculated that on average earnings fell 17% from whatever the peak had been. I don't see a recession on our table yet, but let's declare one for the sake of argument. The recent peak in earnings was the four-quarter period ending June, 2007 when the S&P earned $91.50. If we take 17% off that, and remember, those that don't study history are condemned to repeat it, then the trough in earnings will be $76. That number is far below any estimate I have seen, so that might be bearish enough.