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

As of this morning, 256 of the S&P 500 companies (just over 50%) have reported earnings.

Here's how things stand:

  • Companies Exceeding Estimates: 172 or 67%
  • Companies Matching Estimates: 28 or 11%
  • Companies Falling Below Estimates: 56 or 22%

So far, the Tech sector has had some of the biggest surprises to the upside. In absolute dollars, CIT Group leads with its $944 million surprise followed by Bank of America's $847 million, Citigroup's $634 million and Goldman Sachs' $519 million surprise.

Earnings Leaderboard - Best Performers (as of 7/25)

Company
Symbol
Sector
Date
EPS Est.
Actual
%Chg
Mead Westvaco MWV Materials 24-Jul 0.19 0.32 68%
Peabody Energy BTU Energy 23-Jul 0.54 0.89 65%
Novellus NVLS Tech 14-Jul 0.04 0.16 50%
Mattel MAT Cons Disc 18-Jul 0.02 0.03 50%
LSI Corp LSI Tech 23-Jul 0.09 0.13 44%
Thomson Reuters

On the downside, the banks lead the losers with Legg Mason reporting the biggest miss in that sector, off by 269%. In absolute dollars, Merrill is the biggest loser with its $3.0 billion downside surprise followed by WaMu's $2.3 billion, and National City's $1.6 billion surprise.

Earnings Leaderboard - Biggest Losers (as of 7/25)

Company
Symbol
Sector
Rpt Date
EPS Est.
Actual
%Chg
Legg Mason LM Financials 25-Jul 0.13 -0.22 -269%
Unisys UIS Tech 23-Jul 0.03 -0.04 -233%
Sandisk SNDK Tech 21-Jul 0.13 -0.10 -177%
American Express AXP Financials 21-Jul 0.83 0.56 -33%
New York Times NYT Cons Disc 23-Jul 0.22 0.15 -32%
Thomson Reuters

Source:Thomson Reuters