As of yesterday afternoon, 338 companies or nearly 70% of the S&P 500 have reported earnings.
Here's how things stand:
- Companies Exceeding Estimates: 56%
- Companies Matching Estimates: 8%
- Companies Falling Below Estimates: 36%
Compared to two weeks ago when only 20% had reported, the breakdown has shifted with a larger increase in companies beating vs. missing estimates. On a percentage basis, steel players US Steel and Nucor lead the list of upside surprises. In absolute dollars, energy and tech rule. Chevron's $549 million surprise passes Pfizer's $405 million surprise followed by Marathon Oil's $381 million and Apple's $347 million surprise. IBM is next in line with a $336 surprise.
On the downside, Financials continue to take all 5 of the 5 worst surprises. Fifth Third leads the losers, reporting the biggest miss in that sector, off by a whopping 38,000%. In absolute dollars, Citigroup leads with its $6.3 billion negative surprise followed by Regions Financial's $6.2 billion and Wells Fargo's $4.7 billion downside surprises.
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