A Concerning Q3 Earnings Trend

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by: Cullen Roche

It’s only been 10 days since I updated my Expectation Ratio, but as the bulk of the S&P 500 has started to report earnings, the trend is clear. The caution that the ER was predicting is clearly coming to fruition despite very healthy earnings overall. Remember, the ER is meant to be a forward looking indicator of what’s to come in terms of future expectations so the caution in corporate guidance is not unexpected given the sub 1.0 reading in the ER.

In a recent Yahoo Finance video Nick Raich of Key Private Bank discusses this reality. He notes that the current quarter is fairly good, but that the Q4 and 2012 estimates are being cut as earnings season goes on.

He calls this a concerning trend as it is consistent with a market where analysts remain overly optimistic about the earnings potential for US corporations. He notes that this makes the market potentially risky as any exogenous shock could potentially cause a drastic earnings decline that catches analysts and investors off guard.

Source: Yahoo Finance