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According to projections, earnings season - which begins in just a few weeks - is shaping up to...

According to projections, earnings season - which begins in just a few weeks - is shaping up to be one of the worst since the financial crisis began. Projections for Q1 earnings growth are running as low as 0.5%, according to Standard & Poor's/Capital IQ. And that's coming off a mediocre Q4, where most of the earnings beats came off drastically lowered expectations.
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  • The Geoffster
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    Pump and dump baby.
    19 Mar 2012, 08:23 PM Reply Like
  • Trader Monk
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    But stocks continue higher..
    19 Mar 2012, 08:27 PM Reply Like
  • Husky Financial
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    19 Mar 2012, 08:35 PM Reply Like
  • DaLatin
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    Cool, next week will hear all the warnings an analyists will lower #s enough for the beats the following weeks.


    Like last 1/4... INTC was 70 cents. They warn. The boys cut to 60 cents an voila 64 cents a big 4 cent beat !


    The games afoot
    19 Mar 2012, 08:49 PM Reply Like
  • Financial Insights
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    Makes it easier to beat, but maybe this earnings season will be the beginning of the end of this rally.
    19 Mar 2012, 08:50 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    The search for negative events and/or news that will reverse the economic and market growth that's inexplicable to some never ceases. Meanwhile, the train gets farther and farther from the station.
    19 Mar 2012, 08:58 PM Reply Like
  • DavyJ
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    I only regret that I have but one thumb to give for your comment.
    19 Mar 2012, 09:10 PM Reply Like
  • DaLatin
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    Tack, we are certainly on the mend ! Considering were we were ! Absolutely,but, the real growth is being pimped big time. I understand that 97% of all of us are long one stock or another and all the pundits have clients long something.


    So, it makes no sense for any negative speak except by the 3% of the short guys. If you take the entire industry coverage the % is close to my comment. Of all the covered stocks are 53% buy an 44% hold and just 3% are listed as sell ! So,even though the "train gets farther an farther from the station" sometimes the train has to double back to pick up some savvy passengers who wanted to get a discount ticket !


    Those people are THEE traders and they make the premium dollars ! 99 out of 100 times the market as is life is not a straight line. So, one doesn't need to rely on 65 years of his/her own experience,but, only needs to look at a chart of last years DOW an S&P.............


    SO, this week I went from 60 symbols to 8. Not because I think the world is coming to an end,but, my sense is I can be patient an get the symbols later on at cheaper prices.


    If I can't it is my loss,but, there are 7000 accessible symbols in the US an many more ADRs easily in reach and I think some solid EU stocks have great world wide businesses and much lower PEs. SO, yes I say the game is rigged abit and has been this way since the 40s an I bought my first stocks.


    That is why UPS grabbed TNT yesterday...
    20 Mar 2012, 05:07 AM Reply Like
  • alpharox
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    Yes, this is bullish, just the excuse The Fed needs to initiate another round of wealth transfer from taxpayers to the, I mean QE.
    19 Mar 2012, 09:03 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS-2.0
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    The transfer from Taxpayers to the Crony connected was already done a while back.


    This time, the stage is being set for the transfer from Bagholders to the crony connected.


    Late commers to soon be fleeced.
    19 Mar 2012, 09:12 PM Reply Like
  • sheeple2012
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    earnings? lol!! what do they have to do with stocks? i'm all in baby! see you at 1500!
    19 Mar 2012, 09:21 PM Reply Like
  • emburns
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    I thought I was on zerohedge for a second...
    19 Mar 2012, 09:23 PM Reply Like
  • mike mohr
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    We don't have to worry. AAPL is the U.S. market and keep in mind Facebook IPO is in the pipeline. Who cares if things get bad Ben will print more. And don't forget the Better than expected will keep the S&P going for another $500 points.
    19 Mar 2012, 09:29 PM Reply Like
  • DaLatin
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    mike, your comment somes up all that is wrong in the US financial world." Who cares if things get bad Ben will print more" . This fact will lead to the destruction of the US as we all know it. It will be an event that history has repeated many times.


    There is no way to get out of the massive debt by creating more. Things may look rosy to all of you ,but, to compare just apples ( no pun) to apples the 2007 DOW an S&P to be compared to 2012's DOW an S&P the DOW needs to be 15,500 and the S&P needs to be 1700s to adjust for the value of the US dollar an inflation.


    Right now Germany is the top dog in the EU ,but, I saw first hand what happened when Germans needed a wheelbarrow of bills to eat and they had to sell the wheelbarrow as the money was used to burn an keep warm.


    One only need to look at China moving to a gold backed currency an let her dollars trade on the open market. One only needed to listed to ALL BRIC countries want a top seat on the IMF. One only needs to listen to Mrs Laguard saying the IMF HAS new SDRs with the % of US dollar weight reduced to 12% because OPEC an BRIC countries don't want to use US $s. And, BRICs do NOT TRADE in US$s amongst themselves! Japan has signed with China to use swaps too. The world trade is now 65% US dollar less an OPEC an others are moving towards gold bullion. And, ALL but one central bank is buying bullion. The games afoot all you watsons !


    I love to quote Sec. James Baker 3 " if the US losses the reserve we are Greece" !!!
    20 Mar 2012, 05:26 AM Reply Like
  • Jolly_Rancher
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    Housing is beginning to kick in. That is why growth is so slow. Buying a house requires a down payment, which must be saved. More savings, less consumer spending. That's why job market is improving but consumer spending is weak.
    19 Mar 2012, 09:32 PM Reply Like
  • bakkbakk
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    Projections for growth for q1 are expected to be as low as 1/2 percent? Come on. How about writing another article about why its time to short Apple while we are at it. Next quarter maybe, but not quite yet. Time to buy bullets and gold and build a bunker we'll never make it. Why not just say we will contract in earnings so every stock will be a blowout?
    19 Mar 2012, 10:11 PM Reply Like
  • mike mohr
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    FED has to choose, Bonds, Oil and Stocks. Which one is the $64K question?
    19 Mar 2012, 10:52 PM Reply Like
  • Husky Financial
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    Stocks.. they choose the direction of the market and the rest follows suite. Bonds no longer run the game when the printing presses are rolling
    19 Mar 2012, 11:33 PM Reply Like
  • Econdoc
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    get ready for it...better than expected


    you want lowering expectations into earnings season


    19 Mar 2012, 11:15 PM Reply Like
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