If the big S&P 500 companies see their revenue growth stalling, they will cut expenses to achieve their projected corporate earnings; a cycle that puts further pressure on our economy—which I’m now believing cannot escape Recession Part II.
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New York, NY (PRWEB) August 04, 2012
Michael Lombardi, lead contributor to Profit Confidential, believes corporate revenue growth within the global economic slowdown is going to be very hard to come by for the remainder of 2012. So far, about 25% of all S&P 500 companies have reported their corporate earnings for the second quarter, Lombardi reports, noting sales have risen among these firms at the slowest rate since 2009, and IBM is just one of many that will rely on job cuts—not revenue growth—to increase corporate earnings.
In the article “Revenue Growth Collapses at Big American Companies,” Lombardi says he focuses on revenue growth of major companies because it is very important in determining economic growth.
“If the big S&P 500 companies see their revenue growth stalling, they will cut expenses to achieve their projected corporate earnings; a cycle that puts further pressure on our economy—which I’m now believing cannot escape Recession Part II,” says Lombardi.
Lombardi believes this has forced stock market analysts to now cut third-quarter revenue growth projections by 1.0%–1.5%, which is in the territory of recession.
“So how is it that the S&P 500 stock market index is able to remain steady despite the bad news?” asks Lombardi.
The Profit Confidential lead contributor notes that one of the largest S&P 500 companies International Business Machines Corporation, better known as IBM, reported corporate earnings that beat expectations for the second quarter. IBM also raised its corporate earnings guidance for 2012, he adds.
Lombardi believes IBM will be able to increase its corporate earnings in 2012 by cutting jobs, not by revenue growth.
“It is not going to increase revenue, because global spending on technology by companies is falling, which is reflective of the global economic slowdown,” he asserts.
Thus far, according to Lombardi, corporate earnings reports from the S&P 500 companies have confirmed the global economic slowdown.
“Both revenue and earnings growth are becoming harder and harder to come by. And the stock market is starting to see the picture clearly,” Lombardi concludes.
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