No Revenue Growth Suggests Recession, According to Leading Financial Newsletter Profit Confidential

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More than half of the S&P 500 companies have reported earnings for the second quarter of 2012, and according to Michael Lombardi, lead contributor to Profit Confidential, thus far, the ratio of negative-to-positive forecasts has produced the highest negative reading since 2001.

No Revenue Growth Suggests Recession, According to Leading Financial Newsletter Profit Confidential

No Revenue Growth Suggests Recession, According to Leading Financial Newsletter Profit Confidential

“For the second quarter, analysts were expecting revenue growth for the S&P 500 of eight percent year-over-year,” says Lombardi, “but, thus far, it has only produced growth of 1.2%.”

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More than half of the S&P 500 companies have reported earnings for the second quarter of 2012, and according to Michael Lombardi, lead contributor to Profit Confidential, thus far, the ratio of negative-to-positive forecasts has produced the highest negative reading since 2001.

In the article “Negative Revenue Growth for S&P 500 Companies Signals Recession,” Lombardi notes that the earnings outlook has been so poor that analysts have had to take down S&P 500 revenue estimates for the coming third quarter.

“For the second quarter, analysts were expecting revenue growth for the S&P 500 of eight percent year-over-year,” says Lombardi, “but, thus far, it has only produced growth of 1.2%,”

Lombardi notes that this is the slowest year-over-year growth since the recession began over four years ago.

“The negative earnings outlook by corporations in the S&P 500 has forced analysts to change their high single-digit revenue growth forecast for the third quarter to a negative 0.4%,” says Lombardi. “That’s negative revenue growth year-over-year.”

This means that, for the last three quarters, revenue growth in the S&P 500 has declined steadily and dramatically.

Historically, Lombardi says, when revenue growth has been negative year-over-year for S&P 500 corporations, it is usually followed by a recession.

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Profit Confidential is Lombardi Publishing Corporation’s free daily investment e-letter. Written by financial gurus with over 100 years of combined investing experience, Profit Confidential analyzes and comments on the actions of the stock market, precious metals, interest rates, real estate, and the economy. Lombardi Publishing Corporation, founded in 1986, now with over one million customers in 141 countries, is one of the largest consumer information publishers in the world. For more on Lombardi, and to get the popular Profit Confidential e-letter sent to you daily, visit http://www.profitconfidential.com.

Michael Lombardi, MBA, the lead Profit Confidential editorial contributor, has just released his most recent update of Critical Warning Number Six, a breakthrough video with Lombardi’s current predictions for the U.S. economy, stock market, U.S. dollar, euro, interest rates and inflation. To see the video, visit http://www.profitconfidential.com/critical-warning-number-six.

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