It would be nice if those were the only companies that fell short on their earnings, but unfortunately many more companies are failing to meet their corporate earnings targets.
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New York, NY (PRWEB) November 17, 2012
In a recent Profit Confidential article, lead contributor and financial expert Michael Lombardi reports that in the third quarter of 2012, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 11.4% on the news of QE3 and hopes that corporate earnings growth would hold. But, he adds, this optimism was crushed when companies like IBM, Caterpillar, and United Technologies recently announced their third-quarter 2012 earnings projections for fourth-quarter 2012 and fiscal 2013. According to Lombardi, the recent corporate earnings growth of companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average is falling at a staggering rate, and the trend of declining corporate earnings growth will only continue.
“It would be nice if those were the only companies that fell short on their earnings, but unfortunately many more companies are failing to meet their corporate earnings targets,” states Lombardi.
In the article “Don’t Look at This Chart if You Are Bullish on Stocks, the Economy,” Lombardi states that other Dow Jones Industrial Average firms recently shared negative news.
He reports that Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest oil company and a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, just reported quarterly corporate earnings that were seven percent lower than the same quarter last year, due to a decline in production. (Source: Reuters, November 1, 2012.)
Lombardi also notes that Pfizer reported a decline of 14% in third-quarter corporate earnings. He adds that the company’s total revenue fell 16%, with U.S. sales falling by 18% and international sales dropping by seven percent. (Source: Associated Press, November 1, 2012.)
Looking at the broader picture, the Profit Confidential expert states that the Dow Jones Industrial Average appears even weaker in the near term.
“…corporate earnings growth is crucial for any stock index to rise,” reasons Lombardi. “If earnings pull back, there is no real reason for key stock indices to increase.”
Lombardi concludes that the world’s most followed stock market index is technically and fundamentally weaker.
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