New York, NY (PRWEB) December 09, 2012
In a recent Profit Confidential article, lead contributor and financial expert Michael Lombardi reports that of the 468 S&P 500 companies that have reported their third-quarter corporate earnings so far, 71% have reported corporate earnings above what the markets were expecting, but only 40% of them beat the revenue expectations. He notes that the overall earnings for the third quarter for S&P 500 companies are down -0.2%. (Source: FactSet, November 16, 2012.) According to the Profit Confidential expert, while mainstream stock advisors suggest the S&P 500 is going to break an all-time high, the S&P 500 and other key stock indices are missing the most basic ingredients that drive the markets to the upside: corporate earnings and business confidence.
In the article “More Reason to Be Bearish on the Stock Market…,” Lombardi notes that in addition to corporate earnings being dismal, businesses are also planning to scale back on spending and delay projects.
“They are worried about the uncertainties in the U.S. economy and the global economy—exports, a recession-infested eurozone, a slowing China, and the U.S. federal government’s budget plans,” states Lombardi.
He notes that business investments in equipment and software, a key indicator gauging the economic activity of corporate America, slowed down for the first time since early 2009 in the third quarter of 2012. (Source: The Wall Street Journal, November 18, 2012.)
According to the Profit Confidential expert, looking forward, corporate earnings pictures aren’t likely to improve, as S&P 500 companies are expecting their fourth-quarter corporate earnings growth to be worse than third-quarter earnings growth.”
“The market cannot run forever on artificially low interest rates, record government spending, and record money printing, just like a car can’t run on air,” concludes Lombardi. “In the end, all stock markets rise or fall based on the corporate earnings growth of the companies that trade in the market.”
Lombardi simply doesn’t see 2013 being a better year for corporate earnings growth in the U.S. than 2012.
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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.