Zacks Earnings Trends Highlights: Apple, Google and Citigroup PR Newswire CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2013 CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks Director of Research Sheraz Mian says, "Contrary to fears coming into the fourth quarter earnings season, the earnings reports have actually been quite decent." (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101027/ZIRLOGO) A Decent Earnings Season Thus Far Contrary to fears coming into the fourth quarter earnings season, the earnings reports have actually been quite decent. They are not great, but they are not awful either, notwithstanding the strong negative reaction to Apple's (Nasdaq:AAPL) report. Not only are positive surprises at levels better than the previous quarter and comparable to the last many, but neither are we getting much negative guidance from management teams. One could discount the positive surprises as largely a function of lowered expectation, which had sharply come down in the run up to the start of the earnings season. But the absence of negative guidance has to count as a net positive in an otherwise no-growth earnings environment. Total earnings for the 136 S&P 500 companies that have already reported results are up +1% from the same period last year, with 62.5% of the companies beating expectations with a median surprise of +2.4%. Revenues are up +5.5%, with 52.9% of the companies beating top-line expectations and a median revenue surprise of +0.6%. Most of that revenue growth is coming from a handful Tech and Finance companies, including Apple, Google (Nasdaq:GOOG) and Citigroup (NYSE:C). Combining the reports that have come out with the ones still to come, the composite fourth quarter earnings growth rate is essentially flat (up only +0.1%). The actual dollar amount of fourth quarter earnings is the lowest quarterly total in 2012 (see Table 5). But the expectation is for earnings growth to resume from the second quarter of 2013 and increase materially in the back half of the year. We have started expectations for 2013 come down a bit, but there is likely much more room to go. Want stock picks from Zacks Equity Research that are based on earnings estimates? Subscribe to the free "Profit from the Pros" newsletter: http://at.zacks.com/?id=7160 About Zacks Equity Research Zacks Equity Research provides the best of quantitative and qualitative analysis to help investors know what stocks to buy and which to sell for the long-term. Continuous coverage is provided for a universe of 1,150 publicly traded stocks. Our analysts are organized by industry which gives them keen insights to developments that affect company profits and stock performance. Recommendations and target prices are six-month time horizons. Zacks "Profit from the Pros" e-mail newsletter provides highlights of the latest analysis from Zacks Equity Research. Subscribe to this free newsletter today: http://at.zacks.com/?id=5186 About Zacks Zacks.com is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed in 1978 by Len Zacks. The company continually processes stock reports issued by 3,000 analysts from 150 brokerage firms. It monitors more than 200,000 earnings estimates, looking for changes. Then, when changes are discovered, they're applied to help assign more than 4,400 stocks into five Zacks Rank categories: #1 Strong Buy, #2 Buy, #3 Hold, #4 Sell, and #5 Strong Sell. This proprietary stock-picking system continues to outperform the market by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. The best way to unlock profitable Zacks' stock recommendations and market insights is through the free daily email newsletter: "Profit from the Pros." It provides a steady flow of profitable ideas GUARANTEED to be worth your time. Register for your free subscription at http://at.zacks.com/?id=5187 Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ZacksResearch Join us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZacksInvestmentResearch Visit http://www.zacks.com/performance for information about the performance numbers displayed in this press release. Disclaimer: Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors should always research companies and securities before making any investments. Nothing herein should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security. Contact: Sheraz Mian Company: Zacks.com Phone: 312-265-9211 Email: email@example.com Visit: www.Zacks.com SOURCE Zacks Investment Research, Inc. Website: http://www.zacks.com
Zacks Earnings Trends Highlights: Apple, Google and Citigroup
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