Zacks Earnings Trends Highlights: Apple, Google, Microsoft and Caterpillar

  Zacks Earnings Trends Highlights: Apple, Google, Microsoft and Caterpillar

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CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks Director of Research, Sheraz Mian,
says we have started to see expectations for 2013 come down a bit, but there
is likely much more room to go.


Earnings Season Winding Down at Par

Combining the reports that have come out with the ones still to come, the
composite fourth quarter earnings growth rate is +1.7%, which compares to a
flat reading in the third quarter, but lower than what we have been seeing the
quarters prior to that. 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.

Key Points

  oThe bulk of the fourth quarter reporting season is now behind us, with
    results from 333 S&P 500 companies already out. These 333 companies
    account for 76.6% of the index's total market cap and contribute 78.1% of
    the index's total Q4 earnings.
  oTotal earnings for these 333 companies are up +2.7%, a beat ratio of
    67.3%, and median surprise of +3.2%. Total revenues are up +0.5%, beat
    ratio of 62.5%, and median surprise of +0.9%.
  oFinance is the key driver of growth, with total Finance sector earnings up
    +18.8% from the same period last year. Excluding Finance, total earnings
    would be down -0.3%.
  oTech has been a laggard, with earnings growth almost non-existent and many
    of the industry leaders including Apple (Nasdaq:AAPL), Google
    (Nasdaq:GOOG) and Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT) coming short of revenue
    expectations. Total Tech sector earnings are up +2.4%.
  oIndustrial Products is particularly weak, both in terms of growth as well
    as negative surprises. The weak comparisons are not limited to Caterpillar
    (NYSE:CAT), the issue is quite widespread, with the fourth quarter on
    track to be the weakest earnings season for the group in the last 8
  oCombining the results that have come out with those still to come, the
    composite earnings growth rate for the fourth quarter is +1.7%, which
    compares to flat growth in the third quarter. Excluding Finance, the
    composite fourth quarter earnings growth rate drops to 0% (down -0.04%),
    compared to the decline of -4.1% for the ex-Finance group in the third

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