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Second Quarter of ’12 S&P 500 Earnings Snapshot as of Aug. 7

The following tables summarize the latest quarterly earnings for companies in the Standard & Poor’s (SPX) 500 Index.

Profit figures are based on income from continuing operations excluding some gains and losses. The share-weighted percentage changes are year-over-year comparisons. earnings surprises are based on estimates provided by Bloomberg.

S&P 500 Universe:
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                               Number of  Share-Weighted
                               Companies  % Change

Total reported Q2/12:            426@       -0.4%
Higher EPS                       283        15.6%
Lower EPS                        135       -27.0%
Unchanged                          8         0.0%

S&P 500 Universe:
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                               Number of  Share-Weighted
                               Companies  % Change

Total reported Ex-Financial:     346        -1.5%

Comparable Q2/11:                430        17.7%
End of Q2/11:                    499        16.2%
End of Q1/12:                    500         6.2%

S&P 500 Index EPS with 426/500 companies reported:     $25.66
                  *Net income (as reported) EPS:       $23.68

Earnings Surprises^:
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                                    Q2/12              Q2/11
Positive Surprises:            287/424 = 67.7%     354/498 =71.1%
0% Surprises:                   44/424 = 10.4%      45/498 = 9.0%
Negative Surprises:             93/424 = 21.9%      99/498 =19.9%

Sector Summary:
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                                          Share-
                                Reported Weighted Earnings Surprises Sector
                                 /Total   %Change (+)  same  (-)      EPS

Consumer Discretionary:          54 /81    -2.6%   36    4     14    $2.26
Consumer Staples:                30 /41    0.2%    22    3     5     $2.36
Energy:                          43 /44   -16.3%   25    4     14    $3.33
Financials:                      80 /81    4.6%    51    7     22    $4.23
Health Care:                     46 /52    0.9%    36    3     7     $3.30
Industrials:                     56 /61    8.2%    43    7     6     $2.86
Information Tech:                56 /70    8.0%    38    9     9     $5.02
Materials:                       28 /30   -17.4%   15    4     9     $0.92
Telecom Svcs:                     6 /8     3.3%    4     1     1     $0.56
Utilities:                       27 /32    -0.8%   17    2     8     $0.83

Total Reported:                 426 /500   -0.4%  287    47    90   $25.66

Total Reported
   Ex-Financial:                346 /419   -1.5%  236    40    68
Industry Summary:
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                                          Share-
                                Reported  Weighted  Earnings Surprises
                                 /Total   %Change    (+)  same   (-)
CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY:
  Automobiles & Components        5 /5    -23.3%      3     0     2
  Consumer Durables & Apparel    12 /14    19.6%      9     1     2
  Consumer Services              12 /14    -2.1%      5     2     5
  Media                          14 /16    4.7%      12     0     1
  Retailing                      11 /32    -8.9%      7     1     3

CONSUMER STAPLES:
  Food & Staples Retailing        5 /8     7.7%       4     1     0
  Food Beverage & Tobacco        20 /27    -0.2%     15     1     4
  Household & Personal Products   5 /6     -2.5%      3     1     1

FINANCIALS:
  Banks                          15 /15    13.1%     13     0     2
  Diversified Financials         26 /27   -14.9%     17     2     7
  Insurance                      21 /22    52.5%     11     3     7
Industry Summary:
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                                          Share-
                                Reported  Weighted  Earnings Surprises
                                 /Total   %Change    (+)  same   (-)
FINANCIALS:
  Real Estate                    17 /17    18.2%     10     3     4

HEALTH CARE:
  Health Care Equipment & Srvs.  26 /30    8.5%      19     2     5
  Pharma., Biotech. & Life Sci.  20 /22    -2.0%     17     1     2

INDUSTRIALS:
  Capital Goods                  37 /41    7.3%      29     4     4
  Commercial & Professional Ser  10 /11    3.4%       8     2     0
  Transportation                  9 /9     14.0%      6     1     2

INFORMATION TECH:
  Semiconductors                 14 /17   -14.6%      9     1     4
  Software & Services            26 /31    9.6%      21     3     2
  Technology Hardware & Equip.   16 /22    15.3%      8     5     3
Industry Summary:
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                                          Share-
                                Reported  Weighted  Earnings Surprises
                                 /Total   %Change   (+)  same   (-)

ENERGY:                          43 /44   -16.3%     25     5    13

MATERIALS:                       28 /30   -17.4%     15     5     8

TELECOM SVCS:                     6 /8     3.3%       4     1     1

UTILITIES:                       27 /32    -0.8%     17     2     8

TOTAL REPORTED
   UNIVERSE:                    426 /500   -0.4%    287    47    90

S&P 500 Year-Over-Year Estimates
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Q2/12 Earnings Estimated Growth: -0.5%;  Ex-Financial: -1.4%
Q3/12 Earnings Estimated Growth: -1.7%;  Ex-Financial: -5.2%
S&P 500 Year-Over-Year Estimates
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Q4/12 Earnings Estimated Growth: 10.5%;  Ex-Financial: 7.3%
Q1/13 Earnings Estimated Growth:  4.5%;  Ex-Financial: 6.0%

@-- The number of companies reported is based on earnings announced for the period of May 16 to Aug. 15, and includes companies in the index as of June 29 (the last day of the quarter).

NM -- The calculations of percentage changes between profit and loss and vice versa are not meaningful, hence not calculated.

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