Corporate Earnings

  • 25 Oct
    The First Two Weeks Of Earnings Season Are In. Warnings Ahead.

    The First Two Weeks Of Earnings Season Are In. Warnings Ahead.

    • Don’t be fooled by earnings growth in financials and utilities. The underlying risks are growing too.
    • Lower margins are the first indications of a recession being around the corner. Global government and monetary stimulus make it impossible to know if one will be coming sooner or later.
    • Without buybacks earnings would be terrible.

    The Earnings

    The first two weeks of earnings season have passed and, according to FACTSET, the combined earnings released so far are better than expected but still negative. 23% of the companies in the S&P 500 have reported earnings and their aggregate earnings decline for Q3 2016 is -0.3%. More →

  • 10 Oct
    You Might Want To Sell Your Dividend Yielders…

    You Might Want To Sell Your Dividend Yielders…

    • Fundamentals aren’t the reason behind your dividend yielders’ excellent performances.
    • Yields have marginally increased and the impact on dividend stocks is significant.
    • Do you think about risk when thinking about dividend income?

    Introduction

    A chase for yields has pushed the price of dividend yielding stocks to extreme levels.

    Looking at the S&P 500 Low Volatility High Dividend Index—which tracks the performance of the 50 least-volatile high dividend-yielding stocks in the S&P 500—you can see it has almost been a four bagger (3.7x) since the Great Recession, growing from 1,720 points to its current 6,395 points. More →

  • 28 Sep
    Earnings Season Is Approaching. Are You Ready?

    Earnings Season Is Approaching. Are You Ready?

    • Earnings will decline for the sixth consecutive quarter.
    • We question the 2017 forecasted earnings growth based purely on higher oil prices.
    • We’ll take a look at what can be done to limit your risks and increase returns.

    Introduction

    What we know is that for the last 5 quarters, the S&P 500 has had declining earnings. The situation doesn’t seem to change course for the next quarter, but most analysts expect earnings growth to come in 2017 as a result of a rebound in energy prices.

    As our readers know, this rebound should have already happened six months ago according to the same analysts’ expectations. In this article we’ll tell their story, but we’ll also analyze what else is out there that can influence future earnings. More →

  • 05 Sep
    Do Your Future Returns A Favor

    Do Your Future Returns A Favor

    • S&P 500 companies are not only returning more cash to shareholders than their earnings, but also more than their cash flows.
    • The trend is resembling the one prior to the financial crisis.
    • Not all stocks are unsustainable with their cash returns, so check your portfolio.

    Introduction

    A common piece of financial advice is not to spend more than you earn as it will eventually put you in trouble. Well, this is exactly what corporate managers are doing. Through dividends and buybacks they are spending more than they are earning. If the common advice is of any value it should be trouble ahead for the stocks that are doing so.

    In this article we are going to analyze the situation, look at the real short and long term risks and conclude in fashion. More →

  • 11 Aug
    Minimize Risk Without Sacrificing Returns? Sven Tells You How

    Minimize Risk Without Sacrificing Returns? Sven Tells You How

    • By dissecting the S&P 500 per valuation quintiles we see that only parts of the market are overvalued.
    • Historically, buying the lowest PE quintile stocks has increased annual returns by 360 basis points.
    • High PE stocks have large market capitalizations which force you to own more of them through index funds, increasing your risks and lowering your returns.

    Introduction 

    Beyond the top news stories about central banks increasing stimulus to fight the BREXIT or sluggish economic data with high hopes for the future, there is one recurrent theme that still flies under the radar. The recurring theme is that financial markets are overvalued. More →

  • 08 Aug
    Signs of Fragility in the Economy Point to an Impending Bear Market. What To Do Now To Protect Yourself.

    Signs of Fragility in the Economy Point to an Impending Bear Market. What To Do Now To Protect Yourself.

    • The last jobs report was good news but it also indicates higher costs and full employment.
    • An “easy to hire, easy to fire” mentality is in the air.
    • Healthcare, cash or short term trades should be the best options in this situation.

    Introduction

    Last week the Nasdaq and S&P 500 reached yet another record high. Aggressive central bank stimulation pushes investors to disregard risks and look for any kind of yield or growth. Not looking at risk is the worst thing an investor can do, but they also shouldn’t fight the trend. More →

  • 29 Jul
    Corporate Earnings of the S&P 500’s Top 10: Why It Is Important for You

    Corporate Earnings of the S&P 500’s Top 10: Why It Is Important for You

    • Corporate earnings and fundamentals are variable, pick the stocks that best suit you.
    • There are low PE ratio stocks, high growth stocks, and high dividend yielders – anything you might want.
    • But be aware: some companies engage in buybacks that are detrimental to shareholders’ value.

    Introduction

    When you add up the top ten companies by weight, they account for 17.7% of the total weight of the S&P 500. For investors who are heavily invested in the S&P 500, following the earnings of its top ten companies is essential in order to understand the risks and rewards of being invested in the index. In this article we are going to assess the current market situation by looking at what has been going on with the 10 biggest companies in the S&P 500 index. More →

  • 14 Jul
    As The S&P 500 Reaches New Highs, Asset Inflation Continues

    As The S&P 500 Reaches New Highs, Asset Inflation Continues

    • All factors are indicating an artificially created asset inflation.
    • Earnings are expected to decline with economic outlook being constantly revised downwards.
    • Gold is gaining alongside stocks which confirms that all assets are inflated.

    Introduction

    Amidst all the turmoil from BREXIT, negative interest rates and global downward economic growth forecasts, the S&P 500 has reached a new high. On Monday it closed at 2,137.16 points, overtaking the previous high of 2,130.82 from May 21, 2015. The Monday record was surpassed again on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Wednesday closing at 2,152.43. More →

  • 08 Jul
    Prepare for Earnings Season: Prices, BREXIT, GDP & Trends

    Prepare for Earnings Season: Prices, BREXIT, GDP & Trends

    • This article provides a list of companies whose earnings will be affected by the BREXIT.
    • The dollar is stable thus we should not expect strong global currency effects.
    • The probability of U.S. recession has hit an 8-year high which should be detrimental for earnings in the next two years.

    Introduction

    In the long term, stock returns are perfectly correlated with the underlying earnings and therefore the upcoming Q2 2016 earnings season is very important. Positive earnings could push the markets to new highs while bad news could indicate the start of a recession or bear market. More →

  • 22 Jun
    Don’t be Fooled by Noise, Earnings Will Tell the Truth

    Don’t be Fooled by Noise, Earnings Will Tell the Truth

    • A look into next month’s earnings season and trends.
    • 6 out of 10 S&P sectors have earnings declining.
    • 72% of companies issued negative guidance.

    Introduction

    With all eyes focused on Brexit and the FED, it seems that no one really cares what is going on in the economy and, most importantly, with corporate earnings. Don’t forget that next month is earnings season and the earnings trend up until now has been a negative one. As corporate earnings are the main factor in stock returns, you should be focusing on how to prepare for that and not on Brexit as it will probably be forgotten by next week. More →

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