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Earnings Season So Far: A Blowout

About 20% of companies in the S&P 500 index have released earnings for the first-quarter reporting season. Of these, fully 80% topped Wall Street’s forecasts, according to Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P.

That compares with a beat rate of 67%, on average, over the past five years–and just 49% at this point during the fourth-quarter reporting season.

Notable companies reporting upside surprises Thursday included Bank of America (BAC), Microsoft (MSFT) and Philip Morris International (PM). On Wednesday, the list included eBay (EBAY), Abbott Laboratories (ABT) and American Express (AXP).

The percentage of upside surprises, although high by historical standards, doesn’t necessarily suggest the U.S. economy has entered a new phase of faster growth.

Rather, the major difference with the fourth quarter is that estimates for the first quarter “declined enough for the actuals to be able to beat the estimates,” wrote Mr. Silverblatt in a Thursday email.

Earnings reports have been strong for all sectors so far, but they are particularly strong for healthcare, where 22% of companies have reported, and 92% of these have beaten estimates, with none falling short of them. Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) reports April 26; Merck (MRK) April 27; and Pfizer (PFE) May 1.

Earnings growth may play a large part in determining whether share prices move broadly higher from here. The S&P 500 recently traded at 13 times projected 2012 operating earnings, on par with its historic average but lower than its average valuation of the past two decades. Earnings going into the first quarter reporting season were expected to rise just 5% year-over-year, versus 16% growth in the first quarter of 2011.

If the current pace of upside earnings surprises holds, earnings growth for the index could exceed expectations and give the market a lift. But only if investors are convinced companies are truly doing well–not just lowering expectations to beatable levels.

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133.48MDow Volume:
Avg Vol: 113.01M
Unchanged
201
Decliners
1922
Advancers
4480
Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
Range: 1 Day
  • 1 Day
  • 5 Days
  • 1 Month
  • 3 Months
  • 6 Months
  • 1 Year
  • 2 Years
Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 16,351 +293 1.82%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,750 +114 2.46%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,949 +35 1.83%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,314 +0 0.02%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,132 -1 0.11%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 46.22 -0.03 0.06%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,083 +25 0.41%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 10,048 +32 0.32%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,555 +14 0.30%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,612 +161 0.75%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 9,938 -55 0.55%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 354 +1 0.27%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 2,708 +4 0.15%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 18,253 +157 0.87%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 20,935 -250 1.18%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 3,160 -6 0.20%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 25,705 +251 0.99%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 2,900 +21 0.74%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/16008136/realtime/sampled 1.12 +0.00 0.04%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/16008150/realtime/sampled 120.40 +0.07 0.06%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/16008140/realtime/sampled 1.53 0.00 0.07%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/16008115/realtime/sampled 0.70 0.00 0.53%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 95.92 -0.07 0.07%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/41508961/realtime 88.63 +0.07 0.08%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.17 -0.01 0.65%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.78 -0.02 1.96%
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Spain 10yr
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Japan 10yr
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Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,132 -1 0.11%
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/quotes/zigman/38649152/delayed 16,347 +17 0.10%
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FB /quotes/zigman/9962609/composite 89.89 2.66 3.05%
AAPL /quotes/zigman/68270/composite 112.34 4.62 4.29%
GOOG /quotes/zigman/30194416/composite 614.34 16.55 2.77%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 15.85 0.32 2.06%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 51.75 0.81 1.59%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 13.87 0.15 1.09%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 32.82 0.50 1.55%
BP /quotes/zigman/247026/composite 32.20 0.06 0.19%
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Business 12.85% 12.85% 12.85%
Student 13.14% 13.14% 13.14%
Balance Transfer 14.12% 14.12% 14.00%
Airline 15.10% 15.10% 15.15%
Reward 15.14% 15.14% 14.99%
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Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.48%
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